Spring is coming, and so is patio weather. This is the time to get all your closets, storage areas, kitchen and bathrooms purged and organized so you can head to the patio in the nice weather.
Often this time of year we talk about going through your closets, but this year I am going to talk about the kitchen. I find it is one room that gets neglected, but is normally the most used room.
Do you live in fear of something falling on your head
when you open your cupboards?
Do you find yourself having to take out half the shelf and stuffing everything back in every single time you need something?
When was the last time you pulled everything out of your kitchen cupboards to see what you a really have?
YES, I said EVERYTHING!
- Pull out all your dry goods. Those that are expired, throw out; those you will never use; take to the food bank. Spices have different shelf life, if unsure, pale in colour or poor aroma likely means old and should be discarded.
- Pull out all your cooking utensils, graters, knives etc, group them according to wood spoons, spatulas, knives etc. Those items you don’t use, or don’t like to use, move them on to someone that will.
- Small appliances – broken, get rid of – never use, move on to donation – those seldom used, but enjoy using, store in cupboard that is difficult to use – the rest need to all go together in the same cupboard for easy access. FYI counter tops are for preparing food, not storing items.
- Lastly, cookware. It baffles me why someone would need 6 or 7 frying pans, but I always get a good story as to why they need them. I have a small and a large. I have one set of pots, not 2 or 3.
- Small storage bins, drawer organizer, grip liner for drawers, glass or Tupperware to store dry goods – all great things to help you organize your kitchen. When a cupboard is wasting space – add another shelf.