How To Organize Your Kitchen The Fast And Easy Way


The benefits of this plan are several. First of all, you be easily be able to find everything you have in your kitchen without scrounging around looking for it.
You'll also know when you're running out of items. When you go shopping you'll know what to get. You'll also be able to avoid buying things when you've actually got them in stock.

How often has that happened when you've gone to the shops to buy something only to find later you already had the item hiding in the back of the cupboard. You'll also have a tidy looking kitchen. So those are the main benefits.
So firstly here, I'll be giving you an overview of the plan in general. Just so that you can apply this to other parts of your house as well.

First of all, for each are we decide to tidy, the first step is to get everything out. I suggest you pick an area that's not going to be in the way of other tasks. Because it might be the case that you'll have other things you want to do at the same time or other people might what to use the kitchen. Therefore, just use a bit of common sense and pick an area that's not going to be in the way.

For example, if you're organizing your drawer, you might want to take the drawer out and put it on to a unit or perhaps to another room where it's out of the way. But make sure that you have enough space that you can get your items out and spread them out. Doing it this way will make it easier for you.

When you get things out of the drawers or cupboards, you need to get rid of all your rubbish. Now you may not have any rubbish in your drawers or cupboards. But it's quite surprising what you find when you take everything out. Drawers tend to be a place where things have been put out the way. So that's the next thing we do after we've got everything out.

There might be items that you don't want to just throw away. These are items you may want to give them away or instead sell. Why not sell them on Ebay. You can make some money this way and I'm sure you could make use of it.

There will be certain items that you won't be sure of getting rid. You'll be thinking that you might need them for a rainy day. That's fine. What you need to do for these items is to have a handy box to one side. A cardboard box is fine.

Get a label and put a date on the box. Date it 3 or six months ahead in the future. It may be a good idea to also write on the label where the items came from in your kitchen.

What you would do is put this box of items in a cupboard. Perhaps your storage cupboard or larder that you have in your kitchen or other part of the house. If you find yourself one day wanting an item that you put away in this box, simply go there and get the item. When you've finished using it you know that you might use it from time to time. Therefore, what you would do is put it away.

At the end of this three or six months you will know the items left in the box are not needed. These will be items you've just been hoarding and will have been using valuable space in your kitchen. It's quite surprising, when you get rid of these items, how empty your cupboards and drawers look.

So the items, that are left in the box, can either be disposed of, given away or sold. Unless of course, the items are of sentimental value. In which case, you might want to put them in a special place in your house.

Once you've done this part you will be left with the items that could go back in your cupboards and drawers. What you need to do next is organize these into groups.

For example, if it's the drawer that you are doing, you might want to group together things like pens, spoons, etc. If it's your food cupboard, then you might decide to group together your tins of fruit, soups, etc.

Then you need to be getting together your plastic tubs. What you would put in these tubs is items that you want to keep tidy and together. So for example, things like packet soups. Little bottles can also be stored together in tubs. So things like your herbs and spices can go into a tub. This will keep them neat and tidy.

Once you've organized these items, then it's time to put them back. What you would do here is decide which items you don't use so often. Put these towards the back of the shelf or on a shelf that's not so accessible.

The other items used more often you would more than likely want to keep at the front or on a shelf that you can easily get to. This way you will be able to easily get the items you use more often. The items at the back, you would only need to get once in a while.
Now we've dealt with the plan in general it's time to move on to more specific areas.

Cupboards

You can use this method to organize almost any area. However, I'll be specifically dealing with your utensil or appliance storage cupboards, food cupboards, and medicine cupboards.
Utensils and appliances quick tidy method Utensils and applies storage cupboards are one of the easiest sort out.


All you simply do here, is pick the shelf that you're going to tidy. Get all the items out and spread them around. If there is anything that you don't need to use any more, then put these to one side for either storage, selling, or to simply throw away. You could even consider giving them to friends of family.
Once you've done this and are left with the items you want to keep you can begin the next step.

Group the items together, like pots, pans, and types of kitchen appliances. Then put the items you wont be using often, towards the back of the shelf or on a shelf that's not so accessible. After that, put back the frequently used items at the front on an easier to get to shelf.

That's all you really need to do to organize these types of cupboards. The reason is that these tend to be larger items and less to organize.

Food cupboards sorted fast

Now the benefits of having your food cupboard tidy is that you will find the items easier to get out. You'll also find that when you make your shopping list, it'll be easy see what you need to buy. This will avoid you buying things you already have.

How to do it

So once again, we first take out everything and put it on an area that you can spread it out in. After that, the next step is always this one. That is, throw away anything you don't need any more or that is out of date.


Next comes your tins. Depending on what you have in your cupboard, try to group similar items together. For example, group together tins of soup, meat, vegetables, and fruit, etc.
After this, you would look to tidy up your packets. Things like your soups or other packet foods. These items tend to be ones that slide around make your cupboard untidy. It's often things where you have to lift everything up to see what you've got.

So what I suggest you do here, is use plastic tubs. By doing this these items will not slide around and be kept in one place. You could use one or more tubs depending on how many types of packets you have got and how you want to group them together.

Next comes your cereals. Depending on the size of your household, if you have lots of different boxes of cereals, it might be worth considering moving them to another part of the kitchen. If you have a larder cupboard, you could either put these in there. Or on a shelf on the kitchen wall itself. This will free up a lot of space in your food cupboard. If this is not an option for you, then simply make sure that these are grouped and kept together on the shelf in your food cupboard.

Next comes your condiments and sauces. Things like your salt, pepper, sauces, etc. Again, try to put these in plastic containers. This will stop them giving you sticky rings on your cupboard shelves. It will also keep the items together. All you do then is take out the tub and give it a quick wipe clean, dry it and put the items back in your cupboard. Easy!

You may keep spices in your cupboard. If you have lots of spices, it might be a good idea to buy a spice rack. You can buy these to either stand on the unit, or if you have space, on the wall. Once again, this will free up space in your cupboard.

If you don't have a spice rack, then once again, you can use plastic tubs. A good idea is to put a label on the top of each spice bottle. Quite often, the labels appear on the front of each bottle which means they won't be visible inside the plastic tub. However, by having a label on the top of each bottle, you'll easily be able to see what you have.

Next comes your baking items. I'm talking about things like flour, cake mixes, etc. Once again, use plastic tubs. You might want to buy a bigger tub for these items, as flour tends to be large.

It might be a good idea, to use a big tub that got a lid. This will keep everything dry inside as often your kitchen can have a lot of moisture. Moisture after time can make certain baking ingredients go hard. If you keep the in a tub with a lid on, it will keep them dry.

By doing this, you will easily be able to know where all you baking ingredients are. When it is baking time, you simply get out the tub and it's all there. When the baking is over, simply put them all back in the tub and in your cupboard. Easy!

When you've organized all your items into groups and tubs, it's time to put everything back in your cupboard.

Once again, put the items that are not so often used, towards the back of the shelf. Or on a shelf that is the less easiest to get to. All the other items, that you do use more often, go at the front or on a shelf that's easier to get to. For example, items like your condiments.
There you have it. That's your food cupboard organized and de-cluttered.

The medicine cupboard fast tidy system

Once again, your first step is to get everything out. Next, throw away all the rubbish. If there are certain items that you're not sure whether you're going to need or not, put these in a box with a label dated three months or six months in the future.


If, during this 3 or 6 months, you need something from this box, then after use store them back in your kitchen. As they're not used often put them in a less accessible area. Back of a shelf or a low or high cupboard. Whatever is left in the box, at the end of these 3 or 6 months, you can get rid of with confidence.

However, you need to be careful with medicines. It is recommended that you take these to your local chemist or other facility which can dispose of these items properly. The reason for this, is that medicines can get into the wrong hands,like children.

Now what you do is simply group your medicines together into groups. Once again, our plastic tubs are going to come in useful. Medicine bottles often get sticky on the bottom and can leave marks on your

shelves. This can leave a sticky mess. However, using plastic tubs solves this problem.
Group your tablets into purposes. For example, pain killers, cold remedies, heart-burn, etc. Put these into plastic containers to keep these tidy and also allow you to easily find them when you need them. Often, medicine cabinets are on the wall. As they are eye-level and most of your items will be in plastic tubs, it might be a good idea to put a label on the front of each one to show what's inside. These plastic tubs organize your shelves very quickly. It stops medicines sliding around and will keep them all together.

Quite often, medicine cabinets will have things like plasters, bandages, dressings, and scissors, etc. You may also want to put these in a plastic tub that has a lid. The lid will stop the items inside from getting damp. For example, bandages will get damp from the moisture in your kitchen. Once again, label the tub to show what's inside.

Now it's time to put the items back in your cupboard.
Firstly, put the items on the top shelf, or a place at the back of the shelf that you're not going to be using often. Put the more often used items at the front or in a place that is easy to get to. Like at the front of an eye-level shelf.

There we are, that's your medicine cupboard organized. This is all quite easy isn't it?
Now it's time to move unto organizing the drawers in your kitchen.

Organizing and de-cluttering your drawers


Once again, the first step is as always. Get everything out. Spread the items out so you can clearly see what you have.

The next step is always throw away unwanted items. By doing this first, you'll be surprised how much your items reduce. If there are any items in the drawers that you don't want, you could either give them away to friends and family, sell them, or just dispose of. All the items that you not sure whether or not you need to keep, you could put these in a box with a future date. Just like we did earlier.

Often, in drawers, we have items that easily slide around. So yes, you've guessed it, the solution is the humble plastic tub. With or without a lid.

So you can have a tub to keep pens in. Another one for your plastic spoons. One to keep recipe cards in. Anything that can slide around.
Once you have all these items organized into groups, it's time to put them back in your drawer.

Of course, as before, put the items towards the back of the drawer that you don't use often and frequently used ones at the front. This is getting really easy isn't it? It's quite easy to organize places by using this method and these simple steps.

So far, we've organized your cupboards and drawers.
Now it's time to tackle the kitchen fridge or freezer.

Your fridge freezer

Your fridge compartment

You probably know the plan by now, but here it is again.
Get everything out of your fridge. Depending on how much is in your fridge, this could be the entire contents or just one or two shelves.



Remember to stick to 15 minutes a day. You want to make this a daily habit so you can always keep your kitchen clutter free and organized.
Remember the next step? Throw away all the unwanted items.

Now group your items together. Things like bottles, jars, and any items that tend to fall over. These can all be put in plastic tubs. This will keep the items together, make then easy to get out, and stop them toppling over.

Once you have items grouped together, you're ready to put them back in the fridge following the rules mentioned earlier. Just remind you that is, infrequent items towards the back and more frequent at the front.

It's getting easier to explain this method now. The reason for is that it's pretty much the same for each area of your kitchen.
Now it's time for the freezer. I have a little tip to you on this method.

Your freezer compartment bag method

A tip, I've got for you here, is to use freezer bags. The beauty of using freezer bags is that you'll easily be able to see what you've got. This will also free up a lot of space for you.

For example, quite often, you'll have the box a items in your freezer with only two or three items left inside. However, this means that the box is taking up more space than the items are. The other problem, is that it is difficult to know how many of these items you have in the box without getting everything out.

This problem is solved by using freezer bags. You will see what you've got more easily and will have a lot more space.
What you do is to take the items out of the boxes and put them freezer bags. Simply seal the bag and put it back in the freezer following the rules above. It's also a good idea to put a label on the bag so that you can easily identify what the items are. Also write on 'use by date' found on the box. That way you will always know when the items are ready to be thrown out.

So to summarize, you first get the items out of the freezer compartment, organize them into groups, put items from boxes into freezer bags, label, and finally put back in. Remember, that the items not often used need to be towards the back and the more frequent ones at the front.
There you are. Your kitchen should now be organized and clutter free.

The method in a nutshell

Here's a summary.…
Try to make this a daily habit of 15 minutes.
Make it a daily habit of organizing and de-cluttering the areas in your kitchen. You won't need to be doing it every day in your kitchen as will be other rooms in your house that need organizing as well.

You can easily adapt the method outlined above to organize other places in your house. You can do these on the days when you are not sorting your kitchen.

Depending on how many rooms you have in your house, you'll probably find that you can go back to your kitchen every seven days. The secret is to do a little each day to keep on top of things. Simply move from one room to the next where you eventually come back to your kitchen.

By doing it this way, you'll find that the next time around will be a lot easier. It will be a simple case of sorting out an odd bit of clutter and removing any rubbish from your cupboards or drawers. Therefore, you will find it a lot easier to keep your kitchen organized and clutter free from now on.

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