Start your 2017 off on the right foot with an organized kitchen. Apartment Therapy guides you through how to have your kitchen in tip top shape for the new year!
First off, take inventory of the appliances you have and keep only the ones you use on a daily basis out on the counter. Find space for the others in cabinets. Also, be honest about whether you actually need something. If you haven’t used it in several months, odds are you don’t really need it and should donate to charity or see if a friend would like it.
Next, take a hard look at the smaller stuff like dishes, glasses, and utensils. If something is damaged go ahead and throw it away. Again, if you never use it, find a new home for it.
Need more storage? Try going vertical with open wall shelving, a pot rack, or pegboard like Julia Child. You’ll be freeing up valuable counter and pantry space and making cooking more convenient by keeping tools and ingredients you use most often out in the open.
Consolidate multiples of spices and dry ingredients like flour or sugar. Then store your spices in a rack so they’re easily accessible and you won’t accidentally buy duplicates again.
Clean out your refrigerator. Sure it’s a pain, but you don’t know what scary science experiments are lurking behind the milk until you pull everything out, wipe down all the shelves, and put it all back. When you put things back, label leftovers and put the items that expire first in the front.
Organize your tupperware, which is most likely a mess. Put lids and containers together and recycle anything that’s missing its match.
Baskets are a great way to keep things organized, from dish towels to cookie cutters. They’re also great for keeping smaller items corralled in the pantry, and if you run out of space in the cabinets, they can be left out and still look cute. Get a bunch and put them to work!
Make sure your stuff is organized logically, with like items on the same shelf or in the same drawer. That way you can find what you are looking for quickly and get back to cooking (or cleaning, or celebrating!)
Take a hard look at your cookbooks. If you don’t use them, consider donating them so they don’t take up space. Then give the ones you truly love a prominent place in your home.
Finally, make sure everything is put where it makes sense. Items you use everyday should be on lower shelves and in easy reach, while things like the fancy china that is only needed occasionally can be kept on a higher shelf or in the back. Not sure if you’ll ever remember where things are? Label the inside of each cabinet with its contents or make a kitchen map with a quick list of what is in each location.
Have you organized your kitchen and there STILL isn’t room to enjoy cooking? Maybe it’s time to get a fabulous new apartment for the new year! Give Apartment Experts North a call today at 512-339-4411 to find a new home with a gourmet kitchen for all your culinary adventures!