Is storage space at a premium in your kitchen? Do you dread cleaning the kitchen? Or, like I used to be – dread even cooking in your kitchen? I will admit, I was all of these about 18 months ago. We had a small galley kitchen in the condo so I had to try to use every nook and cranny for storage. Sometimes I even forgot I had items because they were stored in the utility room on the lower floor. Now, we are in our forever home, with a BIGGER kitchen, I have lots of cabinet space. Does it mean, I am totally organized? LOL! Definitely not but I do have a cabinet or two that is empty. I have lots more counter space and do love spending time cooking.
Here are some tips to help you get and stay organized in your kitchen – regardless of the size…
1. Use Magnets: Are you using your cabinet doors as a clever way to give yourself additional storage? I honestly never remember this one.. I have LOTS of cabinets and even though there is lots of counter space, I would like to “hide” some of the kitchen utensils. Cabinets are a great to store knives so you don’t have to use a knife block or take up counter space… just make sure you use a strong enough magnet to keep the knives in place. I think this will be one of hubby’s next projects – to install some for me.
2. Labeling System: Labels are a great way to help you organize your kitchen or for that matter any space in your home. It takes the guesswork out of where to put things when others want to help or are looking for something. Labeled cubes have been the saving grace in our new house. It allows hubby to look for things by me simply telling him which closet and which cube to look in. Putting things away is easy for everyone when they can see where things are supposed to go. Your labeling system could be as simple as plastic storage containers with small a labels OR clear containers so people can see what is inside. Maybe it is plastic crates with labels or even just a piece of tape to say what goes in it.
3. Add Storage By Hacking “Unopenable” Drawers: We all have those “fronts” in our kitchen, right? I had them in the condo and this would have been a great way to gain some counter space. Unopenable drawers look like a drawer but don’t have a handle. What if you could make use of those un-openable drawers beneath the sink or above a counter? We have sink drawers in our new kitchen. I was surprised I actually use them and remember things are there. LOL. I keep the bottle brush and extra scrubbies.
4. Use A Tension Rod To Hang Cleaning Products. A tension rod can be a great way for storing and organizing spray bottles so you have additional space in an otherwise cramped under-sink cabinet. I think I would put it a little further back in the closet so I had more space in the front.
5. Clean Your Blender Quickly. Do you love smoothies but hate cleaning the blender? Do you use your blender to chop up the garlic? Here is a quick cleaning tip: pour warm water in it with a tiny bit of dish soap. Put the lid on the blender and turn it on. Now it’s all clean! Just be sure to give it a quick rinse after to get rid of the soap residue.
6. Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances With Flour. Tired of chemical in your cleaning products? Here is a tip from Mother Nature Network. Just apply some dry flour onto a microfiber cloth and buff it into your stainless steel appliance, sink or counter. Then rinse it off and the surface should shine like new. If you are looking to clean your stainless steel pans………try heating some water with vinegar in the pan. Use a wood spoon or non-stick spatula to loosen the stuck on mess. Let it cool and then wash as usual. I hate to admit I use this trick more often than I want to. LOL
What are some of YOUR best tips for keeping your kitchen clean and organized? Share them with us. Have an Epic day!