Your kitchen should be organized to make cooking, baking, storing food, family scheduling, feeding pets - virtually everything you do here daily - as simple and quick as possible.
Seems obvious, doesn't it?
If your kitchen isn't as efficient as you'd like, these 6 organizing tips can help get things back on track.
Was there an orthodontist appointment today? An extra hockey practice? Minimize miscommunications regarding each family member's schedule and commitments by creating a family communications central.
Some families post messages on the refrigerator. Others use a bulletin board. Still others just leave notes on the counter. Use whatever method works best for your family. The goal is to organize your time as well as your schedule so that you'll be the picture of relaxed organization when the phone rings with a last-minute carpool emergency.
Getting dinner ready each night is time-consuming enough - why add to it by having your cooking and baking items in different cabinets and cupboards? Get it all together by creating areas in your kitchen for each type of cooking and baking you regularly do.
Few things are more frustrating than buying the ketchup you thought you needed at the grocery store, only to discover, upon bringing it home, that you already have two unopened bottles. Organizing like foods in the same area cuts down on unneeded bottles of ketchup (unnecessary expenses) and simply makes life run smoother.
These pantry shelving ideas can help.
Hey! You're not the only one chowing down in here. And yes, you can feed the pooch in the kitchen without letting the whole place go to the dogs.
Stash the less-than-fragrant dog or cat food dish out of the way of (foot) traffic lanes. Try to store the food nearby.
I keep our trio of bowls - two food dishes and one big water dish - underneath an inconspicuous corner table. The food is tucked into a nearby cabinet out of sight, but within reach when our two cats need chow.
Under the sink, keep plastic tubs for recycling aluminum, glass and plastic. Let the kids do this. They'll love it. They'll even like taking it out to the garage. Really.
Many a mom, including me, likes her kids to do their homework in the kitchen so she can answer kiddie questions while they work. If your kids study here, too, keep all supplies close at hand, so the kids aren't continually jumping up and down (and prolonging the whole homework process) for erasers, compasses, protractors, dictionaries, etc.
Empty a cabinet and create a little office supply center with notebook paper, construction paper, folders, pencils, pens, rulers, calculators, markers, crayons, and whatever else your kids use. Leave room to store ongoing projects, such as term papers and note cards.