The immediate benefit of organizing kitchen cooking is that two people can work at once without tripping over each other.
Tripping over one another might be OK for a night of Twister among tipsy newlyweds. It's not so good for grown-ups-with-children types packing butcher knives on their way to the sink.
Here's how to organize kitchen cooking items so everyone stays safe - and can maybe still have a bit of fun in the process while getting meals prepared.
Around the cooktop, put all the things you need for cooking; as in the actual heating of food. Pots and pans go in the cabinets directly underneath the cooktop. Put a jar of utensils on top of the cooktop, but include only those utensils you use at least once a week.
Near the sink, create a workstation with all the paraphernalia you need to wash, peel, and chop foods, including knives, butcher block, peelers, scrub brushes, bowls, etc.
Here's where you would group scrapers, colanders, mixing bowls, whisks, measuring cups and spoons, blenders, and your food processor. Try to contain them all in one cabinet if possible.
Group all the things you'll need for baking and desserts in one cabinet or plastic bin to make it easy to quickly grab everything you need.I put our collection of cake and ice cream sprinkles and candy toppings in a big lidded plastic bin tucked inside a cabinet near the oven. When it's time to frost cupcakes for class, we know right where to go. Just grab the bin from the cabinet.
Nearby, in a second see-through container, we'll find baking soda, baking powder, and sugars, everything we need to make the cupcakes.
Be sure to place your opened sugars (brown, powdered, and regular) and flours in airtight plastic containers or zip-close bags to close in freshness and close out nasty bugs that love to cozy up, then divide and multiply there amid these sweet confines.
Make it easy for kids to be more independent and fix their own breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. To do this, in an accessible, low cabinet (far away from the stove), station snack foods for the kids: peanut butter, bread, jelly, raisins, cereal bars, cereal, chips, and zip-close bags.
This is also a good spot for storing lunch boxes. Grouping these items makes it easier for kids to pack their own lunches.
In the cabinet above the coffeemaker, store filters, flavorings, grinder, coffee beans or pods, sugar, teas, and all the stuff you need to perk up your mornings. That way you can enjoy your first cup without having to search around the kitchen with your eyes half open.
Oh yeah, we eat in the kitchen too! Make room for your daily dishes, your serving dishes, glasses, and utensils in here, as well. Put them all in one area, please, and as close to the sink and/or dishwasher as you can get them to minimize the time spent putting clean dishes away.