Cooking up a storm in the kitchen is one of our favourite things to do. And it’s made even better by knowing exactly where your pots, pans and tools are so you can grab them as you go. Having a simple organisation system in your kitchen may seem like a small thing but it can make such a difference to the look and feel of your home. Follow these simple steps to organising your kitchen and enjoy the freedom and creativity it brings in being able to try new recipes and easily create delicious meals for the whole family.
1) A place for everything and everything in its place
We’ve all know that feeling of being sure we own a certain utensil or tool but having no idea where it is. The simplest way to make sure you can always find what you need is to assign it one space only and make sure it is always put there. Our storage boxes are a great way to store those specialist tools that you don’t use everyday, for example ice cream scoops or icing bags. Use the labels on the front of the box to categorise the different types you own and keep your draws and counters free only for those things you need to hand all the time.
2) Have a regular clear out
It’s so easy to hang on to things that we don’t need but this hoarding habit is actually making it much harder for you to use your kitchen. Set aside a couple of hours every few months to have a deep clean and clear out of your entire kitchen. Scrub those hard-to-reach places and take an inventory of everything you own. Throw away or recycle anything that no longer works and consider donating those tools and appliances you never use. You’ll love the feeling that comes with looking at your newly ordered space.
3) Organise your refrigerator
Despite all of our best of intentions, it’s so easy for your fridge and freezer to get piled up with old, unidentifiable jars and packages. Make sure you have regular clear-outs, including removing ice from the freezer. Now you’re ready to start a more efficient new system. Keep labels and a pen to hand so you can always label your food and make sure to store things in small servings so you don’t have to heat up or defrost more than you need.
4) Plan your meals
Make your shopping trips as efficient as possible by using one of our Shopping List Pads to keep track of everything you need. Because they’re magnetic, you can place them on your fridge and have everyone write things down as they go. Use one of our Meal Planners to map out what you want to cook that week and store favourite recipes in one of our Folders to save it for next time.
5) Display your recipe books
We love browsing through recipe books but sometimes life gets too busy and we end up cooking the same recipes over and over. A great way to inspire yourself is to pick 2-3 at a time and store them in our Magazine Holder on your kitchen bench. That way they’ll always be on hand to give you ideas. And you can swap your books out every couple of months to change things up.