Thursday, 30 March 2017 18:55

Get Your Kitchen Sorted!

I am not a keen cook and I am not much of a baker! I cook because my family needs to eat, and stick to simple, easy nourishing meals. I love one pot dishes, and big summer salads! And I look forward to Tuesdays when we have family and friends to supper and my HUSBAND cooks!
Having an organised and clutter free kitchen makes all the difference for cooks and non-cooks alike. Think about setting aside some time to get your kitchen sorted. Use this list to keep you focused

  • The less clutter you see, the more organized your kitchen will feel.
  • Remove any appliances that you seldom use from your counter tops. Store them in cupboards.
  • Store your pots and pans, and other cooking utensils close to the stove.
  • Store glasses in order. All tall together, then all short, all wine, then champagne etc.
  • Declutter your containers. Choose transparent containers and square or rectangle is best
  • Keep all of your spices in one area, close to your cooking space.
  • Store like food items together, veggies in one place, fruits in another, boxed meals and so on.
  • Use glass containers where possible to store foodstuffs, spices etc.
  • Place dividers in your drawers. This makes it easier to keep all of those little bits and pieces together.
  • Examine your shelves and work out how they could be used more efficiently.
  • Keep an area close to your stove clear where you will place hot dishes as they come out of the oven.
  • Conquer the paper monster in the kitchen. Have a designated spot for your mail.Put a bowl on the counter to catch odds and ends - pens, keys etc.
  • Finally, re-examine your kitchen to determine if there is any storage space that you've overlooked.

So now that you have a lovey organised kitchen, you are probably wondering how to keep it that way. Maintenance is the key. Always put things back in the spots you've designated for them. Do the basics. Just making sure the dishes are washed every day is a great way to stay on track.

Once a week, do a quick run-through in the kitchen, putting away items that have strayed from their homes, and wipe down surfaces. Check the refrigerator for any items which are expired or starting to turn. Toss any of the leftovers you know you won't eat.

You'll find this becomes a habit, one which will keep your kitchen organised or a long time to come

Published in Organizing
Monday, 06 February 2017 01:44

5 Ways to Clean up Your Kitchen

So, the holidays are over, friends and family have left, and life starts to get back to normal. All the eating, drinking, entertaining and hosting has taken its toll…on your kitchen. It's time to get it back in shape for the New Year ahead.

1. Ditch the dead herbs and spices

Sort out your herbs and spices. Get rid of anything you really don’t use, won’t use and have definitely past their best. Wipe done bottles, decant bags into small containers and clean out the spice rack before putting everything you will use back.

2. Sort out your cutlery drawer and plastics cupboard

It’s time to do a proper cutlery sort out and let go anything you don’t use. If you don’t already have one, get a cutlery organiser. Do the same with your utensils. Do your really need 3 potato peelers? Now move on to the dreaded plastics. Recycle all pieces without partners and any containers that don’t seal properly. The same applies to all those containers that are past their best.

3. Wipe down and clean kettle, toaster, oven, microwave and fridge

These appliances have worked overtime over the holidays and deserve a little TLC. Wipe down your kettle, toaster, oven, microwave and fridge. Squeeze lemon juice into a bowl of water and microwave on high for 3 minutes to clean the inside of your microwave. Use a paste of bicarb, vinegar and water to clean out your oven. Its non-toxic and wont scratch your surfaces. Wipe out your fridge with a vinegar/water solution which disinfects and cleans at the same time.

4. Take control of the fridge and pantry

Now that you have emptied the fridge to clean it, it’s time to see what you have, discard all those old leftovers, wipe down all condiment bottles and only put back what you will use. Do the same with your pantry or grocery cupboard. Donate all the foodie gifts you won’t eat and dry goods left behind my visitors.

5. Clear your countertops

Too much stuff cluttering the countertops? Clear the counters completely. Take a look at what there is. Now decide what really needs to be there. My rule of thumb is “as little as possible” and only items you use all the time. Everything else needs to find new homes.

Brand New Year, brand new kitchen!

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