Frustrated With Your Messy Kitchen?
We know it’s difficult to keep your kitchen/pantry in order, especially with a never-ending to-do list. Oftentimes, the mess in your kitchen gets pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. At the same time, the mess can be a real headache for you. If this is you, dive into this article to learn more about how you can better organize your pantry and kitchen to serve your needs.
#1 Label Everything!
One of the most important things that you need to do is to label everything. We mean everything! If you use clear jars to store everything, this is especially important to make sure you know where and what each ingredient is. Beyond the ingredient name, you should also label the containers with important details such as allergy warnings, expiry dates and even brand names.
To label your jars, use chalk or a whiteboard marker directly on the surface of smooth glass or plastic container. Alternatively, use chalk stickers to keep things looking extra classy! If you have many surfaces and containers to label, purchasing labelling machines may even be a good idea. The best part is that all of these labelling methods are easily removable so you can easily switch the contents of your containers.
Baskets are the best option for foods that can’t be stored in containers. Fruits, snacks, candy, you name it! Wicker, plastic and even cloth baskets are all good ideas. Baskets can be easily picked up at a cheap price and you can group pantry or kitchen items by size. Functional yet neat!
#3 Get A Lazy Susan
A Lazy Susan can easily be your best friend in the kitchen. These spinning plates help to make sure that everything on the Lazy Susan can be easily seen and obtained. This prevents the bottles at the back of your cupboard from going rancid. What’s more, is that you can easily obtain the bottles you need even when you’re in the midst of cooking up a storm.
#4 Put Smaller Appliances On Rolling Stands
Perhaps your kitchen is cluttered with smaller appliances that you may not use regularly. Rolling plant stands or mesh baskets are the way to go. The sturdy shelves can easily hold appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, blenders, waffle makers, handheld mixers, spice grinders, etc. If you regularly use a particular basket or container, you can easily store it on these rolling stands too!
General Pantry/Kitchen Rules
#1 Put Healthy Snacks At Eye Level
If you’re prone to excessive snacking, try placing the healthiest snacks at eye level. If the first thing you see is your favourite potato chips when you open your pantry door, you’re most likely to begin snacking on that bag immediately. Instead, place dried fruit, trail mixes and granolas there. That’ll help encourage you to develop healthier snacking habits.
#2 Give Your Kids Their Own Shelf
To keep your kids (and yourself) happy and healthy, place your children’s snacks on a shelf that is easily accessible for the children. Stock up on the apple slices and milk. Not only will this help organize the pantry, but they will also be able to reach for their favourite foods easily without having to ask for help.
#3 First In, First Out
To keep things in your pantry or kitchen spick and span, follow the first in first out rule. This prevents the food from getting spoilt and going to waste. To keep to this rule, always bring the older foods to the front of the cupboard/pantry and place the freshest buys at the back.
The best way to keep ingredients is to ensure that they are airtight. Even within the fridge, this is a great idea! Airtight containers and bags will stop air from getting in and drying your food out, or making it stale.
#5 Ventilated Veggies
Unlike other ingredients, vegetables and fresh fruits should always be stored in a ventilated manner. One great way to do this is to place your veggies in wicker baskets or net bags to ensure good airflow. Examples of ingredients that should be ventilated include potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, sweet potato, etc. You can even hang the baskets in a stacked manner on the wall or door.
We hope this article will inspire you to kickstart your pantry/kitchen organization! These tips are simple, yet incredibly helpful in keeping your kitchen neat. If you’re looking for some healthy snacks to fill your freshly organized kitchen, check out the links down below.