When preparing your foodie masterpieces at home, the last thing you need to worry about is clutter and disorganisation slowing you down. After all, cooking should be a pleasure, not a chore. With these simple organisational tips, you’ll be able to maximise the pleasure of cooking and eating, while minimising time spent on setting up and cleaning.
Firstly, review what storage you have available and whether you are using it to its full capacity. For example, do you have a kitchen drawer that only seems to be full of plastic bags and nothing else? If so, that space might better be used for storing those practical kitchen gadgets that seem to be on the move all the time. You might genuinely discover that you do not have enough space, in which case you might need to consider investing in more shelves.
When it comes to deciding which cupboards and drawers to use for different types of food and utensils, locate items according to where you use them. For example, if you use cooking oils and spices daily, place them close to the hob so that they are within hand’s reach when you are cooking. You might want to store your plates and glasses close to the sink or dishwasher so that they are easier to put away once you’ve washed them and any small electricals should be displayed on countertops or stored in cupboards depending on their frequency of use.
What might initially appear to be a lack of storage in your kitchen could just be a case of too much clutter. Be as ruthless as possible when it comes to clearing out items that you don’t use, even if it includes that expensive-looking pasta-making machine you got for your birthday. In the least accessible areas of your kitchen, such as high shelves or the back of cupboards, pack away seasonal and occasional kitchenware such as festive cookie cutters and birthday party supplies.
Food can be decorative as well as functional. If you have a compact kitchen short on space, consider displaying food items such as spices, fruit and even pasta on your kitchen countertops. You’d be surprised by the way large glass jars, spice racks and fruit bowls can improve the appearance of your kitchen. As well as making these items more accessible, they also add a touch of wholesome character to your kitchen.
- Maintain Your Cleaning Products
Do you know that sense of achievement you get when you’ve just added the final touches to your signature dish? It’s the same sense of achievement with cleaning. Make sure your sink area is well-stocked with sprays, sponges and cleaning products so that the next time you have deal with blocked drains or a stubborn stain at the bottom of your favourite pan, you can do so quickly and easily. After all, a cook’s job is never done until all ingredients are put away, all utensils are returned to their right place and the dinner table and kitchen countertops are wiped clean.
By sticking to a few simple principles, you can enjoy a tidy kitchen that means you can get on with what you do best: cooking and eating.