With the holidays quickly approaching, the amount of time you spend in the kitchen is likely to increase. Whether you’ll be hosting family gatherings or cooking your favorite holiday dishes, make things easier on yourself by getting organized now.
Looking for a good jumping off point? Try classifying your kitchenware
items based on how often you use them. For instance, everyday dishes should be stored in an easy-to-access place, while your professional grade mixer can be kept tucked away in a cupboard. Keep bakeware all together and store other items near where they’ll be used (for example, place pans and skillets next to the stove).
Lock Down Lids
If you feel like the lids to your pots and Tupperware are like socks — always missing from their mate — it’s time to build a better system. Depending on how much space you have, try using a rack to file lids in a row or add a tiered pullout insert to cabinets or drawers.
Make a Food Filing System
Start by organizing your pantry shelves into grocery store categories. Put dry goods like rice and beans on one shelf, then keep cans and sauces on another. You can also use see-through containers like wire baskets to organize snacks. If you need to save space, use an over-the-door organizer to sort and display food, spices and more.
Consolidate Cleaning Products
What about cleaning products and other odds and ends? The storage area beneath your sink has more potential than you may realize, so whether you opt for stackable shelves or install a pullout drawer, there are lots of storage ideas to help you bring some order to this often overlooked space.