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Organizing Kitchens, Pantries, Menus and Meals.
Is cooking dinner at your house like
Sometimes, trying to cook in your
kitchen is exactly like juggling.
You juggle the junk from the counter
to the center island. Then you need the island space to roll out
dough or pound some chicken breasts and you move the junk again…to
the kitchen table.
As you prepare to wash vegetables, you
again need to juggle. The sink is full of breakfast dishes, but the
dishwasher is full of clean dishes. Again, you juggle.
When it is time to eat dinner, the
stuff on the kitchen table gets juggled right back to the island or
kitchen counter, and today’s mail and school papers get added to the
stack. The cycle, just like juggling eggs, goes around and around
It’s no wonder that cooking, something
that can be fun and fulfilling, is sometimes just plain frustrating.
To get out of that perpetual cycle,
take a new look at how your kitchen organization functions.
Sometimes, when we move into a kitchen, we are not sure how that new
room works for us. We place things in one spot and for years
continue to leave them in that spot even if it is not efficient.
Eight Signs You Have Order in
Here is a quick quiz to help you think
about where you store your kitchen items. Follow the tips in the
quiz and it will soon be easier to unload that dishwasher, clear
that sink and keep the kitchen ready to use.
My everyday dishes are
located near the dishwasher for ease in unloading.
My knives and cutting boards
are near the sink where I rinse veggies and meat.
Drinking glasses are near
either the sink, or fridge, but also close to the dishwasher.
It might be a rare occasion,
but when I bake I can find everything because all my baking
items are stored together.
I would not need to panic if
a guest pulled out a dish from the back of the fridge and
started to eat it. Neither the food nor the leftovers are out of
The items on my counter are
either used EVERY day or they are really there for home décor.
(No, the week’s mail does not count as either item.)
I have all my food items in
one area and they are sorted by like kind.
I have a fire extinguisher,
it is up-to-date and I know how to use it.