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Organizing Kitchens, Pantries, Menus and Meals.
Ten Minutes, One Hour and More Kitchen
Organize condiments in the refrigerator.
Organize dishes in your cupboards.
Organize the pantry.
Organize under the sink.
As fall looms, we begin to close the
outdoor season and the kitchen again assumes its full role as
household command center. From packing school lunches to family
dinners to holiday entertaining, it remains busy and packed through
the year end. No matter how much or how little time you have, you
can get started on organizing your kitchen today. Here’s how:
One Morning of Organizing
Concentrate on lower cabinets
where things get lost and pushed to the back. Install pullout
baskets in lower cabinets. These can be found at home
Clean and organize your
refrigerator. Wipe out. Wash bins. Discard old food.
Rethink your organization. Add
storage shelf dividers to upper cabinets so that you can stack
plates and bowls easily.
Clear out the pantry. Remove
items. Clean. Divide by type of food. Check expiration dates.
Make a shopping replacement list as you go.
Add a new coat of trim paint to
cover stains and scuff marks. It makes all the difference!
Get rid of extras. Open every
cupboard. How about the garage or storage area? Place into boxes
and bags any dishes or appliances you don’t use or that you have
too many of. Donate. Give Away. Sell!
Ten Minutes of Organizing
Unclutter. Grab a basket and put
everything in it that doesn’t belong in the kitchen.
Clean and clear countertops.
Tackle your condiments. Open the
fridge and remove all the expired bottles and containers.
Create a family chore chart.
Give attention to a countertop
appliance. That means clean out the microwave, toaster oven or
empty crumbs from the toaster.
How’s the freezer? Empty
out-of-date foods or ones that aren’t wrapped well.
Clean your clean. Get under that
sink. Sort out the cleaning supplies. Wipe the spills. Placing a
plastic lid or tray under the dish soap will help prevent sticky
Clear outdated and dirty papers off the
front of the fridge. Keep only the things you really love. More
papers/photos will arrive soon enough.
One Hour of Organizing
Sort the plastics. Match lids and
tubs. Use an extra empty container to hold lids. Discard ones
that don’t match. Donate ones you never use.
Do an exterior cabinet cleaning.
Polish up doors and handles. If painted, touch up nicks with
Wash kitchen fabrics: curtains or
valences, pot holders, placemats, tablecloths and others. Don’t
forget to pre-treat splatters.
Clean out your junk drawer(s).
Take items to where they belong.
Open upper cabinets. Remove
anything you have too much of. Ask yourself, just how many
coffee mugs do we need?
Create a two week menu. Start by
using the items you have on hand in the pantry and freezer. Make
a shopping list for things that you need.
Turn on your oven to clean or
spray it with overnight cleaner.