KITCHENS & PANTRIES
Kitchens are places where
organization is a key ingredient to stress-free food preparation and
cooking. BOB FARKAS, THE CLUTTER WIZARD,
sorts your things and finds them a proper place so that
when you need
them you'll know where they are and be able to get to them quickly
THE CLUTTER WIZARD will...
Look through everything one at a time--- your cabinets, your pantry and each drawer.
Go through "junk" drawers (stray toys, keys, candles, matches, knick-knacks) and toss what isn't needed.
Suggest that you buy drawer dividers for better organization if you need them.
Check for unused spaces such as the top of the refrigerator, the inside doors of cabinets, etc.
Recommend that you use dividers and containers wherever needed to increase storage space.
Help you decide what items can stay and what should go.
Sort what's left by category.
Alphabetize your spice rack if appropriate.
Find an appropriate place for everything.
Look through dishes, silverware, pots and pans, spices, stored foods, etc. and discard what's too old or not being used.
KITCHEN ORGANIZING TIPS
A few decorative items such as vases or plants are okay but they should be used sparingly.
When your cabinets and drawers are overflowing it's time to start tossing or donating stuff.
Keep appliance warranties and manuals in a file cabinet (which all households should have).Papers in the kitchen are often misplaced or lost.
Use a three-ring 1-1/2-inch binder to store recipes. You can tape or glue cut-out recipes onto a page or simply write a recipe on a page. The binder can be expanded just by adding more pages. Use dividers to categorize different types of food.
Buy some good plastic square and rectangular storage containers (instead of round ones) in various sizes and use them.
Put up a bulletin board near the telephone for notes and messages.
You might even want to consider a small kitchen redesign to help keep clutter at bay.