It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Besides preparing meals, it’s often the space where we dine and socialise. With so much activity and life in a kitchen, it can quickly become chaotic. It becomes challenging to find exactly what you need at the moment you need it – where is that spice? How to make dishes easily accessible while keeping them protected? Where to store seldom-used accessories? To prevent your kitchen from being perpetually disorganised and to make your life easier, we’ve gathered some tips to help you optimally organise your kitchen, so you can focus on more important things (like eating).
Undertake a Thorough Spring Cleaning
Just as with a wardrobe, it’s good practice to do a bit of spring cleaning from time to time. Indeed, you’ll be surprised to find that you’ve kept many things for years that you’ve never used. Make space! This will give you a better overview. Be honest: when was the last time you used that popcorn maker or the old tea set found at a flea market? Do you really need four types of curry when it’s far from a staple in your diet? The first step is to throw away, donate, to make room for things you actually use.
Replace and Repair
The same goes for damaged or malfunctioning items. The saucepan with the broken handle, the scratched frying pan, the kettle full of limescale, the blocked pipe: repair what can be fixed, throw away what’s unusable, and buy efficient new equipment.
To be quick and efficient in the kitchen, it’s important that everything has a logical place. For example, it would be practical to place everyday dishes and cutlery near the dishwasher or your sink, to easily store everything. Similarly, pots, pans, and cooking utensils should be placed near spices and the stove for greater efficiency. Finally, put dish towels and cleaning products near the sink.
Most home accidents occur in the kitchen, and it’s not surprising. Knives, mixers, and other appliances pose potential dangers, especially when used hastily or inattentively: an unpleasant injury can happen quickly. To prevent this, it’s important to secure these appliances. For this, place knives in wooden blocks designed for this purpose or in a well-protected drawer, and ensure that electrical appliances are kept away from heat or water sources.
Store Food Properly
When we say kitchen, the first word that probably comes to mind is: food! And it needs to be stored properly. Of course, certain foods are automatically placed in the refrigerator, but other storage options can be used for items like pasta, rice, flour, fruits, or canned goods, which need to be kept in a dry place while being easily and quickly accessible. The simplest solution is to have cupboards or shelves. Fruits can be placed in baskets, which you can slide out from compartments, as shown in this picture.
Despite great storage and organisation advice, we’re the first to end up with little things we never use but can’t throw away: rubber bands, screws, straws, spare parts, cookbooks… Therefore, it’s essential to have some drawers in your kitchen that will accommodate these precious little things. To maintain some semblance of control, we suggest buying small compartments or plastic boxes, which you can more easily sort.
Yes, we sometimes put mail on the kitchen table or have bills lying around on the fridge. But paperwork has no place in this room: spreading out is the best way to lose everything. Mail, newspapers, catalogues, shopping lists, greeting cards, recipes… all end up in ever-growing piles that you never look at and take up precious space. Why not buy a large blackboard on which you can write your recipes to try and your shopping list? The rest of the paperwork can disappear into a drawer or be stored in another room.
Always Have a Sponge Handy
Take our word for it: it’s much easier to clean a little every day than to face a massive deep clean every month. As soon as you finish eating, wipe down the table with a sponge. A quick sweep every couple of days makes the space much more pleasant. And when you feel motivated, indulge in a dusting session. In short, by doing small tasks every day, you’ll feel like you’re living in a space that’s always clean and doing less work.