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Friday, February 18, 2011

Stop the Kitchen Stuffing | Family Economics

By Trisha

As I hear the crashing and banging coming from the kitchen when my children are searching for a pot or pan, I am reminded that the cupboards in my kitchen may have become cluttered during the recent months. It’s time to reorganize and de-clutter the kitchen in my home.

How about your cupboards? Are they ready for my three-step makeover?

Step 1—Un-stuff: Begin by removing the contents from each cupboard and drawer, sorting into categories (utensils, bake ware, pots and pans, appliances, serving dishes, etc.). Now that you have empty cupboards and drawers, use a damp cloth to wipe them out.

Step 2—De-clutter: As you un-stuff and sort, begin to de-clutter. Get three bags or boxes and label them: trash, donate, put away. Begin by throwing away broken or misplaced items. Items in these bags or boxes can then be removed from the kitchen.

Step 3—Re-store: Place items back into your cupboards and drawers, placing the items that you use frequently in the most convenient cupboards and drawers for quick and easy access. Then take the seldom-used items and place them in your higher and less used cupboards and drawers. You may even want to consider storing your china and other dishes in a different area of your house to free up more cabinet and drawer space for items you use on an everyday basis.

In the past, I have used various sized baskets in my cupboards to hold pan lids, plastic food storage containers and lids, food items such as seasoning packets, pastas and snacks.  I have also used laundry baskets in my pantry to hold my baking pans, linens and children’s plastic dishes. Laundry baskets are great for odd size items as well and store nicely on the floor of your pantry.

Do you have a kitchen organization tip to share?

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On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, Sharing in Tacoma wrote

I keep a box of "give away"(the sour cream, cool whip, big yogurt, etc) containers in the cupboard above my fridge so when I take meals to people or send left overs home with someone they don't take my containers I use on daily basis.

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, Michelle in WA wrote

This is seriously something I need to do now that I have little helpers unload the diswasher & put things away.....not necessarily in the correct place!

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, need to be more orgainzed in WA wrote

Love the idea of using baskets to orgainze things INSIDE your cabinets & drawers.

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, momisbestjob in Tacoma wrote

I designated one bottom drawer as the kids drawer.....great for their bowls, plates, cups so they can get them by themselves

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, mom of 3 in WA wrote

I use drawer organizers with adjustable dividers to organize my junk drawer.

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