Fridge, cabinets, pantry and drawers: Organizing your kitchen can not only save you time and money, it’s good for you, too!
What if we told you that organizing your kitchen can help you eat healthier and save money?
When your pantry and refrigerator are organized and easy to navigate, you are more inclined to cook meals at home, and home cooked meals tend to be healthier. An organized kitchen also help you know have on-hand, and will help you avoid buying more of something you already have.
Organizing your kitchen will allow you to more easily access your healthy foods, properly store your groceries and save you money. Is your kitchen as organized as it could be?
Re-organizing your entire kitchen may seem like a daunting task, but we are here to help! Before you start, identify your problem areas. Is your pantry overrun with near-empty packages of dry goods or expired herbs and spices? Perhaps your utensil drawer is full of long-forgotten ladles and whisks?
Tackle your obstacle areas one at time. Not only can you start crossing items off of your to-do list, but seeing the progress you made in one area will motivate you to continue.
Here are eight simple tips to get you started:
- Divide your kitchen. When you break your space into sections, you can better identify areas you want to work on.
- Start with a clean slate. Empty your cabinets and drawers completely so you can see what you have and can assess the best use of the space.
- Out with the bad. Throw away food items that are expired. This is also a great opportunity to get rid of unhealthy snacks and condiments.
- Manage the gadgets. Assess your kitchen gadgets and small appliance attachments and determine what you need and what can be thrown away or donated. Once you’ve streamlined your inventory, use shallow plastic bins as pull-out drawers in cabinets to keep small appliances and their accessories together and in sight.
- Categorize your tools. Use drawer organizers to keep similar utensils stored together such as cutlery, baking utensils and large spoons. This makes it easier to find the right tool for the job and it prevents items from becoming lost or damaged.
- Go vertical. Arrange cutting boards, cookie sheets, platters and other large, flat items on their sides instead of stacking them. Use short tension rods to create vertical dividers or invest in an organizer rack to keep these items upright. Next time you need that cooling rack, you won’t risk an avalanche of cutting boards and roasting pans.
- Create bulk storage. Use large glass or clear plastic containers to take advantage of the money you can save buying food in bulk. Uniform containers are easy to stack and also make it easy to see how much of each item you have. Cereal, pasta, beans and baking supplies are perfect for this type of storage.
- Bins and labels are your friends. Organizing pantry and refrigerator items into bins can make meal prep much easier. If you have little ones in the house, create a bin stocked with healthy snacks options and keep it on a shelf they can reach. Dollar stores are a great place to find storage containers of various sizes to suit your needs.
Once your kitchen is stocked and organized, and you find that something isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to change it. We all work differently in the kitchen and the key is finding a system that works for you and your family.