Work Smarter-Not Harder
Establishing systems to simplify your life only work if they’re easy to adopt and truly make a difference in your daily life. Here are some tips to make your kitchen easier–and more enjoyable–to use.
- By taking a few extra minutes each time you come home from the grocery store, you will save yourself a lot of time later in the week. Organize your food in the pantry and fridge by groupings. For example, put your canned veggies in one spot, group soups together, store all dessert ingredients near each other, etc.
- Turn labels out so you can see what you have at a glance.
- Put taller items in the back and shorter items in the front.
- Before going to the grocery store, always make a list of items you’ll need for the coming week. Look in your pantry and see what you already have. This will save you from getting duplicate items. It’ll also save you money because you won’t be as tempted to “impulse buy.”
- Once a week, toss outdated food from your fridge. I recommend doing this the day before you go to the grocery store so it will make room for food you’ll bring home.
- Try to always put items in the same place whether it’s in your cabinets, fridge, or pantry. For example, put the mustard in the same location each time you use it. This way you’ll remember where to look for it the next time you need it.
Everything in Its Place
It wouldn’t make much sense to have the toaster in the spare bedroom, would it? Of course not! That’s a ridiculous example used to make a point: Put things where you use them. Here are some tips for organizing kitchen “must haves.”
- Keep your pots, pans, and cookie sheets near the stove since that’s where you will use them.
- Keep the glasses near the fridge so they will be near the ice and beverages.
- Keep like items together. All of your plates, saucers, and bowls should be in the same cabinet so that you and your visitors can find them easily.
- Keep your coffee and tea items near the coffee and tea pots. Include the sugar, a spoon, tea bags, mugs, and similar items near your coffee/tea space.
- Keep all your storage containers together. Stack smaller ones into larger ones. You may need to purge some of your containers if your Tupperware cabinet is being overrun. If you only keep in the cabinet what you regularly use, storage won’t be so difficult.
- Spices and oils should be kept near the stove since that’s where you typically use them. To preserve the flavors of your spices, store them in the dark and not directly above the heat-source.
- If you keep medicine in the kitchen, try to keep cold/allergy medicines together, stomach medicines together, all your vitamins in one place, etc.