An (Almost-New) Kitchen


Give your kitchen an organizational facelift, and enjoy your time there more than ever.

By FamilyTime

 

You spend a lot of time in your kitchen and if you're like most people, you don't see the wear and tear on it. But if you view it with fresh eyes, you will see many easy ways to turn a hum-drum or slightly neglected kitchen into one that seems spanking new!


Study Functionality
Consciously study your movements in the kitchen. Make a list of where frequently used equipment is kept and note its proximity to its function. Can you find things when you need them?

Examine how your kitchen functions. Does everything have a home? Are appliances and utensils located near to where they are used?

Get Started
Divide your kitchen into four main areas:

  • food preparation--countertops, islands
  • cooking--stovetop, oven, microwave
  • cleanup--sink, dishwasher, draining board
  • storage--cabinets, pantry, shelving

Your goal is to store what you need in a sensible place: in cabinets or closets, on shelves or racks, or in the refrigerator or freezer.

Drawers
Take everything out of one drawer only. Is everything in the drawer used near that location? If not, put it aside to find a new home.

Wash out the drawer. Use a drawer tray or line the drawer with non-adhesive grip liner. Do not just toss utensils in a drawer; organize them. Go through each drawer until all are organized. Discard old or broken utensils and equipment.

Cabinets and Other Storage Units
Empty each cabinet or storage unit one shelf at a time. Wash it. Move things that need to be moved. Clean dusty or sticky items. Line shelves with non-adhesive paper or grip liner.

Don't forget the cabinets below the sink. Think about using pull-out storage containers for the trash can or for holding supplies.These are not expensive to buy and are easy to install.

Food
Put similar food products together. Use a turntable for corner storage cabinets or for spices. Consider alphabetizing spices--but remember to put them back in their proper place every time you use them. (This might be too much fuss for many of us!)

If the expiration dates on packages are out-dated or if cans are swollen, get rid of them. Donate still-good cans and other non-perishable foods to the local food bank.

Put grain products and legumes, such as pasta, flour and dried beans, in lidded canisters or plastic containers.

Counter Space
Leave counter space open for food preparation and for those appliances that are used daily. Put all others away.

New Purchases
Now is the time to make those significant but less-than-major installations you have been considering. These might include:

  • new dishwasher
  • new faucet
  • garbage disposal
  • pull-out garbage can
  • improved lighting
  • ceiling fan
  • new exhaust fan
  • hanging pan rack

Final Touches

Finally, take a paint brush and touch up scuff marks or repaint a window sill. Scrub the walls near the stove of grime and grease. Clean or replace blinds; launder or replace curtains.

Welcome to your new kitchen! Happy cooking!