Cut Kitchen Clutter
Are you tired of buying something only to find it hidden away in the back corner of your cupboard? Or what about finding that one cookbook with that delicious cheese cake recipe? The kitchen is the heart of the home, filled with life and activity. If it is not set-up properly it can turn cooking into a hassle. A well-organized kitchen will help to keep the days running smoothly.
Evaluate everything in the kitchen – How many sets of silverware or colanders do you need? How much are you really cooking and are you holding onto things because you feel you need to?
Cut back on cookbook! – Instead of using traditional cookbook, take advantage of online sources. The recipes are endless and there are no books to store. I particularly like: Epicurious (www.epicurious.com) and Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com)
If you want to improve your skills in the kitchen, check out Top Chef University (www.topchefuniversity.com) – learn to cook and have access to hundreds of recipes
Organize your kitchen into zones – cooking zone, baking zone, storing zone, serving zone. Organize the cabinets around the zones with the items you’ll need in each. Zones will increase the flow of the kitchen, which will in turn increase the function of the kitchen.
Put together ready to go kits of things to cook or bake regularly – if you make cookies a lot, put all the ingredients you use (non-refrigerated items only) and store them in the cabinet together. When it’s time to make cookies pull it out and quickly whip them up, same goes with soups, pasta, and breads.
Last, but not least, buying in bulk isn’t always the answer if it’s taking up a lot of room and not necessary.
Hopefully the above tips will help to make dinner and meal times a breeze.