All makers and creators know that a lot of work goes on behind the scenes. No one posts about their dirty dishes, hectic days where everything seems to go wrong, or the creations that end up being epic fails. There is so many not so fun jobs that go into projects that help them succeed. For most, preparation and organization are key.
Having an organized kitchen and/or pantry is so important for several reasons, here are just a few.
- Save Money - Keeping a tidy space helps save money because you are able to see your inventory of food and other products, therefore, you can be sure to use what you have before it goes to waste. There is no worse feeling than spending money food and having to throw it away because it went bad while hiding in the back of your fridge or cupboard.
- Ease of use - When you store items uniformly, in an organized way using containers or bins you can quickly access and return items to their designated space. This makes for quicker prepping and painless clean-up. This way you can enjoy what you’re doing instead of getting flustered.
- Maximize space - Even the smallest kitchens and pantries can provide maximum storage potential when organized and planned out. Make sure to utilize hidden treasures such as adding racks to the back of doors, adding rotating turntable storage solutions for hard to reach spaces, and always utilize vertical space with the help of risers, shelves and racks.
- Designated zones - Organized kitchens should always have designated zones. Store your spices near your prep/cooking space. Keep glasses/dishes and flatware near the dishwasher for quick unloading and storing coffee supplies in close proximity to the coffee maker. Thoughtfulness when arranging the zones will save a great deal of time when doing the many tasks in a kitchen.
- Keep it simple - You don’t need ten spatulas or three different types of can openers. Eliminate all small appliances and gadgets that you don’t use or find another location for them or they will just take up precious real estate, especially in smaller spaces that have limited places to store these items. If you only use that food processor during the holidays, then assign a new home or consider borrowing one instead.
We hope these 5 tips have given you ideas to help your kitchen and pantry flow and operate efficiently! It is the small actions that will help make life a little easier.