Sometimes, the kitchen becomes a place of accumulation of many small objects, the existence of which you do not even suspect. This leads to the fact that there is simply not enough free space for food, dishes and other kitchen utensils. Novate.ru tells how to put things in order in kitchen cabinets once and for all in just a few steps.
Why is it important to clean up on time?
• Saving money - there are often situations when you buy the fifth plastic container just because you do not remember the existence of the previous four. After putting things in order, you will always know what, where you have and in what quantities.
• Save time - you no longer have to spend half an hour looking for a measuring cup or muffin tins. This will significantly speed up and simplify the cooking process.
• Convenience - family members will know exactly where the sieve, frying pan or small saucepan is, which means they will not ask many questions about this. In addition, it will be much easier to clean this way, because each thing will take its place.
Step 1: get everything out of the cabinets
First you need to empty all the kitchen cabinets. To make it more convenient for you, prepare three bags or containers: put garbage in one of them, in the other - things that you can give to friends or sell, in the third - the necessary kitchen utensils that you plan to use in the future. Remember - only the utensils and accessories you need should remain in the kitchen. All other objects have no place in the room, they will only create chaos and disorder.
Step 2: Sorting
Before putting things back into kitchen cabinets, think over the storage logic well (this will help you quickly find the necessary items in the future). Here are some helpful tips:
• Put things where you use them most - so you don't have to run to the other end of the kitchen to get sunflower oil, put it next to the stove. The same goes for salt, pepper and other spices - if you constantly add them to your dishes, then they should always be at hand. And if you don't want to take out cookies for children from the top shelf every time, put them on the bottom so that the kids can take them on their own (although in this case, you will have to build relationships on trust, rely on their honesty and hope that the children do not eat all the goodies at a time).
• Place food and utensils in separate cabinets - set up a storage logic for yourself so you know exactly where what is stored. For example, food (bread, cereals, tea) can be put in the left cabinet, and plates, pots and other utensils - in the right one. Or place food on the top shelf and kitchen utensils on the bottom. If the kitchen does not differ in large dimensions and there is only one cabinet in the room, select separate sections for storage inside it.
• Divide items into categories - in this case, there are many options for solving the problem: for example, in one cabinet the top shelf can be occupied by cereals, the middle one - tea, coffee and other drinks, and the bottom one - flour, sugar, salt, soda. Or, you can put rarely used foods on top, and those that are often used in the cooking process below. As for the dishes, they can be effectively sorted by color, material, purpose - as it will be convenient. Once you've decided on the right categories, nothing can mess up your closet.
• Set aside a shelf for items you use every day - these might include your favorite plates, mugs, and trays that you are used to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on. These utensils should always be kept close at hand. But glasses for wine or champagne, from which you drink only on holidays, can be removed to the top shelf so that they do not loom before your eyes.
• Be careful - try to arrange items in such a way that they are in sight, and you can easily get the item you need. The most optimal way to store plates is by size: fold the largest from the bottom, and then in descending order.
• Do not try to put everything in one closet - you are unlikely to be able to maintain order if the shelves are completely clogged. Transfer some of the items to boxes, for example.
Step 3: put everything in place
What should be stored in the overhead cabinets?
• Food - Decide on the foods you need for daily cooking (seasonings, cereals, oils, sauces) and group them in cabinets above the work surface so that they are always at hand.
• Plates and mugs - It is best to store your favorite dishes over the dryer or dishwasher. This way you don't have to carry the cups through the kitchen after washing to put them back in place.
• Containers - ask yourself where you usually sort food or unpack purchases from the store. It is above this work surface that you need to store containers.
• Cookbooks - if you prefer to use recipes from cookbooks, rather than from the Internet, allocate a special shelf for literature, you can above the work surface. Another option is to buy or craft a wooden box and put them there. It is not only functional but also very beautiful.
What to store in the lower cabinets?
• Household appliances - a toaster, blender, blender, coffee maker and other items are best stored on the lower shelves - it is more convenient to get them from there during cooking. As for the technology that you use every day (for example, an electric kettle), then it can be transferred directly to the countertop.
• Pots, pans, baking sheets - so that a lot of dishes can fit on the shelf, store the pans vertically and on the side - so they take up a minimum of space. The same advice applies to lids. By the way, you can buy a special container for them or place a rail on the cabinet door.
• Bowls, bowls, cutting boards - it is most convenient to store them near the sink or dishwasher.
• Cleaning products - the first rule - household chemicals should not be near dishes and food. It will be better if you place it in a niche under the sink, having previously organized a storage space there.
Step 4: keeping order
After you have put everything in its place, all that remains is to agree with family members about maintaining order. If you do not remember what and where it is, write the list on a piece of paper and hang it on the refrigerator so as not to forget anything.
When cleaning, be sure to check that all items are in their places. Agree, it is much easier to correct shortcomings from time to time than to direct a lock in kitchen cabinets from scratch every month.
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