Struggling to keep the kitchen clean? Doubling up on ingredients because you cannot find where anything is in your kitchen? Endless searching for the right Tupperware lid? If this applies to you, then it might be time to give your kitchen some attention. In this blog, we will discuss three method starting methods in preparing/setting up for your ideal kitchen. Beginning with a pull and purge, then a deep clean, and finally defining your zones.
To begin, it is important to assess the kitchen and gather a view from the outside looking in. once you have scoped things out, start pulling everything out of its position and placing the items on a table nearby in its category. Think about each item and ask yourself, “is it necessary? Does it work? Do I love it?”. If it does not make sense, throw it out. Throw. It. OUT! This will help you decide what is important and make the next step in the process much smoother.
Since you have everything out of your cabinets and drawers, this is a wonderful opportunity to give everything a wipe down. Having a spotless fridge will soon begin to make sense. The products in your fridge will appear to make sense and the utensils in your drawer will become more presentable. Clean and sleek is one of the more undervalued proponents of a kitchen. Some households take advantage of the kitchen and think it is a playground for cooking that only needs minimal cleaning. Do not fall into this bear trap as it will create bad habits.
Once you have everything nicely cleaned. Assess your entire kitchen and group cabinets and drawers into teams/zones. For example, your everyday zone would contain your bowls, plates, cups, silverware, etc. You are advised to place this zone in an easy to access location. Zone 2, your cooking zone. This zone should be placed close to your oven or in range as this zone contains your pots, pans, cutting boards, etc. One final example is your pantry zone. Your pantry zone should contain your dry goods, spices, etc.
The final step is to monitor. After roughly a month or so, take a moment to reflect on your work and how the new set-up is coming along. Define any areas of need or reevaluation. Hopefully, this information will serve as motivation to those in need of a kitchen cleanse.