Uncluttering & Organizing Your Kitchen

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Kitchen Organization
Because kitchens are the heart of each home, this article details ways to organize your kitchen. Sections include kitchen layouts, refrigerators, mixing centers, sink areas, food preparation centers and cooking centers. Typically a kitchen may have: a sink center, a food preparation center, a cooking center, a serving center and mixing center. Some centers will overlap because they use the same appliance, others may overlap out of necessity because of lack of space. For example, the washing center and the food preparation center both use the sink. The cooking center and the serving center may also overlap because of a lack of counter space.

Organize Your Kitchen from OrganizedHome.com
Site includes links to cut clutter and save time in your kitchen. Includes links that offer guides to meal planning, and decluttering. Clear the counters, empty the dishwasher and bring your kitchen to an ordinary state of clean before you begin. Fill a dishpan or sink with hot soapy water for quick clean-up and replacement of dusty items. Together with clear counters, you'll need a minimum of four boxes and a good assortment of garbage bags to begin. Sturdy black plastic garbage bags not only hold lots of broken and discarded items, they also prevent Declutterer's Remorse—the condition in which you second-guess your own decision to discard by retrieving items from the trash. Out of sight is out of mind, so declutter right into opaque trash bags for best results.

Kitchen Organization With Debbie
Debbie Williams is an organizing strategist and founder of OrganizedTimes.com. In this Q & A-styled article, Debbie Williams tackles the problem of organizing a kitchen. Her insights, advice, hints and tips can apply, to a greater or lesser degree, to most any kitchen. According to Debbie, contractors never provide enough storage drawers in a kitchen, which is a major problem for most homemakers. However, Debbie points out that in the vast majority of kitchens only 20% of the items in the drawers are used 80% of the time. This means there are a lot of seldom-used items taking up valuable drawer space. According to Debbie the first thing you need is to get ruthless and purge your drawers of items that have not been used within recent memory. The second tip is to stack. Stack plastic containers inside each other, even inside wicker baskets. Wherever possible, stack to save space. Wire shelves, baking tray racks, and over-the-door hangers can almost double the space in some areas of the kitchen. Store tall spoons and spatulas in a crock or tall pitcher and get as many things as possible off of valuable counter space. One of Debbie's suggestions that you might find surprising is that you keep one junk drawer in the kitchen, especially if you have kids, but she also suggests that you go through it once a month and weed out unused items. By following all of Debbie's advice, tips and tricks it may be possible to almost double the useable space in even a small kitchen.

Kitchen Organizing
The kitchen is the hub of the home. It is the place we gather to spend time with family and friends. Many of us do our main entertaining in an open floor plan that has a kitchen/family room combination. As a result, the kitchen has become the most difficult room in the house to keep clean. Tips include developing an organizing plan for your kitchen, which includes areas for preparation of food, cooking, baking and cleaning. Purchase inexpensive storage solutions and find creative ways to use kitchen items you already own. Toss out what isn't needed, as in expired herbs, yeast and baking powder, then clean the kitchen. Using efficiency in kitchen design is also essential for organizing a kitchen.


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