A Guide to Kitchen Efficiency
Getting the most out of your kitchen doesn’t always lie just within the quality of food that comes out of it. Getting the most out of your kitchen can also means getting your kitchen to peak organisation . When trying to maximize the organisation of your kitchen, the kye is to choose locations strategically. An efficient kitchen won’t have you walking across the kitchen to complete a task that is routinely required at another section.
Here are some handy kitchen organisation tips to get the most out of your kitchen’s space:
- Identify the Most Important Sections
The upper cabinet closest to the dishwasher is essentially the most valuable space in your kitchen. To avoid carrying all of your cleanly washed plates and bowls across the kitchen, store them here to maximise the unloading efficiency. Just be sure you can easily reach the cabinet when the dishwasher is open to avoid any injury lifting things into a high place above your head.
- Organise Your Pots & Pans
Separate your pots and pans into a pile based on how often you use them. A pot used to cook pasta for example might get a lot more usage than a skillet or a wok. By ordering them by frequency of usage, it avoids having to unstack a pot at the bottom of the pile. Also consider using a lower cabinet or large drawer closest to the cooker so you can place the pots and pans you are using straight on to the heat.
- Oven Items as Close To The Oven As Possible
An upper or lower cabinet close to the oven is perfect for cookie sheets, baking stones and cake tins. If you have a narrow cabinet, this is often a great use for it as they are unable to accommodate trays, pans or large objects.
- Keep items within kids reach
If you have kids, they may well have their own sized cutlery, bowls, cups and other items such as bibs. Keep these items down low where your kids can reach them. Drawers or lower cabinets with baskets are good choices. If they are easily accessible to the kids, this will encourage them to use these items more.
- Identify Where Your Food Prep Area Is
Determine which area of your kitchen you use most for food preparation. An upper or lower cabinet near this area should be the place where you store things like mixing bowls, colanders, measuring cups and chopping boards. Make sure you always keep this area clean. Our best tip for keeping any surface clean is to use our very own Bloc by Sph2onge, our super absorbent sponge block.
- Reduce Clutter Where Possible
Let go of anything you don’t use. Paring down your kitchen will keep things simple. Here’s a list of things that many people forget (or never make the effort) let go of:
- Extra cups and mugs. Most people have more mugs than they ever actually use. Eight to 12 mugs probably still too much, but if you have more than this it’s time to let them go (and not buy anymore Lanzarote 2016 cups).
- Get rid of any pans you very rarely use. Also look at pans where the nonstick coating is significantly scraping off and no longer effective. You don’t want that stuff in your food or to have to deal with scraping half your dinner off of the bottom of the pan.
- Plastic containers. Choose two shapes and stick with them. Let go of other shaped containers, containers without lids or with lids that don’t fit properly. If you need some solid new containers, this also gives you an excuse for a payday Chinese!
- Appliances in that you have in multiple sizes or with specific functions that are very rarely used. The latest crazes in appliances come and go and are often bought after a solid sales pitch. How many special stir frys do you really do? Remember when everyone you knew owned a bread maker and a grilled sandwich maker? Yeah… that craze didn’t really last.