How to Keep Your Kitchen Organized?

A well-organized kitchen with plenty of space is a dream to work in. Since the kitchen is one of the area in your home that is most often used, it stands to reason that if it is well organized and simple to use, your entire life will be easier. Here is a guide on how to keep your kitchen organized that will help make your family life to flow smoothly especially during meal preparation.

  • Empty all the cabinets

How to Keep Your Kitchen OrganizedBegin by taking out everything out of the cabinets. Donate or discard the items that are not used frequently, broken items, duplicate items or the things you rarely use. Do this to all drawers and cabinets setting up different areas on the floor for each group of items. The goal after this process is to remain with only the things that you use or love.

  • Group the like items

After all the cabinets and drawers are empty, decide how to best group the items. Pile the baking items together, sort the cooking items and group them together. Groups your seasonal or holiday items, glassware, the dishes you frequently use as well as those that you only use on special occasions separately.

  • Organize the Cabinets and drawers

After grouping all your items, decide where to store each group. Baking and cooking pieces should be kept close to where for prepare food from. The utensils should also be kept close to your prep area. Glassware are best kept near the refrigerator or sink. Create a tea or coffee station that includes filters, mugs and sugar and if possible, place it near the sink. Organizing your drawers and cabinets this way helps you to avoid going back and forth across the kitchen for things you need to just prepare a cup of coffee.

  • Store the Containers and Lids Together

How to Keep Your Kitchen OrganizedFirst, discard all the containers without lids and store the remaining containers either with the lids or you can store the lids in one single large container. Do the same with your pots’ and pans’ lids. Another option is to store all the lids together on a wire rack.

  • Use the vertical space

Fix hooks under your kitchen cabinets to hold items such as mugs or even hang stemware rack at the same spot for wine glasses. This creates considerable cabinet space. You can even hang adhesive hooks on the inside part of the cabinet doors to hold items such as oven mitts, cups or any other light kitchen gadget. You can also use ceiling racks to store pans and pots. Any space that you can use to hang items frees up space inside the cabinets and drawers.

  • Use Lazy Susans

Lazy Susans are rotating trays and they are ideal for holding things like vinegars, oils, medication, spices or vitamins. You can use one them in the refrigerator so that nothings hides in the back and gets spoilt and another one for small jars, small food items and olives.

  • Clean Out the Refrigerator

If you take out your trash once a week, make it a habit to clean the refrigerator every week as well then take out the trash right after. To prevent cluttering the refrigerator, it should only have the current items or those that require to be frozen. Always keep the trash bags near the trash can and put a stack of loose bags in the bottom of the can so that when you pull out one bag, there is another right below it.

The above guide will help declutter your kitchen and give you a well a well-organized kitchen that is easy to work in.

Ways to Be the Best Thanksgiving Guest

When someone invites to thanksgiving dinner, it means that they do treasure you enough to toil in the kitchen all day so you can have a meal you will not forget all year long. Being a good guest is very important as it is necessary in making the hosts feel appreciated for all the work they put in planning the dinner. It will even help you reserve a spot at their table next year. So, have you been invited for this year’s turkey dinner? Here is a look at ways you can be the best thanksgiving guest.

Communicate in advance

Ways to Be the Best Thanksgiving GuestLet your host know that you will be honoring their invite to the thanksgiving dinner so they reserve space for you on the table. Call them at least two weeks before the day. Other than this, feel free to communicate any allergies or other dietary restrictions you may have so the food served favors you. It is also a good idea to ask if you can bring anything and if there is anything you may help with.

Arrive on time

A good thanksgiving guest is never late. Being late will mean that you will be holding the dinner up as people will have to wait for you. Also, do not be too early as this may make the host feel pressured to finish all the preparations.

Bring something

There are many gifts you can carry to a thanksgiving dinner as a show of appreciation. From dishes to compliment what they are cooking to wine to personal gifts like clothes; no matter what it is you bring be sure that the host is okay with it. Ask in advance. This is particularly an important point if you intend to bring food. Ask what is on the menu so you do not duplicate it and so you make a dish that is in accordance to the theme. When you bring food, bring all the utensils you will need to serve it. Utensils are highly on demand on this night and the host may not have some to spare. If you need space in the oven or fridge inform the host early. If a host says you do not need to bring anything, be courteous and carry a bottle of wine. Any kind of wine will be appreciated.

Do not crowd in the kitchen

Ways to Be the Best Thanksgiving GuestUnless you are really helping, avoid crowding in the kitchen. Your host will feel pressured if there are people next to her burner, fridge and oven. You will even be getting in the way of his/her work. Instead of hanging out in the kitchen waiting for the food to be ready, mingle with the guests in the living room and outside.

When the food has been put on the table wait!

Do not be the first to dig in when the food is served. Wait for the host to guide you through their thanksgiving tradition. This will differ from one to another; while others say grace before taking the food, others go round the table saying what they are thankful for and so on. When it is time to eat, compliment the food and observe table etiquette.

Offer to help with the clean up

After you have had your fill the best you can do is help your host keep the dishes away and even clean them if time allows. Remember to thank them for the invitation and the great evening you just had.