We’ve discussed some basic steps for organizing and steps to organize an office. Next on the list is perhaps the most important space in the home, the Kitchen. Kitchens are the heart and soul of our homes. Even for those of you who don’t cook much, you eat there, do homework, pay bills, and pursue hobbies. It’s also the place where people gather during a party. Since there are so many functions to the kitchen it’s very important to keep it organized.
The basics of good kitchen design start with the triangle. Its points are the stove, sink and refrigerator. This triangle keeps the most used parts of the kitchen close together for easy access. I’m not going more into that since the architect and builder takes care of that for you. What about everything else though…dishes, flatware, food, linens…that sort of thing, are they convenient to get to? Do you need a hard hat and a flashlight to find your pans? Start organizing by following the rules for convenience. Think about which items you use most or would like to use more and put them in the most convenient storage places. For pots and pans deep bottom cabinets can make convenience hard. Prioritize. Pull the pots, pans, and bake ware that you use most to the front and specialty items towards the back. If you’re an avid cook and baker like me installing a sliding shelf system is very handy. Home Depot has units available: http://www.homedepot.com/Kitchen/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xr5Zar4i/Ntk-All/Ntt-pull%2Bout%2Bshelving%2Bunits/h_d2/Navigation?langId=-1&storeId=10051&Ntx=mode+matchpartialmax&catalogId=10053&omni=c_Kitchen . If you’d rather have a professional install them here’s a list of Nashville area cabinetry professionals: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS313&q=custom+cabinets+in+Nashville&aq=f&aqi=&oq=
Deep drawers make great places to store kitchen linens. If you have a vast collection put only the linens that you use the most in your kitchen. Stores infrequently used linens in labeled plastic containers or hang them up. A tall rolling storage bin with several drawers is a great way to store smaller linens such as napkins and placemats. Most of us store our everyday flat ware in a shallow drawer in our kitchens. If you haven’t invested in a drawer separator for your flat ware do it now! It’s the best way to go. Just make sure you measure how tall the drawer is and measure the height of the organizer before you buy so that you don’t end up with a great organizer that’s too tall for your drawer! If you don’t have a sideboard or hutch for special silverware and serving pieces or an extra drawer either, it’s worth it buy a box specially made for silverware to keep your silverware in prime condition.
Here are a few resources for storage in the Nashville area:
Bed, Bath and Beyond: www.bedbathandbeyond.com
Home Depot: www.homedepot.com
JoAnn’s ETC: www.joanns.com