When I was growing up, my mother’s mantra was “clean as you go.” It’s not surprising: she had four children under the age of 10, all of whom inherited her love of the kitchen. If you struggle with organization, and want to avoid the piles of pots and pans, these three time-saving kitchen organization tips.
1. A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place
Your mother or grandma might have said this to you growing up, but it’s no less true now. The more organized your kitchen, the more likely you will be to put everything away. Proper kitchen organization starts with creating a place for everything to go. Consider investing in canisters for your flour, sugar and other baking ingredients, and designate shelves for dairy, meats and leftovers. If you know where things go, it will be easier to put them away as you work.
2. Rinse As You Go
It may be too tough to wash every pot and pan as you cook, particularly when you’re in a rush, but you can maintain organization by rinsing as you go. If you have a dishwasher, rinse and place dishes, pots and pans in the dishwasher as finish with each item. All you have to do at the end is turn it on! If you don’t have one, you can still rinse and stack dishes in the sink, making cleanup far easier later on.
3. Get A Head Start on Organization
Instead of putting off the whole task of cleanup for the end of the meal, consider what you can do now to make life easier. An important part of organization is learning to delegate. Instead of setting the table yourself, ask one of the kids to do it, and take the time saved to wash a few dishes or a pot. If you know you’ve made enough of our delicious winter roasted organic veggies for leftovers, put them straight into the container and label it. When you’ve finished dinner, the task of cleanup will seem much easier!
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