Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The kitchen is central to a number of activities in the home – it’s a place to cook and prepare everyday meals and house party dinners, and sometimes we use it as an eating area for breakfasts, meriendas and midnight snacks.
For most Filipino households, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Inevitably, it is a heavy-duty workspace that tends to get easily cluttered.
Conquer kitchen clutter with these handy tips…
Healthy cleaning habits
Get into the habit of cleaning your kitchen regularly. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink as this can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria and germs, not to mention roaches and insects.
Aside from cleaning, a clutter-free kitchen also requires diligence in organizing. Stow away appliances and utensils when not in use so as to keep your counters looking neat and tidy.
It’s also a good idea to put away your groceries in your pantry cabinet as soon as you can.
Kitchen storage is your best friend when it comes to conquering kitchen clutter. Have a space designated for different kitchen items as this will free up valuable counter space which is best used for food preparation.
Divide kitchen storage into sections, with similar items grouped together on one shelf or drawer. Organize your storage so that regularly used items are within easy reach.
Arrange things in a way that makes sense to you as a cook and kitchen user. Cooking condiments and utensils should be kept near the stove whereas dining platters and utensils can be stored near the sink for easy storage after washing or alternatively, near the dining area for easy access when setting the table.
Using every space
Take advantage of every nook and cranny in your kitchen. This is especially useful when it comes to small kitchens - it can do wonders and free up much needed storage space.
Consider using vertical space such as the kitchen walls and cabinet doors where you can hang shelves or hooks.
Corner cabinets are usually hard to access. Fix this common problem by installing a rollout tray or a lazy Susan.