Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Organizing your kitchen

In many Filipino households, the kitchen is the heart of the home. The love for food, from cooking to eating, is often shared by the entire family. The kitchen becomes the central space for everyday meals and family gatherings.

The way your kitchen is organized could very well affect how smoothly your day goes.

The kitchen is also a space most frequented over the course of a day as you cook and prepare meals. The way your kitchen is organized could very well affect how smoothly your day goes. An organized kitchen will help you cook and prepare dishes faster and with less stress and hassle.

The working triangle

Understanding how you use your kitchen is the first step to kitchen organization. The three key areas in this space are the refrigerator, sink and range. To have a smooth flow while switching stations, these three areas should form a compact working triangle. Just imagine having these areas so far apart, you'll be tired by the time you sit down for your meal! To avoid this nightmare, the distance from the refrigerator to the sink, range and back should not exceed seven meters.

Store items according to the most used

The three key areas in the kitchen are the refrigerator, sink and range. To have a smooth flow while switching stations, these three areas should form a compact working triangle.

From dinner plates to kitchen appliances, assess the frequency of use of each item. After your careful assessment, strategically place the pieces you are least likely to use in the uppermost and lowermost shelves or drawers. Since these are areas that are more difficult to reach, you will be saving much of your time than if you were to put heavily used items in these areas. For kitchen appliances that you use every day, such as your trusty coffeemaker, you may also just want to put it right on your counter.

Smart kitchen storage systems

Today, there are numerous options available in the market for ingenious kitchen storage systems. Roll-out storage is great for corner cabinets, as you can see all the items in one go as the entire tray rolls out in full view. Another common problem is a messy drawer. Avoid digging through different utensils every time, by getting drawer organizers. A great way to make your space go the extra mile for you is by installing adjustable shelving. This will cater to your changing needs in the kitchen, as appliances and pantry items may change in height or size over time. - Aislinn Kee  


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