Okay, so the move got the best of me. As you see, I did not continue to blog as I thought I would. I had my computer die, purchased a new one with Windows 7 and Outlook 2010. Man, the platform and software changes are just enough to drive one crazy! And in the middle of moving! Oh well, I’m all settled in now and my new home is beautiful.
I mentioned that I would talk next about organizing your kitchen. When you are moving into a new place, setting up the kitchen the right way can help you for years to come. Of course, nothing fits the way it did in your old kitchen but looking on the bright side this enables you to rethink how you use your kitchen every day. In this post, you’ll see some of photos of my own kitchen.
Let’s start at the kitchen sink, shall we?
In most homes the dishwasher is located somewhere nearby. I start in this area because we tend to use the sink and dishwasher daily. The upper cabinets closest to this area should be where you put your drinking glasses, coffee mugs, travel mugs, and the like. Your everyday dishes need to be stored in the cabinets near the dishwasher – this makes unloading the dishwasher more convenient. The countertop near the sink is also a good location for your coffeemaker. If there are small drawers nearby, your dishtowels can be housed there since you use them in conjunction with the sink and dishwasher. Your silverware drawer should also be near the dishwasher for ease of unloading. Having a drawer organizer for the silverware is not optional!
Near the stove and oven:
In the drawers closest to these appliances, have your potholders, trivets, and cooking utensils. If you are short on drawer space, you can put your cooking utensils in a crock on your counter or hang them nearby. In the upper cabinets in this area, have your oils, spices, and seasonings. You can also use a drawer for spices and seasonings or a spice organizer of some type. In the remaining cabinetry located here keep your pots and pans, strainers, and casseroles dishes. Think about the way you cook. What do you most often need at hand? Make sure you have room for it nearby.
Tips for remaining cabinets and the pantry:
Create zones in the remaining cabinetry. For example, house all your baking tools, bowls, and pans together. Have all your snacks on the same shelf, your canned goods together. For your plastic ware (and lids) that you use for food storage, keep it together in one large plastic bin that you can easily pull out and access. In the highest cabinet shelves and above the refrigerator, store less used items and holiday dishes.