Since I have begun this journey in the kitchen cooking new recipes everyday, I’ve noticed how much I love gadgets and utensils. I’ve purchased bamboo spoons, frying thermometer, ice cream scoop and of course a “Pioneer Woman” knife to name a few. My theory is….if you are going to do a job well, you have to have the right tools. Right?
Well that brings me to kitchen organization.
Tip #1-the things you use the most (everyday) should be closest to your work area. For example, here’s a picture of my least used baking items stored in a crate in the bottom of my pantry.
Things like cake pans, muffin tins, double boiler, cake racks. Who bakes cakes or muffins everyday? But, I do use them so they are still accessible. However, my sauce pans, Pyrex baking dishes, fry pans, mixing bowls etc. are all right next to my stove and oven. I use them everyday.
Tip #2-This actually applies to more than just the kitchen. Store like things together. Also display like things together. It is functional in the kitchen and more pleasing to the eye and the brain everywhere else. For example, I have 3 rectangle shaped Pyrex baking dishes. They are stacked together on one shelf. I have 3 oval baking dishes with lids. They are stacked, lid upside down, together. I only use square or rectangle plastic ware to store food in the frig because they stack better and leaves more room for other things.
As far as decor around your house goes, keeping like items together makes more of a statement and is more pleasing to the eye. It also looks less cluttered because your brain can focus better and differentiate between positive and negative space. i.e. cluttered and uncluttered.
Hope this helps make you more efficient in the kitchen and less cluttered at home!