Before the holiday season starts, it’s time to get your kitchen ready for the festivities! The coming months are filled with family, friends, and lots of food. Since the kitchen gets used around the clock (especially during wintertime), an organized space is essential to make your life easier. The goal is to get food preparation completed faster, and to reduce stress during the busy holidays. Luckily, organizing your kitchen cabinets is a lot simpler than it looks. Below are the four easiest ways to get your cabinets all set for the colder months!
The first step while embarking on this mission is to pull everything out of all your cabinets, drawers, and pantry. Toss all expired or well-worn items, and donate what you don’t use. You’ll be amazed at how much collects over time, and you may even find things that you forgot you had!
Sort Into Categories
Sorting things into categories maximizes storage space, keeps things tidy, and helps make everything easier to find. This idea can be used with any type of kitchen item ranging from spices and food items to cooking tools and dishes. Store baking sheets, pots and pans, utensils, and glassware in distinct areas for easy access.
Arrange your pantry in the same way, grouping like items in bins and canisters with easy-to-read labels. Specify separate categories such as cereals, pasta, baking mixes, and canned goods. Then group each category neatly on a shelf together.
It is also helpful to store items on a use-by basis. Doing so should keep your cabinets simplified and accessible. Food and dishes used regularly should be kept in easy to reach places, and special occasion items should be stored up high, and out of the way until needed. Place items based on where you use them. For instance, knives should be in the drawer closest to the counter for food prep, and glassware should be near the sink or refrigerator.
Set Up An Entertaining Station
Having a designated area set up for entertaining can be a big help during the holidays when guests frequently drop in for dessert or a cup of cheer. A kitchen island is usually the ideal place to serve hors d'oeuvres and offers extra seating possibilities. If you don’t have the space for a built-in island, consider a portable island or cart to use as an impromptu wine or dessert bar.
Start autumn and winter with organized kitchen cabinets! A well-planned kitchen can make the busy holiday season a lot less stressful. And that’s something extra to celebrate!
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