Thursday, March 21, 2019

Secrets Of People With The Perfect Kitchen

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our week-long Spring 2019 Cleaning Fest. Turning back to Organizing and Storing Expert, Emma Gordon of Clutter, we look to tackle the horrors of the kitchen! Emma offers amazing tips for organizing your kitchen pantry. And those tips are applicable to the entire kitchen! 

Secret Number One: Start by clearing all the food out of the pantry to get a visual inventory of the items you have already. Don't be surprised if you find a duplicate, that’s the hazard of an unorganized pantry.

Secret Number Two: The trick to keeping your pantry organized is to make it easy for your family to keep the items they eat on a regular basis accessible without having to move everything else around. Keep your meal staples like pasta, rice, black beans, quinoa in clear containers so you can quickly and easily see when it's time to add them to your shopping list.

Secret Number Three: Save shelf space by using an over-the-door towel hanger to store lunch bags and soft coolers on the back of your pantry door.

Secret Number Four: Make room by storing infrequently used appliances in another closet, or up on the top shelf. Things like ice cream makers, tamale cookers, pressure canners, electric roasting pans, only get used seasonally, and shouldn't take up prime pantry real estate.

Secret Number Five: Onions, potatoes, and garlic should be kept in a basket out of direct light in a basket or wire bin. Unbox cereals and store in a tall clear container so you can always see when you need to pick up more from the grocery store. Some containers will hold two full boxes of cereal, so you can stock up, and save on pantry space. Save space by unboxing individually wrapped items like granola bars, sunflower seeds, chips, etc. and gathering them in a basket.

Secret Number Six: Use canning jars to store your pantry items. They are cheap, durable (made to stand boiling water) and since they are made of glass you don't need to worry about plastic toxins leeching into your food, or making room on the top rack of your dishwasher. Canning jars come in a variety of sizes from tiny half-pints to half-gallon glass jars. The lids are airtight, washable, and come in two standard sizes that fit all jars regardless of whether you found them at a yard sale or picked them up at Target.

Okay, so now that you've organized your entire abode it's time to go play and enjoy your super clean space! 

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