5 Organizational Tips That Will Make Your Kitchen a Haven of Productivity
Not many people realize how much the state of the space you work in can affect your productivity. A cluttered and disorganized kitchen would make you scrunch your nose up in distaste and immediately head to your go-to food delivery app and opt for takeout instead.
Having a place for everything and knowing where things go can definitely enhance the cooking experience, and motivate you to use your kitchen more often.
Here are some organizational tips that will help you convert your kitchen into a space where you can create wonderful dishes while enjoying the whole process:
- Divide your kitchen according to purpose
Within your kitchen are different spaces that serve different purposes. There should be a space reserved exclusively for cooking, a place for preparing food, storage areas, a dish zone, and a cleaning zone.
One thing to note in assigning spaces for each zone is that the areas for cooking and preparation should be close to each other, since you will be transferring your prepared ingredients to the cooking area for, well, cooking.
- Allot adequate space around your stovetop
A lot goes on when you’re cooking, and not having enough space for pots and pans and bowls for ingredients is not only inconvenient- it can turn into a fire hazard. Having enough countertop space means you can easily add ingredients and put some things down.
- Only have essential items near your stovetop
Having a lot of unnecessary items near your stove makes the area cluttered and cramped.
So, you should only have what you usually use near your stovetop area. These include basic cooking utensils, seasonings like salt and pepper, oven mitts, and a handy washcloth to wipe away inevitable spills.
- Store kitchen essentials in the cooking zone
Accessibility is your number one priority. You don’t want to have to rummage through several drawers just to find that sauce pan you need. Keep only the items you often use nearby, such as pots and pans, cooking oil, and spices and seasonings.
- Choose the right storage solutions
Oftentimes, the wrong storage (yes, they exist) can create more problems rather than solve them. Make sure that the storage solutions you choose prioritize accessibility and efficiency. Some examples of good storage solutions is using a tray to store salt and pepper, and using drawer dividers to separate lids from pots.
We hope these tips will lead you to having an effective and efficient system within your kitchen, and help make cooking a more enjoyable task for you.