Organize Your Kitchen NOW for the Holidays

Your kitchen will become a very busy place for the holidays with preparation, baking, cooking, entertaining and more. Before you get into the thick of it, take an hour or so and get your kitchen organized and ready for activity! When you have an organized kitchen, it’s easy to cook more efficiently because you can quickly find what you need. It also makes clean up a breeze.

Take Stock of What You Have:
Remove everything from the all of the drawers and cabinets and place on the kitchen table. Sort like things together before putting them back in an organized manner. Read through holiday recipes and then especially take a look through your pantry and spice rack to see what you have, what you’re low on or if anything needs to be thrown away. Make a list of what you’ll need to grab at the store.

Let it Go:
If you no longer want to keep an item and it’s still in good shape, donate it or if you have enough items schedule a yard sale. Toss anything that is broken, warped or stained (think old plastic ware). While you’re at it, stock up on inexpensive containers if you need them to prepare for leftovers!

Organize by Zones:
Create a place for everything based on use. For example, place items used for cooking near the stove, items used for food prep near the countertop where you prepare meals. Cleaning items should go under the sink. In the pantry organize zones such as canned foods, pastas, cereal, banking, etc. If you have the room, even set up a “holiday zone” with things you’ll need for baking and cooking for the season readily available. If you have special holiday items such as dish towels, soap dispensors, etc., time to bring them out!

Create easy access for items frequently used:
If you need a cup of joe to start your day, create a coffee station to include coffee maker, coffee, sugar, coffee mugs, spoons, etc. The idea is to make it easy to get everything you need without having to criss-cross the kitchen.

Countertops are prime real estate: avoid cluttering them with items not used daily:
Why have a bread maker on your countertop if you only use it once a year? To be efficient, countertops should contain only items you use daily or several times a week.