Thursday, 26 January 2017

How to Organise Your Kitchen Cupboard

We all have big plans when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve and we begin a New Year. Perhaps it's to lose weight, eat more healthily or to get your home in some sort of order. So if you're thinking of having a good old de-clutter and start a bit of organisation, have a read at this post from one of my contributors to see how they managed to get their kitchen cupboards looking fantastic.

I am a neat freak. I’m neat to the point of madness. Move a vase slightly ajar and I’ll set it back in its place. Put items in a jar without a proper label and I get anxious. And considering all this you’d think that my kitchen was spectacularly organised, but for some reason my food cupboard has always been somewhat of a mess.

The reason? It’s that when I think about how to organise everything in my mind I start putting things into subcategories, and by the time I’m done it’s all too complicated. I have tried a number of times, but by the time my husband and kids get in there it’s a big mess again. I’ve just kind of come to terms with it. It’s my messy corner.

So what changed and why am I writing an article about how to organise your kitchen cupboard?

When we moved house last summer, we got a fresh start as it were with the kitchen. I wasn’t actually thinking about how to organise (I’m not that crazy), I was just looking to Pinterest for design ideas. It was there that I found this amazingly organised store cupboard. What was so amazing was the fact that it didn’t look complicated. It looked like something the whole family could keep in order without too much fuss.

If you too are struggling with kitchen tidiness, maybe you’ve been wondering if pasta and flour go together in the same area – then let me share with you how I’ve been doing it. You’ll need to buy 10 clear plastic containers, 5 large, and 5 medium. Here’s how it works:

All breakfast items like cereals, breads, spreads, and any flour product like pancake mix in one container.

All no-sell-by-date items like canned goods, flower, pasta, rice, etc. in one container.

All baking items in one container.

Oils, daily use spices and any other daily use items in one container.

Speciality items like a sauce you might only use to make a particular Asian dish, dried fungi, and spices you don’t frequently use in one container.

OK, next you’ll want to have 5 smaller containers - each with a label (buy handy write-on labels instead of the standard stock to mix things up a little). These smaller containers are where you keep the specific ingredients for your weeknight meals. That way you don’t even have to consider what you need to put together and you’re ready to go on those meals. This is especially helpful for those busy weeknights where you come home from work too tired to think. Sometimes automated motions are all we have energy for.

There you have it: this system really works for us. The best part is that I no longer have a ‘messy corner’, and that puts my mind at ease, even if that does sound a little crazy. But hey, who isn’t a little nuts right? Oh, nuts go in a separate container with other snacks – don’t forget the nuts!

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