Organize Your Kitchen

The beginning of a new year is a great time to organize your kitchen.  It may have gotten a little crazy with all the holiday baking and cooking, so what better time to get it back in order.  And if you made a new years resolution to eat healthier, an organized kitchen will make keeping that resolution easier. Set a couple hours aside, put on your favorite playlist or podcast and attack the kitchen.  Or you can simply do one task at a time after you’ve done the dishes or packed the lunches.

Check Expiration Dates
Time to clear out the entire pantry and fridge.  Check the dates on everything, spices, cans, boxes, bottles, jars, etc.  You’ll be surprised what all is hiding in the back.  Toss the expired items that are wasting space. Also, now is the perfect time to get rid of the junk you don’t need on your new diet.  Donate the food to your local food shelter.

Need More Space?
Get creative! Pinterest is full of great space saving ideas! I personally love these:
1. Don’t waste wall space. Screw wire pencil holders or shower caddies to the walls to hold your spices or other small items!
2. Don’t waste  shelf space with a million boxes, make a snack basket!
3. Storage containers can be hassle to keep organized, but using a CD rack for the lids helps keep things nice and tidy!
4. Put a lazy susan turntable in the fridge to help make everything easily accessible!

An organized kitchen will make cooking much more enjoyable.  Keeps things as uncluttered as you can and keep everything accessible as possible. You need to play around a little bit to see what works best for you, but it will be worth it in the end!

Happy Organizing!

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