More Kitchen Organization Tips

Emily A. Clark
Emily A. Clark

Hey Ya’ll! I’m featured over at Emily A Clark today offering my best kitchen organization tips, one of my favorite topics. I’ve been following Emily’s blog for years now and she offers great decorating ideas as well as sharing stories of her beautiful family. She and her husband welcomed twins last year so they now have 5 gorgeous children!

You may have read my post earlier on Kitchen Organization Tips but come check out what some other readers suggest here. You might learn something you want to try in your home!

Happy organizing!

How Clutter Costs You Money: Kitchen Edition

Our topic of the radio show last week, At Home with Paisley, was discussing and debunking design and organization myths. For both of us, an interior decorator and a professional organizer, there is a myth that only super rich people can afford our services or that it is highly indulgent to hire a decorator or organizer. While I know that hiring a decorator can save you money by helping you put together a design plan to save from costly, extraneous purchases, I want to talk about why disorganization actually costs you money.

This is a topic I have written about before but it seems even more prevalent given that we all will be paying more taxes this year. It is essential to spend more wisely and carefully, not frivolously. So today I’ll focus on the Kitchen and tomorrow I’ll talk about your clothes closet to see where disorganization and clutter may be costing you money.

Kitchen:  What does your kitchen and pantry look like? Do you hate going in there because it is a mess? Do you know what you have in your pantry? Refrigerator? Can you see everything clearly? So many people don’t clear out their pantry so they have no idea know what is in there that is edible. They throw away food because it is stale or past its due date so they are essentially throwing money away right there in the trash. Do you eat out a lot because you can’t bear to face the messy kitchen? Do you throw away the leftovers because they’ve gone sour in the refrigerator? Again, there is money you are tossing in the trash along with the moldy moo goo gai pan. 

Eating out not only costs more money but your body pays the price as well with added weight, which leads to buying more clothes (we’ll talk about the closet more tomorrow). I know a lot of people are proud to say that they don’t cook but I can tell you taking the time to clear out the pantry and refrigerator and filling them with food that you like and that you can use to create a meal will pay off exponentially. First off, you can accomplish the clearing and cleaning part in a weekend. It may not be your favorite way to spend a weekend (although I would love it!) but it is an investment in yourself and your sanity that will pay off immediately. Second, learning to cook will take a little longer but there are tons of free resources for easy menus that are perfect for novices. Pinterest, Food Network, Chow.com, and Epicurious are great online sources for easy recipes and my friend and chef, Nancy Waldeck, has a Friday Four Ezine that will provide you with a new, healthy recipe to try every Friday. Soups are an especially rewarding menu item to start with and are perfect for winter–one of my favorites!Image

Messiness and clutter in your kitchen hurt you and your waistline. Clear the clutter and eat at home to save money immediately. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about the cost of clutter in your closet connundrum! J

Happy organizing!

p.s. Do any of my foodie friends have additional comments about how eating at home can save you money, stress, extra weight, etc?

How to Organize Your Kitchen to Save Time and Maintain Peace

The kitchen is one of if not the most used rooms in your home and probably the one that needs the most help keeping in order. If ever the saying “a place for everything and everything in its place” were more appropriate, this is the room. Unlike your bedroom or closet, this room is shared by most people in your home so you’ve got to set up specific rules about what goes where. While kitchen design and layout I’ll leave to the expert designers and decorators, I wanted to share with you some initial tips on kitchen organization.

Glassware and mugs near top shelf of dishwasher-easy!
Glassware and mugs near top shelf of dishwasher-easy!
  1. Organize your plates, silverware, and glasses around the dishwasher. Most families run the dishwasher at least once a day so you are constantly taking things out and putting them up. It is SO much easier if you have those items within close range of the dishwasher so you aren’t hauling stacks of breakables across the kitchen.
Dishes not far from dishwasher and accessible by small people
Dishes not far from dishwasher and accessible by small people.

2.  Think about what you use most often and have it most easily accessible. Formal china or stemware that you don’t use very often should be placed further out of reach than your everyday china and glasses. Not only does this make logical sense, but there is less chance of breakage if you aren’t bumping into it regularly.

Easy access to dishes.
Easy access to dishes.

3.  If you have kids and are trying to teach them to help empty the dishwasher, I suggest putting plates and silverware where they can reach it. That way they don’t have to climb up a stool or ladder to put things away. Again, have it close to the dishwasher and easily accessible.

Plastic containers and lids have their home.
Plastic containers and lids have their home.

4.  Store plasticware in a drawer or cabinet accessible to small kids. They will find hours of entertainment taking the containers and lids out and stacking them like blocks. I personally spend a fair amount of time reorganizing this drawer because we use these containers constantly so its arrangement isn’t static. I have given up on it being perfect and am now content with just having their location identified. You have to choose your battles, people!

Kitchens are getting bigger and we are keeping more appliances, accessories, tools, dishes, glasses, etc. than ever. Finding a way to organize the things you use everyday is essential to a peaceful home. Remember everything needs a home and everyone in the house needs to know what goes where. Get everyone involved in the cleanup and put away process so there are no more searches for things that have been misplaced.

Happy organizing!