A kitchen is the most visited place in a household. It is considered the second worship place in any Indian household. So it is very important to have a neat and well-organized kitchen space for a healthy lifestyle. No matter what size your kitchen might be, keeping it clean and systematic can sometimes become a difficult task. In this article, you will find a step-by-step guide to make this tedious job a bit easier and simpler.
I enjoy cleaning and organizing, hence most of these tips are tried and tested. So without further ado, let’s get started.
1. Allocate a specific time frame
When starting with organizing your kitchen, start with setting a time limit for yourself. It depends on the size of your kitchen as well as the amount of clutter to be tackled. Some finish it in a few hours, while others might even take a whole day.
Setting time frames for tasks makes it easier to get completed within your scope. Start with smaller areas as it is easy to clean items and put them back in lesser time. If possible, list out the tasks you want to do at once. This way, you will be able to structure your schedule properly, avoiding wastage of excess time.
2. Begin to declutter
It seems a lot easier to declutter a kitchen, but when you actually do it, you start to look at the bigger picture and end up keeping items you don’t use daily. For starters, list out the items you actually need in your kitchen. For example, if you have extra crockery gifted to you, pack them in a box and keep them away. You can bring them back when needed to use. Be a bit ruthless when it comes to decluttering as it makes the process even easier.
3. Remove everything out
A lot of tedious work gets easier when you clear the space out. Empty the kitchen area completely and collect all the items in one place. This way, you will know what you have and what you need to keep. Also, it will help you decide how to organize items according to your needs.
If your regular organizing method is not working, switch to a more effective one. You can always invent new ways to help organize your kitchen space as per your need. Placing your kitchen items properly helps avoid chaos in the future while doing your cooking and other work.
4. Proper separation of items
It is important to know what you actually need to keep in your kitchen. Make separate sections of items, like what you want to keep, what should be stored in a separate place, and what needs to be donated or thrown away. This way, you will know what is there with you, and how much needs to be there further.
Sort all the items according to your need. Pile up all the unnecessary items and keep them away to avoid confusion. Immediately dispose of the items you need to throw away, keep a litter bag handy for that work. Use a big laundry basket to collect all the items you find in the kitchen that should be placed somewhere else in the house and not the kitchen.
5. Organize different zones
Now that you know what you want to keep, arrange all the items properly as they are usable. Try to have a separate section for different items. For example, keep all your spices in one section, baking items in another section, and cleaning items in another section.
Also, keep your usable pots and pans handy and nearby. Keep the commonly used ingredients ahead on the shelf for easy access. Make sure that you have a plan ready before arranging items in their respective place.
If you aren’t a big fan of organizing things functionally, look for alternative plans. Make a plan that works best for you and place things in a position where they are easy to access for your kitchen layout.
6. Maintain a clean counter space
Having a clean counter space makes cooking easier and saves you time. There are two main reasons for having a clear space. Firstly, a countertop has a primary function while performing kitchen activities, and secondly, it has a calming effect on the brain compared to a cluttered stressful space.
Keep all items handy to use, but do not clutter your cooking space with them. Make use of racks and attractive trays to store things that you use daily. Hanging racks are very useful to keep cutlery and plates, making the space free for other work. Try to use only 1/3 of your counter space, this will ensure a clutter-free space.
7. Use every nook and cranny
Make every inch of the kitchen space functional without overcrowding the space. You can achieve the ultimate aesthetically functional kitchen by incorporating some organizing tools. Here’s a small list of tools.
Over sink dish drying rack
Such drying racks are great for people with small kitchen space. They are highly functional and easy to use. By going vertical, you can save tons of room for plates, glasses, spoons, pans, and more.
Container lids can take a lot of cabinet space if not arranged well. The best way to organize container lids is by getting yourself some lid organizers. They are easily available online in different shapes and sizes. These little trays will ensure that all the lids are kept in an orderly fashion without occupying a huge space.
Knife or chopping board holder
Having a knife and chopping board holder on your kitchen top is not only functional but also makes the counter space look neat and clean. You can hang your chopping board against a wall but a rack will ensure that the board dries well from all sides.
3 tier basket
Instead of using bowels to store vegetables and wasting valuable space, go traditional. Use the good old 3 tier baskets for storing onions and garlic. Place it on your kitchen counter for easy access.
Hang pots and pans
Hanging utensils is the best way to keep them organized, functional, and clutter-free. Storing pots and pans in your cabinets or drawers is a waste of precious space and is less functional compared to hanging them.
Cabinet door holders
Cabinet doors hold a tone of unused space, which can be utilized to store light things. Use a good quality holder/bar to hand kitchen gloves, kitchen cloth, or more. You can also hang small plastic containers inside the cabinet door to store cleaning solution bottles, mini brushes, etc.
8. Keep utilities under control.
Having towels and paper rolls are very common in a kitchen. Keep a separate dedicated space for them to avoid clutter. Make use of paper trays or boxes in a corner to store papers out of the cooking area. Also, pile up usable cloth towels near the sink to keep them handy when needed. This will help avoid wastage of time during work.
9. Maintaining the space.
Well once you have finally followed all these steps and have achieved a clean and functional kitchen, then the next step is to maintain this space. This is one of the hardest steps to follow, especially for people who aren’t crazy about organizing things.
I’d highly recommend you to keep things back to their respective places as soon as possible. This is a simple yet effective tip to maintain a clean kitchen. For example, if you used certain spices while cooking, make sure you immediately place them back in the cabinet to maintain a clean counter space.
We have finally finished our step-by-step guide on how to organize an Indian kitchen. Hopefully, this guide helps you achieve your dream of an organized and clean kitchen. Make sure to get creative and find better alternatives for your kitchen needs. Happy organizing folks.