Organize your Cupboards in 5 Simple Steps
When it comes to keeping our homes neat and tidy, the cupboards are one of the areas that give people the most trouble.
Making sure your cupboards are organized and up-to-date will not only help things run smoothly in the kitchen, but will also make it easier for you to cook healthy meals, and make a complete grocery list before you head off to the store. With the perfect cupboards, you can say goodbye to kitchen stress, once and for all.
Today, we"ll show you how to get the perfect kitchen cupboards, and make life easier for you and your family. It all comes down to good organization. No more simply throwing your groceries into the cupboards any old how, okay?
At first, it might seem like you"re having to spend more time keeping your cupboards organized. However, when it comes to cooking and buying new ingredients, you"ll see that it actually makes things a lot quicker. This is a long-term strategy, rather than a quick-fix.
Organize your cupboards in 5 simple steps
1. Instead of leaving open products in their original packaging, place them in glass jars and label them. This is a good way to keep everything fresh, and stop food from going off. On similar note, you don"t need to buy ten packets of pasta – two at a time is more than enough.
2. When you put your groceries away, be sure to store the new items at the back of the cupboard, and the bring the older items to the front. That way, you"ll be more likely to use things up before they go off, and if they do go out of date, you can put them straight in the trash.
3. Place heavy items on the bottom shelf. Milk, water, tin cans… All this can go in removable drawers to make it easier for you to move them around.
4. Try to choose cupboards that will allow you to adjust the height of the shelves. Otherwise, you might find it more difficult to store large items, and you"ll lose a lot of valuable storage space.
5. Organize your ingredients into separate categories to make it easier to find things. On one shelf you could have pasta, rice and dried food, on another you could keep sugar, salt, coffee, and on another you could keep your tin cans.
A few final tips
Once you"ve got the hang of these 5 steps, there are a few other things you can do to keep your cupboards perfectly organized, saving you both time and money.
- Don"t forget to make a list of everything you"ve run out of and need to replace. Always keep it on-hand, and make sure to keep it up-to-date.
- Label all of your jars carefully, making a note of the expiry date. Never put multiple packets in the same jar, unless they have the same use-by date.
- Always keep tinned food in the cupboards for those busy days when you have guests coming over or you don"t have time to do the grocery shopping.
The devil"s in the detail
The perfect kitchen cupboards should be clean and dry. Try to avoid changes in temperature as far as possible, keeping your cupboards between 50 and 68°F.
It"s good to air them out from time to time to make sure they don"t start to smell, and to prevent the build-up of bacteria. You can also add lighting to each of the shelves so you can see what you have, and what you"ve run out of.
You may also want to add drawers, boxes, baskets, and a rack where you can hang items such as garlic, peppers, and onions. Just like you"d find in a rustic, country kitchen.
When it comes to decoration, you have lots of different options to choose from. If you"re a fan of DIY, you could refurbish an old closet and decorate it yourself, or you could buy a custom-made breakfast bar with built-in storage.
But whether you go for a simple model or a more elaborate design, having well-organized cupboards is a great habit to get into if you want to spend less, and eat well. Are you ready to take on this new challenge?It might interest you...