The kitchen is often the most used room in the home. It can be very easy to become unorganized, especially when it is the central hub. But there are a few things you can do to keep your kitchen from spiraling out of control and make it easier on you and your family to keep the area efficient and always ready to go!

-Pre-plan Your Meals For The Week

You hear this over and over, but most have never tried this. Go ahead, give it a shot! Once you get into the habit of it, there are plenty of benefits to it. You will never get frustrated over a meal if you are ready to go, and since you already know everything you will need, you will save a great deal of money on groceries and won’t buy things you won’t use.

-Store Equipment Wisely

This sounds like a no-brainer, but really think about where everything is. Silverware should be close to the plates, and pots and pans are actually better suited next to the sink, since typically the first thing you do with them is fill with water. Once you start to realize what works better, you will save yourself a great deal of time, instead of constantly running back and forth.

-Don’t Keep Appliances Out That Aren’t Used Regularly

Sure it may look cool, but do you really use those high-end appliances that often? If the answer is yes, I concede. But chances are, most of what’s on your counters aren’t used daily. If you notice you have something out that doesn’t get used EVERY day, find a place for it out of sight. That way there’s more room for everything you do use often.

-Clean As You Cook

If you save all the cleaning for after dinner, chances are you’re going to tell yourself some of it can wait until the next day. Clean as you go, throwing things away and wiping off surfaces right after use, and that way you won’t have much to worry about when you’re so full you can hardly stand up! And it will cut the time spent doing dishes down considerably, since food will usually rinse right off if you get to it before it has time to cool down and dry.

-Utilize Wall Space And Install Racks Inside Cabinets For Optimum Storage

Of course, you don’t want to use up every available square inch of wall space for storage, that would look disasterous! But hanging up a spice rack, a magnetic strip for knives, or even a small peg board for your most used cooking utensils can look great and make everything much easier. And one of the most underused spaces in the kitchen is the inside of cabinets. Install racks and small baskets inside them, and you get a great deal of extra storage without sacrificing the overall look of your kitchen.

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