Starting Out – The Beginner’s Guide to Setting Up a Fabulous Kitchen
Have you just moved into your first place and discovered you have no clue how to set up the kitchen? Maybe you’ve lived in your house for a while now, but you’re tired of the kitchen always being messy and not being able to find what you need when you need it. The kitchen should run like a well-oiled machine, but when it doesn’t, it can be a real pain. Whether you’re new to kitchen organization or hoping to make your kitchen a more organized place, the following beginner’s guide to setting up a fabulous kitchen is for you:
Pots and Pans
Because you use your pots and pans on a regular basis, they should be easily accessible near the stove. Drawers on either side are ideal for this purpose, and roll-out shelves are even better since they are shallower and allow you to see what’s in them better. Another option for organizing your reliable cookware sets is hanging them from a decorative ceiling or wall rack designed just for that purpose. If you have space, try to dedicate a drawer to nothing but lids for all your cookware.
Dishes You Use Regularly
The name of the game here is convenience in cleanup. You want to place them near the dishwasher (if you have one) or close to the sink so when it’s time to put them away, the task is quick and easy. Choose cupboards around the sink for the dishes you use all the time, and branch out from there with those you don’t use as frequently. If you have more drawers than cabinets, think about using drawer inserts to keep your dishes organized and neat.
Silverware and Other Utensils
Something else you’ll want to keep close to the dishwasher or sink is your silverware and other utensils. If you’ve ever washed and put these items away, you’ll understand why. Pick a small drawer to one side or the other of your sink or dishwasher and use a silverware drawer organizer to keep everything separated and neat.
An alternative to storing these items in a drawer if space is limited is to use tall mugs, canisters, or even plain vases on your countertop – one for each type of utensil. This option doubles as a nice display as long as the counter isn’t cluttered with too many other things.
Spices, Oils, etc.
Anything you use for seasoning your cooking should be within arm’s reach of the stovetop. This includes spices, oils, vinegar, and the like. If you don’t have a suitable cabinet above or to one side or the other of the stove, a drawer in the general vicinity works too, or you can purchase one of the many spice racks available online.
Canned and Dry Foods
If you have a pantry, by all means use it to its fullest potential. This area of the kitchen is designed to house a any number of foodstuffs from canned goods to dry foods to large items that don’t fit anywhere else. Even if you have empty cabinet space, it’s best to store all your food items in the pantry to make finding what you need easier. Many people find cooking to be a chore when they must wander around the kitchen looking in cupboard after cupboard for what they need.
For many people, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. Using it should be fun and easy. If yours isn’t, or you’re trying to set your kitchen up for the first time, the tips above should guide you in setting up a fabulous kitchen.