I have known Melinda for ages! In fact she was the first wedding coordinator I ever worked with. In my first year of business I photographed a fun wedding at the Fort Worth Zoo and Melinda was working as the event coordinator there at the time. Fast forward some years and know Melinda is concentrating on a new avenue, professional organizing! Lord knows we all need help with that! She can whip your home office into shape, re-do your business show room or just help you do a major overhaul in your life when it comes to where things go. I asked Melinda to share some tips on kitchen organization as I know that for my family that is the hub of the home. It gets completely disorganized! Plus with all my bride readers out there these tips may help as you unpack those kitchen gifts after your honeymoon!
The easiest way to make a huge impact in your kitchen is to remove everything except non-essential items from your countertops. Clean countertops create the illusion of lots of space and openness, even in the smallest of kitchens. If you have appliances that you use daily, leave counter top appliances to two max.
Organizing your pantry:
- Start by sorting through all of your foods and pairing like items with like, then purge all expired foods. Donate foods that you won’t eat but are still good to your local food bank.
- Place foods you eat often and other frequent-use items at eye level. If you’re trying to eat healthier, place junk foods in harder access areas.
- Keep older foods to the front and newer foods towards the back. This helps you remember what foods you have to eat or preserve before they go bad. Employ this trick in your refrigerator as well to back on food waste.
- Lazy susans and small tiered shelves are great add-ins to help you see all of your canned goods and spices. You can also Velcro spices to the inside of a cabinet door. Other ways to make better use of your space are to keep dry goods, grains and pastas in stylish canisters on your counter or store them in storage containers instead of their original bags. If using storage containers in the cabinet, opt for square over round to utilize all of your cabinet real estate.
- If you have a lot of vertical space between shelves, small wire add-in shelves will make good use of the excess space.