Using Your Kitchen Cupboard Space More Efficiently
Depending on the size of your kitchen, what to store in your kitchen cabinets could be important. Some of the items you might use every day and others you only use sporadically, creating a problem when you need to get into that cupboard for something else. While everyone organizes their kitchens differently there are certain things that you should not store in your kitchen cupboards, but rather in other locations in the house. This will make your kitchen more efficient when cooking or preparing the meals for the family.
Anything you are using to serve the food on should not be stored in the kitchen unless it is huge and you have tons of space. Chances are you rarely use serving trays unless you are taking food outside or someone is sick. These trays can be large and bulky, but whether they are made of plastic or wood they are bulky. If you have plenty of space in your kitchen and still insist on storing them there, place them up top so they are out of the way. Or if you live in a small apartment, in a bag on top of the refrigerator is another good place.
While you are going to be using napkins during most of your meals, even paper towels to clean up, they shouldn’t be stored in your kitchen cabinets. The kitchen can get moist, and actually ruin the paper products or absorb the bacteria around them. Instead store them in a linen closet or the pantry. Bulk packages could be stored in your garage or storage unit. You can keep a small amount on the counter for general use, but not stored in the cabinets themselves.
Appliances you never use
This seems like an easy choice, but most people feel that out of site is out of mind and therefor you don’t think about them. While you might want to keep your counters clear in case you need to cook, or prep for a meal, the cupboard is not always the best place for appliances that you don’t often use. A dehydrator for example might only be used a few times a year, so should actually be placed in storage instead of in the cupboards. The same could be said for an appliance like crock pots, blenders, mixers, griddles, waffle irons and more. Rule of thumb is that if you don’t use it at least once a week, it doesn’t belong in the kitchen.
Appliances you use daily
Here is where the opposite plays into effect. If there is an appliance that you use every day, or even several times a week, then it belongs on the counter, not stored in the cupboard. These appliances are many times the ones that you can’t live without. Common ones include, the microwave, coffeemaker, and toaster. Depending on your diet, and what you prepare on a daily basis they may also include items such as a blender, crockpot, toaster oven, and mixer. Remember if it is on your counter it is something you use a lot, and deserves to be there, instead of having to be pulled out of the cupboard every day.
Decorations and Home Decor
Regardless if these decorations or decor are for the kitchen, they should never be stored in the kitchen cupboards. They belong in storage, especially if they are seasonal decorations. They can get bulky and take up space that is better used for actual kitchen items, cooking utensils, and cooking preparation items.
Food belongs in the pantry, and this includes spices and any open containers as well. If you get bugs you don’t want them all over the house. You really don’t want them at all, but at least if they are contained to one area they will be easier to take care of. If you store food or open food containers such as peanut butter in the kitchen cupboards you run the risk of bugs getting on everything. You also risk contamination to other items and if someone you know visits with an allergy it could be triggered by what you have place next to it. So if peanut butter was near the pots and pans and you cooked with them, you could get peanut butter where you don’t want it to be.
Outdoor serving pieces
If it belongs outdoors, then it has no place in your kitchen. This includes barbecue utensils and such that are only used a few times a year. Picnic baskets and plates that go with it, such as the plastic that is used once a year. Keep it in the garage or in storage. If you have extra closet space or storage in your outdoor barbecue area, then this is where you want to place these items.
Keep your kitchen cupboards for those items you use, such as plates, storage containers, mixing bowls, pots and pans and more. This is what that space is for and should only be used for. Your cooking experience and dining experience will be enhanced when you and everyone else in the house can find what you need with ease.