By Tracie Utter
work room (food preparation, a place to do homework, an area to plan a meal or check e-mail, etc),
eating (drink coffee, eat a meal, pack a picnic)
entertaining (we all know everyone ends up in the kitchen)
storage (food, dishes, pans, purses, backpacks, papers, etc)
The more your require of your kitchen, the more you should consider the layout and daily routine. I am referring to two concepts: the flow of your kitchen and storage. The flow refers to how and where activities will take place, build your kitchen so that it will accommodate your family’s lifestyle. The rest of this post will focus on storage.
Storage in Your Kitchen
Must have: drawers, cabinets (or some type of storage areas), and a refrigerator. Your cabinets should hold the small stuff: dishes, pots, glasses, storage containers, food (if you lack a pantry). Drawers hold utensils, spices, kitchen towels, and anything really small. Beyond that is luxury. Not enough room? Consider getting rid of some stuff, especially anything that has not been used in a year.
What to put were: that depends on how you use your kitchen but in general…I place heavier items like plates and bowls near the dish washer (the less area they have to travel the better), glasses near the fridge, coffee cups near the coffee station, dish soap under the sink. Place items closest to the place were they are used and that makes sense to you. If you are not sure, a Professional Organizer can help…yes, I’m serious.
Overflow: unless your kitchen is large, the paper towels might have to be stored elsewhere. My advice is to keep heavily used items in the kitchen. Less used items can go wherever storage is available. This is common sense when written but in practice, it overwhelms so many.
Perception of Organization
If you like to cook, flow is critical; you have to be able to get the job done with the necessary tools. You might not care what the kitchen looks like, as long as, you can find what you need when you need it.
For everyone else, keeping the kitchen tidy will help you enjoy your space more. Even if the kitchen does not have the perfect flow, is not your ideal color, or does not have the right cabinets; at least use what you have to the best of your ability. If you believe you are using your kitchen to its maximum potential, then you can decide whether you are happy with it or it needs to be gutted.