By Samuel Murray
By now, the surface areas of your kitchen are clean. Just a
more steps and youíre done in this room!
11. Weíre gonna get down and dirty here: under your sink! Most
people keep cleaning supplies under there; some keep garbage
cans, and still others, appliances. No matter whatís under
sink, tackle it! If itís cleaning supplies, look and see what
youíve used and never used and whatís just dried out and old.
Pitch what you donít use, wonít use, or is old. Organize your
cabinet in the way thatís best suited to youówhat you use the
most up front, whatís less-frequently used in back. If you
donít have a dishwasher, remember to leave room for your empty
dishpan to collect dirty dishes.
12. Next is your dish cabinet(s). However many of them you
have, you probably donít use everything in them. Be brutally
honest here: if you havenít used it recently, you probably
donít need it. And Iím certain that if you offered it to
someone else who was just starting out, they *could* use it.
Consider looking up a Freecycle group in your area
(www.freecycle.org) and joining. Itís free and keeps
things that still have life in them (but no use in your home)
going around. Pare down to 8-12 place settings with your
dishes; serving dishes are necessary, but no one needs 7
serving dishes that are the same size. If youíre cramped for
space, consider how much more relaxed youíll be when you open
your cabinets and can actually FIND what youíre looking for!
Organize your shelves in the way that best suits your family
needsóit doesnít have to be perfect, just useful.
13. Hit your spice cabinet next. I recently went through my
spice cabinet and was shocked at how much I had (duplicates!)
and didnít useóand Iím a born-organized person! Pitch what you
donít use or is out of date. Consolidate in to smaller
if possible. Use lazy-susans if applicable to your cabinet
14. Finally, go through your appliance/baking cabinet. If you
donít bake cheesecakes, why keep the springform pan? Do you
have 12 cookie sheets? Three or four is as many as one family
needsóeven if you have two ovens, each only has 2 shelves. One
sheet is on one oven shelf, so 4 would max out your ovens. Do
you have broken appliances? Pitch Ďem! Put what you use in
front, and things used less-often towards the back, but still
Whoo hoo! Now your cabinets are organized! And by now, your
entire kitchen should look as if itís had a mini-makeover!
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