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itchen SOS: Make More Space
June’s all about graduates, grooms, and brides, right? Yes, but it’s also known for food celebrations like National Doughnut and Onion Rings Day. It’s no wonder that such “holidays” bring to mind the center of every home—the kitchen.
It’s where you cook up comfort for family and catch up over cocktails with friends. However, it’s no fun to cook in a chaotic kitchen, and it’s challenging to clean. With all the year-round activity that takes place there, it might be time to give it some TLC.
BHM has just the recipe to help you restore order to the heart of your home. Boasting 10 years+ years of experience, our organizing team shares four easy steps to prep your kitchen for summer entertaining.
1. Divide -- Tackle the kitchen in segments, e.g., food prep, cooking, service, and storage. Start in one zone, working clockwise until you come full circle. “Take 15” after completing an area. That way, you’ll save energy, stay motivated, and see your progress in the making.
2. Purge -Remove everything shelf by shelf, cabinet by cabinet. Rid yourself of anything that has expired, isn’t wanted, or doesn’t function. This includes small appliances, old cookbooks, and mismatched Tupperware. Sort them into three piles: keep, discard, donate. Throw out any expired food products, including spices.
3. Categorize - Place all like items together, e.g., food with food, pots with pans, napkins with paper towels, etc. Arrange canned and boxed goods in your cabinets/shelves the same way they’re displayed on store shelves. This setup allows you to find what you need quickly and take stock of what’s running low. Put the boxes/cans that will expire soonest up front. If you have the space, we always recommend getting a can organizer as that will allow you to easily take the bottom one (the one with the date that will expire soonest).
4. Conquer the Clutter - Leave food prep and serving stations free and clear; remove all small appliances and miscellaneous items. Set aside a space for your top three kitchen aids to reside, and put everything else in a designated cabinet.
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