When you resettle into your new home one of the first rooms you should set up is your kitchen. The kitchen is the center of household activities for most families.
Steps to Unpacking and Organizing your Kitchen
- Identify your Kitchen’s Work Triangle
- Identify Major Zones
- Decide on the location for everyday dishes and utensils.
- Find overflow sites
- Maximize hidden storage
1. Identify your work triangle
The most frequently used space in your kitchen will be within the work triangle. The 3 points of the triangle are made up of the sink, stove, and refrigerator.
If you have a galley kitchen or if your stove/sink/fridge are next to each other, you will need to rely heavily on modifications like adding extra wall storage and working surfaces.
2. Identify major work zones
Map out these zones using temporary sticky notes before unpacking the first box. They are :
Where: Around or to the right of the stove
What: Pots, pans, and tools used during cooking, like wooden spoons
- Prep Work
Where: Close to the largest work surface within the work triangle
What: Mixing bowls, measuring cups, and tools used to prepare meals
- Serving and Entertaining
Where: Closer to the dining area with the exception of everyday utensils
What: Large serving platters, carafes, cake stands, holiday themed items
- Food storage
Where: Locate a space near the refrigerator but away from household cleaners
What: Tupperware, ziplock bags, aluminum foils
Where: Typically under the sink and additional cabinets around the sink if not needed for prep and cooking
What: Towels, rags, sponges, cleaning solutions
3. Decide on the location for everyday dishes and utensils
Unpack and set-up your most frequently used kitchen items first. Choose a drawer within the work triangle and close to the dishwasher to unpack everyday cutlery like forks and spoons. Choose a cabinet using this same method to unpack everyday dishes and glasses.
In small kitchens, if cabinets and drawers are unavailable, these everyday items can be placed in a cart or carafes on the counter.
4. Find overflow sites
Often there is just not enough room for everything to fit in the kitchen. If you are downsizing to a smaller kitchen you will need to identify satellite locations for extra items.
- Move serving and entertaining pieces to the dining room
- Set-up shelving in the garage or basement to store overflow appliances and less frequently used cooking tools
- Bulk cleaning and paper products can find a home in the laundry room
5. Maximize hidden storage
Kitchens are full of nooks for hidden storage. Here are my favorite ways to add more space:
- Add cup hooks and stemware holders to the underside of cabinets
- Install spice racks on open walls. In addition to spices, store teas, medicines, and small prep tools on these mini-shelves
- Hang a pot rack. Getting pots and pans out of your cabinets can free up a ton of space
- Place shelf stackers inside your cabinets to double your storage for plates, bowls, and prep tools on these mini-shelves mugs
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- What will I name my business?
- Where will I find clients?
- How do I become an organizer?
- Do I need to be certified?
- How will I structure my business?
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