The New Year is a great time to get focused and tidy!!
Here are 5 tips from organizational pro, Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” that will help you to love your kitchen!
Focus on ease of cleaning vs. ease of use!
Take it from the professionals…chefs! Cooking becomes much more of a pleasurable activity when a splatter or spill occurs and you are able to wipe it up with ease vs. removing décor and unnecessary clutter.
Keep your refrigerator 30% empty!
You will be able to see the actual contents of your refrigerator, allowing you to only have fresh and unexpired foods, sauces, and condiments that you will actually use.
It’s ok to have lots of kitchen stuff if you use and love them!
If you enjoy fresh juices, spiralized zucchini, or making your own fresh pasta…go for it! However, if you never use the bulky appliance given to you as a wedding present many years ago, get rid of it. You will enjoy having the space to find what you are looking for in your kitchen with ease.
Keep your counters as clean and clear as possible!
Have you heard the phrase “out of sight, out of mind”? This will help you to work on other New Year’s goals as well. If you are wanting to cut down on bread or cookies, keeping them ready and available on the counter is not setting you up for success with your goals. In addition, a happy and clean kitchen will give you a nice peace of mind!
Toss anything past its prime!
Obviously you will want to discard foods that are past their expiration date. However, you may be holding on to a decadent but never used hot sauce that has been sitting in the back of your refrigerator for months. Kondo recommends keeping 2-3 items per category, like jams, hot sauces, or vinegars; and using a sharpie to mark the date on spices and tossing them on their first anniversaries.