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10 Easy Kitchen Organization Tips


How to Organize a Kitchen

 

 

 

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is a place where everyone gathers for conversations, meals, homework and get-togethers. This is also a room that gathers clutter and can easily get “out of control” as family members deposit backpacks, purses, keys, briefcases or wallets.  All of these daily items add to what can already be a cluttered room. There are many kitchen organization ideas that can help, though, from DIY storage ideas to cleaning tips. It is important to find the right solution for your needs. Kitchen organization is a good way to kick off your spring cleaning projects and get organized for 2016.

Attack of the Kitchen Clutter

The kitchen counters and cabinets become a place where unused appliances and kitchen accessories sit and gather dust. Family members pass down pots, pans, jello molds, cake pans, storage containers and utensils which end up being placed in the back of cabinets or drawers never to be used again. Everyone has a collection of storage containers without matching lids, and utensils that are used once but never again. There are quite a lot of “amateur chefs” that require every kitchen gadget, but don’t end up using half of them. All of these items end up cluttering counters and occupying space in kitchen cabinets and pantries. Learning how to organize your kitchen is easy to do by just following the few tips listed below.

How to Organize a Kitchen

Having an organized kitchen will allow you to find the kitchen accessories or cooking utensils that you need while keeping a clean kitchen. As with any reorganization project, it is important to start with a plan. Separate your kitchen into areas, or projects, such as, the pantry, cabinets, countertops and drawers. Work on reorganizing one area at a time. Once one project is completed, move on to the next area in the room. Before starting the project, gather the cleaning and moving and packing supplies you will need to pack up these excess kitchen accessories. Below are kitchen organization tips and suggestions to keep the room clutter-free:

  1. Sort through the excess items in each area in the kitchen. Throw away expired food, broken plates, glasses, and mismatched storage containers. Examine your kitchen accessories and supplies and decide if you will use it again in the future. If the answer is no, then it is time to donate or sell the item.
  2. Keep the most essential items in the kitchen on your counters and within easy reach of your main workspace.
  3. Clean the empty cabinets and drawers and change the shelving paper before putting items back inside. Also, wash the items before putting them back in the cabinets.
  4. Categorize your kitchen cabinets and drawers into smaller groups such as baking items, special occasion dishes or everyday items. Put special occasion dishes and serving items higher up in the cabinet, since they are only used a few times a year.
  5. Utilize all of the vertical space in the kitchen and cabinets. Have a step-stool handy to reach the items that are on the higher shelves.
  6. Use kitchen drawer organizers for your cutlery and utensils.
  7. For decorative yet functional storage ideas, put spatulas and large spoons in a vase or use decorative storage containers, such as mason jars, to store dry ingredients on the countertop.
  8. When organizing a food pantry, remove all of the items in the pantry first, clean each of the shelves and the floors. Remove any item that should not be stored in the kitchen. Next, categorize the food items before you put them back on the shelves. Put the items that you will use the most on accessible shelves. Purchase organization baskets and bins to store dry goods, cereals and children’s snacks. A great tip to help prevent overbuying of food and other perishable goods is to keep a running inventory your food pantry items.
  9. Make it a daily habit to clean off the counter where bags, keys, and purses get thrown every day. Place a decorative bowl on the counter to put keys and other small objects, so you know where they are. After a week, clean through the bowl or put the items in their proper homes. Create a space in a mudroom or entryway to hang backpacks and briefcases.
  10. To keep your kitchen organized, clean up the dishes after every meal. Put them away in their proper cabinets. Do not let mail pile up on the counter. Sort through mail every day and put catalogs and magazines in the recycle bin right away if you do not plan on reading them.

Store Excess Kitchen Items in Self-Storage

After the organization project, you will have items that you no longer have room for in the space. Self-storage is a great solution for storing the items that you cannot part with and might have a need for in the future. Storage World offers a variety of storage unit sizes, in climate and non-climate controlled, that are perfect for any residential storage need. Ask our storage professionals what size storage unit would be the best for your storage needs.

 


How to Store Restaurant and Catering Supplies


Restaurant or Catering Center with Chairs and Items for StorageIt is a well-known fact that self-storage is an easy, safe and convenient way for businesses to store excess office equipment, inventory and documents. Businesses can use self-storage in a variety of ways from a small closet-size storage unit to a storage unit that is set-up and organized for document storage or even used as a shipping area for a small companies. All types of businesses, contractors or even large corporations are great matches for business storage solutions. Another type of business that can easily store items in a self-storage unit are restaurants or caterers.

Most restaurants and catering businesses run out of storage room very quickly. They need to have a place to store their extra furniture, supplies, dishes, glassware and holiday displays. A self-storage unit is the easiest and most convenient solution for restaurant owners and catering businesses to store the items that they don’t have room for at their business location. Below is a collection of simple tips for how to do this effectively.

Restaurant Equipment Self-Storage Tips

Restaurants can use a self-storage unit to store excess equipment, chairs, tables or supplies including dishes, flatware and cutlery. Restaurants can also store excess pots, pans, dishes and other restaurant equipment and appliances. A simple storage tip is to make sure that the dishes and glassware are wrapped and packed properly to prevent breakage during transit. A self-storage unit is also ideal to store a restaurant’s outdoor patio furniture during the colder months. When storing patio furniture, stack the chairs in order to utilize all the vertical room in the storage unit.

For any business, but more so for those who need restaurant equipment and catering storage, it is important to keep a running inventory list in the storage unit as well as at your business of the items that you have in storage. This helps you keep track of what you have and what you might need for future engagements.

Catering Supplies Self-Storage Tips

Self-storage is great storage solution for catering businesses, especially those that work out of their home. Caterers can use a number of different self-storage unit sizes to store excess equipment and supplies they do not have the room for. The busiest seasons for caterers are the holiday season and then the summer months, which is the most popular time for weddings. During the “off-season”, caterers and party planners need a place to store their furniture, chairs, tables, decorations, dishes, glassware, silverware, serving utensils, pots, pans, and linens. It is more convenient to store these items together in a secured self-storage unit than inside the catering truck. Caterers can rent a storage unit that is central to their business and events to make it easier to pick up their catering supplies when they are needed.

Storage World has a variety of self-storage units sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 available in both climate and non-climate controlled that are great for storing everything for the restaurant or catering industry. Stop at any of our three Atlanta self-storage locations to ask our storage professionals about our restaurant equipment storage solutions.

 


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