Once you have figured out what to do if both you and your new husband have sets of pots and pans, it's time to get the kitchen organized. The key to fast, efficient cooking is an orderly, tidy kitchen. Everything should have a specific place and should always be put back in that spot. These tips are not only for newlyweds, but for recent college grads, new homeowners, and anyone who wants their kitchen's layout to be more productive.
- Store items near where they will be most used: Place pots and pans underneath the stove. Stack cups and plates next to the dishwasher. Put cookie sheets, baking pans, and pot holders near the oven. Store tools, such as bottle openers, near the fridge.
- Keep counter space clean and clutter free.
- Consider the inside of your cabinets as much as you would the outside. Make them look gorgeous! Purchase pretty paper to line shelves and drawers and insert shelf compartments to add height and more storage space.
- A lazy susan tray is perfect for organizing spices.
- If you are short on space, consider hanging racks and a moveable butcher's block that can double as a table or banquette when entertaining.
- To maintain a cabinets cleanliness, keep flour, pasta, and other dried staples in clear containers.
- Drawer organizers and cultery trays are essential to quickly locating tools in the midst of cooking.
- Hang paper towels on a circular holder so they don't have to sit on the counter.
- Plastic mesh containers are big enough to house all of your cleaning supplies.
- Keep your wine in another room in the house to avoid the unstable temperatures of a kitchen (which can get very hot when baking/cooking for long periods of time).
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