They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. That’s especially true during the holidays. With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up quickly, it’s a great time to have your kitchen clean and organized to be able to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends. Here are a few tips to help you get there.
Make Labels with Masking Tape
This trick is used in a lot of professional kitchens. Masking tape is a fast and easy way to label anything in your kitchen. You can label your food storage containers, your spices, the shelves in your pantry, or even leftovers in your fridge. The tape comes in different widths and can be written on with a magic marker or an ink pen. It’s easy to remove and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.
Store Cookie Cutters on a Paper Towel Holder
You’re sure to be doing a ton of baking during the holidays, especially those Christmas cookies. Stacking your cookie cutters on a paper towel holder is a great way to keep them organized as well as handy when you need them. Staking them on a paper towel holder also keeps them from getting bent or lost in a drawer.
Use an Address Book to Quickly Reference Your Favorite Recipes
During the holidays, you have your favorite recipes you always prepare. Because of this, you need a way to keep them organized for quick reference. What better way to do this than in an address book! You will be able to quickly and easily find your recipes in the alphabetical pages of an address book. You’ll even be able to take it with you if you are going to a relative’s house to cook and need to reference your recipes.
Organize the Pantry
With all the cooking you’re going to be doing it’s a great idea to organize your pantry. To make it easier to find the things you need, try keeping like items together. Keep what you use most often to the front and push the less used items toward the back. Use airtight containers for dried goods. Keep track of how much of an item you have. If you are running low, be sure to get more. If you have more than one of an item, you won’t need to get more for a while. And of course, get that masking tape out and label and date your spices and dried goods, especially if you buy in bulk. You’ll know what it is, how old it is, and be able to know if you can use it or not.
Since you will probably be doing a lot of baking, it might be a good idea to store your measuring cups, measuring spoons, mixer, and your favorite mixing bowls in one area. You can also store flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder in this area. In a designated prep area, you can store all of your cutting boards and knives. Near the stove, you can store your pots, pans, utensils, pot holders, and oven mitts for quick and easy access. In the serving area, you can store your dishes silverware and napkins. You can use a Lazy Susan for condiments on the table so guests have easy access.
An organized kitchen is a clean kitchen. These are just a few ideas to help you get organized until you can have Garage Décor and More come in and professionally organize your kitchen with products that will last for many holidays to come.