Here’s the hard truth - ‘no one likes to cook in a messy kitchen, let alone be in one.’ That’s why you need to organise your kitchen and keep it clean, so that it doesn’t interfere with your cooking. Since cooking involves creating a lot of mess, and cleaning it up can be a lot of pain, it will help if you knew certain tips for cleaning the kitchen.
Here are ten clever ways to organise and clean your kitchen:
- Declutter Your Kitchen: The first step to an organised and clean kitchen begins with decluttering. From unused cutlery to kitchen gadgets that don’t work well, anything that you don’t use needs to go out of the kitchen. Make a checklist of items that have no use in your kitchen. It will help you sort out whether you want them in your kitchen or can remove them for good.
- Create Kitchen Work Zones: You must be familiar with the kitchen work triangle - the layout between your fridge, oven and sink that makes it easier for you to move around the kitchen while you cook. A lot of Indian kitchens nowadays are made in such a way, that it’s quite helpful when your kitchen is arranged in terms of work zones like storage, prep, clean-up and cooking.
- Clean More Effectively: Even though you regularly clean your kitchen utensils, some grime gets left behind. Follow this handy tip to clean your utensils - use salt and vinegar to get smells and stains out from your tupperware. If you want to clean your spice or coffee grinder, using rice will help.
- Stackable Storage: Double your cabinet storage space by adding under-the-shelf racks for plates, bowls or mugs. This will help you fit more dishes into the cabinet, from the space cleared by removing excess plates and mugs.
- Create Storage Space In Kitchen Corner: Invest in a rack for your kitchen and place it in the kitchen corner. Use it to place all your kitchen appliances like a food processor, microwave oven, juicer, hot water pots, etc.
- Rolling Shelves Under The Sink: Not many people make use of the area under the sink, which is mostly dingy and dark, despite having enough room for storage. But if carefully planned, this area can act as a great storage space for different kinds of items. Install rolling shelves in the under-sink area to store your detergents and cleaning items.
- Make Use Of Vertical Space: You can install hooks underneath the cabinets to hold mugs. This will free up considerable cabinet space. If you’re looking to hang pots and pans, we suggest to make use of the wall space or a ceiling rack. Also, whatever space you use to hang utensils will clear more space in the cabinets.
- Knife Storage: Storing knives properly helps them to maintain their edges. Use a magnetic strip to keep knives safe and at an arm’s length while you are chopping, dicing or slicing your veggies and meats.
- Sort Your Edibles: Improperly storing food or keeping aging items that have no use can make it harder for you to find fresh ingredients while cooking. It’s vital for you to sort your edibles in the refrigerator the same way that you clean your cabinets and drawers. Remove the old and useless items, and keep only what’s absolutely necessary.
- Maintain A Cleaning Routine: Creating a fixed cleaning routine for your kitchen is the key. A few simple changes in your cleaning habits can make a big difference. Start with these tips - Clean out the sink before it gets piled up with food plates. After you’ve prepared your meals or snacks, wipe the surface clean to ensure there’s no buildup of dirt or food leftovers.
Keeping your kitchen spick-and-span is important, if you don’t want to damage your kitchen in the long-run. Plus, an organised kitchen can significantly reduce the time you spend in the kitchen cooking and cleaning. The trick lies in being smart and knowing what to keep where, without the hassle of always having to search for utensils and other necessities while working in the kitchen.