I’m slowly putting my kitchen back together slowly. Did I say slowly two times? That’s O.K. It’s taking twice as long as I thought it would.
I want to make sure everything goes where it makes the most sense, and I want to make sure it makes cooking easier. Easier. See? Twice as easy as it used to be.
So I have for you 3 tips for organizing your kitchen that you can do right this very moment, without having to rip out and install an entirely new kitchen over the course of a decade. Year. Whatever. It seems like an extraordinarily long time. Elephant gestation long.
This first tip I have for you I started doing about a year ago and it’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done in the kitchen. Other than that one night when … well never mind. O.K. Fine, you dragged it out of me. One night a few years ago before the fella got home, I got out the plastic wrap and … I got an absolutely PERFECT seal on every bowl in the kitchen. Not a wrinkle, not a stretch. They were like glass. I got so excited I rolled around in all the plastic wrap and by the time the fella got home I’d nearly asphyxiated myself.
I made that up.
But I’m not making up the fact that this first tip will make cooking MUCH easier for you.
Never again will you suffer the fate of having measured the tablespoon of peanut butter before the tablespoon of sugar. You have TWO tablespoons! You don’t care. Plus if you do a lot of cooking it just makes sense to have multiple measuring spoons and keeping them within easy reach. No more digging for them in the drawer.
If you’re cutting, slicing, dicing or peeling you inevitably drop stuff on your way to the garbage with the scraps. Then you spend the rest of the day with a mushed piece of diced onion or potato peel on the bottom of your sock.
I’ve mentioned before about how much easier my life became when I decanted my olive oil into a smaller jar and put a pouring spout on top. I’ve just taken this tip one step further myself, by leaving the oil out. Yes. Out for all the world to see on the counter along with the salt, pepper and perfectly plastic wrapped bowls.
If you do any amount of cooking, chances are you use olive oil pretty much every day either in a pan or in a recipe. Leaving the oil out on the counter accomplishes two things. It makes it easier to grab and it makes you much more likely to clean your oil bottle because it’s sitting right there for all the world to see. You will become especially aware of this when summer hits and there are fruit flies stuck to the outside of your oil bottle.
To make these things out on the counter look a little better, keep them together on a tray, in a box or on a plate (like I’ve done in the first photo of this post). It makes you look like you’re efficient and organized as opposed to lazy and a slob.
So those are my 3 tips for you. Get more measuring spoons, use a compost bin and put a spout on your oil. (most Dollar stores carry spouts, as do kitchen stores)
My final tip for you? If you ever find yourself alone and bored at night just turn on the television. Stay away from the plastic wrap.