The Ideal Kitchen Space
In some family’s life, their kitchen is where the day begins and ends. For those who might spend a majority of time in the kitchen when at home, this kitchen space will need the time to be planned, in order to get any tools or products necessary for storage that is going to get a lot of use. These items need strategic placement to maximize their potential for efficiency no matter what task is at hand. This is especially true of those who cook a lot, in terms of frequency as well as quantity of plates being served however many meals of the day. This could however reflect a kitchen that is shared with young children that need the space for most important priorities, like uninterrupted homework or studying without the isolation of their rooms or distraction of TVs, computers, games or whatever else might keep them from their studying.
If the living room can be, at times a place where the TV program might be the dominating activity in the room for one family member, at any time of day, the kitchen can be used for it’s own respective activities where a table and counters might be more ideal for messy art and science projects where supervision is accompanied by cooking, cleaning, packing lunches, and reflecting on or updating the family with communication of reminders and other notes to keep everyone on the same page despite having unique daily schedules. In this way, many families are able to use the kitchen as their ideal kitchen by making it the ideal family room, and ideally; a happy family who bonds through sharing activities and constant trust and communication. This can certainly be achieved by sharing the following organized systems when put in place.
Key and Mail
I have these wonderful hooks for my keys so when we enter the door, the keys have a home. And in case you are like me who has a lot of keys, color coordinating them will help with distinguishing which key is for what door. Also, it is very important to designate a home for all the mail. I simply labeled the two sections with “Incoming” and “Outgoing” and it makes the whole routine of managing the mail easier.
Because I am in the kitchen a lot, my children are also spending a lot of their time with me in the kitchen. So I created a section for them where they have all their arts and crafts organized and labeled. The cube furniture is great in every room and I managed to use it in the kitchen as well. I included these blue and green bins from Target where I placed their paint and play dough materials and labeled it with chalk labels. And a pin board is very helpful to add kids’ events and key dates.
I am lucky to have two refrigerators – both in the kitchen. I don’t have a pantry, so I make sure I use my refrigerators wisely. One is for liquids only like milk, water, juice, and wine. My other refrigerator however is organized for everything else. One of the reasons bins are helpful inside the refrigerator is so you can easily see exactly what you have and can easily get to everything. Secondly, this process helps me with my grocery list. So when I need to make a list, I look inside the fridge and see which of my bins re empty. I also recommend labeling them with chalk labels so you can make adjustments easier.
If your children are in school and you need to pack their snack and lunch every day, then you would absolutely understand the need for an organized, functional, and easy accessible area. And if you don’t have children, this is one of many ways to organize the cabinets. I got these bins at Container Store. It keeps all the snacks in its designated home and makes my life in the morning so much easier.
Most kitchens in New York are very small so I love using shelf raisers and under shelf baskets inside my cabinets. It helps me use every space well. I also recommend using lazy suzie for spices and oils. I just rotate and find exactly what I need without making a huge mess. And last but not least are my various size canisters that keep the dry food. It keeps the food fresh and gives the cabinets a more organized and pretty look. Key thing to remember is to include the expiration date on anything you put inside the canisters so you know when to get rid of it.