An Organized Culinary Space: Organizing Your Kitchen for the Year Ahead

An Organized Culinary Space: Organizing Your Kitchen for the Year Ahead

The following contribution is from another author.

The kitchen is the heart of any family home, and you’ll find yourself in there throughout the day whether it’s to cook or eat with the family; you want it to be an organized haven and an enjoyable place to be. You may well keep your kitchen immaculately clean; however, where you store your food and ingredients can have an effect on how smoothly your kitchen space can run. The following are some things to take into consideration if your kitchen is due to be reorganized, and if you need to start unpacking what you bought from the grocery store in a different fashion.

Dry Storage Areas

Your shelves, cabinets, and if you’re lucky enough to have one, your pantry space, can hold a multitude of ingredients to add to all of your best recipes, so it’s worth putting some thought into organizing them carefully. Think about items that you grab the most; if salt and pepper are a seasoning must-have in your culinary space, then store them somewhere that you can reach with ease. Your dried herbs and spices should also go somewhere accessible, so that you can grab them and liven up your cooking, without having to search for ages.

Bulky cans and jars that provide the base of one-pot and liquid cooking should be stacked neatly and kept in a cupboard that’s easy to access. You don’t want any accidents if you have to lift a heavy jar while you stand on a stool; so the bottom shelf of one of your kitchen cabinets is the perfect place for chopped tomatoes and chickpeas. When it comes to your rice, pasta, and dried noodles; you can make a feature out of them by decanting them into various jars and displaying them on your kitchen shelves. However, if you don’t want to display your food, you can simply leave them in their original packaging and pop them in a cool, dry cupboard or pantry space.

Cold Storage Areas

The first place that you’re likely to head after you’ve been shopping for food is the fridge freezer; it’s essential to get certain things into a cool and cold environment as soon as possible. It’s worth investing in kitchen equipment that will last, so you can check out sites like to get some thorough product reviews, before you make any big purchase. You’ll want to grab all your dairy first, and head towards the middle and door area of the refrigerator.

Milk should go on the bottom shelf; however, many of the large bottles don’t fit in there, and you run the risk of spillages, so you can pop it in the side of the door instead, so it’s easy to grab when the kids want cereal. Butter, cheese, and eggs should be where the temperature is most consistent; so right in the middle where you can grab them with ease, is perfect. Your fresh fruit and vegetables will have their own designated drawers to sit in; many veggies like a little humidity, so the vegetable drawers will provide the right environment for storing them successfully. Keep your pre-packed salads, and crispy leaves in the original packaging will help to retain their freshness for longer. It’s also super easy to reseal the bags with a suitable clip or tie, so you can grab a handful of lettuce whenever you need to liven up a sandwich or meal.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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