The Organized Kitchen
Your kitchen is the place where you store, prepare and eat your food.
Is it working for you?
If it is not then it is time for a makeover.
- Remove all food that does not support your health goals.
- Remove any processed foods and anything with a complicated list of ingredients.
- Try to focus on foods without labels.
- Remove foods that contain sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils.
- Remove foods with preservatives, ingredients you can’t recognize, harmful dyes and artificial sweeteners.
- Stock up on food that supports your health goals.
- Stock up on kitchen tools. Good knives, a cutting board, a blender, and a set of whisks and spatulas are essential.
- Stay organized by making sure that everything has a place.
- Keep a marker and tape handy to label your leftovers with the date. The Mayo Clinic suggests that refrigerated leftovers should be eaten within three to four days.
- Review contents regularly and get rid of food that’s expired or spoiled.
- Avoid repeats by snapping a photo of the inside of your fridge before going shopping.
- Rotate older food forward when you add new groceries.
- Add a container of baking soda or activated carbon to absorb odors!
- Store eggs in original cartons around the middle shelf, where temperatures are most consistent. Fancy storage containers are not ideal for eggs.
- Set temperature to 40 degrees F or lower.
- Shelves inside the door(s) are the warmest place in the fridge.
- Higher shelves are less cold than lower shelves.
- Milk needs to be stored in the very back on a lower shelf, where temperatures are coldest.
- Store raw meat and seafood at the bottom of fridge or in its own container on the lowest shelf, to prevent drips from contaminating other food.
- Relocate items that don’t belong in your kitchen.
- Reserve countertop storage for your essentials.
- Group items together and put them in a logical place, like cooking utensils near the stove and washing supplies near your sink.
- Use mounted holders or magnetic strips for knives. Install hooks. Hang or mount items like calendars and phones. Mount a message board or file holder for loose papers.
- Remove things you’ve never used.
- Remove food that is stale or expired.
- Put similar items together (think pastas and dry grains and beans, preserved and canned foods, nut butters, non-refrigerated produce, etc.).
- Put the items you use most frequently in the areas that are easiest to see and reach.
- Use see-through storage bins, mason jars, organizers, and containers.
- Use upper storage for specialty items and treat items.
- If there is a lot of space between existing shelves, add another shelf or two.
- Mount extra storage on unused walls or inside the door.
With these tips you can make your kitchen work for you. The better that your kitchen, and overall living environment, supports your overall goals the easier it will be to reach your goals.