Blog on saving money and living on a budget in CT.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Organizing the kitchen
Setting up the kitchen is absolutely the biggest chore for me. Here's a peak into how I've organized it:
A bit odd, but I have an L shaped kitchen, more like having a panhandle near where the range is, then it opens up into a larger square. From the panhandle, moving to the right, through the walls of cabinets, set up in another L: to the left of the range is the upper "baking cabinet" where I keep a lot of staples. Attached inside the cabinets are frequently used baking recipes
Attached to the outside of the cabinet below it, is where I have hung pot holders and mitts, right next to the rear entry door to the back yard.
Opposite the kitchen rear door is the garage door, and the brown bookcase for my cookbooks. It also serves as the landing pad for my purse and keys. Above the bookcase is my "message center" of calendars, bus passes, etc.
Above the range, to the right of the aforementioned cabinet, is where I store baking mixes
In the 2 drawers below the baking cabinet is where I store baking tools, clips, jar lids/caps
Below is where I store Pyrex and plastic storage tubs, baking pans
The upper cabinet to the right of the microwave and range is what I call the coffee cabinet. It is also where I store measuring cups, funnels, RX, the hand beater. Attached on the backside of the door is my weekly household chore schedule. You can see that I have my 2 storage crocks of cooking implements on the counter to the right of the range. One is just spoons and spatulas, the other holds everything else.
The 2 drawers below contain my dish rags, a box of push pins, and a knit trivet, the one to the right holds what I call meal prep items.
Below is where I have my strainers, pots/pans, salad spinner, covered casseroles.
I still use a lot of vintage items, including my hand crank, Can-o-mat can opener. DX gifted it to me, finding it on EBAY, new in box. Above is a vinyl coated towel drying rack holding the day's dish rag, and leaving 2 spots for dish towels to dry. I switch all of my kitchen towels, rags over after supper.
A typical view during the day: dishes drying in the rack under the dish towel, more awaiting a quick wash to join them. If the water remaining is fairly clean, I will keep it for hand washing during the next meal prep. Being on a well with a septic, we are conservative with water.
The kitchen sink still has a hanging towel (we don't use paper towels)and most likely one of my doubled ones as well as an over the door bar for my cleaning gloves.
Below the sink is where I keep daily cleaning supplies, and my mop bucket. I continue to whittle down what chemicals we use in the home, for health as well as economy. I continue to keep a very clean home.
The upper cabinet to the right of the sink is the tea cabinet and where glasses and mugs are stored.
In the upper corner, is a large corner cabinet that I am calling the spice cabinet. It has 4 lazy susans for ease of retrieval of ingredients. Less frequently used baking items such as cocoa, XXX sugar, spinkles, cookie cutters are stored on the upper shelf. I need to use my step stool to get anything on the upper shelves.
To the right of the spice cabinet is where the daily dishes are stored, along with my mixing bowls (several were in the dish washer when the photo was taken, or they would have been on the second shelf to the right), and my pie and tart plates, quiche pan.
The single, wider drawer below is where I keep the flatware, kitchen scissors.
Below is the dreaded "dead man" cabinet, which I stuck a stick on LED light inside to better see. I store larger appliances such as crock pots, the ABM, attachments to the KA mixer, the electric percolator.
There is a tray cabinet, which I love for it's practicality. Above the fridge that you can barely glimpse at, has a 2 door cabinet called the liquor cabinet. Self explanitory.