Arrange Your Kitchen by Activity

David PrinceDavid PrinceWhen you have egg whites forming stiff peaks, an oven at 400 degrees, and butter melting on the stove, a hunt for kitchen supplies can have catastrophic consequences. The most efficient organizing principle is to group things by activity and keep them stationed around the starring appliance.

Anything that doesn't fall under the main kitchen-activity categories -- baking, cooking, serving, and storing -- doesn't need to be taking up valuable space. Larger serving dishes and roasting pans should go on low or high shelves in the kitchen or pantry.

If you're really strapped for space, store seldom-used and seasonal items, such as birthday-cake molds and cookie cutters, away from the kitchen entirely. Be sure to label the boxes or storage containers so you know what's stored where.

As for never-used fondue sets, chafing dishes, bread and ice-cream makers, snow-cone machines, and creme brulee torches, share the wealth at your next tag sale.

Activity: Baking
Area: Near the mixer
Can include:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Baking sheets, cake pans, pie plates
  • Measuring spoons and cups, spatula
  • Flours, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, shortening, cocoa, extracts, food coloring
  • Chocolate chips, sprinkles.

Activity: Cooking

Area: Near the range
Can include:

  • Pots and pans
  • Knives
  • Cutting boards
  • Wooden spoons
  • Pot holders
  • Cookbook stand
  • Oils, vinegars
  • Herbs, spices

Activity: Serving
Near the dishwasher or dish rack
Can include:

  • Flatware, dishes, glasses
  • Serving bowls, plates
  • Serving utensils

Activity: Storing
Area: Near the refrigerator
Can include:
  • Plastic wrap, foil, wax paper
  • Plastic bags
  • Chip clips
  • Food storage containers

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