1. Keep the items you use the most within easy reach. For example, store your everyday glasses in the bottom cabinet as opposed to in the highest cabinet so you won't have to keep reaching for them all the time.
2. Use two sponges. One for the dishes and cookware, and one for cleaning surfaces like the kitchen sink or counters.
3. Reduce kitchen clutter by getting rid of any items that you don't use or need. For example, if you have 4 different sets of plates, pick your two favorite sets and get rid of the other two sets. Or at least keep them in storage rather than in the kitchen.
4. Collect takeout menus from your favorite places to eat and keep them in a folder or binder in the kitchen. We all have those days when we don't feel like cooking, so it's nice to have a variety of menus to choose from when you want to order out.
5. Collect good quality tupperware. They're invaluable for storing food and ingredients, and the best kind are leak proof and ant proof, like the Lock & Lock brand. They're also great for packing lunches for work or school.
6. Clean as you go when you're cooking. This way, there isn't a huge mess to clean up afterwards and you'll feel less overwhelmed.
7. Keep three kinds of towels. Hand towels for wiping freshly washed hands. Dish towls for wiping wet or damp dishes, utensils, cutlery, etc, before storing them away. (Even if you have a dishwasher these towels are still useful for items that aren't dishwasher safe.) Surface towels or rags for wiping/cleaning kitchen surfaces.
8. Keep like with like. For example, keep plate sets together, baking tools in one drawer, pots and pans in another area, and spices all on one shelf. You'll always know where everything is and you don't need to waste time trying to find them.
9. Follow the first in, first out rule. For your pantry and the refrigerator, keep newer items in the back and those that will expire sooner in the front. This helps to reduce waste and incidents of food poisoning.
10. Keep a shopping list on the fridge or in the pantry. The moment you notice you're out of something you can write it down and be ready for your next trip to the grocery!
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