November 16, 2020
EASY KITCHEN HABITS TO TRY TODAY, from organisemyhouse.com
#1 – WIPE SURFACES DAILY
Quick and easy to do – but really makes a difference to how you feel when you walk into the room.This also has another massive bonus – and that is that it makes you much more likely to tidy the surfaces regularly as well. After all – do you really want to have to move lots of bits and pieces to wipe things down every day?
TIP- Keep a wet/dry rag near your work surface, and clean as you go.
#2 – EMPTY THE TRASH DAILY
I like to have a trash bin with a lid in my kitchen. It is easy to empty it each night, as part of my nightly routine. Remember that if you leave the trash overnight it will begin to smell, and it may attract bugs or rodents. If you can empty the bin each evening, you can start afresh the following day.
#3 – LEAVE THE ROOM TIDY EVERY NIGHT
A quick 5-10 minutes each evening after you have finished eating means that you can go to bed safe in the knowledge that everything is ready for you in the morning. You can make breakfast without having to do any extra jobs. This is crucial in the morning, when you are trying to get out of the house on time. It will also help you know where everything is.WORTH A READ: Why You Should Put Your Home to Bed Every Night.
#4 – TURN THE DISHWASHER ON AFTER DINNER
After you have finished eating your evening meal, put away everything. Then, make sure that you start your dishwasher right away. I hand wash everything, and I make sure I put away all of the big items. I finish putting away the dried dishes the next day, during my morning routine.
Habits always work best when they are attached to things you already do (they don’t seem as difficult then), and so having this as the last thing to do means it cannot be forgotten. NOTE – If you don’t have a dishwasher then simply have the habit of washing everything up as soon as you finish eating (you can leave to drain/dry overnight to save a little time if you prefer. I like to wash up as I prepare dinner, so that by the time I sit down to eat there is not that much left to wash. Perfect!
#5 – EMPTY THE DISHWASHER EACH DAY
As soon as you walk into the kitchen, you probably put the coffee pot on, and start preparing breakfast.Why not add emptying the dishwasher to this so that you have all your clean silverware and dishes ready for breakfast. When breakfast is finished you can load them straight into the dishwasher before you leave for the day. NOTE – again, if you don’t have a dishwasher, you may have your dishes drying on the rack from last night – so get into the habit of putting these away instead.
#6 – PUT THINGS AWAY AS SOON AS YOU HAVE USED THEM
There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find something when it is needed. It wastes time and increases stress which could be avoided by doing a really simple thing: Put it back as soon as you use it!Your kitchen needs to work for you and your needs, and it wI’ll not work if you have pieces stuffed in every cupboard. You should have a specific place for each thing.Take some time to figure out where each thing should be stored according to its function. Once you have given everything a space, then ensure it stays that way by putting things back there as soon as you use them. This means you will keep on top of your kitchen without even trying!
#7 – PUT NEW BEHIND OLD, & KEEP THEM TOGETHER
By this I mean simply that when you do your food shopping, put whatever you buy BEHIND the other similar items in your cupboards/fridge/freezer.This way you will easily be able to see what you have (and how much of everything you have), you will be able to use everything before it goes out of date, and things won’t get forgotten at the back.
#8 – CHECK BEST BEFORE DATES REGULARLY
At least once a month, do a quick check of your food cupboards to ensure that you have not got anything out of date.Somehow, things get forgotten for a while, specially things like herbs, spices, and canned goods.If you get into the habit of checking these regularly, you are less likely to waste your food. It will also help you plan your meals around what needs to be eaten first.
#9 – ADD TO SHOPPING LIST BEFORE YOU RUN OUT
Try to get into the habit of putting things on the shopping list when you open the last packet or get near the end of something.Waiting until you run out usually means that it will be too late. If youadd it before you run out, means that you can pick up your shopping list safe in the knowledge that you have everything you are running low on as well as everything else. You do not have to check the cupboards.TIP – Put your shopping list on the back of your food cupboard door – and have a pen near by. I have a magnetic pad on the door of my refrigerator. This allows me to write down items that I need to refill, as soon as I notice them running low.
You can also take a second to add it to your official grocery list in your phone. I use the free app AnyList. It is very convenient!
#10 – FREEZE WHATEVER YOU CAN!
I love using my freezer as a store cupboard for food. It is a great way to manage food. The food will last longer, and you can freeze things that may otherwise have been thrown away.People often underestimate their freezer, but getting into the habit of having this as your store cupboard will transform how well your kitchen works for you.For example – I even freeze lime juice, leftover tomato paste, cooked rice, cooked beans, – the list really is endless! I like to pep meals into a one gallon freezer bag, and freeze the bag until the day I want to make that meal.WORTH A READ: What Can I Freeze?
#11 – COOK DOUBLE PORTIONS – AT LEAST!
When you cook – think about cooking a double portion, and freezing half of it. This will ensure that you have a great home cooked meal with very little effort on a day when you do not want to cook.This habit will save you money on fast food, and is far healthier! It will also save you loads of time, since you do not need to cook from scratch every time you want a home cooked meal.
Which tip can you begin using today? Please share in the comments. Thank you for sharing!