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Best Ways to Organize Your Kitchen 

It’s the place you probably spend the most time. Keep it clutter-free with these tips.

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Organizing the Kitchen Checklist

Simple steps to follow for cooking more efficiently, cleaning up quickly―and finding everything you need instantly. 

  • Take inventory. Pull all items out of the cupboards and place on a large table. Put things into groups, creating a loose hierarchy based on how often you use the pieces.
  • Donate or toss. Evaluate each item. If you have three frying pans of the same size, donate one, along with anything you haven’t used in a couple of years. Discard anything that’s broken and can’t be repaired or is missing parts, like a pot without a handle.
  • Create zones. When putting back items, place those used for cooking and food preparation in cabinets near the stove and work surfaces; those for eating should be closer to the sink, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

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