No one has yet invented cupboards with an infinite capacity, so one day, as you keep on buying more gadgets, crockery and utensils for your kitchen, your cupboards are bound to get full. And even if they aren't yet full, most kitchen cupboards could do with being re-organised to improve the ease and speed of access to items, particularly for when you're in the middle of cooking. Follow these steps:
- Take everything out of all the cupboards and drawers, and put them on the dining table or a clean surface.
- Place similar items near similar items. This will help you detect duplicate items, where you only need a single item. Put one aside to be given away or chucked out. (Make sure you throw out old items in future, when you replace them, rather than keeping both.)
- Is there anything that you never use? If you haven't used something in the last year, you probably won't use it in the future. Put these also aside to be given away or chucked out.
- Finally, are any of the items broken, and need replacing? Make a list.
- Now, it is time to repack your cupboards. If there are any items that are infrequently used (such as special Christmas items), put them in a difficult to get to place (such as the top or back of cupboards), or store them elsewhere (such as in your garage).
- Frequently used items should be placed as easy to get to places in cupboards - generally at the front, or even out of the benchtop. However, try to minimise the number of things out on your benchtop, otherwise this will clutter them.
- Finally, make sure things that you use together (such as all your baking trays, pans and utensils) are stored together.
(image: Shandos Cleaver)