Hi, girls! Today I d like to start a series on home and desk organising tips. Getting your house organised will go a long way to maximising efficiency.
There is no single right way to do it: the trick lies in finding the way that works best for you. I for one like to take 30 minutes a day to iron my clothes, clean the bathroom, tidy up the kitchen cupboards, organise my desk, or file important documents. By doing this, I spend 14 hours a month doing things that otherwise I d procrastinate on.
Are you ready?
So, let s start.
1. Store things where you use them. Pots and pans are best kept near the cooktop; mixing bowls near the countertop you use for food preparation; plates, glasses, and flatware near the dishwasher.
Frequently used small appliances (e.g. a toaster or coffee maker) should be stored on the counter; the ones that are seldom needed (e.g. a rice cooker and blender) should be stored in a cabinet.
Store all bake ware in the same cupboard; all wooden spoons in the same ceramic crock; all spices in the same drawer.
4. Take an inventory of all utensils, cookware, and dish ware and get rid of unnecessary duplicates, items damaged beyond repair, or things no longer used.
5. Store cups and saucers the same way they are used: saucer, cup, saucer, cup.
They not only look better but also can be safely stacked higher, and when you pull out a cup and saucer, they are ready for use.
6. Nest bowls, pots, and pans to save space. Place paper plates or sheets of paper towels in between layers to prevent scratching.
Use non-absorbent coated paper plates between cast-iron pans, which tend to retain traces of oil. Stack trays and platters by shape: round platters in one stack, oblong platters in another. Group glassware and dinnerware by function, e.g.
keep everyday plates, bowls, cups, and glasses in one area.
7. Use baskets and bins to contain small items that might otherwise create clutter, such as spices, dishtowels, or cleaning supplies. Divide flatware or utensils within drawers.
Arrange separate components to fill a drawer, or look for expandable one-piece units.
8. Every night before you go to bed, make sure you:
- wash the dishes, dry and put them away
- wipe the microwave oven interior, sink, countertop, stovetop and extractor with an all-purpose cleaning product
- sweep and mop the floor
- rotate dish towels
- take the rubbish out
By doing this, you and your family will wake up to a clean and inviting kitchen every morning.
9. Once a month, make sure you:
- clean fridge interior
- clean oven (if food is spilt, clean it immediately to avoid stubborn stains)
- clean appliances
- clean rubbish can
- clean dishwasher trap
Before you shop for groceries, check your cupboard, fridge, and freezer for food that has expired, and throw it away. Organise your food cupboard so the products that will expire soon are used first first in, first out!
These are just a few things we can do to keep our kitchen organised. There are many more, and I d love to hear from you.
What are your tips? Please share them with us.
Until next week!
Sandra Gouv a
P.S.1: Don t panic. Take your eyes off the huge task ahead of you and focus on the steps you can take to get where you want.
P.S.2: Don t get stressed if you live with someone who s not very organised. Don t take your frustrations out on them. It s not worth it, it will not help you, and it will not change the situation.
Sandra Gouv a
She was born in Rio de Janeiro and is a Godllywoodian.
She loves animals, crafts and languages.
She is inquisitive, patient, and likes to teach herself things, and this is what we are going to see in her posts.