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RL Tips: 8 Ways to Organize the Kitchen

Here are a few practical tips to keep the busy nook in your home spic-and-span


So you’ve already done your midyear general cleaning, but did you remember to pay attention to your kitchen? No need to fret! Here are tips that will surely come in handy.

Photos used in this feature by Paolo Feliciano, Miguel Nacianceno, and Toto Labrador.

Keep in mind these tips:
  • Small appliances that are not used at least twice or thrice a week need to be stored away in cabinets. This will free up precious countertop space needed for food preparation, especially if you live in a condo that does not have a large kitchen space. The same goes for chinaware and utensils that you only use when expecting guests.
  • Canned goods, pasta, and other perishables can be kept inside cupboards. If applicable, transfer them into airtight, transparent containers to easily spot what you need and to keep them fresh (like pasta and rice, for instance). 
  • Make use of racks to organize your pantry. Stackable ones are readily available at hardware stores. These racks come in handy when you have limited storage space.
  • Cooking utensils like spatula, egg whisk, and tongs can be stored properly by hanging them on hooks installed under your cupboard. Just make sure to hang those you use often, and keep out of sight those used occasionally.
  • Label the food items in your pantry with their respective expiration dates. This will make it easy for you to identify which ones to throw out and which ones to use ASAP.
  • Corral often-used ingredients, like spices and condiments, in a container for easy reach. 
  • After every food preparation, make it a habit to always wipe your countertop clean with anti-bacterial cleaners (try Messy Bessy’s Minty Orange Surface Cleaner). Remember: it’s one thing to keep your kitchen organized; it’s another to keep it squeaky clean and hygienic.
  • Don’t hesitate to add one or two decorative items to your kitchen. This adds charm to a utilitarian space. Try a quirky figurine or a sculptural vase. Even a bowl or basket of colorful fruits can do the trick!


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