Welcome to Week 2 of the Whole House Organization Challenge. A challenge were we declutter and organize the whole house. Today we’re organizing the kitchen stations.
Setting up stations (or zones) keeps you from scurrying about from one end of the kitchen to the other to locate things. It helps you find (and maintain) your “rhythm” when cooking. I like to think it also helps me to prepare tastier meals.
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WHO Challenge Introduction
Week One: Task One - Kitchen Drawers
Week One: Task Two - The Pantry
Week One: Storage Solutions
Even in a small space, clearly defined stations or zones are important. There are 5 main stations that I use my kitchen. They are:
This is obviously the place where things, including your hands get washed. You may have already started one of these. But here are some ways to tweak it.
2. Cooking Station: herbs, oils, pots, utensils, hot pan holders, daily spices
This is where all the yummy hot stuff gets made. It’s also the area in the kitchen that can be the most difficult to keep uncluttered.
To set boundaries and further define this station:
3. Food Prep Area: bowls, measuring spoons, chopping boards
This area, which is totally separate from the eating area, is where you do all your chopping, meat and vegetable trimming. It can be a small area of counter top, an island, or a cart with a butcher block top (see photo below).
4. Non-Consumables Station: plates, cups, bowls, wine glasses, storage containers, pots and pans, small appliances
I am fortunate to able to have three small cabinets, and a lazy susan, that are all dedicated to storing non-consumable items in my small kitchen. I even created an open shelf area that allows me to display some items, and use them at the same time! The area below floats just over my prep area.
5. Consumable station: anything related to food
Of course, we've already covered this area. But if you missed it click here.
And there you have it, the 5 major stations for every kitchen - large or small. Of course feel free to add or subtract as your needs and space permits. Tell me, have you organized your kitchen into zones yet?
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