After arrival at a new residence, the most primary requirement that a family needs to address is proper functioning of their kitchen. The reason for this is that the department serves the basic necessity of survival, which is food or meal preparation. Therefore it should be the section from where the process of unpacking should initiate, and care should be taken that the most required elements are unloaded first. Also, the design of the space should be organized and functional, bringing a sense of comfort as well.
However, if the space within the section is small it will be difficult to acquire the desired level of compactness and functionality. Even a large area does not denote presence of effective synchronization within its functionalities, the reason being that storage or counter area can be less. Thus proper reorganization of the kitchen is a significant step that will require not only input of time and effort but also apt organizational capabilities. The following steps aid in providing a proper guidance to the kitchen reorganization process so that the activity is systematic and effective.
1. Spot the Major Regions – The process should begin with a proper understanding of the areas which constitute the most important segments of the kitchen, for example the sink, stove, fridge and also the region where you will be doing most of the cooking or preparation. Next, you will need to understand the utensils which you will be utilizing the most, and for this you will have to go through the list of the items in your stock. These utensils are generally dishes, knives, silverware, towels, pots, spices etc. These are the things that you will be requiring immediately after the move and therefore you should ensure that they are the first items to get unpacked.
2. Collection of Relevant Stuff – Next you will need to collect all the kitchen items into one place. If you have clearly marked and labeled each box, understanding what is inside and thereby gathering the pertinent materials into one place will not be difficult. However, if your packing was not that organized, then you will first need to sort each of the boxes to discern what is inside. For this you should start off with the larger boxes, and then go downwards gradually. This sort of organizing method will ensure that once you keep something in a particular place, it will not have to be removed or replaced again.
3. Understand the Main Zone – When you unpack and reorganize, you should keep it in your mind that the most important region of your kitchen is the sink, since it goes through high amount of usage throughout the day. Therefore the drawer and cupboard area surrounding the sink should be properly assessed before reorganization, and the items to be used should be kept very close to your reaching ability. The utensils should be organized from the lowest row to upward according to the utility of each item.
4. Cupboard and Shelf Arrangement – The same procedure of sorting should be applied here as well. Plates, cups, bowls and glasses that are required more frequently should be kept in rows that are the most easily accessible to you.
5. Storage of Pots and Pans – The pans and pots that you will be using the most should be stored very close to the stove. Their lids should be kept close to hand as well.
6. Storage of Other Materials – The items that are not used regularly should be stored in rows that are at the higher level of the cupboard. For example, these utensils can be stored above the stove or above the fridge which are not places that are frequently accessed. However, care should be taken that the heavier materials are not stored at regions which cannot support their weight.
7. Toxic Materials Storage – Toxic substances like cleaning materials should be kept away from easily reachable regions, especially if you have children in your home. Cleaning materials like detergents and soaps can be kept under the sink.
8. Special Items – Special materials that are more expensive and will be used on special occasions should be kept away in areas not regularly accessed. For example, they can be stored in buffet tables or china cabinets which do not have daily usage, this will ensure that they are safe and secured.
9. Dry Food and Canned Goods – Items like spices can be kept in drawers with labels over their tops which will provide easy means of scanning and picking them up. They should be kept close to the stove because of their regular rate of usage.
10. Maintaining a List – Once the items have been systematically arranged and positioned, you should write a list of their names and locations so that your search time can be drastically reduced. Once you have developed an idea, you will not be requiring the list anymore.