After buying a new house, you will want to budget your money carefully by cooking nutritious meals at home rather than visiting restaurants several times a week. If you had a tiny kitchen in an apartment, then you will enjoy having a spacious kitchen in a home, but you will need to organize it to make meal preparation an easier process. Here are some tips for having a clean and organized kitchen.
Kitchen Tip 1: Sanitize a Kitchen's Appliances
Before using the kitchen's appliances, you should sanitize everything. This is easy to do with basic cleansers such as dish detergent and bleach. If the interior of the oven is a greasy mess, then you will want to use specialized oven cleaner. Cleaning the kitchen can take a few hours, so you should prepare ahead of time by ventilating the area and having bright lighting. Fill the sink with hot water and detergent so that you can remove the refrigerator's shelves to wash its interior. Don’t forget to wash the freezer section along with the ice cube trays. Make sure that the refrigerator is at the proper temperature setting before you shop for food. Next, you should remove the pan holders from the stove to wash these, and you may also need to remove drip or broiling pans from the oven. Spray the cleaner inside the oven so that it can lift the debris, and wipe away the grease or food particles with paper towels. If you have a dishwasher, then fill the soap dispenser and run it on the hottest setting to eliminate bacteria or mold inside the appliance.
Kitchen Tip 2: Preparing Cupboards for Food Storage
You will need a ladder to reach the highest kitchen cupboards to wash the items completely. Make sure to wash the tops and sides of the cabinets in addition to the shelves. If you notice any signs of insects or rodents, then you should look for entranceways where the pests are entering to fill the openings with liquid caulking. Don’t forget to clean the exterior of the cabinets, including the handles and drawer pulls. After the interior of the cabinets are dry, you can place paper or plastic shelf paper on the shelving or inside the drawers to protect the wood from damage. This is also a good time to measure the interior of the cabinets to add organizing devices for storing glassware, dishes and utensils along with containers of spices and cans of food. You can find devices such as movable wire shelves, turntables and hanging systems for the inside of the cabinet doors. These organizational items can make preparing meals easier, but the devices also make it easier to keep a kitchen clean.
Kitchen Tip 3: Store Things Properly In the Kitchen
When you are storing things in your kitchen, think about how you use the items each day. An item such as a punch bowl that you use only a few times a year can remain on a top shelf while items such as mixing bowls that you use weekly should be stored on a lower shelf. You will want to have glassware near the kitchen’s sink where you can access the items quickly, but if you have a larger kitchen, then having additional glassware near the refrigerator is helpful. Storing your cans of food near to the stove makes sense, and it is also essential to have a can opener near this area. For faster meal preparation and daily cleaning, experts recommend having clutter-free countertops throughout the kitchen.
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