Nutrition-wise blog

Kitchen organization: Control the clutter in your kitchen

By Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. April 19, 2011

Besides food safety, what does kitchen organization have to do with nutrition? An organized kitchen is a more inviting space. If you like being in your kitchen, you're more likely to use it! And eating at home usually means healthier meals. Just consider that the average person eats about 134 calories more a meal when eating out.

Ready to get your kitchen whipped into shape? Try these tips:

  • De-clutter. Get rid of old or expired food items. Throw out or recycle kitchen utensils that are broken, never used or duplicates.
  • Organize by function. Group like items together. For example, put breakfast items all on one shelf, and baking items on another.
  • Set the stage. Put pots and pans near the stove, dishes near the sink or dishwasher, and herbs and spices near the food prep area.
  • Go vertical. All out of cupboard, drawer or countertop space? Invest in hooks or other hardware to hang up your pots, pans, utensils and aprons.
  • Beautify. Kitchen organization can be attractive as well as functional. Use ceramic bowls or decorative baskets to hold fruits and vegetables or napkins and dish towels.

Don't overwhelm yourself by taking on the whole kitchen. Give yourself 30 minutes and see what happens. That 30 minutes might inspire you to tackle another cupboard or even your freezer next. Rediscover the joys of being in the kitchen. Make a meal and savor it — and your space.

- Katherine

Apr. 19, 2011