Our kitchens are typically the busiest room in the house. Whether you enjoy cooking or merely tolerate it, creating zones in your kitchen will make it a lot easier to find things.
A kitchen zone is an area organized for a specific activity. Every kitchen should have these five zones.
1. Serving zone
Store your plates, bowls, glassware and frequently used serving pieces in one area, preferably near your dishwasher/sink or table. This allows you to set the table or put away clean dishes with minimal steps.
2. Food zone
If you do not have a pantry to house all your food, try to store food in adjacent cabinets. Unpacking groceries and finding ingredients will then take less effort.
3. Cooking zone
All your pots, pans, hot pads and cooking utensils should live in this zone, ideally near your stove/oven.
4. Preparation zone
Simplify meal preparation by storing your cutting boards, colanders, knives, mixing bowls and utensils in one zone.
5. Cleaning zone
Dish soap, kitchen cleaning products and rags belong in this zone. I bet you already have this zone set up under your kitchen sink.
You may also benefit from these additional kitchen zones: baking, supplies for packaging leftovers, paperwork, office supplies, hot beverage station and spices.
What zone is your kitchen in need of the most?