Quick Tips for the Kitchen

Quick Tips for the Kitchen

  1. Keep your cupboard stocked for quick meals.
  2. Store measuring cups & spoons in a basket near the baking supplies.
  3. Salad greens stored together make for easy salad making when time is short.
  4. Organize herbs & spices in alphabetical order for ease in cooking.
  5. Cooking oil in a squirt bottle makes use of small amounts.
  6. Flour in a large shaker allows for simple dusting of a baking pan.
  7. Freeze smelly garbage…eg: chicken skin, bones, and grease in the freezer until trash pick up day.  No more smelly waste cans.
  8. Use a timer to keep food from burning when you may be distracted with the phone, kids or the doorbell.
  9. Plan a weekly menu to eliminate, ”what will I fix for dinner?”
  10. Create a shopping list, photocopy it, mark items as needed and eliminate writing one every time you shop.

Clutter Busters:

  1. If it fits, is in style and in season wear it.  Otherwise donate it to a charity.
  2. Find a charity that will pick up monthly to keep you focused on de-cluttering.
  3. If it cannot be replaced and you “love” it…keep it.  Otherwise out it goes.
  4. Clutter costs in time; sorting, dusting, organizing keeping track of.
  5. It is expensive to replace items you have but cannot locate.
  6. Consider consignment stores to make money on your clothing & household furnishings.
  7. Don’t keep what is left from a garage sale. Donate it.  If it didn’t sell today it won’t sell later.
  8. Make use of plastic storage bins and label them for easy identification later.
  9. Keep a directory list or index cards to locate stored items.
  10. When in doubt…toss it out!

Paperwork solutions:

  1. Create desk areas; To do, To pay, To file, To read.
  2. Sort incoming paper and mail into these areas immediately.
  3. Stop clipping recipes if you do not have a system for storing and retrieving them.
  4. Renew magazine subscriptions only when you are caught up with the ones you have.
  5. Coupons only save money if you have a system for using them.
  6. Pay bills on the same day each month to eliminate “forgetting” or being late.
  7. Check wit your accountant as to which papers should be retained and for how long.
  8. Use broad categories for filing to eliminate lost papers.
  9. Start a warranties binder for appliances, and other equipment in your home or office.
  10. Keep an emergency file to inform family of location of vital papers. in case of serious illness or death.


copyright Ann Gambrell June 2011


Authored by: Ann Gambrell

Ann Gambrell is an organizational consultant, helping busy people to get organized since 1985. Ann is the originator of Creative Time-Plus, and conducts seminars, workshops and classes throughout the country. Ann is a founder and active member, of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. Her cassette tape and CD series relate to a variety of organizational topics including paperwork management, clutter control and kitchen organizing. View Ann's Profile on LinkedIn

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