Organizing the kitchen
Do you wish your kitchen was better organized? I do! I hate digging through piles of sometimes sharp implements to find a measuring spoon. To me, a kitchen is a workshop (bear with me, I LIKE workshops!) In my shop, tools are (or should be) placed to be convenient to the task. Each tool has a specific place, with many of them mounted on pegboard and outlined so that you can see at a glance where they should. Now, I'm not advocating pegboard for the kitchen, but- How do we organize all of these tools?
Since I'll be building a new kitchen in a new house, I have a lot of options. I'm already planning a dedicated spice drawer. The shallow drawer will be partitioned to hold after-market jars. The lids will be labeled, as will the space for the jar. That way, when I have half-a-dozen spices out, I can put them back easily.
My grandmother's kitchen had a smallish reach-in pantry, and it had pegboard on the inside of the door. She had a number of various utensils hanging there in plain sight once the door was open, so she could find that certain spatula at a glance.
What do we do about measuring cups and spoons? We have several sets, and need them so we don't have to wash and dry a cup after measuring wet ingredients so that we can then measure dry ingredients. If I put pegboard inside the pantry door, I could see individual hooks for each measuring spoon, with several of each size on their respective hooks. That way, if I need the use of two teaspoons, I can go to one place to grab them, knowing exactly where they'll be. Maybe I need to invent and market some kind of measuring station so everything you need is in one place. I can sell them on late-night TV, 2 for $19.95 (But wait- There's more!)
I like the idea of matching everyday dishes on open shelves. Matching, so it looks orderly, and out in the open to make them quickly accessible. I think the right glasses and mugs can also be part of the decor. Mom always kept everyday flatware in Mason jars on the counter- simple, cheap, elegant.
One of my pet peeves is oven mitts and pot holders. Where to put them? Ours are jammed in a drawer, and you wind up taking all of them out to find the certain one you need at the moment.
There are some pretty good options for pots and pans out there. I plan to use the new drawer systems that have come out in recent years, and that stuff is pretty well thought out. What things do you wish you could better organize? What solutions have you come up with? Us folks in smaller homes need to be better organized!