6 Common Kitchen Problems—And How To Fix Them

6 Common Kitchen Problems—And How To Fix Them

Professional chefs work hard to place delicious meals in front of their patrons as quickly as possible and understand that kitchen setup is critical for efficiency. This is true for us at home too.

Eliminate Friction

Friction is anything that makes it challenging to complete a task. When we take extra steps every time we need a knife, move three pots to get to the one we want, or squash potholders down in the drawer to be able to close it, we’re experiencing friction. Eliminate kitchen friction by being purposeful in what you keep and where you store it.

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What To Keep

Don’t keep more than you need. Not having every possible size mixing bowl is offset by the ease of accessing a bowl that’s a little too big, but you’re only storing three bowls.

Keep countertops as clear as possible by only keeping out items you use on a regular basis. If you’re not using your stand mixer at least weekly, store it away rather than giving it prime real estate.

Don’t keep all the towels and potholders in the kitchen. Keep a few in the kitchen and store the others in your linen closet. Drawers shouldn’t be more than 2/3 full.

Very clear kitchen countertop

Where To Store It

Keep plates, glassware, and flatware near the dishwasher to reduce the time required to put away clean dishes.

Keep storage containers and plastic wrap, zippered storage bags, and other products used for leftovers near the refrigerator.

Keep knives and cutting boards near the counter where you do most of the food prep–preferably near the sink.

food storage containers with food in them

Your kitchen–and how you use it–is different from everyone else. Don’t hesitate to work with a professional organizer for help customizing a system that works best for you.

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