Functional Organization

Utensil Crocks WMBeing organized makes cooking much simpler and more enjoyable.  That is not to say you must alphabetize your spices; although, if it makes you feel better, go for it!  I just mean that when your ingredients, supplies and equipment are in a place you can easily get to, the entire process, from start to finish, will be less stressful and more rewarding.

I do not like a lot of clutter or too many things on my countertop, but I do like things easily accessible.  I have a tendency to doll up utilitarian items such as using an old crock for utensils, canning jars for special ingredients and cute, inexpensive bowls to organize things like paper clips and stamps in a drawer.  I repurpose and reuse things, not only out of necessity, but to cut down on waste and preserve precious resources.  I also love to open my cupboards without fear of falling objects or having to move ten items to reach that small can of baking powder in the very back.

I am not suggesting you go out and buy containers and bins or add to your collection of stuff.  I would, however, see if there are pieces you already have that could double as drawer and cupboard organizers.  Better yet, this is the perfect time to see what you use on a regular basis.  If you have a set of pots and pans that take up valuable cabinet space, but you only use three of them, pass along your rarely used possessions to people or organizations that could benefit from your excess.

Everyone needs to develop a system that works for them and if you are a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of person, then stick with that.  If, on the other hand, you have not found a rhythm you are comfortable with, try a different approach and tweak it until your space functions the way you like.  There is no risk or cost involved, so give it a try and let me know how things go.

What tips and tricks do you use to make your cooking experience more enjoyable?


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  1. I liked this article and the accompanying photo! Also just read about your coming boy girl twin grand babies and it took me back to when we found out the gender of our twins (who are SEVEN now!) enjoy!

    • Gail Gammon says:

      I love following your family on your blog, Kendra, and will continue to gain inspiration and tips from your posts. I really appreciate how genuine you are and how open you are with your challenges and triumphs! I am so fortunate that my husband is my photographer and he does an amazing job – I will pass along the compliment. So looking forward to the grandbabies – two fun!!

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