Reader's Digest Asia Pacific
5 hacks for a clutter-free kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of any home but it can also be the messiest. Organise your kitchen easily with these simple storage ideas.
HANG PAPER BAGS
If you’re a natural-born hoarder but have no place to store all those brown paper bags, clamp them together with an old trousers hanger and hang them from a hook on the pantry door.
NUMBER YOUR CONTAINERS
If you have lots of plastic containers, you know how frustrating it can be to match them to their lids. A simple solution? Label both container and lid with a number. It’s much easier to match a 2 with a 2 or a 5 with a 5 than repeatedly trying lids on for size.
ORGANISE SPICES BY STYLE OF CUISINE
Arrange your spices in a low-sided box by type of cuisine so the appropriate spices will be together. Cumin, oregano, coriander and chilli? Sounds like Mexican. Tarragon, parsley, sorrel, bay? French. Label each box according to its nationality, and your spice hunting will be kept to a minimum.
REPACKAGE DRIED FOOD Food manufacturers seem to delight in filling containers only two-thirds full, and even as the food diminishes, the size of the box doesn’t. Gain room by transferring most of your dry food to jars or see-through plastic containers (and then label and date them). Flat, stackable rectangular containers take up the least room.
Store smaller items in larger containers you don’t often use such as a chiller bin or stockpot.