SET UP A BREAK­FAST STA­TION

Stream­line your morn­ing rou­tine by group­ing ev­ery­thing you need for a quick break­fast into one handy lo­ca­tion.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Kitchen + Pantry - WRITER KATIE O’KEEFE

IDEN­TIFY YOUR NE­CES­SI­TIES

such as a cof­feemaker, mugs, and sweet­en­ers, op­po­site, and place them so they’re eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, says pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Jamie No­vak. Add con­ve­nient foods like gra­nola, fresh fruit, and nutri­tion bars to make your sta­tion grab- and- go ready.

THINK VER­TI­CAL

when or­ga­niz­ing your break­fast sta­tion, says pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Kate Martin. Ded­i­cate a cab­i­net for small ap­pli­ances and sup­plies, be­low, or store items like bowls and plates on a ver­ti­cal rack. Hang cof­fee mugs from un­der­shelf hooks in­stead of in pre­car­i­ous piles.

BE CRE­ATIVE

about how you set up your sta­tion to en­sure it will work for a ma­jor­ity of your fam­ily mem­bers. Martin sug­gests stor­ing kid-friendly items—think boxes of ce­real—where they can be eas­ily reached so there’s a re­duced risk for spills. Keep a step stool near your break­fast sta­tion just in case.

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