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Thanksgiving dinner is a time-honored tradition that brings family and friends together.
However, hosting a Thanksgiving dinner can be a hectic time, especially when it comes to organizing your kitchen. A cluttered and disorganized kitchen can make meal preparation stressful and time-consuming.
Need to get your kitchen organized so your friends and family can safely and thoroughly enjoy a succulent Thanksgiving feast?
Here are some of the best kitchen organization ideas to help you get your kitchen ready for the best Thanksgiving dinner you can create.
Create a command center
Creating a command center in your kitchen is a great way to stay organized and keep your eye on the ball during the busy holiday season.
A command center can be as simple as a chalkboard or whiteboard calendar, or it can be more elaborate with hooks for keys, a magnetic board for lists, and wall-mounted organizers to keep counter space clear.
Having a designated spot for holiday shopping lists and schedules will add order to your kitchen and make meal preparation less stressful.
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Purge your fridge
No matter how organized you are, it’s shockingly easy for items to get pushed to the back of your refrigerator and forgotten.
Purging your fridge is an essential step in getting your kitchen organized for Thanksgiving dinner.
Failure to do this regularly, regardless of any seasonal events, could result in expired or spoiled food taking up valuable real estate.
Here are some tips to help you purge your fridge:
- Take everything out of your fridge and sort it into categories such as condiments, dairy, and produce.
- What are the expiration dates on all items? Discard anything that is expired or spoiled.
- Wipe down all shelves and drawers with your favorite cleaner.
- Consider donating unopened, non-expired items to a local food bank or shelter.
Purging your fridge will ensure that you have more room for fresh ingredients for the Thanksgiving dinner itself, plus the lovely leftovers afterward. Simple tasks like these can make a huge difference in the overall organization of any kitchen.
Conquer drawer clutter
Kitchen drawers are magnets for clutter, becoming stuffed with utensils, gadgets, and other items that you thought might be useful… someday.
Drawer organizers are widely available. They come in various sizes and can often be customized to fit your specific needs.
Here are some other tips to help you conquer drawer clutter:
- Sort through your utensils and gadgets and get rid of anything that is broken or no longer needed.
- Group similar items together, such as measuring cups and spoons or spatulas and whisks.
- Drawer dividers are great to keep items separated and easy to find.
- Consider using a magnetic strip to hold metal utensils, freeing up drawer space.
A Lazy Susan and utensil holder
A Lazy Susan is a rotating tray that can be placed on a table or countertop, perfect for storing condiments, spices, and other small items.
A dedicated utensil holder is perfect for storing cooking utensils such as spatulas, spoons, and bulky whisks, and both of these items can be placed on your countertop for easy access.
Limit items on the countertop
Clearing your countertops of unnecessary items can help you stay organized and focused on meal preparation.
Here are some tips to help you limit items on the countertop:
- Keep small appliances that you won’t be using for meal preparation, such as a blender or toaster, in a cabinet or pantry.
- Store frequently used utensils in a utensil holder on the countertop for easy access.
- Wipe down your countertops regularly to keep them sanitized and free of clutter.
- Use a tray to corral frequently used items such as salt and pepper shakers, oil and vinegar bottles, and other condiments.
By limiting the number of items on your countertop, you’ll have more space to work with and be able to prepare your meal more efficiently—and it will also make your kitchen look neater and more organized.
Keep Thanksgiving cooking utensils in one tote
When it comes to preparing Thanksgiving dinner, having all your cooking utensils in one place can save you time and stress.
For example, one large tote bag for easy access each year that you can store in a seasonal section of your basement or storage room. This tote could contain your electric knife used for carving the turkey, baster, meat thermometer, and other essential items.
By keeping all your cooking utensils in one place, you’ll be able to find what you need quickly and easily without having to search through multiple drawers and cabinets.
Shuffle your pantry items
A few days before Thanksgiving, take a closer look at the canned goods in your cabinets.
Examine the expiration dates, discard old products, and shuffle your pantry items so that the items you will need for Thanksgiving dinner are easily accessible.
Here are a few other kitchen organization tips to help you shuffle your pantry items:
- Bunch similar items together, such as canned goods, baking supplies, and snacks.
- Store frequently used items at eye level for easy access.
- Use clear containers to store items such as pasta, rice, and cereal.
- Label your containers to make it easy to find what you need.
By shuffling your pantry items, you’ll be able to find what you need quickly and easily. It will also ensure that you have all the ingredients you need for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Making memories in your new home
Getting your kitchen organized for Thanksgiving dinner can be a daunting task, but with simple and easy kitchen organization ideas like these, you can make the process more streamlined and manageable.
By creating a command center, purging unnecessary items, investing in drawer organizers, and keeping your Thanksgiving cooking utensils in one tote, you can make meal preparation stress-free and enjoyable.
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