Decluttering and Organising Cook and Bakeware.

Welcome to week 11 of Tidy 2020! This week has seen a huge change in it due to the effects of the Corvid-19 virus and I know that there are a lot of people who are very worried and upset about it. I have friends all over the world and some of them are in lockdown. Well, beyond washing my hands well, social distancing and NOT panic buying, there is not a single thing that I can do about it all right now. Do you know what I can do? I can help you bring order, peace and space to your life and home by supporting you with decluttering. You know what you can do if you’re in lock down, or even just find yourself slightly more at home than usual? You can use this time to declutter your home, put systems in place and feel more in control about it all.

Last week we looked at food and I hope that your cupboards and fridge are looking tip top. This is our middle week of Kitchen Komono and during it, we will be focusing on the things that we use to cook with. So without further ado, let’s get to it!

You know the deal with this now – get out everything in the category. If you feel like that would be overwhelming, you can break it down into smaller categories, for example saucepans, frying pans, implements, knives, cake tins, small electrical equipment like toasters, slow cookers etc. Take a good look at each category and only keep the items that Spark Joy, ensuring that you handle each item. Remember that you can usually borrow items from friends and family if you suddenly find yourself feeding the five thousand.

The finished result will look different for everyone. In my household, we’re a larger family and we cook almost every meal from scratch, so we have quite a lot of equipment; particularly things for baking, which is something that my husband really enjoys doing. I would be happier with a fraction of the tins and trays that he has, but they Spark Joy for him, so they stay. However, that’s not to say that we’re overwhelmed with equipment. For example, we get by very easily with 3 saucepans, one frying pan and a wok. I use my trusty casserole dish for so many things.

We don’t have much electrical equipment. We have a microwave, kettle, toaster, and a Thermomix (ok, we actually have two Thermomixes!) but that is it. The Thermomixes do the jobs of food processer, hand mixer, bread maker, ice cream maker, steamer, rice cooker and pretty much everything else.

As usual, at this point, don’t worry too much about the end result for storage, but I will say that as far as possible, try to keep your work surface clear and uncluttered. It makes a huge difference to being able to cook in comfort and clean up easily afterwards.

Store like with like; keep your sharp knives together, your tins together and your baking equipment together. Over the years, we’ve gathered together things that stack neatly inside one another which is also useful for storage. I use a rack to store my trays vertically as it is easier than pulling them out from under each other. I also use racks to help make stacking space on shelves.

I hope that this has given you some helpful tips for getting your bakeware under control!