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Cooking is something many enjoy doing, although some find it a task. Being organized in the kitchen can help greatly in the preparation involved in cooking.

Whether you have a huge gourmet kitchen or a kitchenette, knowing how to keep it organized is a good place to start.

Here are some tips:

1) Keep your utensils in a place located closely to the area in which you will prepare your food. Your cooking utensils would do well in a container or on hooks right at arms length to the stove, so having them handing will keep things running smoothly.

2) Spices, if you are one that adds your spices as you cook, keep them in either a spice carousel or a drawer within immediate reach. Keep them in alphabetical order or in “order of type”. Make sure the labels are easily seen.

3) That infamous clutter of plastic containers can be frustrating in the kitchen. When searching for a matching lid and bottom you can waste time searching and find yourself getting frustrated. Go through your containers regularly and make sure you have the matches of tops and bottoms, and make sure they are in an orderly fashion so you can grab them easily.

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4) Your pots, pans and bake ware should be kept together by type in an easy to grab place. Having a pan at the back part of the cupboard can really frustrate a person who is trying to get their cooking tasks done. Keeping your items in an orderly fashion will make it easy to grab what you want.

5) Your dishes, cutlery and glasses don’t need to be in your cooking area. They can be in an cupboard area that is further from the stove and closer to where you serve from. This keeps the area around your cooking and preparation space open for items such as pots, pans, and spices.

Remember one of the frustrations of cooking is not being organized. Having a well organized kitchen will minimize frustration and free you up for other things, like eating.

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Once your kitchen is organized, use the same approach towards your ingredients.

Before you start actually cooking, line up your ingredients by when they will be used (i.e: first, second, etc.). In French cooking, this is called mise en place

(everything in place).  Read more: Stress Free Cooking

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