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Expert Tips on Organizing Your Kitchen to Plan and Prepare Meals More Effectively

Expert tips on organizing your kitchenDo feel like you are always looking for more space in your kitchen? Is food spoiling because you have forgotten about it? Do you make too many trips to the grocery store? Save time in 2012 by implementing systems that will help you use your kitchen more efficiently

Make items more accessible

Make the most of your space and retrieve items easily by installing organizing products in your kitchen:

Lazy Susans – Perfect for storing and organizing spices or baking supplies, Lazy Susans can make maximize the storage potential of oddly shaped cabinets.
Pull-out drawers –  You can't find a better option for storing pots and pans in deep cabinets.
Wall-mounted shelves – Try installing these on pantry walls or to the inside of a door.
Stackable containers – Store food in space-saving stackable bins instead of irregularly shaped original packaging.

Grocery shopping made easy

There are many things to take into consideration when grocery shopping, but the process can be less of a hassle if you are organized about it.  Here are a three favorite grocery shopping tips:

1. Place a magnetic pad of paper on your refrigerator to capture your grocery list.  When you run out of something, simply add it to the list.
2. Ensure you are stocking up on healthful, energizing, nutrient-rich foods by using a balanced diet grocery list.
3. Update and share grocery lists with your spouse or others in your household by using an online/mobile organizing solution like Evernote, Grocery Gadget, or Cozi.

Favorite kitchen apps

When used correctly, mobile apps can save you hours of time in the kitchen — but which ones really work? We have tested many apps and here are a few standouts.

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List – Find a recipe and the app automatically creates a shopping list for you. What a snap!
Real Simple Recipes: No Time to Cook – Only have 20 minutes to cook and chicken in the fridge? This app will find the perfect recipe.
StillTasty – Wondering if the milk you bought is still good? This app instantly tells you the shelf life of food and alerts you when food will expire.
See a complete list of favorite kitchen apps here.

Elizabeth Bowman, Innovatively Organized

For more information on organizing your kitchen, download Innovatively Organized's Kitchen Organizing webinar recording.

To read more tips from Innovatively Organized and organizing and productivity expert Elizabeth Bowman, check out the Innovatively Organized blog, where new tips and tricks are posted regularly. Innovatively Organized is a Seattle-based organizing and productivity company that provides effective organizing solutions for busy professionals, teams, and families to better manage their time, increase productivity, and gain control of their spaces.

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