The most important thing to organize in your kitchen, according to Marie Kondo

According to organizing guru Marie Kondo, her husband does most of the cooking in their home. But make no mistake, she knows her way around the kitchen — at least when it comes to tidying up. And what holds a key position in the Kondo kitchen? Cutlery. She says your flatware should be treated like royalty.

We’d like to think Marie Kondo would approve of these genius storage ideas.

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Marie’s Thoughts on Flatware and Cooking Utensils

“I urge you to reserve the best space for your cutlery right from the start,” Marie writes in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, “Next to food and your toothbrush, cutlery is the only other thing that enters your mouth.” And since it’s used so frequently, it deserves an easily accessible spot in your drawers.

But before you get to rearranging your kitchen drawers, Marie encourages people to take all of their utensils from all over the kitchen and look at them all. From there you can decide which to keep and which to toss—the same method Marie uses for tidying the pantry.

When you’ve found the pieces you want to keep, then you can start arranging them in that top-notch spot.

How to Organize Silverware

You can either put your cutlery in a divided organizer in a handy drawer or store your it upright in containers in your dish cabinet—whichever you think is the spot deserving of your utensils.

Here are some picks that really spark joy for me when it comes to organizing:

  • Bamboo drawer organizer($35): This drawer organizer is expandable and adjustable. Even though it’ll be hidden away in a drawer, it’s beautiful and will encourage you to keep your drawers tidy.
  • Plastic silverware tray($8): For just a few bucks, you can still keep your drawers tidy. Plus the rubberized liner will keep everything in place.
  • Mason jar set ($16): If you keep your cutlery out in the open, opt for cute containers to keep things organized.

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Organize your fridge:

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Read on for simple and efficient ways to organize the fridge.

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Clean More Frequently

If you get into the habit of cleaning the fridge every week then you'll be forced to take things out and decide if they are still good.

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Label

Labeling shelves and drawers will ensure that everything has a place. Labeling will also help you recognize when you need to add an item to the grocery list.

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Try A Turn Table

Using a lazy Susan or a turn table will help you to find the hard to reach items.

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Store Dairy In The Coldest Area

Opening and closing the door to the refrigerator affects the temperature. By keeping dairy on the bottom shelf toward the back, the items will remain at a more consistent temperature and not go bad as quickly.

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Store Meat and Seafood on the Bottom Shelf

To prevent meat from spilling or dripping, keep it on the bottom shelf. That way, if there is a spillage, it won't contaminate the entire refrigerator.

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Keep Fruits and Veggies in the Bottom Drawer

The most humid part of the fridge is generally the bottom drawer. That is why it is recommended to keep fruits and vegetables in the crisper (or bottom shelf). As a general rule, don't wash produce until you plan to use it. Water can make the produce more likely to attract bacteria.

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Store Eggs on the Middle Shelf

The eggs should be kept on the middle shelf. Make sure to keep eggs in the cartons from the store rather than the refrigerator's egg container.

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Don't Pack the Fridge

Filling the fridge to its capacity will the cause the device to work harder to maintain a cool temperature. Try to only buy what you need and clean out the refrigerator as much as you can.

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Save Space

Not everything belongs in the fridge. Tomatoes, potatoes and onions look and taste different when stored in the refrigerator. You can even store peanut butter, honey, apples, bananas and bread in the pantry.

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