So far, I have read the first three chapters and am greatly inspired. The titles of the first three chapters are:
- Time Management: The 80/20 Principle
- Creative Kitchen Storage Ideas
- Making Your Kitchen Accessible.
The very first step Schofield suggests is to Discard and Sort. Schofield suggests using a four box method to do the big Discard and Sort. Before beginning the Discard and Sort, the hopeful homemaker is to arm herself with the following four boxes so that she can stay in the kitchen and lessen distractions:
- Give away or sell.
- Put away.
- Don't know.
FYI - my husband is the manager of a grocery store and the 40 oz. beer boxes are the BEST boxes for projects around the house - very sturdy and durable. We always keep a stack in the garage. We didn't drink all of the beer ourselves!
I had time to finish one bottom cupboard. I cleaned the shelving, and discarded and sorted using my three boxes. Here is a picture of the completed, clean cabinet.
Schofield, in her book about kitchen organization, recommends assigning each item in one's kitchen with an A, B, C, or D value. A's are those items that are used most often and should be easily accessible. B's are used less often but are still important - access to them should still be easy. C's are those items that are important but are used less often - not daily. C's, for me, are items in this cupboard - crock pots, apple peeler, and bread machine. In my re-organization, I want to keep all of my C items on the far side of the kitchen which is not especially convenient to my food preparation area. But, right now, I am just focusing on DISCARD AND SORT.