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How to Organize Your Tea Towels and Other Kitchen Tools
[Partner Content] 30 SEP 2016

As they say, keeping your kitchen organized is one of the ways you can have a simple and easy life. But why do many people allow their kitchen to be filled with clutter, filthy surfaces, and unwashed tea towels? If you want to turn things around and make your kitchen better, why not try out these following tips:

Tip #1 – Clear your kitchen cabinets and rearrange the content.

Take all the contents of your kitchen cabinets and check what the items you have there. Eliminate the stuff that are not useful, especially all the broken items you have there. When you empty your cabinets, create separate groups on the floor to make it easier for you to put similar items back in the cabinets.

Tip #2 – Put similar things together.

After emptying your storage areas, the next step is to group items that are alike. Put together your baking tools, your tea towels, and others. You can also group the dishes you use regularly, and those that are used occasionally only.

Tip #3 – Store items in clear containers.

Small clear containers are perfect for organizing small items in your cabinets. For example, put your packets of sauces, gravy mixes, and other stuff in individual jars or containers. Doing this will make it easier to find the things you are looking for in your kitchen. For you collection of tea towels, you can have them in the same keeper.

Tip #4 – Put lids and containers together.

It is recommended that you just throw away your containers that don’t have lids. You want to keep only those containers that have lids with them.

Tip #5 – Make use of vertical space.

You may install hooks under your cabinets so you can hang your mugs on them above your countertop. You can also attach a rack where you can keep your Luxura tea towel or your wine glasses. This can surely help save you a lot of cabinet space.

Tip #6 – Have dividers in your drawers.

Drawer dividers are perfect if you want to organize your cooking tools. You always want to have enough space for your other items. But see to it that you do not put all your stuff in there so your drawers won’t look messy.

Tip #7 – Keep a tea towel on your countertop.

Every kitchen needs tea towels. These towels are very useful in so many ways. Luxura cotton tea towels are also available in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can choose what will make your kitchen more attractive.


Dishwasher Installed! My Life 20 NOV 2012

I just realised that I kind of forgot to mention that a while ago we did indeed get around to making the big kitchen alteration in order to house the new dishwasher that I had bought for Chantelle – and I guess I don’t really have an excuse as to having not mentioned this yet, seeing as the dishwasher has been handling pretty much ALL of the dishes over the past couple of weeks! :)

Anyway, Chantelle and I decided to let her dad take a crack at the project, and together with Rob and Andre, a handyman Monty has entrusted with work around his place for years already, arrived with Cheryl in tow at our house on one fine Saturday morning.

And with Chantelle, Cheryl, Jessica and myself ejected out of the house (shopping, woohoo <- sarcastic) for the most part, the three set about first ripping out the old short counter top between the fridge and the washing machine, taking apart the existing grocery cupboard, building a tiny replacement cupboard from the old cupboard parts, cutting out channels and putting on fittings to enable split water intake and exhaust, putting in a new full length counter top that stretches from the fridge to the door, and finally sliding in and connecting the washing machine and dishwasher, now side by side next to our new tiny cupboard and fridge.

All in a morning’s work it turns out.

It’s not the greatest set of pictures I must admit, but the quality of the work done is fantastic, the speed at which it was done was jaw-dropping, and quite frankly I now owe my father-in-law and brother-in-law big time. This project really came together smartly!

And because it was much cheaper tackling it this way than getting a professional contractor in to do it for us, I managed to purchase a great big linen cupboard to replace the wonky, rickety metal shelves as the now permanent storage spot for all Chantelle’s backing ingredients – right next to the spotless new fridge in the braai room that we added to our collection as well!

Right. New storage spaces, a dishwasher and extended counter space, seriously, Chantelle should now be more than ready for business when Chantelle’s Cookies and Cakes opens its full-time endeavour doors starting this December! :)

No Water? More Dishes My Life 11 MAR 2010

So this Tuesday evening past Chantelle and I decided to skip going to the movies after all. Why you might ask? Well remember I mentioned previously that Gordon’s Bay had lost its water supply from early Sunday straight through to late Monday evening thanks to a burst water main? Well the impact this had on the household was horrendous – apart from Chantelle stealing our fridge-chilled water to fill the cistern so that we at least could flush, the worst impacted by this sudden lack of wet stuff was without a doubt our kitchen – as you can see from the pictures below.

Dishes literally piled up, starting with Saturday’s dishes (hey, who does dishes on a Saturday?) and then extending all the way through to Monday’s load, this is what our poor kitchen slowly became.

So in all fairness, it was the best decision to stay at home and try and tackle this pile (after my swim and supper of course) – though when I say we I mean me as Chantelle was already mysteriously passed out on the couch just as Flash Forward began… :P

No space left in the kitchen, the trail starts in the lounge already...

...moving on to the food preparation counter, it only got worse...

...to the counter space next to the basin!

Never mind the area next to the basin itself! O.O

Sigh, our mothers would be so ashamed of us…