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When you have taken care of all the primary necessities of moving, what some consider the "paperwork" side of things, you will probably be excited to begin personalizing your apartment or other rental property. There are many aspects of organizing your belongings within your abode and decorating the walls and shelves that can prove delightful. One primary reason behind the enjoyment people get out of the process is that it represents a chance to make the structure feel like home. Some matters you will attend to are strictly decorative while others, such as organizing your kitchen, allow you to personalize the residence while also being immediately practical concerns.

Particularly for those who plan on spending a significant amount of time in their brand new kitchen, the way in which it is organized will prove consequential. If your kitchen layout in your new year long or six month lease apartment is similar to that of the place from which you last moved, your organization process will probably be somewhat abbreviated, as you will probably still have an imprint of your last kitchen in mind. If you are moving into your own home for the first time, organizing a kitchen can involve a great deal more conscious attention, but it can also prove a fun and rewarding activity.

Prioritizing Your Needs

Your strategy for organizing your kitchen should mimic the strategy for organizing a vast number of other areas of life. Namely, organization should center on what you most frequently use, or plan to use. Those who are seasoned renters, accustomed to living on their own and cooking their own meals, are already familiar with which kitchen tools tend to make frequent appearances and which tend to stay hidden in the back of drawers for ten months out of the year. When you are familiar with your own patterns when it comes to cooking and other food preparation, you will probably find it simple enough to prioritize your most used items according to handiness.

A good rule of thumb is to not, even "temporarily," place items you need and plan on often using in a drawer that you can foresee yourself skimming over. This happens frequently among renters and homeowners. When items are first being moved into the kitchen, space seems to be in short supply while contents seem to be plentiful. Based on this unfortunate discrepancy, new renters begin placing needed items wherever they will fit. This results, quite often, in important items placed "out of sight, out of mind," for a long period of time.

This can reach the height of apartment leasers going to the store and investing money in a new product simply because no one remembers where the original was stored. While it can be tempting to put an important utensil, serving platter, or cooking pan in an out-of-the-way drawer temporarily, keep in mind that, unless you are supremely organized and have a sharp memory to boot, the moment you put the item away may be the last time you see it.

Cleaning Supplies

When considering how to organize your kitchen, you will probably also account for cleaning supplies. Many people choose to keep a variety of general-purpose and specified cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink. This can be beneficial based on the fact that you will probably, at some point, wash dishes in your sink, scrub counter tops and the stove top after cooking, and mop your kitchen floor following a spill. An amusing but true reason that some have cited for keeping their cleaning supplies here is that it is the spot they are accustomed to, and therefore the spot they will remember.

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