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4 Easy Fixes for Better Time Management in the Kitchen

4 Easy Fixes for Better Time Management in the Kitchen.  Tip #3 Made the Most Difference: It has to do with Organization!

If you’re the “chef” of the family, you know how much time you can spend in the kitchen. Not only do you have to worry about meal prep and cooking the food, you also have to worry about cleaning up after and doing dishes. If you feel like you spend way too much time in the kitchen, these tips for better time management in the kitchen will help you get out of the kitchen fast.


Plan Your Menu

One of the best ways to save time in the kitchen is to plan your menu for the week. By spending a few minutes mapping out each meal, you’ll know what you need to buy at the grocery store, as well as any prep that needs to be done ahead of time. This will greatly reduce the time you spend in the kitchen preparing for meals.

Double Up

Another great time management tip for the kitchen has to do with the amount of food you cook. Instead of making just enough for your family’s dinner, try doubling the recipe. This extra bit of food can be put in the freezer for later! Doubling up only takes a few minutes more to do, making it worth it when you can simply pull a meal out of the freezer on a busy day.

Organize Your Cupboards

You can also help save time in the kitchen by organizing your cupboards. Before doing this, identify your primary work zone in your kitchen. Is there a specific counter you use more often? Do you have the items you need for cooking within reach? Once you’ve identified your work zone, arrange your cupboards so that you can easily get to the items you use most often. This will minimize the time you take to grab items, as well as expedite the process as you put things back where they belong.

Enlist Help

Although the kitchen is your domain, don’t be afraid to enlist help. By asking your family to help out, you’ll save a lot of time both before cooking and after. You can have your spouse or children help you prep for the meal by cutting vegetables or peeling potatoes. Afterwards, let them help clean up, such as wiping down the counters or drying the dishes. The more help you have, the less time you’ll spend in the kitchen.


The kitchen doesn’t need to be the place you spend all your time. Even if you enjoy cooking, you still want to be able to spend quality time with your family. These tips for better time management in the kitchen can help you save time so you can do the things you want.


Elva Roberts

Thursday 11th of February 2016

I like all your tips. I would like to try preplanning a week's meals at a time. I think this is the only way to see for myself how much this shortens prep time in the kitchen. e

Victoria Ess

Tuesday 7th of July 2015

I always try to make extras so that we can have leftovers as snacks or meals for the following days. Great tips!

nicole dziedzic

Sunday 29th of March 2015

Staying organized is the key I think, and preplanning meals is also a wonderful idea, I love to make freezer meals to save time in the kitchen.

kathy downey

Sunday 15th of February 2015

Thanks so much,things are so organizes now

kathy downey

Tuesday 10th of February 2015

Thanks,These tips will help out in my kitchen