Why We Should Use Kitchen Storage Canisters

With our busy lifestyles today we are always looking at ways to save time and money. The one area of all our lives that is prime for making efficiency improvements is the kitchen. We spend a large parts of our daily life in the kitchen preparing food. For some working in the kitchen is a enjoyable hobby others it is a chore. Which ever category you areĀ  in it is an essential part of all our daily routine. There are many ways we could both save time and money in the kitchen.

By analysing each process in our daily life we can identify the time consuming and costly ones. The first part of the process is to roughly record how long and how often you do each process in the kitchen over a month. Have a note pad and pencil readily to hand (I normally put it in my back pocket) and every individual process you do you take note of how long it takes you and how often you do it. At theĀ  end of the month enter the information into a simple spreadsheet. Enter the process description, approximate time to complete once and the quantity you completed. Then calculate the total time by multiplying the quantity by the approximate time. This is always a surprising exercise for all of us as it will shock you not only how much time you spend doing these jobs but also which ones you spend doing the longest. Now sort the list so the most time consuming process is at the top. This process has the most potential to save you time. It maybe you do this process efficiently but normally most kitchen tasks can be improved with a little thought and effort.

Now you have selected your process you need to break it down into the individual tasks. For example making a cup of coffee would require you to:

  1. Check the kettle has some water in it and take to the tap to fill up if required
  2. Switch the kettle on and wait for it to boil
  3. Get a mug from the kitchen cupboard
  4. Get coffee and sugar from the other kitchen cupboard
  5. Get spoon from kitchen draw
  6. Get the milk from the refrigerator
  7. Place one spoonful of instant coffee into the mug
  8. Once the kettle is boiled pour the hot water into the mug
  9. Open the bottle of milk and add required amount to the mug
  10. Add a teaspoon full of sugar and stir
  11. Return the milk to the refrigerator
  12. Put the coffee and sugar back in the kitchen cupboard
  13. Put the dirty teaspoon in the dishwasher

As you can see a relatively simple process is we all do probably more than once a day can be quite time consuming. Against each process you should then write how long it takes and the distance travelled.

You can then go from the analyse stage to the design stage. By looking at the process and analysing the waste, you can identify where you could save time. As with all things in life it is never that simple. Often there is a cost involved of changing the process and this should be taken into consideration. An example of this is you could use kitchen storage canisters to store your coffee and sugar nearer the kettle as this would save you time getting them in and out of cupboards. However you have to wait for the kettle to boil therefore it is only really saving you time to return them to the cupboard. The cost of change would be the cost of the kitchen storage canisters. Another option would be to use a bean to cup coffee maker however this would cost more money although could save you more time.

You can see with a little effort and new ideas these small changes can have a great effect in the amount of time we could save.


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