Organising Shared Kitchens – Part 1

Author: PriceK

Whether you are a student living in a shared house, a member of an office with a shared kitchen or a restaurant owner in charge of the whole kitchen space, from time to time there are going to be disputes regarding the organisation and cleaning of the kitchen space. There are a few ways that you can improve the general kitchen organisation and also a few things you should consider when implementing these ideas. Over the course of the next few weeks we will be outlining ways of improving the general atmosphere in your shared kitchen, from shared student accommodation to industrial sized kitchens.

Number Of People

You’ll need to make a note of how many people in total require the use of the kitchen space, and how many people are likely to be using it at the same time. Before you try any techniques to help with the cleanliness of the kitchen, try to get at least a vague idea of how often it is in use and for how long’. It is no use setting a cleaning schedule for only once a week for example, if the kitchen is in use every half hour.

Most Used Appliances

This will depend on the type of people you live/work with. The pattern with student houses and large offices is that the kettle and microwave will get a lot of use, because of the popularity of quick fix meals and energy enhancing cups of tea and coffee. These are the areas to focus on, and will need the most cleaning; because they get the most use.

Diet Choices

This can seem like a weird thing to look into, but if you want  to maintain cleanliness in the fridge and the rest of the kitchen, it is important to see what sort of foods people are eating. It also avoids awkwardness if for example, one member of the team is a vegetarian, and another member keeps leaving smelly salami on the top shelf. If you know what everybody likes to eat, you can organise the fridge in a way that is beneficial for everybody.

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