If you have any fitness plans for the new year, they are likely focused on getting your body in shape. But with all the action your kitchen saw over the holidays, Food52 figures you should also look into rejuvenating your cooking space for 2013. Here are four key tips:

  1. Learn the art of washing dishes. Chances are, you’re doing it all wrong. This is a comprehensive, no-crumb-left-behind routine that will get your dishes, utensils, and cookware in order.
  2. Re-organize your storage. It may take a bit of time to set up, but knowing where to find what in your pantry, fridge, and freezer can make cooking far less stressful in the long run.
  3. Use all your leftovers. Eliminate food waste by “mastering leftovers.” The folks at Food52 suggest a few go-to strategies, such as making them into a soup, hash, and sandwiches.
  4. Create a grocery list. To be a better cook, you must have the ingredients at hand. Create a plan to maintain “a well-stocked pantry and a smartly packed fridge.”

[via Food52]