The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Kitchen
An initial step in organizing your kitchen should be assessing its storage needs. To stay efficient and stay on top of things, all baking supplies should be stored together under one cabinet, while cooking utensils should remain close by in your drawers.
Save yourself time by not searching each drawer and cabinet for your avocado slicer! This way, you’ll save both energy and effort.
1. Get Organized in Your Drawers
As you empty out those drawers, take time to find a place for everything – and stick with it! That way when it’s time for whisks or spatulas, they won’t have to wade through an unruly pile in search of their essential tools. There are various drawer organizing hacks out there that can help with staying on top of things: from stackable storage containers for spices and baking supplies, through stackable storage bins that stand upright utensil holders to keep everything standing vertical.
Consider using kitchen cabinet organization ideas such as storing lids, placing spice jars in front of pantry doors, or even installing pegboard backsplashes to hang baskets and mason jars for additional storage space. Also make use of vertical space by installing shelving units for items you don’t want in the main work zone, like vases and special occasion serving pieces – these simple solutions can create a more efficient yet beautiful kitchen!
2. Get Organized in Your Cabinets
Time to take back control of your cabinets! Start by emptying and wiping down every cabinet, looking for piles of “stuff” that needs to be addressed; either throw away or move to another level of organization like a pantry.
Once you know which items belong in your cabinets, devise a plan for their placement. Your most-used items deserve prime real estate; for instance, baking sheets should be close to the oven and coffee makers should pair well together. A rack mounted to the back of cabinet door may come in handy for organizing lids or spice jars.
Pros also employ sticky notes as an aid when placing cabinets, testing out their placement with each cabinet before committing. If something doesn’t work as planned, simply move it until it does! Sometimes even slight adjustments can have dramatic results!
3. Get Organized in Your Pantry
While drawers and cabinets tend to receive most of the focus when it comes to kitchen organization, ensuring your pantry functions optimally is just as essential for making space work well.
Create zones on your shelves so it’s easier for you to locate frequently used items, like cereal and breakfast foods, canned goods or dry ingredients. Store less frequently used items further back or higher.
Waters suggests considering who will use your pantry: “If there are children living in your household, perhaps a lower cabinet for their snack items can be placed here, or perhaps an easy access shelf where these things can be kept safe.”
She suggests installing racks on your pantry doors that hold spice jars, baking supplies and pot lids (like this Joseph Joseph pan lid organizer or this mDesign metal hanging shelf). Or try this clever kitchen hack: store utensils out-of-the-way but still easily accessible using a rolling utensil cart!
4. Get Organized in Your Sink
Under-sink areas often become disorganized and neglected. Items used frequently, like cooking utensils and baking pans, should take priority near the sink while other items can be stored away in a pantry or elsewhere in the kitchen.
Your best approach to organizing the space beneath your sink should involve first clearing away clutter, then sorting through what remains. Donate or discard anything that doesn’t belong, while leaving room for essential items like extra utensils or collectibles.
If your cabinets and drawers still feel crowded, look for organizational tools to maximize storage. A metal rack for pots and pans or using drawer organizer bins are great solutions; hanging one of those pegboard shelves for cups or plate racks on walls makes additional storage spaces. Clear containers also help make inventory easy to track.