There are few things more satisfying than a well-organized kitchen, but because it’s one of your family’s favorite rooms to hang out in (for obvious reasons), it’s probably the hardest place in your home to keep neat and orderly.
Even if you don’t have a ton of storage space, you can help your kitchen live up to its full potential with the right cabinet organization tricks. These ideas will help you get organized and rid yourself of clutter anxiety for good.
EMPTY KITCHEN CABINETS AND DRAWERS
Take everything out of your cabinets at once, or go cabinet by cabinet, and place the contents on a table or countertop. Physically handling each item forces you to make decisions about keeping, donating or discarding.
DECIDE WHAT TO KEEP AND WHAT TO PART WITH
Give yourself permission to let go of those unused items. Donate or give away what you can, recycling or throwing out anything you can’t, such as expired pantry items.
CLEAN CABINETS AND DRAWERS
Now that your cabinets are empty, spend some time getting them really clean before you fill them back up. To make future cleaning easier, you can also add shelf or drawer liners, or replace old ones.
GROUP ITEMS BY USE
Group the items or tools you use for each of those tasks together for efficiency. In the pantry, this means grouping food types by category: cooking, baking, snacks and breakfast, or whichever grouping technique works best for your lifestyle.
MAKE THE THINGS YOU USE MOST EASY TO REACH
Appliances that you use once in a blue moon (egg beaters, mixers, mandolins, food processors, muffin pans) can be stored towards the way back of cabinets, or in another part of the house altogether.
DON’T PUT HEAVY THINGS IN HIGH CABINETS
It’s an accident waiting to happen! Bulky heavy appliances are best suited for a shelf in a storage closet, or in a lower cabinet with depth.
CONSIDER NEW CABINET ORGANIZERS
Once you have determined where you’d like to store everything, look for places where your kitchen cabinets and drawers could benefit from additional organization and storage tools.
DRAWER DIVIDERS FOR KITCHEN TOOLS
Look for adjustable dividers, which can be expanded to fit your kitchen drawers. As you have done with the rest of your organizing, group kitchen tools by type before placing them in drawers.
USE RISERS FOR EXTRA ROOM
If you’re someone who enjoys collecting a few different styles of serving plates and bowls, risers are a god sent for separating types and styles, and allowing you to avoid big heavy stacks.
MAINTAIN ORGANIZE CABINETS
To maintain the organizing system, and to help you or guests quickly identify what is stored where, consider putting a label on the inside of each cabinet indicating the cabinet’s contents.
Do you find yourself having to take out half the shelf and reorganizing everything every single time you need a frying pan? These tips are here to help solve your kitchen cabinet woes and get a system of organization in order.
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