10 Best Kitchen Organization Tips to Try Today
Your kitchen is one of the most heavily used rooms in your home and it needs to be as functional as possible. After all, this is the room in which you prepare meals for your family, host kitchen parties, and supervise the completion of homework. It’s where you sit with your morning coffee while you read the news and where you relax with a glass of wine at the end of the week.
Since your kitchen is such an important part of your home, it is vital that you keep it well organized, so everything has a place on your kitchen counters or in your kitchen cabinets. And to help you do that, we have compiled a list of the 10 best kitchen organization tips here:
1. Declutter and Discard in Your Kitchen
There’s a pretty good chance that your kitchen is full of things you don’t need. They may be hiding behind closed doors or in drawers, but they are lurking there all the same. You may very well have outdated food in your fridge and pantry that needs to be thrown away, so start with clearing these areas out.
Next, take a look in your drawers, cupboards, and cabinets to find dishes, utensils, and other kitchen tools and gadgets you no longer need. If these things are in good condition, then donate them. Otherwise, throw them away. Examples of things that you may not need any longer include:
- Old or overused children’s dishes
- Unused serving dishes
- Old food storage containers
- Items of which you have more than you need (think wooden spoons, spatulas, etc.)
- Appliances you find in your appliance graveyard (coffee machine, waffle iron, juicer, etc.)
Remember that in this step, you need to be ruthless: keep only the things that are useful and that make you feel good.
2. Group Kitchen Items by Likeness
Once you have cleared away anything you don’t need in your kitchen, it is time to group and organize all like kitchen items together. You want all your stovetop cooking dishes together, all your baking items together, and all your day-to-day and holiday dishware separated into two distinct piles. You will figure out what makes sense as you begin to separate your items.
3. Find a Place in Your Kitchen for Everything
Once everything is separated into groups, you need to decide on the best places to store it all. What would be better stored in drawers as opposed to shelves, cupboards, cabinets, or on your countertops? Make sure you put everyday items within easy reach and things you don’t use as often in the harder-to-reach places.
Small appliances you rarely use? Put them in the upper kitchen cupboards or cabinets that require a stool to reach them. Coffee maker used daily? On the counter. Salt and pepper? On a small wall shelf near the stove. And don’t forget about the food you eat on a daily basis. You can store your oats and cereal in decorative jars on the kitchen counter, where they will look nice and be easy to get to.
4. Organize Your Kitchen Cupboards
Cupboards are the lifeblood of your kitchen, so you want to keep them well organized. You can do this by using small metal shelves to take advantage of the vertical space in your cupboards. This makes it possible to double your cupboard space, allowing you to put bowls above your plates and two levels of mugs on one shelf.
You can also use Lazy Susans to make it easy to reach items stored in corner cupboards or cupboards that are particularly deep. Sliding racks in your lower cupboards can also help organize kitchen items such as pots and pans, along with their lids.
5. Use Your Kitchen’s Vertical Wall Space
There is often a lot of wasted vertical wall space in a kitchen. To make use of this, you can install open shelving or even hanging cabinets. On these shelves you can arrange everyday dishes, canisters and containers, pots and pans, cookbooks, and anything else you have in mind.
You can also attach individual baskets and containers to the wall to create an artistic look and add pops of color. In these containers and baskets, you can store utensils, cloths and towels, salt and pepper, spices, and any other small items that need a home.
Hooks can also be a great way to use vertical space. Hanging individual, decorative hooks for things like aprons, potholders, and towels is a great use of vertical wall space. You can also install pegboard on your kitchen wall to hold a variety of utensils.
6. Use Drawer Dividers for Your Kitchen
Drawers can be particularly difficult to keep organized, and drawer dividers are the answer. You can get drawer dividers to fit just about any size of drawer, which will allow you to keep your large and small utensils and kitchen gadgets separated and easy to find.
7. Hang Your Pots and Pans
Hanging storage gives your kitchen that gorgeous old-world charm while keeping your everyday pots and pans within easy reach. You can combine this hanging storage feature with lighting, or let it stand on its own.
8. Use Containers for Storage
There are many items in your kitchen that can be stored in containers, either on your countertop, on shelves, or in the pantry. Use square or rectangular containers for easy storage in the pantry or cupboards. Use decorative jars, canisters, and baskets to store items that are in sight all the time. This allows you to keep things organized in your pantry and on your countertops, and adds a nice home decorative element to your kitchen.
9. Organize Papers
Even though it is a kitchen, there are still plenty of papers that are often laying around in drawers or disorganized piles. To-do lists, shopping lists, schedules, and takeout menus can make for a cluttered countertop. Why not put them in a clipboard that you hand inside a cupboard door? That way, all the papers you need are within easy reach, yet organized and out of sight.
10. Make Use of Closet Space
If you have additional closet space, you can use it in so many ways. Turn it into a pantry for extra food stuffs. Alternatively, you can turn that closet into an entertainment space that, when you have guests over, can be opened up and used as a bar. This keeps all your spirits, glasses, and bar tools out of sight and organized. Anther option is to turn the space into a coffee bar.
With so many options to help organize your kitchen, you can help turn this space into one of your favorite—and neatest—spots in your home.
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