The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Organization
Keeping a tidy and organized kitchen is essential to reducing stress and saving time. A well-organized kitchen makes it easier to find pots, pans, and other everyday items; reduce clutter; and stay on top of cleaning tasks rather than letting them build up until you’re overwhelmed with work. If your kitchen is currently anything like mine, then it’s probably messy, disorganized, cluttered with stuff that you don’t know what to do with, and filled with unnecessary items. It might even look as if there is a beast lurking under the sink or in the back of your pantry. Luckily for you, we have compiled the ultimate guide to kitchen organization! In this blog post you will learn everything from small tips to big tricks for creating a more organized space—no matter what size your kitchen is or how much storage space it has. Let's get started!
Create a functional kitchen layout
The first step for organizing your kitchen is to create a functional layout. This will help you identify what you need to work on and what needs to be tossed. Start by moving items out of cabinets, drawers, and shelving units. Put these items on the counter or floor and take a good look at everything that's there. You might find that you have a lot of duplicate items! This is an opportunity to clean out unnecessary things. Once you know what you're working with, it's time to start reorganizing. When deciding how to arrange your kitchen, think about where frequently used items are needed most - such as spices in the cabinet near the stove or silverware in the drawer next to the dishwasher. Put seldom-used items like baking supplies in less accessible areas like high up on the top shelf or deep inside one of those bottom cabinets that you can't even reach without stepping on a chair.
Tidy up your countertops
The kitchen is the heart of the home and usually acts as the central gathering place for family. It’s also where most of the cooking, cleaning and eating happens! The problem that many people face is having a messy countertop. One of the easiest ways to keep your countertops tidy is to have a designated spot to put your mail, keys, wallet, phone, and other items when you enter your kitchen. If there are no drawers or cabinets available near your entryway, try using a small tray or basket to hold these items. This will make it easier for everyone in the household to find what they're looking for as well as lessen clutter on your countertops. Another tip is to use an adhesive magnetic strip holder on your fridge to store loose utensils (like wooden spoons) or measuring cups that you might need during a cooking session. You could also use one side of the refrigerator door with magnetic strips to store knives neatly out of reach so that they don't get dirty or damaged by other objects in the back of your drawers or on top of your counters.
Organize your pantry and kitchen cabinets
Your kitchen’s cupboards and pantry are the best place to start with your kitchen organization. Start by removing all the items from the cabinets and pantries. Toss what you don’t use or need. Then, group like items together and store them in similar places. For example, all baking supplies can be stored together in one cabinet or drawer. Organizing your cabinet space might help prevent you from buying duplicates of certain items because you will know where to find what you need each time you need it!
Find a home for your non-essential items
The first step to organizing your kitchen is to find a home for your non-essential items. What are some things that you may have lying around in your kitchen right now? -Cookbooks -Stacked up recipe cards -Utensils and cooking tools -Seasoning mixes -Towels and dishrags -Corkscrews and wine openers Your first step is deciding what needs to stay in the kitchen (pots, pans, dishes, etc) and what can go elsewhere. If you don't use any of these items regularly, then it's time to find somewhere else for them to live. You could put them in an area of the house where they won't get in the way of daily living or you could store them away until you need them again. For example, you could store your cookbooks in a bookshelf or on a shelf where they're easy to find but out of the way. You may even want to go so far as to clean off an entire section of a room that has been designated for storage purposes. The next time you have company over, it will feel nice knowing that all of your guests will be able to sit down at the table without stumbling over something!
Install magnetic hooks and rails
The first and easiest way to organize your kitchen is by installing a magnetic hook or rail. You can use this to hang utensils, pots and pans, or anything else that might be hanging around on the inside of your cabinets. If you want to get really fancy, you can also install a pot rack for hooks that are out of reach.
Add a drop shelf and storage baskets
The first step in organizing your kitchen is to declutter and clean it. As you're cleaning, you'll need to find homes for items that don't belong in the kitchen. If you have a spare bedroom or closet, consider using it as storage space for things like extra dishes, cookware, and utensils. Another option is to create a drop shelf above the area where you heat food on the stovetop (near your cooktop). This will help keep items off of your counters and free up space below. Add some storage baskets where they are easily accessible but out of sight so they don't take up visual space. You can also install a rack above your dishwasher that hangs from the ceiling or along one wall—this way pots and pans will be off of the floor and easy to reach without cluttering any counters.