Top 10 Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen

Imagine: It’s 5pm, you’re cooking dinner and you can’t find the wooden spoons. They’re across the kitchen in a drawer with the can opener and some tongs usually reserved for the barbecue grill. You’re not alone. Most of us are living with a deep, dark secret: our kitchen cabinets are a disaster.

It doesn’t have to be that way. You can be free from the shame with these 10 great ways to organize and take back your kitchen, your sanity, and your dignity.

Purge your kitchen, Marie Kondo style

While going “Marie Kondo” on your kitchen might be a bit extreme—deciding whether a wooden spoon brings you joy might lead to a lack of spoons—emptying out your cabinets is a great first step in organization, and a requirement for cabinet refinishing, or getting new cabinets. Once you’ve emptied everything out, toss any old, worn out, or broken cooking utensils, small appliances and dishes. Let go of anything you bought but haven’t used in over six months, or tools you don’t actually know how to use—we’re looking at you, fancy garlic press.

Create an intuitive flow before you put anything back

Have you ever wondered why grocery stores shelve the nacho cheese blocks 21 aisles away from the nacho chips? It’s because they pair like items in an effort to frustrate you (just kidding, maybe). Don’t be like the grocery store. Be a rebel. Pair and store items by use. Put your coffee mugs by the coffee pot and your oven mitts in a drawer next to the oven.

Keep regular use items within reach

If the most used item in your kitchen is a set of bowls for breakfast every morning, storing them out of reach on a top shelf is counter intuitive. Instead, move shelves around, or have new ones built for custom cabinetry, and put your everyday bowls at eye level.

Clear the counters

Clearing the counters doesn’t mean revisiting your childhood and shoving everything in the closet or under the bed where Mom can’t see. It means investing in appropriate storage for fruit, tea pots, cutting boards, and staples.

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“How do you keep your kitchen tidy with kids?” A question I get often. I’ll start off by saying it is NOT always tidy. However transitioning into a minimalist mindset has helped keep this space clutter free-for the most part. It’s still a work in progress and I will be the first to admit I think the kitchen is the hardest one to keep minimal when I enjoy cooking so much (give me all the gadgets). All of that being said I have a few “Mom hacks” to help you keep control of your kitchen: . 1️⃣ clean as you cook- when you’re finished with a certain dish go ahead and save yourself the headache later and just rinse it off & put it in the dishwasher then and there. . 2️⃣everyone has old items they don’t use sucking up space in their kitchen drawers/cabinets- go through the over flowing utensil drawer and try to narrow down the clutter to what you ABSOLUTELY need/use often. . 3️⃣ use snack time as an opportunity to do a quick tidy so you’re not feeling overwhelmed come dinner time by the mess you’ve made throughout the day. We make it a priority to have meal times together as a family, however snack time is usually a kids only affair. My kids have 2-3 snack times a day, so I take those moments to clear off the counters. . . . #minimalism #minimalist #aspiringminimalist #seeksimplicty #simplelife #clutterfreewithkids #clearcounterspace #kitchendecor #momhacks #clean #diykitchen #diy #renovation

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Invest in appropriate storage accessories

Stacking cans in the pantry, and fighting row upon row of spice containers to find the garlic salt, is so 2005. Stepped shelves, hanging hooks, stackable bins, and DIY storage hacks are in. Better yet, they’re probably already “in” your house. Check out your unused office accessories for inspiration.

Keep loose items tamed

It’s tempting to have a junk drawer in the kitchen: a place where paperclips, loose recipe cards, sticky notes, and pens congregate to talk about you behind your back. Tame this space, move non-kitchen items to their proper place, and use drawer bins to create easy access to the items that “do” belong.

Give life to dead space

Ever wondered why your pantry and cabinet shelves are set back from the door? Despite what your children think it is not to make a great hiding place. We don’t have a really good answer. But you can use that extra space for hooks and tension rods that will give you the power to hang pots, pans, and cups. The shelves with 20 inches head space? Add some more custom kitchen cabinet shelves!

Make use of your wall space

Most kitchens have jam packed cupboards and blank walls. Hanging a shelf above the sink, or a fruit basket from the ceiling can free up space in your cabinets and give you and your kitchen a little breathing room.

Use clear jars to store dry goods and other regularly accessed foods

Have you ever purchased two boxes of cereal the same size? How about a bag of rice or beans? Storing these items in their original packaging is not only difficult, but can cause damage to your kitchen cabinet shelving. Instead, try clear jars or containers. Your food will stay fresher, be quickly recognizable, and be easier to store.

Maximize your pantry

Kitchen pantries are terrifying places where all good canned foods, plastic grocery bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and seldom used small appliances go to die. Maximize your pantry by assigning individual shelves to specific item types and uses, with bins and shelves to keep order, just like you’ve done with the rest of your kitchen.

Whether you’re organizing in prep for or after refinishing kitchen cabinets or you’re just ready for a fresh start, these tips will get you there.

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