For most households in America, the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the entire house. With all of the traffic and multi-users, it can be a difficult space to keep organized.
It’s time to stop procrastinating, be honest about what you really need, and reclaim the space you use to cook meals and enjoy time with family and friends. Here are our top kitchen organization tips to try today.
Before you put these organizing tips to work, take a look at your kitchen to see what you need help with most: your overflowing spice racks, cluttered drawers and cabinets, messy pantry, to name a few. It may be easiest to tackle one area at a time, starting with organizing everyday essentials (pots and pans, for example) before working your way to more tedious tasks, like decanting spices and baking supplies into matching glass containers.
Now, let’s transform your kitchen.
1. REFLECT on how your family uses the kitchen.Write down the ways that you use the area to ensure that your kitchen organization accommodates the needs of your family.
2. Emphasize ease of use. Every kitchen has a few key items used to prepare and eat meals on a regular basis. Put the items you use most in easy-to-reach places to keep from tossing everything out of the way to get to that one bowl you need.
3. One of the key organizational issues in many kitchens is that where things live doesn’t always make much sense. Items like plates, mugs, glasses, and silverware should be in cabinets and drawers near the sink or dishwasher. This will make putting them away after washing significantly easier. Near the stove, keep your sheet pans, pots, and their lids tucked away in a nearby cabinet to create a cookware zone that makes sense, considering that’s where you’ll be using those pieces the most.
4. Remember that there are two characteristics to consider when deciding where your kitchen items will be stored—1.their size and 2.their proximity to the appliances they’ll be used with. After getting a better idea of where these areas are and what the problem spaces are in your kitchen, you can move on to the fun part.
5. Whether custom-built or sourced from a favorite home store, cabinets—both above and below the counter—bring a ton of style and personality to our kitchens while carrying the bulk of the load of our cookware. Cabinets are the ideal place for items like tableware, serve ware, or drink ware that are taller or pile up higher. Lower cabinets are the spot for heavier items like Dutch ovens and cast-iron grill pans. Organizing tools like metal racks that look like sideways filing cabinets are great here for baking sheets if you’re opposed to stacking them, and sliding metal shelves make grabbing stockpots so much easier.
After putting in the effort to organize your kitchen cabinets, you have to make sure everyone in your household keeps them organized. Ensure that everyone knows where the items should go. And consider labeling containers, storage bins, or even the cabinet doors themselves if it helps everyone to follow the system.
Also, try to keep everything neat when you put it away. For instance, turn food labels so they’re facing out. And stack dinnerware according to type and size. Doing so can encourage you and others to keep the cabinets looking tidy.