Taking the First Steps Toward
Organizing Your Kitchen
Strategically setting up your kitchen storage space makes nightly dinners and daily meal prep a breeze.
When you fail to do so, you can be sure that your mornings will be hectic!
So how can you organize your kitchen to ensure your mornings are sunny, not chaotic?
It’s time to find out!
Decluttering Your Kitchen Cabinets
The cabinets in your kitchen are the backbone of kitchen organization. There is a lot of space in cabinets, and when that space is used well, your life gets much easier.
Here’s how you can start organizing your kitchen cabinets
Step 1 – Take Everything Out Of Your Cabinets
Pull out every last sippy cup, shelf liner and ketchup packet, and pile it on a table or counter. This will help you see what you have and, perhaps more importantly, what you don’t need.
Step 2: Wipe Down Cupboards and Drawers
The Harvard Business Review says it well, “When our space is a mess, so are we.”
Unfortunately, this includes dirt, grime, and gunk even when it accumulates in places we don’t see every day.
Here’s how it happens:
When we see that a space is dirty, we avoid that space. Motivation for cleaning or organizing that area falls off a cliff, and the dirt snowballs into filth.
Sometimes, we just need to break out some “elbow grease”, get down to business and do a deep clean on our kitchen cabinets so that it’s easier to organize them in the future.
We recommend using a damp cloth to get the dirt and crumbs out of all the nooks and crannies. If you have any tough splatters to tackle, add a little dish soap to the mix. For gunk stuck on shelf surfaces, gently scrub with warm water and an all-purpose brush, moving bristles in small circles.
Step 3: Get Rid Of Anything Broken or Expired
It’s amazing how many things we store that we don’t really need. Many times a close inspection of everything in our kitchen reveals a lot of stuff that is taking up space, but not serving any function.
You can free up cupboard space by getting rid of any long-expired spices or defective appliances. You might even consider gifting any gadgets you haven’t used in the last two years to charity.
Step 4: Keep Consumables Together
It’s a major nuisance when you need an ingredient or tool, but don’t know where to look for it.
You can cut down on this problem by reserving one cabinet or section of shelves just for food, then organizing this space by daily consumables versus cooking needs.
When you’re finished with any ingredient, put it back where you got it. Your kitchen organization grows by leaps and bounds when everything has a home where it always stays.
Step 5: Relocate Items You Don’t Use Often
Your gravy boat, that holiday cookie press you love, and anything else you only use a couple of times a year should be separated out from the daily bowls and mixers and stored on a higher shelf in the pantry or hall closet.
Reserve your prime kitchen cabinet space for things you use regularly.
Step 6: Decide Where Your Most-Used Items Will Go
A zoned kitchen is an efficient kitchen. Put things where they’ll be in easy reach when you need them. Cooking supplies should be near the stove, mugs go above your coffee machine, and food prep items should be stored near a clear stretch of counter space.
Once you’ve finished this final step you should find that you have a lot more room in your kitchen cabinets, and things are where they should be.
Plus, you’ll be more motivated to keep on top of things!
Kitchen Organization Plan
Do you want to go beyond just organizing your kitchen cabinets?
There are experts who can help you create a plan for organizing your kitchen from counters, to cabinets, to freezers.
Here are a few resources to get you started:
- Vicki Norris leads a team of professional organizers that help you make room for what matters most.
- Dana White tackles decluttering on her website, A Slob Comes Clean.
- The KonMari method helps organize your space.
- Do It On A Dime is a Youtube channel that gives a ton of helpful organization tips – and on a budget!
- Clutterbug helps you know which organization style you have so you can declutter without driving yourself crazy!
- Dawn, from The Minimal Mom has a never-ending supply of hacks for moms trying to organize their lives.
Go ahead, take a look at one or more of these systems that people have already created to keep their kitchens and homes tidy.
After all, there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel!
Design Your Kitchen Cabinets For Organization
If you’re having trouble digging out a cookie sheet for those roasted veggies, or can’t seem to find the oregano, decluttering your kitchen cabinets is a good thing to do.
However, there are times when organizing your stuff in the space you have doesn’t cut it.
It doesn’t matter how organized you are – reaching the stuff at the back of your cupboards is still a challenge!
It can often feel like your cabinets weren’t designed with you in mind. Often, this is what leads home-owners to look into tearing out their old cabinet systems and starting all over again with new ones.
But what if you don’t want to replace all your kitchen cabinets, just to get better cabinet organization options?
Things like roll-out shelves and corner cabinet solutions can save you immeasurable amounts of energy and frustration.
At All Organized, we offer a plethora of cabinet organizing options that can be added to your existing cupboards.
Let’s take a look at them!