The kitchen is probably the most used room in the house. It’s where the family gets together, and pretty much everyone spends time there. That’s why it’s hard to keep everything in place and have it organised. And organising your kitchen is tough sometimes, especially if it is packed with pots, pans, small appliances and kitchen gadgets.
If you manage to do it and keep everything in order, it’ll be the most enjoyable room in the house for both family gatherings and cooking. But how can you organise it? We’re about to tell you some simple organisational ideas for a well-organized kitchen.
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The importance of kitchen organization
As we said before, the kitchen is the most used room. All the members of the family spend a lot of time eating, talking or even working there. On average, people spend 2 – 5 hours daily in the kitchen. But you need to know that a chaotic kitchen can negatively affect your life. How?
- You waste money on unnecessary items: If your kitchen is all messed up, it’s quite sure that you won’t be able to find the things you need when you need them. As a result, you’ll end up buying new ones, packing up again your cupboards. But, if you have an organised kitchen, you can find and reach all your tools and items.
- No mood for cooking: Having a messed up kitchen, can’t help you get the right mood for some cooking. In fact, you don’t want to spend time in your kitchen at all. And how can it be any different? If you know that you’re going to spend all of your free time trying to find all the tools, pots, cookware sets, pans and appliances you need to cook, then you’re already tired just by thinking about it. And afterwards having to put them back in place is not fun at all!
- You get sick: Don’t be surprised! Of course, you and your family will get sick if you have a messy kitchen! If your kitchen space is full of appliances and kitchen tools, you won’t be able to move them often to wipe off the kitchen counters. So, bacteria and germs will be residents on every single surface!
Where to begin with organising your kitchen?
We know! The idea of organising all your stuff in your cupboards gives you a headache, but you can follow these simple steps and things will become much more manageable.
Pull everything out
Before you start, it’s important to know what you have in your cupboards. You have to see every item and start from scratch. So pull everything out! This way, you’ll see all of your things, and you’ll probably discover some forgotten tools as well. This way you’ll be able to see how much free space you actually have.
Separate edible – inedible ones
The next step after having cleared your cupboards is to make two sections: one for the things you can eat and one for the kitchen tools and appliances. Having now separated the edible from the inedible ones you can start to declutter.
Start with the edible ones:
First, check the expiration dates. Go through all your things and find what’s happening there. Get rid of those that have expired, or they’re about to and keep the others. Then split edible items into spices, pasta type of things, rice, flours, sweet ingredients, food ingredients etc. and group them. Here are some ideas:
- Spices: Instead of having a kitchen drawer full of spices, which you can’t find whenever you need them, put them in a spice rack. There are different types. You can hang one on a wall, under a cabinet, in a drawer using a drawer organizer or on a standing spice rack on your countertop.
- Pasta: Get some see-through rectangular or square containers and fill them up with all the types of pasta you prefer. Rectangular and square are better because they are stackable.
- Sweet ingredients: You can do the same with sweet ingredients. Fill see-through containers or jars with sugar, flour etc. or use a spice rack.
- Food ingredients: Food containers of the same size and shape are again the perfect way. Use them to store food in your fridge and your cabinets.
Now continue with the kitchen tools and appliances.
- Separate utensils, pots and pans, crockery and storage containers and check if something is broken.
- Think about each item. Do you really need it? How many times have you used it before? Should you keep it? These are a few questions you should ask yourself before deciding which ones to keep.
- Then, separate things you use every day from those you don’t use so often. Make sure you get rid of the things that don’t belong in the kitchen. It’s pretty sure there are some hidden in your there!
Clean everything inside-out
After you’ve done the separation, it’s the perfect time to do a deep cleaning in the empty cupboards and drawers. Oh! And don’t forget to change any shelving paper. Also, wash all the items before putting them back.
How to place your things for an ultra-effective and organised kitchen
Before you put your things back, assign spots to your cabinets and drawers. Write down the spots, including which items belong in each one. For example:
Spot 1: “The everyday items”
In this group, you can keep all of your plates, bowls, glassware, cups and cutlery you use every day. If it’s possible, keep them close to the dishwasher and make sure they’re easy to access.
Spot 2: Cooking
Here you can keep all the cookware, dishes, cutting boards, spatulas, wooden spoons, measuring cups/spoons, mixing bowls, baking items and anything else that you find necessary while cooking. Just make sure they’re close to the oven.
Spot 3: Storage containers
This spot should be near the fridge if it’s possible. Here, you may have all the items that will help you to store food, such as containers, food wrap, ziplock bags, tin foil, to-go items etc.
Spot 4: Larder
Dry goods, condiments, large kitchen appliances, canned goods and extra things you buy, can be kept here.
Spot 5: The cabinet space under the kitchen sink
You can keep cleaning supplies, extra hand soap, garbage bags, recycling and things that will help you while cooking or washing and cleaning into the cupboard located under the sink.
Spot 6: A place for the special ones
Here you can keep all the items you use rarely. Like your silverware and pottery, you use if you host. It’d be better, though, if you could keep them in your dining room.
Which is the right position for your items?
Have you separated your kitchen items? Great! Now it’s time to put things in place. But you should think carefully about how to place your things in the cabinets so that everything is in order and get some extra storage space.
As mentioned above, you should get rid of plates, mugs and bowls that you never use or are broken. Then keep only the dinnerware you need for everyday use. That should be about ten dinner plates for a family. However, keep a few extras on hand for visitors. Just remember! Every time you put your freshly washed plates back in the cupboard, don’t put them on top. Put them on the bottom. This way, all dishes are evenly used.
Pots and pans
Pots and pans are bulky and take up a lot of storage space. But there are some simple ways to store them:
- Shelves: Hang shelves on a wall in the kitchen and stack your pots there. Or if there’s space underneath a shelf or a cupboard, you can instal a hanging rod and hang them there.
- Deep drawers: Deep drawers are great for storing. But be sure that you can place your pots and pans in one layer. This way, it’ll be easier to pull one out.
- Hang them on the wall: If there is empty wall space, hang your pots and pans on the wall. Attach a metal railing, add some hooks and hang your pots!
- Hang them inside the cupboards: Another simple way is to hang the pots and pans inside the cupboard. Just remove the shelves, hang hooks to the top and hang them. As for the lids, add some adhesive hooks inside the cabinet door and hang them there.
Food storage containers
I find organising containers the most challenging task, don’t you? However, there is a simple way to make everything nice and neat.
- Go through all your containers and find what you need and what you should get rid of.
- Store the lids with a roll-up drying rack.
- Arrange the food containers by shape and size and pile them up.
Utensils usually get into drawers and need a short time to get all messed up. You can avoid this chaotic situation using drawer dividers or one-piece organisers that will help you have separate everything. Keep your forks, spoons and knives in order.
Foods and spices
You can store most of your foods and spices into beautiful mason jars and place them on open shelves. Or you can store spices underneath the cupboards into jars. Affix jars with magnets to a strip on the underside of cabinets.
A pantry is a very handful cupboard in the kitchen. You can keep dry foods, oil, condiments and anything else you’d love to. Keep everything in place by using canisters and jars. In case you don’t have a pantry, you can just create your own. You can simply install a pull-out drawer in a cupboard and here you are! Your pantry is ready!
Managing your countertops
It’s very usual and convenient to place everything over your counter. However, your kitchen always looks messy, and you can’t wipe it off easily. We’ve got some smart ways to help you organise your counter space to look clean and neat:
- Use a vintage lazy Susan for coffee, tea and seasonings.
- Place a metal tray for utensils, crocks and seasonings.
- Or a wire basket for oil, seasonings or even some herbs.
- Hang a rod under the cabinets and hang your utensils there.
- Place a mug stand on the counter for your everyday mugs.
- Or have a self mug holder underneath a cabinet.
- Place a wooden box on your countertop and keep in there a few pencils and a notebook.
A few more smart ways to organise your items
Organising your kitchen and keeping it that way is a bet! You should be very careful, very typical and creative, especially if you have a small kitchen. You can do plenty of things to keep everything neat and tidy.
- Use a plate rack inside your cabinets to store baking sheets, cutting boards and serving trays.
- Install a pegboard on an empty wall to hang items.
- Use expandable cabinet shelves.
- Use tension rods. The perfect way to make extra room.
- Don’t buy gadgets and tools you’ll never use.
- Put anything back in place.
- Clean everything after use.
- Take advantage of every space.
Organising your kitchen is one of the toughest tasks in the house. But it can be much easier. You can start by identifying what you have and what you need. Then pick your things over. Throw away all the broken items and foods that have expired. Tools and kitchen gadgets you don’t use? Donate them. Place things back in the cupboards according to your everyday needs, or if needed start a new project and renovate your cupboards, or even build a brand new kitchen island all by yourself. What matters for decluttering and organising your kitchen are the size of your space, the things you have and how much you use your kitchen. Don’t overstress anymore! All you have to do is be logical, practical and inventive! Follow our guide and you’ll have everything under control in no time!