There are many different kitchen accessories and gadgets that need to be stored and organized, from utensils and pots to dinnerware and spices. It’s no wonder that most people find their kitchens a disorganized mess, but it doesn’t have to be that way! With just a little bit of effort and pre-planning, you can keep your kitchen storage cabinets neat and tidy without the hassle of wondering where an item was stored last. Here’s a few organizational tips that take the work out of tidying up and functions efficiently.
Before you begin organizing, it’s important to make sure that your space has efficient kitchen storage space with creative arranging. If you don’t have enough room, it may be time to upgrade your kitchen storage cabinets or remove some of the things you’re keeping in them. Begin, by removing all the contents from the cabinetry and see what you have to work with. Cleaning up your kitchen first is vital for this process, as it will allow you to see what you use and what could be removed from the space.
Tip!! This is the perfect time to purge because it’ll save you time on the backhand. Say farewell to the Tupperware bowl with no lid.
Divide up the Contents
Once these items are removed, divide your kitchen into zones (cooking, dry/wet goods, snacks) and assess where items should be located. Organize those that remain by type and frequency of use: glasses should go in one cabinet; plates in another; silverware in another—and so on. For example, consider storing cooking utensils and spices adjacent to the stove for efficient use when preparing meals. You could even dedicate an entire drawer to your coffee needs. Stock it with k-cups, sugar, creamer, stirrers, and other coffee items. Store the coffee machine above it atop the counter and voila! A coffee station has been created. Consider placing the most frequently used items on the bottom shelves where they’re easily accessible. Place holiday decorative dishware up higher in the cabinetry as you’ll utilize it less.
After assessing where items should be placed in kitchen cabinets for maximum efficiency, get drawer dividers, baskets and containers and start to group items alike together. For small item organization such as utensils, consider using drawer dividers where they’ll be most effective at keeping things tidy without taking up too much space. For spices, a narrow spice rack drawer can be added near the stove for efficiency.
Kitchen containers are great for pantry storage because they take up less space and provide an overall clean aesthetic therefore allowing for more room for other things. They also make it easy to see what’s inside each individual storage container. Clear plastic bins are great because they are stackable which allows them to take up less space than baskets would otherwise require; plus, they’re easier to clean. The transparency will make it a lot easier to see what you have in stock and show you what needs to be replenished the next time you’re grocery shopping
Get Creative with Kitchen Storage
A small kitchen has its challenges when you’re trying to find a place for everything but there are a few creative kitchen storage ideas to make the most of your space when organizing.
One easy way to increase your cabinet space is to install wire racks. They come in different heights, widths, and styles, so you can find the perfect ones for your kitchen, and they’ll act as shelves, too, so you can store more cups and plates together. Use the space underneath your kitchen storage cabinets. You can store items like baking sheets and cutting boards to be accessible during meal prep or cleaning up afterward!
Kitchen missing an island? Invest in a wheeled kitchen storage cart to accommodate the overflow of kitchen items. Plus, it could be used for meal prep such as cutting vegetables and then tucked away against the side of your fridge when not in use.
Not enough cabinetry?! One solution to maximizing storage is installing floating shelves. Floating shelves are a great place to show off delicate glassware, plate ware, cookbooks, and accessories. Plus, you can arrange them any way you want, which makes them an excellent solution for tiny kitchens. Take advantage of vertical space by adding a hanging pot rack to help store all those pans sitting on the stove or taking up space in your cabinets. Another option is to Add a mixer lift shelf stand to your kitchen cabinet and let KraftMaid® do the heavy lifting for you. The mixer pull-up shelf stand has an easy lift to access heavy kitchen appliances like mixers, food processors and blenders. The glide-in, soft-close operation is ideal for storage with no hassle. Keep your heavy kitchen appliances right at your fingertips when you need them and store them away safely when you don’t.
Additional crafty ways to store and organize kitchen appliances such as blenders, toasters or mixers away or in appliance garages. It keeps the kitchen design polished and behind closed doors which reduces counter clutter.
Kitchen containers, storage racks, and storage carts come in all shapes and sizes so there’s many options that could fit perfectly into your space. Follow these easy steps to organize your kitchen cabinets and enjoy the benefits every day!
Organizing your kitchen cabinets can be a daunting task. Once you know what to do and understand the benefits of kitchen organization, it’s not as hard as it seems! Hopefully these tips will help you feel more confident in your ability to create an organized space that works for all of your daily kitchen needs. We hope our tips help you take control of disorganized cabinetry and make them work better for you! If you have suggestions for other organizing ideas, please share them with us in the comments below! We’d love some new ideas on how to keep our kitchens clean and functional!
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