Browse through these easy tips for organizing kitchen drawers and kitchen cabinet organization to get the hub of the house under control.
Kitchen organization is crucial. This high-traffic area often becomes a multipurpose room in which meal preparation no longer solely dominates the space. Cooking occurs along side the message center which is next to the homework headquarters that is adjacent to the mail station and so on.
Very understandably, the hub of the house can quickly become chaotic and give the impression that restoring order is an unattainable goal. Below you'll find step-by-step instructions on organizing a kitchen, a guide for where to store what and suggestions for kitchen storage organizers. The kitchen has a distinct purpose and with the following kitchen organizing tips, you will be on track in no time!
Utilize the general organizing procedure of purge, sort and store, and apply it when organizing kitchen cabinets, drawers & surfaces...
• Start by going through ONE drawer or cabinet at a time.
(This first little tip is crucial to successfully organizing kitchen cabinets, etc. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.) Get rid of any items that are unwanted, never utilized, or no longer usable.
• Pick up ONE item at a time, and decide if it is worth keeping. In order to accomplish this, ask yourself appropriate questions (Is it still usable? How often do I use it? Do I have more than one of this same item?).
• As you make decisions, put the item in the corresponding pile, bag or box - Keep, Donate, Distribute, Trash. **Don't forget to record your donations for tax purposes.**
• Take out the trash, and put the donations in your car. This hinders the possibility of undoing your hard kitchen organizing work.
• Remember, kitchens often transform into multi-purpose rooms. For complete kitchen organization, don't forget to purge the junk drawers, office/message centers, recipes, menus, the pantry, the fridge and so on.
• You have pared down, and now you can focus on
what's left. Sort the remaining items by category or by use that makes sense to you (i.e. knives, cutting boards & other prep tools; pots, pans, baking sheets & oven mitts;
tupperware, foil, saran wrap, & ziploc bags and so on).
• Putting everything away usually calls for some rearranging. Specific tasks happen in specific areas of the kitchen, so store items where you use them when organizing kitchen cabinets and drawers...
⁃ Stove/Oven: Use adjacent cabinets to store pots, pans and baking sheets and nearby drawers for oven mitts. Frequently used cooking utensils can be kept in a container on the counter, while the rest can go in a drawer. A kitchen drawer organizer is helpful here!
Near Refrigerator: Utilize nearby drawers and cabinets for Tupperware, tin
foil, saran wrap and any other items that assist in leftover transport. If necessary, purchase a kitchen wrap organizer to keep these products orderly.
I use kitchen cupboard organizers like this one and love them!
⁃ Dishwasher: Keep plates, bowls and glasses in above cabinets and silverware in nearby drawers. This cuts down on the time it takes to unload the dishwasher. **An organized kitchen is easier to clean.**
⁃ Coffee (if frequently consumed): Keep the coffee maker, and if necessary, the grinder on the counter by an outlet. Store mugs in a nearby cabinet for easy access.
⁃ Counter Space: Usually counter space is limited. When organizing kitchen cabinets and drawers, reserve the counter for the items used on a regular basis. Everything else should be relocated to a kitchen cabinet with space or another appropriate storage area in the house (i.e. holiday platters can be stored with the other holiday items).
⁃ Office/Message Center: Since it's such a high-traffic room, it is highly beneficial to have some sort of message center.
If you have a built-in desk area, set it up as the message center by stocking it with the appropriate office supplies and a telephone. This is also a good place for a computer to easily access online recipes.
If your kitchen does not accommodate a small office, then a corner or area of the counter with a phone jack and outlet will suffice. Install a cordless phone to free up counter space, and use a nearby drawer for post-its, pens, and any other necessary office supplies. Mount a small cork board on the wall for displaying messages and reminders to family members. Implement a rule that once the reminder or message has been taken care of that it must be removed from the board.
• Once a week or twice a month go through the fridge; dispose of leftovers and expired items. This is also a good time to wipe it down. (An organized kitchen is much easier to clean!)
**Note** Designate sections of the refrigerator for certain items (i.e. cheese in dairy drawer, condiments on door, etc.). Use fridge bins or handled storage baskets to further organize the shelves. This makes your weekly clean outs fast and easy.
• Do the same thing with the pantry; trash items that are no longer good.
**Note** Designate sections of the pantry for certain items (i.e. snacks on one shelf, canned goods on another, etc.). Consider purchasing a kitchen pantry organizer or organizers like mesh stacking bins. This makes your biweekly declutter sessions quick and simple.
• If you have a message center in your kitchen (recommended), once a week go through and make sure office supplies (and only office supplies) are in that area. You don't want to find a stapler in the utensil drawer and vice versa!
**Do this for all the other random items that end up in this high-traffic room. This is a biggie when organizing kitchen cabinets, drawers and counters!