Whether you’re moving to a new home, renovating your kitchen, or just rearranging things, organizing your kitchen cabinets can seem like an overwhelming task. If you’re tempted to start sticking things into the nearest cabinet or drawer, try these tips instead:
- Before you start arranging shelves and drawers, discard or donate duplicate items or things you never use. Paring down to essentials will save space and help make organizing easier.
- Start by storing items as close as possible to their most frequent “point of use.” For example, place glassware near the sink and mugs near the coffee maker. Keep flatware, plates, and bowls in the drawers and cabinets nearest to the dishwasher to make unloading easier. Store cooking utensils near the cooktop and potholders, cookie sheets, and baking pans near the oven.
- Next, group as many items as possible by type. Store baking tools and appliances, like mixers, measuring cups, and mixing bowls together, so you have everything you need when you start a recipe. Place items you use for entertaining, like serving dishes and trays, all together, so you don’t have to spend time searching for pieces when company’s coming.
- Group remaining items by size and shape. Then, find cabinets or drawers that fit the size of each item. Stack baking sheets and muffin tins on their sides to make them easier to grab. Store rarely used items on the highest shelves.
- If possible, store plastic food storage containers stacked in drawers instead of cabinets to prevent them from toppling over and making a mess. Stack them by size with the appropriate lids underneath each stack.
- Group kitchen utensils by type to keep drawers organized. Place spatulas, wooden spoons, strainers, whisks, tongs, and other tools together in divided trays for easy access. Use dividers and small containers to keep objects in drawers organized and easy to find.
- To make cutting utensils easy to access, store them all together. Place knives, scissors, can openers, vegetable peelers, pizza cutters, and other sharp objects in the same drawer with blades down or with plastic protectors.
- When organizing deep cabinets, put taller items in the back to make finding what you need easier. For example, store blenders and food processors toward the back, with trays and bowls in the front.
- If possible, store heavy items as close to counter height as possible to avoid lifting or retrieving them from above. Deep drawers make great storage for pots and pans.
- To keep dish towels and cloths orderly, try rolling them and placing them upright instead of folding and stacking them. This may also help them fit into a smaller drawer.
- Don’t hide pretty things. Why take up kitchen cabinet space when you can display them on kitchen counters, shelves, or throughout the house? Your grandmother’s pitcher can double as a flower vase, a china bowl can grace a coffee table, and a colorful tray can collect keys and mail in the entry.
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