Do you find yourself spending way too much time looking for the right lid to your Tupperware containers, buy double the ingredients because you couldn’t find it in your pantry, you struggle daily to keep your kitchen somewhat clean, if so, I think it might be time to give your kitchen some much needed attention!! Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started;
First things first, you need to see every item in your kitchen and start from a blank slate. Pull everything out and assess the damage. Is this item necessary? Does it still work? Do I love it?
This step can be really hard but consider the goals – to have a functional space, to have as clear a counter as possible, and to actually enjoy being in the kitchen. Once you’ve gone through your items, you should have a keep section, a toss section and a donate section.
Since you have everything out of your cabinets and drawers, its the perfect time to give everything a good deep clean. I promise you, this will feel amazing, especially when you go to put everything back in its place.
Organize in sections
Before you start to put anything back, assess your entire kitchen and group cabinets and drawers into sections. The easiest way to do this is to have a notepad and pen and write it down, including which items belong in which section. Here’s an example of what that would look like:
- Section 1: Everyday
plates, bowls, basic glassware, cups, serveware, cutlery
- section 2: Cooking
pots, pans, dishes, cutting boards, spatulas, wooden spoons, measuring cups/spoons, mixing bowls, any other baking items, etc.
- Section 3: Pantry
dry goods, spices, larger kitchen gadgets, etc.
- Section 4: Accessories & Storage
tupperware, food storage, food wrap, ziploc bags, tin foil, to go items, etc.
- Section 5: Coffee and Bar
coffee cups, pods, coffee accessories, coffee pot or keurig, barware such as wine glasses, shot glasses, other glassware, bar accessories, etc.
- Section 6: Under the Sink
cleaning supplies, extra hand soap, garbage bags, recycling etc.
The same rules apply to your fridge – group items together and determine the best layout for your shelving inside!
Now that you have determined what item goes where, think about how to position them. Keep items you use the most at eye level and the pieces that see a little less use further away or up higher. If you can’t easily see or access something, the less likely you are to use it.
Same goes for the pantry! Consider unloading cereals, baking goods, pasta and rice for instance, into clear containers. You’ll have more room, they will keep better and you’ll actually be able to see everything! Position things you use the most, like cereal, where it’s easiest to access.
Keep on it
After a month, take a moment to reflect on how the organization is going. Define any problem areas and reevaluate. Try to stay on top of the pantry and make it a yearly goal to do a declutter.
How do you organize your kitchen?