Have you ever been in a position where you searched endlessly for the right tupperware lid, bought double the ingredients because you couldn’t find it in your pantry or struggle to keep the kitchen looking even somewhat clean ? Well if yes, then it’s time to take a look what kind of problems that you have in your kitchen and how to organize it so you can use it more efficiently.
There’s no need a major overhaul to banish clutter and become organized – you just need a few handy tricks and tricks to get it done. Here’s a 6 ways on how to organize your kitchen and make it more efficient and convenient for you!
1) Pull it Out and Purge
As a start, it’s important to literally take a look at every item in your kitchen and start from scratch. So pull it all out and analyze the damage!
Things to consider about each item :
1 – Does it work ?
2 – Does it really necessary ?
3 – Do I even love it ? (i.e personal attachment)
This process can be difficult but consider the goals – to have a functional space, to have as clear a counter as possible, to have an efficient kitchen that you enjoy being in. Once you’ve gone through your items, you should have a keep section, a toss section and a donate section.
2) A Deep Clean
By now you have everything out of your cabinets and drawers, this is the perfect time to give everything a good wipe down. You’d be surprised how great that will feel, especially when you go to put everything back in its place.
3) Categorize Your Zones
Before you put your items into places, analyze your entire kitchen and group cabinets and drawers into zones. One of the best ways to do this is to have a notebook/notepad and pen and write it down, including which items belong in which zones.
Below is an example of what it would look like :
- Zone 1: Everyday (easiest to access, close to dishwasher if possible)
plates, bowls, basic glassware, cups, serveware, cutlery
- Zone 2: Cooking (locate close to oven or range)
pots, pans, dishes, cutting boards, spatulas, wooden spoons, measuring cups/spoons, mixing bowls, any other baking items, etc.
- Zone 3: Pantry
dry goods, spices, larger kitchen gadgets, etc.
- Zone 4: Accessories & Storage (near fridge if possible)
tupperware, food storage, food wrap, ziploc bags, tin foil, to go items, etc
- Zone 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.
- Zone 6: Under the Sink
cleaning supplies, extra hand soap, garbage bags, recycling etc.
- The 7th zone could be your special items, like serveware that you typically only use when hosting or special pottery/keepsakes. Our advice though would be to try and keep items you only genuinely use and if it’s not often, then perhaps storing in another area of the house like the dining room or garage would serve you better.
The same rules apply to your fridge – group items together and determine the best layout for your shelving inside!
4) Convenient Position
Now you are clear which and where will you place your items, think about how are you gonna 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.
5) Be Creative
The next step is to start being creative with your organization and figure out which pattern works the best for each zones.
-Install a hanging rack for pots and pans to free up cupboard space
-Mount a rack for spices and actually alphabetize it
-Have a tall pantry door? Hang a clear shoe organizer to make use of that space
-Make use of drawer organizers and dividers to keep everything super accessible
-Use standing dividers for things like baking sheets and cutting boards
-Wire shelving or pull out units are mega handy – especially under the sink
-Utilize wall space (magnetic knife holders, fresh hanging herbs, hooks for hanging almost anything!)
-Install a cork board on the inside of your cupboard doors to hang small items or display your most used recipes
6) Monitor the Flow
After a few weeks, 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.