Organizing the Kitchen

It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It can often be one of the most difficult spaces to keep organized. Here are some of my tips:

  • Keep counters clear.  Not only does this protect your prep space, but clear counters go a long way in making the space uncluttered.  There are many storage options, including things that can be mounted to the inside of cabinet doors that can help keep items off the counters.  I keep larger appliances like my blender, mixer, crockpot, etc in my dining room hutch.  If you only use an appliance (like a waffle maker or bread maker) once or twice a month or less- consider storing it on a shelf in the garage rather than taking up space in the kitchen.  kitchen ideas
  • Use drawer dividers. I sell durable plastic dividers through Clever Container or you can make your own from materials like empty cereal boxes. It is much easier to find things in a drawer when they have their own space, rather than sorting through loose items each time you need a measuring spoon or a pair of scissors.
  • Purge duplicate items.  How often do you need two vegetable peelers at the same time? Two juicers? Two cheese graters?  Duplicate kitchen items take up valuable space in your drawers and cabinets.  Keep only what you need and you will see the clutter disappear fast.
  • Be creative with storage.  I use mason jars to hold spatulas and spoons, baskets to hold fruits/veggies..you get the picture.  Storage can be attractive and functional at the same time.

What is your biggest organizing challenge in the kitchen?

 

2 Responses to Organizing the Kitchen

  1. Katrina says:

    If you only use an appliance (like a waffle maker or bread maker) once or twice a month or less- consider storing it on a shelf in the garage rather than taking up space in the kitchen. I can’t agree more with this but how about if I use my bread maker often? I like to make bread recipes with it a couple of times in a week or more.

  2. Fukuda says:

    I agree with using dividers for your drawers. It helped me out a lot in so many ways especially when i’m looking for specific kitchen items. It will also help if you label some of your drawers.

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