Organizing your kitchen cabinets may seem to be like a really daunting task, but it doesn’t really have to be that way.
Kitchen Masters has created a guide for you to use your cabinets storage configuration properly. Whether you store dishes, cookware, food items, baking ware, here are some great ways to keep it all organized. The following kitchen organization steps will help you declutter your storage space and organize your cabinets in a better way.
What You’ll Need:
- Pan organizers
- Cabinet baskets
- Small shelving units
- Shelf dividers
- Spice Organizers
Kitchen Organization Step 1 – Clear Them Out.
Before you start the process of organizing your cabinets, you will need to remove everything out. Separate all of the items you have removed from the cabinets into the following three sections:
Section 1 – Trash: This would include all empty food packaging( any expired food) broken containers, appliances which aren’t used or they don’t work.
Section 2 – Donate: It is a good deed and idea to give away any edible food items or working appliances to somebody in need which you don’t use anyway. You can donate the food items to a local charity foundation or to a food pantry. Appliances, dishes, pots and pans can be given to a newly wed couple or a thrift store.
Section 3- Keep all the things ready to be placed in the cabinets.
After you have separated all of the items, use your kitchen cleaning supplies to clean out the cabinets. You need to wipe and clean them inside out, beginning with the top cabinet shelves and working your way down.
Kitchen Organization Step 2 – Sort the Keepers.
Take the sections of items that you are keeping and sort them properly into groups of like items. Later, you will put them away in the cabinets according to their type of groups. Some of the common groups include:
- If you do not have a kitchen pantry, or are short on pantry space, you might store some of your food items in the cabinets.
- Glasses and Dishes. This group should consist primarily of the dishes that you use everyday, including plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, etc.
- Storage Containers. Keep all your storage containers together and in reach. If you are looking to purchase new storage containers, try to find some that snap and store the lids right on the container.
- Cookbooks and Recipes. Take this opportunity to organize your handwritten handwritten recipes in a folder, a binder or convert them digitally.
- Small Appliances. Place all of your small appliances together, which includes a toaster, blender, heating pan, electric kettle , etc.
- Pots and Pans (& their corresponding lids).
Kitchen Organization Step 3 – Arrange Everything in the Cabinets.
After you have organized everything, you have to decided which cabinets you want to each section/group to go in before you start arranging them. Some of these kitchen cabinet organizers might come in handy:
- Pan organizers that allow you to make pans stand and lids on their side so they slide right into their place.
- Kitchen cabinet baskets for smaller food items, spices, recipe cards, and other small daily use items.
- Cabinet shelf dividers to keep items and groups of items separate and organized neatly.
- Adjustable shelving to help separate items. Adjustable shelves allow you to change the configuration of your cabinet storage area once in a while. For instance, when you get new set of appliances or just want to switch things up to keep your kitchen fresh.
When you have all of the kitchen organizers you need, you can look through the cabinets to decide which items would work best in each cabinet. For example, your glasses and dishes would be convenient right above the dishwasher, and your pots and pans would be handy right next to the stove area.
Kitchen Organization Step 5 – Maintain the Kitchen space.
Well, now that you have clean and organized cabinets, it’s a great idea to practice a little upkeep. When you use something, put it back in its place. It is a simple practice that will help you in the long run. It is not difficult and takes only a little bit of your time. Schedule a time at least twice a year to go through, clean and organize your cabinets. It won’t be nearly as time consuming as your previous time.