My 5 Best Kitchen Organization Tips
The kitchen should be a relaxing haven, the hub of the home. The reality is, however, that it’s easy to let clutter build up. Keeping it consistently clean and tidy can be a time consuming and often difficult task. Clutter in the kitchen leaves the room looking messy and disorganized. If you’re looking to make your kitchen a more enjoyable and relaxing room to be in, use my best kitchen organization tips below to help.
Make Use of Wall Space
This tip is perfect for those with a small kitchen. When there’s little storage space available, clutter can seem unavoidable. However, you can free up a lot of counter and cabinet space by hanging various items on the walls.
Hang pans and cooking utensils on the wall. You could even find shelving which incorporates hooks into its design. Aprons can be hung with a hook inside the pantry.
(A quick safety tip here – If you are planning on hanging aprons and dish towels onto the wall, make sure they’re at least a couple of feet away from the stove!)
Make use of the Inside of Cabinet Doors
The inside of cabinet doors can be a great place to hang kitchen items:
- measuring spoons
- use a magnetic sheet and store your spices
- dish towels can be hung inside the cabinet below the sink
- strategically placed hooks for pot and pan lids
Start with One Area at a Time
Kitchen organization is a large task. Trying to declutter the entire kitchen can quickly become overwhelming. So, to make it easier, start by sorting out just one area at a time.
You could start with the cabinets, drawers or even the refrigerator. Split the job into manageable tasks and you will get it done quicker. You won’t find it as overwhelming and you’ll feel great as you tick off different tasks along the way. You could even spread it out over a few days to make it easier – it doesn’t have to be done all at the same time.
Organize Items by Frequency of Use
Make your kitchen efficient by organizing items in terms of how frequently they’re used. The things you use on a daily basis, such as cooking utensils for example, should be easy to reach.
Store plates and cutlery that you use regularly on lower shelves in a cabinet, moving special occasion dining ware to an upper shelf.
Group similar items together. For example,
- all bakeware is kept in one area
- pots and pans are kept in another
- utensils in another
Speaking of pots and pans, be sure to keep them as close to the stove as you can; potentially hanging them from the ceiling or on the wall by the stove.
Organize Items Logically
Items you use, and therefore put away, frequently should ideally be stored close to the dishwasher. Think plates, silverware and glasses.
Pots and pans should be stored near the stove.
Decorative or special occasion dishes can be stored on higher shelves. I recommend keeping holiday dishes stored with other holiday decorations if at all possible. Kitchen space is usually at a premium and using that precious real estate for dishes used once a year is not ideal.
These are just some of my top kitchen organization tips. Once you’ve made a start and followed the tips above, your kitchen is guaranteed to look a lot less cluttered and a lot more organized.