A well-organized kitchen may make or break how much you cook. If you spend half your cooking time looking for that one misplaced pan or the food processor, chances are you won't cook as frequently as you'd like simply because it's too difficult to find what you need.
Organizing your kitchen cabinets can do cooking, preparing meals, and cleaning up much easier – and there are certain steps to take to achieve the greatest results. Here are some of the best cabinet organization techniques and tricks. Check out our posts on how to arrange your fridge and how to clear your closet for more organization ideas.
Examine the expiration dates.
Baking soda, contrary to popular perception, does expire. Throw it out. Have those soup cans been sitting in the same place for years? It may be time to donate or discard them. Consider getting rid of it if it's stinky, sticky, or extremely old. Consider whether you truly need the Tupperware with a missing lid.
Make a list.
Consider reorganizing your pots and pans cupboard to maximize cabinet space if your utensil drawer is overflowing. Examine everything in your cabinets to get a sense of how objects are utilized in the kitchen and where the most intuitive place for them is. When it comes to kitchen organising, functionality is everything.
Use the 'golden rule' of the pantry.
The pantry golden rule stipulates that everything inside must be visible. This is a good tip to follow for the rest of your kitchen, particularly the insides of cabinets and drawers. This will make cleaning and putting things away much easier. Consider using drawer trays to organise cutlery.
Consider removing objects from cabinets.
Decorate with a great set of cookware, colourful kitchen tools, or even a cutting board. To use all of the space in your kitchen and clear the cabinet, get a hanging rack or place hooks along an underused wall.
Keep comparable objects together.
Separate the kitchen into sections for food (and other foodstuffs) and dishware and culinary materials. From there, divide further. Things such as spices, plates, and flatware should be kept in the higher cabinets for quick access, while larger items such as baking sheets and heavy appliances should be kept in the bottom cabinets. Avoid stacking too much so that it doesn't all collapse when you reach for one dish. Refrain from throwing everything in and dealing with it.
Sort by activity.
Another useful method for organising the kitchen is by function. Consider your routine and try organising the kitchen into areas based on what you use it for. For example, placing breakfast things such as the coffee machine and mugs near each other will help you get through your mornings faster.
Everything should be labelled.
Sit down and get comfortable with a marker and some masking tape; they'll be your new best friends. Even if the buckets, containers, or Tupperware are clear, label them. Not only will you understand the contents more easily, but it will also help you stick with the system in the long run.
Utilize vertical space
Consider vertically storing baking sheets, serving plates, and cutting boards. Pop-up shelves, plastic caddies, hooks, magnetic boards, and cork boards all help you make more space.
Keep the items you don't use every week in one location.
Do you hardly ever use your juicer or stand mixer? Put them in the farthest kitchen cupboard, along with everything else you only use once a week or less. Cookbooks that are only used once a year at Christmas can also be stored here. Better yet, toss them all and simply record them somewhere digitally.
The first step is to organise your kitchen, but keeping it that way is the most difficult aspect. Try your hardest to stick to your method, and make sure everyone else who uses the place does as well. Now you can bask in the glory of your newly organized, aesthetically pleasing, and functional kitchen.