Are your kitchen counters packed with small appliances and drawers overflowing? If this sounds like your kitchen it’s time for a thorough purge and sort. The kitchen is a natural gathering area for friends and family so you want it to be as functional and presentable as possible.
Organizing the Kitchen
Tips to Clear the Kitchen Clutter and Get Organized Today
Empty and Categorize – Empty drawers and cabinets and group like items together. Match lids to pots, pans and containers. If the lid is missing get rid of the container…lids without containers also get tossed. Once you have similar items grouped together it’s easy to see how much you have and what you need to find space for.
Toss and Donate – Toss anything that is broken or damaged. If you haven’t used an item in years it’s time to pass it on to someone that will put it to good use.
Make A Plan – Now that you can see exactly what you have it’s time to put it away. Don’t just shove the items in any drawer or on a shelf. Think about where you will use each item most. Mugs should be near the coffee maker, utensils closest to the eating area, items rarely used in hard to reach places and spices near stove or prep area, etc.
Use Space Saving Accessories – When used properly lazy susans, shelf risers, drawer organizers, etc allow more product to be stored in a small area and for you to find whatever you are looking for easily. .Utilize Vertical Space – Large lower cabinets can easily become a mess. I love to remove the small shelf in the back and install dividers that allow you to store baking sheets and cutting boards upright.
If you are lacking cabinet and drawer space you can store larger spoons and spatulas in a decorative upright container on the counter.
Store Small Appliances – Clear counters actually help you feel more organized and less cluttered. Items you don’t use often should be put away. If you only use the toaster a few times year find a home for it inside a cabinet. Many people store blenders but I use my Vitamix daily so it is one of the few small appliances that finds a home on top of the kitchen counter. Frequently used items deserve priority space over the ones that are not used often.
Spices – Check the dates on spices and get rid of the any that are expired or that you no longer use. Use shelf risers in cabinets or drawer spice organizers in drawers so that you can see all the spice labels at one time.
Now it’s time to follow these tips and get your kitchen organized!
You can use most of kitchen organizing techniques for a thorough pantry purge too. More detailed pantry organizing can be found here.I love good organizing inspo…get inspired to organize your kitchen or panty now.
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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life. Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority. While trends come and go organization is always in style!
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