by Debra Wyatt
(last updated October 9, 2014)
The job of organizing kitchen cabinets can take some time to do properly. However, you will find that you save more time in the long run when you start to look for spices and find that they are where they are suppose to be. If you can't possibly reorganize your kitchen cabinets in a day, then think about cutting the job into small projects. You may want to organize the drawers one day, the spices and canned food the next keep doing this until the kitchen is completed.
There is a saying that goes something like this "a place for everything and everything in its place." The same holds true for the kitchen as well. One of the things that you want to do when organizing your kitchen is to have your kitchen tools and dishes accessible to you and where you will be using them as possible. Take the time now and go through everything and get rid of anything and everything that you don't use or don't need. Eliminating dishes, glasses and kitchen appliances that you haven't used will give you more room in the kitchen to work with.
To help find a place for everything, start out by making a drawing of your how your kitchen is laid out. As you draw your kitchen plans be sure to place where your sink, dishwasher, cabinets, stove and oven are located. Looking at your plans think about how and where you cook and bake. Another thing to think about as well would be your height; are you short and can't reach things on the top shelf, or is it hard for you to bend over to reach things that are low? You will want to think about these things as you reorganize your kitchen so that you can reach everything comfortably.
While looking at your plan, focus on what you use everyday like your glasses, plates, baking dishes, as well as the pots and pans. These items should be stored where they are comfortably within your reach, and is also convenient. For you it may be more convenient to have your plates near the table and the glasses near the refrigerator.
Now think about your more formal dishes and glasses and other items that are used less frequently these items can be stored in the places that are harder for you to reach. You will probably want to store them together since that's usually how they are used.
Use one of your drawers for your cooking odds and ends this would be things like your potato peeler, measuring spoons, spatulas. If there isn't enough drawer space think about hanging them on hooks on the wall.
When it comes to organizing your spices think about how often you use them. If you cook with spices everyday then you will want them close to the stove. Then you will want to use a drawer or shelf that is closet to where you will be cooking. Your kitchen won't look cluttered if you can get the spices to be about the same size and organize them alphabetically.
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