Organizing a Kitchen

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated April 25, 2017)

Have you ever noticed just how easy it is for your kitchen to become a disorganized mess in a relatively short amount of time? Well instead of putting up with the uncertainty of knowing where things are, take a little time and start organizing. Organizing a kitchen isn't that difficult to do. All it really takes is a little creativity and discipline. You need creativity to figure out where to put things, and discipline to keep them there. Here are a few guidelines that you can use to get started on your task.

  • Sort by similarity. Go through your entire kitchen and begin sorting things by similarity. This means that you go through your pantry, drawers, refrigerator, cabinets, and so on. As you go through everything begin placing them together in groups that seem to make sense. For example, place all of your dishes together, and group those according to type; do the same thing with the ingredients and groceries that you use in the kitchen. Once you have everything sorted, it will be a lot easier to find what you are looking for, since you don't have to go throughout the entire kitchen to find a specific type of spoon.
  • Doors can be helpful. As you begin putting things away, don't forget that your doors can be a huge help. Not just the kitchen doors, but the doors to your cabinets and pantry as well. Look to these areas to help create a little bit of extra space for storing notes, recipes, and shopping lists. One way that you can do this is to line the back of the doors with some corkboard, chalk board, or even a white board. Simply stick your recipes onto these areas to help ensure that you don't loose them.
  • Create extra space in pantries. There never seems to be enough room in the pantry, so make a little bit of extra space. By customizing your pantries with a few tools such as can risers, or shelf organizers, you can utilize the available space to its maximum potential.
  • Make more shelves. If necessary, create a little extra space either in your pantry, or even on the countertops by adding some more shelves. You can hang some shelves from the ceiling, some simple shelves on the walls of the kitchen, or even have a couple hang from an island. These will give you more space to store your kitchen supplies and organize your ingredients.
  • Utilize drawer space effectively. Often we do not utilize the space available in drawers as effectively as we should. By using things like drawer organizers, tiered racks, or some other accessories, we can end up exploiting as much of the space as possible. Test out a few different accessories until you find one that works for your situation.

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Lee Wyatt

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