Most of us spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen, and if you have a family to cook for, you probably spend even more! A well-organized kitchen can make a huge difference in your home, and save you lots of time when preparing meals.
These three simple steps can be used to organize even the messiest of kitchens. Discover more joy in cooking, and help your whole life flow a little bit easier!
3 Steps to an Organized Kitchen
Step 1: Take Everything Out of the Cupboards
This is pretty straight forward! You need to take everything out of the cupboards and drawers so you can really see what you are working with.
To maintain your sanity, I’d recommend that you organize your kitchen in four phases: first, organize all the food in your cupboards, second, organize your refrigerator, third, organize all the kitchen tools, and finally, organize your dishes.
So, the very first thing you’ll do is to take all of the food out of the cupboards. Unless you have a really large kitchen table (or not very much food), you’ll probably need to spread it out over your floor.
Step 2: Order Like Items into Groups
Once you have everything out, it’s time to start organizing! Sort the food (or whichever category you’re working on) into separate categories. For example, you might put all the canned fruit in one pile, all of the dry goods (such as flour, rolled oats, dried beans) in another, and spices in one more. Because you’ll only be working with one main category of things at a time (dishes, or chilled food, etc), you’ll be able to organize the items into really specific categories.
Step 3: Organize Your Kitchen
Once everything is sorted into specific categories, it’s time to start putting it all away. Keep each category together so that you’ll be able to find your things easily.
When you’re deciding where to store a category, think about how much space it needs, where it will be the most convenient to find, and what other categories it makes sense to store it near. You’ll want to put each category of kitchen items into the smallest space that is available and makes sense: that way there’s not a whole lot of room for the things to move around and get messy, and you leave the bigger spaces for bigger categories of things.
Bonus: My #1 Tip for a Neat, Tidy Kitchen
My #1 tip for simplifying your kitchen and making it feel more organized is to transfer everything into clear, matching, labeled containers. This isn’t just for your flour and sugar — you can store everything from nuts to granola bars to breakfast cereal like this.
Clear plastic containers are great for several reasons:
- You can see exactly what’s in them, so it’s fast and easy to find what you need.
- They are uniform shapes that fit together well and save space.
- They all look the same, so everything is much more visually attractive.
- They help you remember what you have so things don’t go to waste.
For a whole bunch of great kitchen organization tips, check out this article from The Kitchn: 18 Ingenious Kitchen Organization Tips from Our Readers
What are your greatest kitchen struggles? Do you have too much food, or too many gadgets? Are your kitchen cabinets disorganized? Is your fridge a mess?
Or, on the flip side, if you have a really well organized kitchen — how do you do it? What are your best strategies for KEEPING your kitchen tidy?