It’s easy for a kitchen to get overwhelmingly unorganized. Years of storing different utensils and ingredients can create clutter. Before you know it, you’re drowning in a disheveled mess. We’re going to help you start fresh and completely reorganize your kitchen cabinets. Don’t think of this as one big undertaking, think of it as four small steps that will lead you an immaculately organized kitchen.
Take Everything Out, to Start
To begin, empty all the compartments in your kitchen cabinets, rather than organizing the cabinets individually. Create two piles while taking items out of the cabinets. One pile for items you’re keeping and another for the items you want to toss. By starting with cleared out cabinets, it’ll be easier to assign items to specific spots and optimize the space.
To make the process even easier, try organizing the items in the “keep” pile right on the counter top. Once your cabinets are empty, categorize the items as you would want them in the cabinets. Maybe you decide to put baking ingredients in one cabinet and canned goods in another, for example. This way, organizing the cabinets is just a matter of choosing the right size spaces for all the categories in your home.
Optimize Storage Space
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you renovate your kitchen so you have room for that extra jar of honey. There are ways to get the most out of the storage space you already have without having to break out the sledgehammer. Try hanging some of your utensils and tools on the inside of cabinet doors. My So-Called Home, for example, recommends hanging your measuring spoons and cups on the inside of the cabinet door where you would store your baking ingredients.
This trick is not only a great way to save space in the cabinets, but it makes finding what you need a lot easier!
Take Everything Out of Store Packaging and Put into New Containers
This may initially sound like a lot of work, but it’s worth it – we promise. First, put ingredients like flour and sugar into containers versus leaving them in their original packaging. Not only are you saving space, but the food will stay fresher longer! Also, it’s easier to quickly identify the ingredients if they are in clear containers. Pulling bags out of your cabinets can be frustrating, but if you label your ingredients and can immediately see the contents of the containers when you open your cabinets, you’ll save time!
We recommend buying glass jars with rubber-sealed tops, as shown in the picture above. Along with the jars, we recommend buying chalkboard label stickers. Use these to label each jar in a non-permanent, but very helpful, way.
Turn Your Storage Around with a Lazy Susan
Lazy Susans are great for storing products you often use, as well as adding additional storage space. If you think you don’t have enough space in your cabinet, choose a smaller piece that has shelves so you get extra storage in height versus width. Another reason to love Lazy Susans, according to Real Simple, is because they will help you avoid sticky messes inside your cabinets. Put leaky jars like honey or molasses on a Lazy Susan and avoid having to give your cabinets a tough scrubbing.
Another great use for Lazy Susans: store your spices. Because Lazy Susans spin, you’ll easily be able to find the spices you need without having to dig through a pile of unorganized bottles.
With these four tips you’ll be able to quickly and easily organize your cabinets without it feeling like an overwhelming task. Just remember to go step-by-step and keep in mind how you use your kitchen cabinets. What do you need the most? What items are only for special occasions? Empty your cabinets so you can visualize where everything will go, then use the above organizational hacks to help make your kitchen life clutter-free.
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