Today we are tackling the dilemma of how to organize a kitchen. Kitchens are the central hubs of activity in many homes. Family members and friends often gather in the kitchen to cook, fellowship, can, bake, or help to clean up after a delicious meal together. The key to enjoying your kitchen to the fullest is getting organized so those times are more enjoyable.
How To Start Organizing A Kitchen In 6 steps
- Go through each cabinet or pantry shelf in your kitchen and begin here with these 6 steps.
- Recycle or toss any plastic container that doesn’t have a lid or is stained, cracked, or otherwise looks questionable. Extraneous lids can be recycled or donated.
- Pantry items that are not being used regularly or were an impulse purchase that you’ll never use should be tossed or, if the item is new and unopened, given to your local food bank.
- Give away duplicate items that don’t really serve a purpose.
- Store items you use occasionally in another space – turkey baster, canning equipment, stockpots, roasting pans, special baking pans, etc.
- Get rid of all cleaning supplies you’ve not used in the past year. Keep only what you use regularly to clean your home.
- Spices only keep their flavor for a short time, so throw away ones you’re not using consistently and have lost their flavor.
Now that you’ve cleaned out the excess, it’s time to start organizing. As you look around your kitchen, think about the items you’d like to have readily on hand every day. Do you want your children to have access to certain cupboards and the contents? Organize in a way that creates a functional and efficient workspace for you and your family.
14 Creative Organizing Ideas For Your Kitchen
- Crocks, wood caddies, or vintage water pitchers are perfect for housing kitchen utensils.
- Hanging pot racks above the range or kitchen island are both decorative and convenient.
- Vintage tins, apothecary glass jars, or canning jars house pantry items attractively – coffee, flour, sugar, tea bags, hot chocolate, or homemade batters – on a shelf or on the counter.
- Mount small appliances and paper towel bars under cabinets to save kitchen counter space.
- Deep antique baking dishes or trays can be re-purposed to hold baking sprays, oils, and sauces inside cupboards.
- Use wire baskets hanging in the corner to keep clean dishcloths, dish towels, or fresh produce.
- Kitchen islands often have shelves on the ends – use these for organizing your vintage cookbooks or vintage collections.
- Create a magnetic board to hold recipe cards or notes by attaching a picture hanging hook to a large vintage tray or several small metal cookie sheet trays grouped together.
- Utilize small spaces by installing a custom-built plate rack – plates are easily accessible but contained.
- Transform a changing table into a drink cart or dessert cart. It instantly becomes attractive (yet functional) storage for occasionally used items.
- Turn the pantry door into a chalkboard with chalkboard paint. It will add such charm and family-friendly appeal.
- Magnetic hooks on the refrigerator can hold oven mitts, dishtowels, and utensils.
- Consider opening up counter space by housing toasters and other small appliances in cupboards when they’re not in use. Have you considered using a breadbox for storing the toaster or other things out of sight?
Create a kitchen that inspires you and makes friends and family feel welcome. By using some great new ways to organize your kitchen, you will create a space that reflects your lifestyle and personality.
How is your Kitchen? Do you have any tips to share with us that have helped you get organized and create more space?