Four Kitchen Organizing Ideas
Don’t deal with clutter! Organize your kitchen!
What is it about the kitchen that makes that room the unofficial drop off point for so many random items? And why is it often the home of the ill-fated junk drawer? Have no fear – we’re going to give you four simple kitchen organization ideas.
1: Waste Not, Want Not.
The irony here is that the suggestion is to throw away everything you don’t need out of all of your cupboards. Mostly this is about cleaning up and making space for dishes you actually use as well as placing them in more convenient locations.
But to really achieve this new Zen in the kitchen, you’ll need to clean out all cupboards and drawers and evaluate what is being kept and what is being tossed. But don’t just throw it out, if it’s usable, donate it. This includes on canned goods you’ve not yet opened.
After you’ve cleaned out everything (and actually cleaned) the cupboards and drawers, assess where you want everything. Maybe you’ll put everything right back where they were at, maybe you’ll swap things around. Functionality in a kitchen is the key.
2: Floating Kitchen Shelves
What better way to save space than by using all of the open real estate that exists upon your kitchen walls?
Keep your countertops clear of clutter and save that precious cabinetry location by mounting eye-appealing floating kitchen shelves. There is an abundance of shelving designs to match any kitchen décor, making this approach not only useful, but easy to implement.
Just look at the elegance that this method brings to our sample kitchen. The space is now free of unsightly clutter, and the kitchen looks sharper than ever.
3: Partition off Cabinet Space
Let’s face it; keeping your counters clear is not always an easy task! Trying to keep your pots, pans, cooking sheets, and baking trays in a cabinet oftentimes just leads to a haphazard game of Tetris – how do all of these pieces fit together in such a limited amount of space? Finding the right part will usually consist of a lengthy search through an awkward pile until the right utensil is found.
However, this does not need to be the case any longer. Why not utilize this vertical and horizontal space that a kitchen cabinet organically provides? Create your own space by developing compartments within your cabinets, individualized for each unique utensil. Doing so is easier than it looks, and the removal of clutter will have you breathing a sigh of relief.
4: Managing your Plastic Containers
If you are like me then you are always hosting dinner parties and sending guests home with any left-overs. Due to this frequent occurrence, I always keep a plethora of plastic containers in my kitchen. However, what I never expected was the clutter nightmare that these containers would cause!
In an almost supernatural way, there always seems to be lids or containers that just do not pair up! An easy fix to this problem is to simply declutter and to find a better way of organizing. First off, go through and match up all lids with their respective containers. If there are any mismatches, recycle them and cut your losses. Only keep ones that match up!
Next, simply invest in some plastic tubs. As you can see in the picture above, these tubs have created a much more slightly way of keeping your plastic dishware organized. Using a label maker will also go a long way here. Try to keep all of your pieces in their respective place of organization.