Organizing Your Kitchen

Organizing Your Kitchen

by Karin E. Fried, CPC

Today is “organize your kitchen day”. Don’t worry. It won’t hurt too much. Take a deep breathe and jump right in. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is.

Start by having a “donate box” set aside. If you have duplicates (or triplicates) of an item…consider donating it. You’ll get a tax write-off and more space at the same time!

Get rid of all of the broken cups and plates. Keep like items together. Keep all of your plates together, keep your cups together, keep your glasses together…. If you don’t have a complete set consider putting the items in the “donate box” and replacing it.
Plastic Containers:

Go through all of your plastic containers and make sure that you have matching lids (they are probably hiding with the missing socks!). Throw out any containers that don’t have lids.

Go through each drawer and take everything out and put it on the kitchen table. Wipe out the drawer now that you have the chance.

Put like items together so that you can see what you have. Do you really need 3 meat cleavers? Or 4 large slotted spoons? If you don’t….put them into the “donate box”.

Get some type of “utensil divider” for your drawers. This will keep things neat and organized.
Plastic Wrap / Foil / Bags:

Keep all of your plastic wrap, foil, paper lunch bags…. together in one spot in a drawer or pantry.
Kitchen Towels / Pot Holders :

Keep all of your kitchen towels, dish rags, pot holders….. together in one spot in a drawer or pantry.
Pots / Pans and Lids:

There are a number of different ways to store pots and pans. You can hang them if you have a hanging rack. If you have pull out drawers it makes it really easy to get to them when you need them. If you only have regular shelves you will have to stack them (largest on the bottom).

For your lids….some people like to put the lid right on the pot it belongs to. Some people have a drawer just for lids. There are some “dividers” out there that help you keep your lids more organized. It all depends on preference and space constraints.

But if your lids have no matching pot….. get rid of it !
Baking Sheets & Cake Pans:

Keep all of your baking supplies in one spot. There are great “dividers” that let you stand your baking sheets upright so that you can utilize a small narrow space.
Cleaning Items:

Take everything out from under your sink. If you have more than one (1) of each cleaning item, put the extras in your basement or storage closet. Keep only the supplies you need under the sink. Get some sort of caddy or bucket to hold all of your items (dish detergent, cleansers, steel wool pads, hand soap refill…).

Since most people still keep plastic bags …. get some type of plastic bag holder (there are a variety of options) to keep them all in one place so that they don’t look too messy.
Food Pantry:

Keep like items together (see a theme….). Put all of your cereal, pasta, canned items, spices…together. Stack them if you can. There are shelf dividers out there that can double your storage space.

Now you’ve gone through the entire kitchen and organized each space you will be amazed at how much more room you have.

Published in: on October 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm  Comments (2)  

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Love this post since I have just moved into my farmhouse. Regarding plastic containers
    that can be a major nightmare, or I have found it to be so. I have started getting rid of everything
    not made in America. I realize that this is radical, but it has become extremely informative.
    I ended up buying Lodge made in America cast iron and dumping Chinese whatevers.
    I also bought “Revolutionary” silverware, made in USA today. Rubbermaid is now made in China,
    Sterilite is made here as is Gladware. I bought Corelle ware from Walmart made in USA.
    I bought “Method” cleaners made in USA. I still have a ways to go, but it has proven to be an
    effective kitchen de-clutterer!

  2. What an awesome post! I REALLY need to organize my kitchen. Things have really gotten out of hand in there. 😛


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