The hub of the home…the kitchen. Is your kitchen a place you love to be? Do you know what you have and can you find it when you need it? Read the tips below and find out if you are doing none, a couple, or all of them. Be sure to share your tip in the comments!
10. Create zones
By creating zones, and by zones we mean all things for a task in one area, you make daily chores easier. When your coffee, filters, coffee maker, water, etc are all in one location then making coffee is easier. When you are baking and your bowls, flour, sugar, teaspoons, measuring cups, and chocolate chips are all in the same cabinet then making chocolate chip cookies can be done with less cupboard-opening and less walking back and forth.
9. Stand serving dishes upright
Love this. Hopefully you can find one cabinet in your kitchen where this will work.
If you don’t have a cabinet with dividers built in use a product like this.
8. Deal with the paper. Start by getting an Inbox.
Almost every kitchen has paper piles! Most paper accumulates in the kitchen. Start by designating ONE location/bin as an inbox. We show how we processed Chelle’s paper using END CLTR here. Our radio show on October 15th (#160) will be on organizing PAPER plus we’ll have videos so stay tuned. We suggest an inbox like this. This one is from The Container Store.
7. EMPTY your space.
This is the first step to organizing any area using our End CLTR signature organizing method. Take things out of your drawer, cabinet or shelf.
6. Add drawer dividers to keep drawers neat
Anything that helps contain things like dividers, bins, baggies will help you maintain your organized space. I love these drawer dividers for the kitchen. I use these dividers for utensils and other kitchen items. This family has a kitchen drawer with their girls’ hair stuff. They fix hair in the mornings right there and it works for them!
We love drawer dividers in kids’ bedroom drawers, too!
5. Use Lazy Susans
Great on shelves so you can reach everything!
4. Use the inside of your cabinet doors
One of our favorite underutilized spaces is the inside of cabinet doors. Tape phone numbers you need often, recipes you use every Saturday morning, or a ziplock baggie for box tops on the inside of the door. Tracy’s husband just taped their Dutch Babies recipe inside a cabinet door so he doesn’t have to search for it every week. Using the INSIDE of the cabinet door keeps your kitchen looking neat!
3. Get real. Get rid of stuff
Challenge yourself to get rid of a bag of things from your kitchen. Make it a black trash bag or a paper grocery bag. Just do it.
2. Combine snacks into a SNACK bin.
Either in your pantry or in a cabinet, create one “snack” bin. Label it. Dump all snacks into the bin – granola bars, cracker packs, nut mixes, etc. This reduces boxes that are cluttering your shelves. With a quick glance you can see what is available and what you need to buy. You no longer have to shake each box to see if there are any left. One client created a “Healthy Snacks” bin that was on a lower shelf for kids to reach and a “Secret Snacks” bin that was higher for special treats! Here is Chelle’s snack bin. Tracy’s kids love her snack bin!!
1. Adjust cabinet shelves
No one thinks of this but it makes the world of difference! Here are two examples. Notice none of the cookbooks can stand upright on the left. Simply adjusting the shelves makes all the difference!
Here we lowered both shelves so less-used mugs and water bottles could all stand up.
What are your kitchen organizing tips? Share in the comments. If you don’t have any let us know which one you will try!