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For most households, the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the whole house. With all of the traffic and multi-users, it can be a difficult space to keep organized. With a good kitchen cabinet organization system in place, however, it is possible to get and keep your culinary spaces organized.
To help you get started with kitchen cabinet organization here’s my step-by-step plan to the basics involved. Once you have it all organized, it should be relatively easy to maintain and will be well worth your effort!
Declutter, Declutter, Declutter!
I can’t say this enough, but it’s SO important to declutter any space before organizing it. First, a good decluttering lets you know what you actually have deep within those cupboards. Secondly, your cupboards will be so much easier to keep organized and clean when you have less stuff.
And lastly, there is no point wasting time and energy organizing and maintaining items that you don’t really love or need.
The first step with decluttering is to always completely empty out the space. I know that it can sometimes be hard to get rid of things, but you really do need to be ruthless when you purge.
Obviously, anything that is broken or you no longer use needs to go. As a rough rule of thumb, donate or sell non-seasonal items that have not been used in the past 6 months or seasonal items that were not used during the past season.
If you’re not sure if you should keep it or not, set the item aside until the very end and see if there is even space left.
Clean, Clean, Clean!
Once you have everything emptied out of your cabinets, make sure you do a good cleaning of the space. Be sure to clean all surfaces of the cupboards and get right into those corners. Vacuum up crumbs and loose particles with a hand held vacuum and wipe the cupboards down with multi-purpose spray and a microfiber cloth.
For extra greasy areas, you can use a bowl of warm water mixed with a few drops of dish soap. For pots and pan scuff marks, make a paste of baking soda and water to scrub or use another abrasive cleaner.
Line your Cupboards and Drawers.
This is totally optional, but lining your drawers can provide a few extra benefits. Firstly, if your cupboard or drawer bottoms have seen better days, liners will cover up any stains or chips. Secondly, if you want to protect your surfaces from any damage or spills in the future, the liner provides an extra barrier of protection.
For most projects, I do recommend choosing a non-adhesive liner as it can be removed for washing when needed and won’t be difficult to switch out if you change your mind in the future. If you need to secure the edges you can always use double-sided tape or small Command strips, so it doesn’t slide.
Kitchen Cabinet Organization by Zones.
Organizing by zones means that you try to group all similar items together and closest to the area that you will be using them. If you’re just starting out organizing this way, it may mean moving some of your kitchen storage around from cabinets that you currently use. Depending on your kitchen layout and cupboard storage options, you may have to make a few exceptions, but this is generally the most functional way to organize the space.
The first step to kitchen cabinet organization by zone is to take a few minutes to think about where you want to store your items and how you want your kitchen to function. Here are some ideas for zones that you may want to think about:
- Cooking/baking zones
- Food prep zone
- Food storage zone
- Storage container zone (dishes, glasses, silverware, food storage, etc.)
- Cleaning product zone (usually around and under the kitchen sink)
- Coffee, tea or other beverage bar
Depending on your needs, you can come up with other zones that make your space more functional.
Make Things Accessible.
Kitchen cabinet space is generally at a premium, so you want to make the best use of the space and make items as easy to access as possible. Store frequently used items in easy to reach locations at the front of cabinets or in canisters on the counter. Save the back of the cupboard space or higher shelves for items that you use less frequently. And don’t forget about using the inside of your cupboard doors for extra storage!
If you’re short on kitchen space, infrequently used or seasonal items can even be stored outside the kitchen in another area that has a little more storage space. Keep kids items at a level that they can access them so you’re not always having to help them out.
Use Awkward Spaces Better
Every kitchen seems to have at least a couple of awkward cupboards or poorly designed storage spaces. Get creative! Think of different items that might work better to store there or find bins or other organizers to make the space more functional. We had a super tall and narrow cupboard that really didn’t fit anything, so we added a few shelves and turned it into our cleaning cupboard.
Declutter your Kitchen Counter.
Kitchen cupboard organization and decluttering your counters goes hand in hand. Keep out your most used items and try to find storage for other less used objects. Find pretty containers, tray, or baskets to corral those items that you keep on the counter.
It will make your counters much quicker and easier to clean and provide you with more work space, as well as make your kitchen seem instantly cleaner! You should also try to keep your counter storage limited to the back 1/3rd of the counter, so there is still plenty of space for prep work.
I hope this gives you lots of kitchen cabinet organization ideas! If it seems like a lot, remember that you can always call in the Just Organized by Taya team to help.