Is Your Kitchen Organized? 7 Amazing Ways to Kick the Chaos!
Whether you’re unpacking your kitchen after a move or simply looking for a way to better utilize the space in your current kitchen, we’ve outlined our favorite unexpected ways to be organized. Some of the items on this list may not seem so unexpectedly amazing. However, the tips included on this list were selected for their ability to help transform your kitchen into the best possible space.
More often than not, we’ve found that posts with kitchen organizing ideas focus too much on different products to hide your clutter. Our goal isn’t for you to hide your clutter in a magic box that fits snuggly under your cabinet. Instead, we want you to take a solid look at what your kitchen can reasonably accomplish and be realistic in how you put things away.
Over-organizing never works and can be unnecessarily expensive. Instead, we hope you take a reasonable approach to kicking the chaos in your home so you can take your kitchen organization to a sustainable level of amazing.
Perform an Annual “Do I Need This” Review of Your Appliances
When my husband and I got married, we were so excited to register for new appliances and kitchen gear. Fast forward ten years and surprise, surprise, we’ve only consistently used a handful of the items we received. It’s amazing how the smallest kitchen gadgets can add up to a significant space cost in your kitchen.
When organizing your kitchen, take time to consider each item and whether you truly need it. While challenging, cleaning out the clutter is an essential step to take when organizing your kitchen. use out of every part of your kitchen.
If there’s something you just can’t bear to part with, consider putting into storage. This is one of the most unexpectedly easy ways to organize your kitchen and give yourself extra storage inside your kitchen. By moving some items out of your house, you reserve your kitchen for your most important items. However, you can still access the items you rarely use, but still want to keep whenever you need.
For me, it’s our wedding china. I like to use it during special occasions and holidays. Keeping it in a storage space allows me to keep the items I use the most easily accessible in the premium real estate spots of my kitchen.
Find a Home for Everything
Once you have identified the items you need to have handy in your kitchen and what you use the most, you can start finding the best homes for everything. It’s important to fully evaluate your kitchen space when selecting homes for your items. If you have open shelves, try to keep the items you plan to keep on them. Without a cabinet door to block the clutter, open shelves can get cluttered and add chaos very quickly to a room.
When picking homes for items in your kitchen, consider organizing by task. Drinking glasses in all one spot, coffee mugs in another, same for cooking utensils, cooking gadgets, and so on. From there, you can outline specific areas for housing your baking gear, food storage items, and the items you use the most when cooking dinner.
When you organize by tasks, you make it easier to find items as you live in your kitchen. This will also allow you to speed through your recipes with ease – no more searching the kitchen for a measuring cup.
Remember, when you’re finding a home for items, you know what works best for you. Keep your organization strategies simple and straightforward. Following your intuition will make it easier to stay organized for the long haul.
Maximize Counter Area
This is one I see most often while researching ways to make my kitchen look amazing. When your counters are filled with lots of items, chaos is immediately added to the room. It’s hard to know how to start cooking a meal when you don’t have space for it.
No wonder the kitchen pictures I drool over most often feature bare countertops and look like they have barely been used. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have enough inside counter space where you can easily find homes for everything while letting them breathe. That means we’re going to have to leave some items out on our counter.
For me, I keep the items that I use the most out: my Keurig, cooking utensils, our cast iron pan, and a few small decorations that bring me joy. Everything else has a home in a drawer, cabinet, or our pantry. We worked hard to maximize as much counter space as we possibly could. Doing so has made it easier to kick-start our cooking efforts for the day.
Routinely Review Pantry Items
It always amazes me how fast food items can go from organized to clutter inside my pantry. Make it a habit to routinely review the food items you have on hand in your pantry. Throw out anything past its prime to make room for new snacks and treats.
When reviewing pantry items, you may find it handy to take things out of boxes as they begin to deplete. If you do that, be sure to confine them in some kind of box or container to help keep your pantry from having a snack explosion – see the next step.
Separate and Confine Loose Items
As you review items in your pantries and your drawers, you’ll discover that a lot of items don’t stand alone on their own very well. For those items, it’s very helpful to use glass containers, plastic bins, or even sturdy boxes to help keep the items together.
There are a variety of storage solutions out there for these odds and ends items. The best way to get started is to find similar items and keep them in one spot. For example, consolidate all your spices in one area using a spice rack or holder. I use clear plastic bins for all my breakfast bars, fruit snacks, and small snack-type items in our pantry. It makes it easy to identify when I need to go shopping for additional supplies and it’s super easy to find what I need.
I also use glass containers for my baking goods to help ensure they stay fresh are easy to spot. I also use clear plastic separators in my drawers to keep the odds and ends utensils from getting too out of control. This saves me from digging around in my drawer for items I don’t use a ton, like my zester.
Put Things Away in the Smartest Way
When selecting homes for all your kitchen gear, it can be temping to stack, stuff, and put as much into a drawer as possible. This not only makes your kitchen WAY less organized, but it adds an extra challenge to finding and grabbing what you need, when you need it. Instead, when finding homes for your items, be sure to let each item breathe.
Fight the temptation to stack different items together. Yes, your measuring cups may fit into your mixing bowl, but doing so just added an extra step the next time you reach into that cabinet. There’s a right way to store just about anything. Store awkward items like cutting boards and cookie sheets on one of their sides versus flat. This will make getting to them later much easier!
Take Advantage of Genius Products Available
One of my favorite things to do is scroll through those posts that outline all the different types of products available for achieving your goal. There are a TON of websites outlining different products to help organize your kitchen. Most of these are affiliate websites, so you do have to be mindful while reviewing them. Even still, I find most to be pretty valuable sources of inspiration for organizing my kitchen.
While crafting this post, I found an amazing list of products to help you organize your kitchen from HouseBeautiful.com. Oddly enough, I own quite a few of these products and they have indeed helped my kitchen stay organized. My personal favorite is #4 – the narrow utensil tray. I purchased one of these a few months ago and was able to consolidate two drawers into one because of this genius organization product.
Every kitchen is different, but even a small kitchen can be organized. Keep your kitchen space in mind as you research different storage ideas. For example, while there are a ton of different products out there to organize your pots and pans, many may not be even feasible for your kitchen. It’s possible your drawers aren’t deep enough or wide enough for the drawer organizer.