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Lack of kitchen organization will have a toll on you and your family. But it doesn't have to be that way. All you need to do is make some small changes. Go through these 20 kitchen organizing tips and try at least a few. Then, come back and try a bit more. And, eventually, you will have increased the speed of your prep time and may even improve your morning routine with these 20 simple kitche organizing tips.
- 1. Use freestanding cabinet shelves.
- 2. Each Kitchen section should be a zone.
- 3. Have a baking zone area.
- 4. Your cooking and prep area needs to be organized.
- 5. Remove items completely from cabinets.
- 6. Measure the inside of your cabinets.
- 7. Get a kitchen knife organizer
- 8. Install pull-out drawers in lower cabinets.
- 9. Store small recycling bins in kitchen.
- 10. Designate a Small Organized Junk Drawer
- 11. Always buy expandable drawers.
- 12. Customize your drawers with dividers strips.
- 13. Organize your refrigerator with bins
- 14. Hang things on the available wall to save counter space.
- 15. Create a beverage station
- 16. Install undercabinet lighting for more task lights.
- 17. Create a Mom's Command Center in the Kitchen.
- 18. Get kids involve with Meal Planning
- 19. Keep baby bottles in a large bin
- 20. Purchase portion control size snacks.
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1. Use freestanding cabinet shelves.
When there is a fixed shelf, use cabinet shelf organizers to give you another level. This tip will maximize the wasted space between each shelf.
2. Each Kitchen section should be a zone.
Create zones in your kitchen and put all the items you use in the different zones.
Be sure to include bowls and other tools in the different zones as well. Read this post about how to make zones in a kitchen.
3. Have a baking zone area.
Whether you bake often or not very frequently, you should have a baking zone area to store all your ingredients for baking. Most likely, you will only be using some of these ingredients for your day-to-day meal prep, so it is OK to go to these areas to get these items. Below are the items to include in your baking zone the following items:
Please visit "Baking Supplies Checklist and Tips" post, which gives you a free checklist for baking and other tips.
But don't forget the baking tools. These items can be stored in or near this area.
Below are some of the tools that you may not use often. They can easily be stored somewhere else.
- Assorted cookie cutters
- Pie plates.
- Ramekins/soufflé dish.
- Oven mitts
- Aluminum foil
- Parchment baking paper
- Waxed paper
- Plastic cling wrap
- Flavorings and extracts
- Rubber Spatula
- A kitchen timer
- Dry ingredients measuring cups
- Wet ingredients measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowls: Sizes: small to large
- Metal cake testers
- Cooling Racks
- Rolling pins
- Wood or marble pastry board
- Pastry bags
- Flour sifter
Visit HOW TO CREATE A BAKING ZONE WITH A BAKING TOOLS LIST post to help you get your baking tools in one place.
4. Your cooking and prep area needs to be organized.
This area is usually near the range. Depending on if you are right or left-handed, you could be on the left or the right of the range. In your cooking/prep area zone, have the following items:
- Pots and Pans
- Wooden Spoons
- And, other tools you use when cooking.
Placing these items on the left or right side of the range works nicely because we tend to need them when we are cooking our meals.
5. Remove items completely from cabinets.
When clearing the clutter in your kitchen, make sure to take out everything from the kitchen cabinet when you organize it.
This task will give you an opportunity to clean the shelves and put in cabinet liners.
While some of these kitchen organizing tips are actually about organizing areas, others are about specifics that will improve the organized space and save you time.
6. Measure the inside of your cabinets.
If you need some extra cabinet storage bins or shelves, you need to do this before you buy anything. Measure your cabinets' height, depth, and width opening BEFORE you buy any bins or other organizing items for the cabinets. If you don't, you will have to return the items you bought. Each kitchen cabinet is a little different depending on the way your door closes and the shelves that are inside the door. Sometimes the shelves have a lip around the edges resulting in a smaller shelf than you may think.
7. Get a kitchen knife organizer
For protection, have all your knives in a knife organizer in your drawer or use a magnet strip to hold the knives.
Place all the knives in the same direction. I had both of these organizers over the years. The magnet organizer was helpful when I had little ones that tended to go into the cabinets to explore. But when the kids got bigger, I used the drawer knife organizer to stash the knives away easily.
8. Install pull-out drawers in lower cabinets.
If you have cabinets that do not have pull-out drawers, install them to save you from having to sit on the floor to get the pot that you need.
9. Store small recycling bins in kitchen.
If you want to start recycling in your kitchen to reduce waste, you can do this easy task. Have a smaller bin for recycling cans in your kitchen for easy access. A small bin can be stored in a corner or under a cabinet and be emptied frequently.
10. Designate a Small Organized Junk Drawer
Use a junk drawer organizer with lots of compartments to help you manage the little items in your junk drawer.
Check out the items that should be in a well-organized "junk drawer." And, let's call it something else, like a "frequently used supplies" drawer.
11. Always buy expandable drawers.
If you have wider drawers, consider making a DIY utensil organizer as I did recently. Here's how to make yours today.
12. Customize your drawers with dividers strips.
Sometimes we only need a divider to organize the large and small things in bigger or deeper drawers. To organize these areas, you can buy divider strips that are the length of your drawer and can easily split the area into 2 or three sections. Custom Drawer Organizer Strips can be cut, and design your own layout.
Another Kitchen Organizing tip is to visit this post about making your other drawers exactly the way you want them. CUSTOM DRAWER DIVIDERS – THE BEST WAY TO MAKE DRAWERS MORE FUNCTIONAL
13. Organize your refrigerator with bins
Instead of having several small items just lying around the kitchen, try using deep or shallow drawer bins inside your fridge to organize items into categories.
The deep acrylic bins work nicely in the freezer drawer to maximize and subdivide the space. But, if you have a shallow drawer and are having issues organizing it, Visit this post that shows you an easy way to organize these thin drawers. Below are some refrigerator bins I found on Amazon (affiliate).
14. Hang things on the available wall to save counter space.
If you like to have music or video streaming in your kitchen while you are prepping for dinner, hang these items on the wall or under a cabinet, save counter space, or remove the TV or tablets altogether. This works particularly well for smaller kitchens.
15. Create a beverage station
If you love coffee, place all your supplies and mugs above your coffee maker in the upper cabinet to save you time in the morning.
If you want to hold all your beverages, read more on the how to make a beverage station post.
16. Install undercabinet lighting for more task lights.
If your kitchen doesn't have a lot of task lights, install under-cabinet lighting to help with tasks and cleaning counters. It will help you see the very back area of your counter. The more lite an area is, the more likely it will stay clean and decluttered. Below are some options I found on Amazon (affiliate).
17. Create a Mom's Command Center in the Kitchen.
Whether you call it a place where everyone organizes their papers or Mom or Dad's command center , this area is super helpful for everyone in the family. This area should hold your family’s calendar and all the home and kids' school paperwork. Read more about tips on making a command station.
Some things you will need in this area are a calendar, a place to keep papers, a place to store keys and supplies.
18. Get kids involve with Meal Planning
Whether your kids help decide on dinner meals or if they help in the kitchen, getting kids involved really helps save you time. And, it will teach them how to cook for themselves when they get older.
Meal planning is a major time suck for one person to do, especially if you are like our family and me, where we love to have different meals each week. Read about the review on a meal delivery service called "Sun Basket."
19. Keep baby bottles in a large bin
Put the lids in a smaller covered bin. Buy the same bottles so the lids can be reused for any bottle. Read more about how to organize your kitchen to maximize your morning routine.
20. Purchase portion control size snacks.
If your family is like mine, we love our snacks. To help save time during lunch packing time, buy healthy portion control-sized snacks and store them in a bin for the kids' to help snack and pack their lunch. If they don't see those unhealthy snacks, they won't want them.
We didn't mention anything about the dreaded pantry . But, if you are looking to organize that area, please visit these posts below. I have written a fair few.
The pantry can be quite a frustrating place to keep organized. By changing a few of the messiest areas, it will become more manageable.
Well, there you have it. I hope these kitchen organizing tips help you get your kitchen more organized.
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