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 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.
20 Simple Kitchen Organizing tips
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1: 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: 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: Include in your baking zone the following items:
4: In your cooking/prep area zone, have the following items:
5: Measure your cabinets height, depth and width opening BEFORE you buy any bins or other organizing items for the cabinets.
6: Take out everything from the kitchen cabinet when you organize it.
This tip gives you an opportunity to clean the shelves and put in cabinet liners.
7: 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 tend to go into the cabinets to explore. But when the kids got bigger, I use the drawer knife organizer to easily stash the knives away.
8: Install pull out drawers on the bottom of the lower cabinets to have easy access to the entire bottom cabinet.
9: Want to increase the amount of recycling you do? Have a smaller bin for recycling cans in your kitchen for easy access.
10: 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: Use expandable drawer organizers to help maximize every each of your drawer space.
If you have wider drawers, consider making a DIY utensil organizer like I did recently. Here's how to make yours today.
12: If you want a more customized look in a drawer, buy “Custom Drawer Organizer Strips”. And cut and design your own layout.
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: Use deep or shallow drawer bins inside your fridge to organize items into categories.
I found that 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.
14: Hang a TV on the wall to save counter space or remove the TV altogether.
Nowadays, tablets can easily be moved around and there doesn't need to be a permanent TV in any room.
15: 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 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.
17: Create a Mom's Command Center in the Kitchen.
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.
18: Have your kids take part in making the menu for the week so they can learn how to plan a meal.
Meal planning is a major time suck for one person to do, especially if you are like me and our family 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 larger 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: Have healthy portion control sized snacks in the kids' snack bin to keep track of how many calories the kids eat.
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 this helps you get your kitchen more organized.
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