The kitchen is the most used room in a home so it should be neat, functional, and comfortable. If you often find that you can’t locate what you’re looking for, or if you want a more usable space, here are some tips to organize your kitchen.

Declutter Before Organizing

The fewer things you have, the easier it will be to organize the space. Begin your kitchen organization project by getting rid of items you don’t use or need. It’s easy to declutter when you tackle small areas, one at a time.

Choose a place to begin and remove everything from that space. The kitchen drawers might be a perfect place to start. Sort items from your drawers into three piles: items to keep, trash, and things you can donate.

Declutter all areas of your kitchen, including the linen closet, food pantry, and cabinets. To keep the project moving, immediately throw everything away that is trash and place the box of donations into your car. With fewer kitchen utensils and gadgets, you can easily organize the things you’ve decided to keep.

Organize Your Kitchen to Work for You

After decluttering, take a look at your kitchen and think about how you normally use the space. The goal is to create an easy-to-use and functional kitchen.

Choose a location for pots, pans, and cooking utensils that makes sense. Store similar items together. Plates, bowls, cups, and silverware should be near the table to make place-setting easier. You’ll want cooking herbs and spices near your food prep area. When organizing, store infrequently used items higher up or in the back of the cabinets.

Kitchen Organization Tips

Here are a few quick tips for better kitchen organization.

  • Hang coffee mugs near the coffee maker so they’re easy to locate in the morning.
  • Use clear, airtight storage containers for bulk foods so you can quickly see what’s inside.
  • Make a habit of regularly tossing out expired foods.
  • Install drawer organizers. You’ll find utensils faster when you know where they belong.
  • Use the space inside cabinet doors. Store pot lids, hang dishcloths, or install a dispenser for plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
  • If you have young children, designate an easy-to-reach cabinet for their snacks and dishes.

When organizing your kitchen, it’s about making the space more functional for you and your family. Keep things you use often within easy reach and design the space to work with your cooking and eating habits.

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