If you’re like most people, your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home. Not only is every meal prepared there, it’s also a gathering space for friends and loved ones and a storage space for all your often (and not-so-often) used kitchen gadgets and tools.
If you’re on the hunt for ways to kick your kitchen organization into gear and to make your most-used room even more welcoming and functional, look no further!
Check out the expert tips below for creating the most organized kitchen on the block!
1. Ditch what you don’t need
Like any good clean-out, the first step to getting organized is getting rid of everything you don’t need.
While clearing out the pantry of old or unused food, the cabinets of mismatched plastic containers and the shelves of unused kitchen gadgets can take some time, doing so will leave you with only what you truly need and use in the kitchen, making it much easier to actually get organized.
2. Maximize cabinet space
Whether you have shelves or cabinets in your kitchen, you’ve likely found yourself, at one point or another, wishing you had more space. Instead of shoving items to the back or stacking them haphazardly, maximize your cabinet or shelf space by storing smartly.
The items you use most often should be stored on the lowest shelf, with less used items stored higher up.
If you find you simply have too many dishes, consider downsizing your collection to only what you really need to save shelf space.
Neighbor.com’s blog post has more smart storage ideas!
3. Focus on the pantry
Your pantry should be a functional space that makes it easy to identify and grab the food items you’re looking for.
After thoroughly clearing out the pantry of all expired items and donating anything you simply don’t or won’t use, take the time to think deeply about what you find yourself reaching for most and organize with this in mind.
Consider also sorting items by type (sauces, pastas, baking goods etc.) and creating divided sections so that everything has a place. Check out Delish for more pantry organization ideas!
4. Level up your spice rack
If you have a spice rack (or spice drawer) don’t neglect it while you’re cleaning out and organizing your space.
Toss expired spices before you start organizing and then focus on making sure everything is labeled and easy to access.
Consider purchasing a uniform set of spice jars that fit on a designated rack as opposed to storing spices in their store-bought containers in an effort to keep everything looking nice and neat.
5. Keep rarely used items elsewhere
Most of us have some kitchen items we only rarely use.
Instead of storing your holiday plates and platters in with the rest of your dishes, consider finding them a new home, perhaps with the rest of your holiday decor in the garage. Same goes for kitchen gadgets you only use seasonally like that snow cone maker or s’mores kit.
While cleaning out and organizing your kitchen might be a big task, it’s one you’ll be glad you did every time you prep a snack, cook a meal or even find yourself flipping through a cook-book at the kitchen table. Happy organizing!