Do you find yourself slamming drawers and cupboard doors shut while looking for something in the kitchen?
If so, it may be time to get this room under control.
Adding organization to your home starts in the kitchen. It’s the common room in your home, used by everyone. This regular use means it’s also the first area to fall victim to clutter and untidiness.
The end result? That one thing you swore you knew where it was, and now you can’t find it.
Before you drive yourself crazy, tearing your cupboards apart, take matters into your own hands. Use these seven tips to straighten up the space so flawlessly, even a child will know where things go.
1. Keep Your System Simple
Don’t spend countless hours trying to organize your kitchen down to the last detail. You don’t need to alphabetize every can or ensure its label is facing forward.
Keep it simple with a routine that everyone can help you with – without needing detailed written directions.
An easy way to do this is to split your kitchen into zones.
It’s a well-known fact that this room’s purpose is to clean, cook, and store your food. So why not use these three main categories to keep it organized?
Grab a pencil and sheet of paper and sketch out your kitchen. You don’t have to be an artist. You’re the only one who is going to see this. Your goal is to map out three zones: cleaning, cooking/prep, and pantry.
Focus on the sink and the storage space around it. Think about what you use closest to the sink, including cleaning supplies and dishes. How can you store those items, so they are right next to this area?
Repeat this for the stove. What items do you use when you prep and cook your meals? Store spices, pots and pans, cooking utensils, towels, and oven mitts as close to the cooking/prep zone as possible.
The leftover cupboards are your pantry and non-consumables zone.
Now that you have a rough idea of what goes where it will be easier to take everything out of your cupboards and start from scratch.
2. Streamline What You Use Daily
Play out your day in your head. When you stumble into the kitchen in the morning, what’s your go-to routine?
Do you inhale your coffee with some toast? Or maybe you have a daily breakfast shake in your blender?
Whatever you use every day should be easily accessible. Keep your toaster, blender, and coffeemaker in one central area on the counter. Store the accessories for…
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