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It’s understandable that keeping your kitchen cabinets neat and tidy can be somewhat of a challenge. Especially if you are used to tossing things into a drawer. Keep in mind though that dishes, spices, and Tupperware jammed into your cabinets does not make for a pretty site.
We get it though. The cabinets may have started off well-organized and maintained, but then you wanted to experiment with a new meal. More ingredients and cookware started coming into the kitchen and the next thing you know the cabinets are nearly bursting.
While you might not know where to start with clearing out the mess, we’re going to show you some simple steps that you can take to organize your cabinets. You’ll be able to find what you need without spending 15 minutes digging through your drawers.
This tip will get you started off on the right foot as you begin to organize. Take everything—and we mean everything—out of the cabinets. Take inventory of what you have in front of you. You’ll need to be absolutely ruthless as you go through spices, plates, and bowls that are too old. The rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used any of these things in the last year, then it’s safe to get rid of it. Dishes and cookware that are no longer used can be donated if they are in good condition. The most important thing is to get rid of the old to make room for the new.
One of the most aggravating things about having a cabinet that is unorganized is to not be able to find something when you need it. Keeping like items together will help to alleviate that frustration. Instead of putting drinking glasses in the cabinet next to the flour and paper towels, you can rework the space. Those drinking glasses can now go together according to their size—and even color—along with the dinner plates and mixing bowls. All of your dried goods such as beans and grains can be placed in the same cabinet for easy access.
Instead of having a junk drawer where knick-knacks and pizza flyers are stored, you can find a new way to store these things. Small containers are ideal to keep clips, trash ties, and other small items in. Consider using color-coded labels on these containers will also make it easier to quickly identify what you need.
Flatware organizers can be used for more than keeping forks and spoons in. If you have a smaller kitchen with limited counter space, this type of organizer is perfect to store larger cooking utensils. Spatulas, whisks, and other items can be placed in this organizer and out of sight. This is an expensive purchase that will help keep your kitchen cabinets nice and organized.
If you have accumulated a collection of cutting boards over the years, there might be a nice, little pile in the corner of the kitchen now. Instead of worrying about these boards getting in the way of your culinary adventures, try putting them into a magazine holder. They come in a variety of sizes and materials so you can find one that will fit well into the cabinet. If you have a larger cabinet or pantry door, you can also mount the magazine rack to it to save even more space.
Looking to go vertical? Adhesive hooks can help save space in the kitchen. Pot holders and kitchen towels can be placed on these hangers. This is another inexpensive option to incorporate into your kitchen reorganization adventure.
Before you throw out that old tomato sauce jar, consider reusing it to store dried goods. Beans, rice, cornmeal, and more can be placed in used glass jars. Of course, you’ll want to make sure to properly clean and sanitize them.
If you have a dishwasher, this can be done easily by washing the jars on a higher setting. You can also soak the jars in soap and hot water. Once they are clean, the jars can be air dried before use. As an added bonus, you can make labels to put on the outside of the jars to ensure that you can find what you need without scratching your head.
It’s a well-known fact that Susan isn’t so lazy after all. In fact, this ingenious invention has helped many people organize their kitchens. Lazy Susans come in a variety of sizes and are perfect to store everything from spices to dinnerware. For the purposes of your cabinets though, it might be better suited to store smaller containers and boxes. The Lazy Susan allows you to store and access items without having to sort through a pile since she doesn’t just stack. She also spins.
Once you have everything set up to near perfection it’s easy to become lax on maintaining a well-organized cabinet space. However, you can reduce the chances of falling back into old habits by putting everything in its place. Taking the time to remove the items that you no longer need and organizing the things that you do have will help maintain your sanity. By using just a few of these tips you no longer have to worry about cluttered cabinets and drawers in the kitchen.