The best way to organize kitchen cabinets is to place items close to where you use them. Store cups by the refrigerator, heavy plates by the dishwasher, and bulky pots and pans in the bottom cabinets. Try these steps to maximize cabinet space:
Step 1 Take everything out
Get everything into like groups: pans together, plates together, cups, etc. If you have a lot, you might need to sort into subgroups: dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, etc. Now be tough, get rid of things you don’t use, don’t like, have too much of, or that are broken. Minimize the number of reusable containers you keep, more will come. Even if you have moved and are starting in a brand new kitchen, the same concept applies, only keep what you need.
Step 2 Do the easy stuff first
Once your groups are ready, identify where items are to be stored. Start with something easy like glasses, cups, and mugs. Put the mugs in a cabinet near the coffee maker, put the glasses in a cabinet near the refrigerator, and put the plastic cups on a low shelf where the kids can reach them. Continue on with plates, pots and pans, utensils, and appliances. Don’t rush, think this through–items used a lot should be in the most convenient locations, items used less frequently should be placed on higher shelves.
Note: Before you load your cabinets, determine whether you are able to take advantage of all the space. If needed, add shelving example, pull out shelves example, dividers example, or a lazy Susan example. Also, consider that the cabinets themselves might not be adequate. In today’s market, you can find taller, wider, or more efficient models. Familiarize yourself with the options example.
Step 3 Deal with the harder stuff
Lids, baking sheets, Tupperware, junk drawer, over-sized items, food, and office supplies are a bit more difficult to place because of their odd shape or they don’t have an obvious location. There’s no right or wrong, put them where it makes sense or where they fit. Work your way through your groups until everything is put away.
Step 4 Stand back and observe your work
Do your cabinets look organized or stuffed? If needed, get rid of more or consider using a nearby room for storage. Ideally, as much as possible should stay in the kitchen.
Tips to get the most use out of your kitchen cabinets:
– Assign a drawer or cabinet to each family member. Instead of stacking things on the counter, put it in their cabinet, including papers
– Label your cabinets. Now everybody (that can read) can help put things away.
– Keep the junk drawer/cabinet (reasonably) organized, use dividers.
– Keep food in containers, in cabinets. Don’t give the bugs a chance to get anything