Here you will learn how to organize kitchen cabinets, cupboards, counters, and drawers along with tips on keeping them arranged on a daily basis.
When I was growing up I learned how to organize kitchen cabinets from my mom. She basically taught me how to organize in zones. This technique makes working in the kitchen more efficient and time-saving.
I didn't know how efficient it was until she came to my house and set up my kitchen when we moved.
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How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets
Where does a person begin when organizing their kitchen?
I would suggest beginning with thinking about your kitchen in compartments or spaces according to the task that you do the most.
Here are the zones I have in my kitchen.
Cooking and Baking Zone
Let's start with the cooking/baking zone.
When unpacking or rearranging your kitchen think about cooking and/or baking zone.
My cooking/baking zone is right next to my oven. I keep my spices, utensils, hot pads, pots, and pan here.
As you can see from my photo the second and top-shelf hold all the things I need for baking.
Some people like their flour and sugar containers hidden but lately, I have enjoyed mine on the counter.
Here is another kitchen organizing zone that revolved around something and that is the sink.
So how do you organize kitchen sink area you might be wondering?
Think about what all you need to clean your dishes and kitchen.
If you are a less is more person then consider keeping most of your cleaning items under the sink but if you like to decorate with them then consider a cake plate with some pretty bottles and such on the counter.
Because my hubby loves coffee and the last thing you want to do is run around the kitchen in the morning getting everything together. I created a coffee zone.
If you want to keep everything neat consider placing the coffee pot, sugar, and anything else on a tray like this one. That way it can be easily pulled out to put the water in it and placed back neatly when finished.
I am not a morning person so in our house I needed everything to be in one place. It also just happens I eat the same thing every morning and that is oatmeal. So, here is my breakfast zone with oatmeal, and all the garnishments.
If you are not a morning person I would highly recommend this area to you too. Also, this zone is close to the coffee zone.
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Thankfully my kitchen is average in size so there are not too many steps to go from one area to another. But in real large kitchen zones are very important. It saves a great deal of time and energy.
Here is a recap of how to organize kitchen cabinets by zones.
I hope this post will help make your kitchen a little more manageable and I have included some fun suggestions to help with your kitchen organizing zones project too.
- Cooking/baking zone – pots, pans, hot pads, small appliances, stove, microwave, cooking and baking materials like flour and spices
- Cleaning zone – cleaners like dishwashing liquid, dishes, dishwasher, drying rack if you need one and so on
- Coffee zone – coffee pot, coffee, sugar, Splenda and so on (it's also great to have this zone near the baking zone since sugar and sweeteners play in both areas)
- Breakfast zone – all the food items you need for breakfast ( it's good to have this area near coffee and baking also because spices and sugar are needed here too)
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Well, I hope this helps you think through your kitchen and what your daily tasks are.
When you decide to do some rearranging here is one last thought.
If you haven't used an item in the last five years consider donating it to someone who may need it more than you. It will free up more space in your kitchen and make like even less cluttered.
And if you are really motivated and want to do some more organizing check out How to Use Pinterest to Organize Your Home and Organizing 101. It will give you tips on how to make your organized space pretty too.
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