I like to sayAnyone should find what they’re looking for in one or two tries, that’s when you have a functionally organized kitchen.
It may go without saying but things should ideally be kept together if used for the same or like purpose. Likewise, if it’s commonly used in a certain area of the kitchen try to store it there. An example of this is cooking utensils in a drawer (to be out of sight) or container (if you’re short on drawer space/like the look) near or on the stove.
Dishes by the dishwasher, generally a good place as sinks are often beside the dishwasher making putting dirty dishes in easy and consequently making unloading clean dishes easier. Another thing I’d recommend is to keep them in an upper cabinet or shelves so you don’t have to bend down so often. I try to store every size plate on the same shelf and every size bowl on another.
Appliances that aren’t used often should be stored in less convenient cabinets, any top shelf cabinet (perhaps over the fridge) or any bottom cabinet. I like to leave out only the appliances that are used every/every other day.
Vases go really well above the fridge cabinet because the need is more rare yet is a very specific use so you’ll know just where to go get what you need.
Everything but the kitchen sink should go under… well, the sink! This is an ideal place to keep the dish detergent, extra scrubbers, rubber gloves, etc. Since I like grouping things together I keep plastic sacks or paper bags from the grocery store under here and all other baggies like sandwich, quart, gallon. It can be nice for paper products, foil, and cling wrap since baggies are a semi related product. Kitchen specific cleaning products can go under the sink as well, the laundry room, or wherever your cleaning hub is for all such related products.
Silverware drawers are useful near the dishware. Almost everyone uses silverware organizers so if you already do… kudos! I often see the pan sliding and shifting all around the drawer. My solution: duct tape the pan on the bottom or sides in inconspicuous spots preferably with matching tape. You may want it to stay near the front, however I like to create another “slot” of space there by pushing the pan to the back.
Drink ware may not fit into one cabinet alone and can be separated into groups of: coffee cups with tea cups and travel mugs, daily glasses with fancy glasses (though I’m a fan of using what makes you happy daily and I often use my thin crystal wine glasses just to drink water for that very reason. YOLO right?) and finally water bottles with shaker bottles. The bottles can be laid on their sides on a top shelf to make accessing them easier.
Cutting Boards and baking pans are well stored vertically with a rack made just for that purpose or reusing a similar rack if you have one like those found in an office for files. If there’s a storage drawer under your oven that’s another great option.
Food storage containers are stored more easily with fewer size variances and being of the same brand if possible. With variety, try to stack all the matching pieces together. Stacking the containers separate from the lids (vertically) is the most space efficient, however if space allows I like to store the lids on the corresponding containers (especially for mismatched sets) so you don’t have to go searching for the correct lid. Plus you won’t end up missing lids or containers in all the shuffle and if you do you’ll know when to purge mismatched sets out.
Pots and lids can follow the same method sitting side by side, lids on top or nestled in each other with lids vertically propped up in a rack. Pans can nestle in each other as well unless there’s room for side by side, hanging from a rack, or vertically placed in a rack as well. A cabinet beside the stove or even inside the oven if really short on space (just remember to remove them before cooking!).
Knife blocks work but can take up more counter top space than necessary so I prefer a drawer or my real fav- a magnetic wall strip! Just ensure the wall strip can’t be reached by young children.
Tip: Did you know most cabinets have adjustable shelves? Make use of that and lower everything to accommodate your height and the height of anything being stored. They are most commonly adjusted by moving four little wooden or plastic pegs into various holes.Tags: Guidelines, Kitchen, Organizing