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Kitchen Organizing Ideas

De-Clutter

Choose a starting point, such as a cabinet or a drawer, take everything out and separate each item depending on whether you want to keep it in the kitchen, throw it away, donate it or move it to another place in the house. Work your way through every storage space in the kitchen.

Evaluate Space

Take a moment to evaluate all the cupboards, cabinets and drawers to visualize how you can use the space better. Everyday items should be stored in drawers and cabinets that are easily accessible, special occasion dinnerware on the top shelves and heavy, bulky items in base cabinets.

Appliances

Store big appliances you do not use often and place the appliances you frequently use on the kitchen counter. Consider grouping items you use at the same time, such as the toaster and coffeemaker, together to save time in the morning. For items you use once in while, store them in base drawers or cabinets close to the work space you use them on for easy access.

Dishes

Categorize all the other kitchen items as you did the appliances. Separate them by purpose and use. For example, put all your baking utensils in one cupboard and all your everyday dishes in another cupboard. Creating separate departments for each type of item will help you find things easily.

Store

Before storing items back into the cabinets, think carefully about the best locations. Consider putting the dishes and glasses closest to the dishwasher or sink where they can easily be put away and put pots and pans close to the stove.

Pots and Pans

Racks can hold multiple pots, pans and lids together while using minimal space. Hanging pot racks and sliding shelves are also convenient ways to store pots and pans.

Organizing Tools

Organize spices in alphabetical order and add them to a spice rack close to the stove. Wire baskets are a good way to store onions, garlic, potatoes and snacks. Take advantage of corner cabinets by installing a lazy Susan. Lazy Susans are easy to clean, so use them to store sticky and frequently spilled food items, such as oils, vinegars, honey and jams.

Pantry

Organize the food in the pantry and group similar items together, such as cereals, grains and pastas, dessert and baking mixes, canned goods and condiments. Store flour, sugar, pastas and cereals in clear, air-tight containers.

Wall Space

Dedicate a wall space to create a message center for mail, bills, homework assignments, coupons and shopping lists.

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