Master the Art of Organizing Kitchen Cabinets with These 7 Tips

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Are you tired of dealing with disorganized kitchen cabinets?Image of spices in a kitchen cabinet and the phrase, Master the Art of Organizing Kitchen Cabinets

Do you want to be able to easily find food and dish ware?

In this post, I offer seven tips to help you get your kitchen cabinets in order.

Designate a function for each kitchen cabinet.

Make it easy to find things by assigning a specific storage use for each cabinet.

Take note of how many cabinets you have, and then give each cabinet a specific use.

There’s many different ways to organize cabinets; you could keep dish

ware in one cabinet or more, foodstuffs in several cabinets, pots and pans in another, and so on.

Once you’ve given a specific cabinet a purpose, you can take things a step further and assign storage locations for each shelf in the cabinet.

In a cabinet with dish ware, you might decide to place drinking glasses on the bottom shelf, plates on the second shelf, and serving bowls on the top shelf, for example.

Install additional cabinet hardware.

Are you making the most out of your kitchen cabinets? Even making small changes, such as fixing or replacing a broken shelf, can make a huge difference in a cabinet.

Think about the different ways you could create more space in each of your cabinets. You could install hooks, rods, food dispensers, or pre-packaged storage solutions, to hold your plates, mugs, lids, spices, or canned goods.

Do a quick search online for some kitchen cabinet storage ideas or DIY solutions.   

Transfer food to air-tight containers.

Most cabinets are square or rectangular shaped. Food containers and packages, on the other hand, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which can make storage a challenge.

To make the most of the space you have, consider purchasing air-tight square or rectangular containers, and transfer food into these containers.

Another option is to purchase large-sized containers, and put smaller open bags and containers of food in these large-sized containers.

Use food containers as a storage guide.

Not interested in buying food storage containers? No problem. Simply use existing product packaging to help you organize. 

It’s far easier to stack canned goods together, one on top of one another, size by side, than trying to organize a jumble of cans, bags of dried beans, and boxes of dried pasta, into a neat pile. Work with food container structures, not against them.

So, you might place similar-sized canned goods together, small product boxes together, etc.

Keep frequently used items within easy reach.

Store items you use on a regular basis on the bottom half of cabinets. This applies to both food and dish ware.

For example, it would make sense to keep your favorite teas and honey on the first shelf of one cabinet, and keep mugs and drinking glasses on the first shelf of another cabinet. Occasionally used foodstuffs or special china for holidays, should be stored on the top shelf.

The same idea applies to kitchen ware. If you have the space, try to keep bakeware near the oven, pots and pans near the stove, and so forth.

Put things back where they belong.

An important part in keeping things organized is to return items back to where they belong.

After the end of every meal, or at the end of every day, walk around your kitchen and collect items from the table, counter, and stove top, and return these items to their proper storage location.

It may take a couple of weeks for this to become a habit, but the effort will be truly worth it.

Declutter kitchen cabinets on a regular basis.

To keep things looking neat and tidy, declutter your cabinets every six months or so.

It’s best to work cabinet by cabinet; simply remove the contents and work your way through each item in that cabinet.

Dispose of any food items that have expired, and trash or recycle any cracked or damaged dish ware.

This is also a good time to vacuum or wipe down the inside shelves of each cabinet.

Replace everything back into the cabinet, and you’re done!

How about you? Do you have difficulty keeping your kitchen cabinets in order? What do you think is the most difficult thing about keeping them neat and tidy? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.