The kitchen is often the busiest room in the home. It’s not only the place where people prepare their food, but it’s also where they gather as a family, entertain friends, store everyday items like their keys, and even feed their pets. In short, it’s really the central hub of the home, which also means it can get pretty cluttered and chaotic at times.
If you find your kitchen feeling a little too chaotic for your comfort lately, there are a few organizational tools you can use to help tidy things up:
Start by Hanging Things Up
For a lot of people, counter and cupboard space is limited. Besides, a cluttered counter is infuriating when you actually need to make use of that space. The best thing to do when organizing your kitchen is to think of ways you can hang things up and out of the way.
Consider hanging your pots and pans off a ceiling rack or creating a pegboard to hang cooking utensils and oven mitts on. You can also install hooks on the inside of cupboard doors for things like cleaning spray bottles and measuring cups. This frees up space so you can store everything you need without risking an avalanche every time you open your cupboard doors.
Whenever you’re organizing a small space, it’s always best to look for ways to store things vertically, like on a tall shelf. This is helpful for any space, small or large, and it’s also an excellent way to get things more organized in the kitchen.
Consider adding shelves inside your cupboards to store dishes or canned food. This will make it much easier to find things when you need them for cooking and help use up space that is otherwise wasted. Sometimes, a simple kitchen shelving rack set is all you need to take advantage of the space you already have.
You can also utilize awkward empty wall space above the kitchen sink or along the ceiling by mounting wall shelves. Use this space to decoratively store things like cookbooks, dishes, spices, and even jars with snack foods in them.
Magnets are another great way to get things off the counters, out of the cupboards, and out of the way. For example, using a magnetic strip to store knives instead of a knife block not only frees up counter space, but it also keeps your knives in better shape.
You can also stick magnetic spice containers on the fridge or arrange them along magnetic strips inside your cupboard doors.
Tip-Out Sink Drawer
Under the sink, there is a space that often goes wasted, but it can easily be utilized by installing what is known as a tip-out sink drawer.
Sinks often have false sink drawers right under them, but if you install hinges and get a little creative to make your own tip-out sink drawer, you’ll have a clever little space to store things like sponges and dish cloths.
Cutlery trays are great for keeping your drawers organized, but when your drawers are an awkward shape or size, it helps to use individual drawer dividers to keep things in order. These can be used for anything from storing cutlery to finally getting that junk drawer straightened out.
Lazy Susans aren’t just great for making condiments easily accessible at the dinner table — they can also help organize your kitchen cupboards. Don’t bother rummaging through cans of food and spice jars. Instead, put a lazy susan in your cupboard so you can just spin it around until you find what you’re looking for!
You can easily store cleaning spray bottles by putting a tension rod up under your sink and hanging them off of it by their handles, freeing up the space below them.
Tension rods can also be used as paper towel holders or even installed vertically to help store baking sheets, cutting boards, and pot lids. After they’re in place, you’ll never have to risk toppling your carefully constructed mountain of cookware again.
Jars and Containers
Taking a couple minutes to empty bags of flour, sugar, and rice into containers is another great way to organize your kitchen. It not only looks really nice, but it also helps food last longer.
Containers can and should be used for everything from snacks to baking supplies. You can also put cute labels on them to make it even easier to locate ingredients when cooking.
Using jars and containers to store food is also a great way to cut back on everyday waste, as it allows you to start buying ingredients in bulk at the grocery store and cuts down your dependence on packaged products.
Bins and Baskets
When organizing your pantry, consider using see-through bins or labelled baskets to store staple items like cereals and kids’ snacks.
Baskets are also an attractive way to organize things like dish cloths, napkins and eating utensils, and fruits and vegetables that don’t need to be in the fridge.