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How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers

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How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers

Buy organizers for smaller kitchen items. Now that your cabinets are clean and lined, it’s time to think about how you might want to organize your items inside the cabinets. It’s not completely necessary to buy organizers, but if you have a lot of little kitchen gadgets they can help to reduce clutter and keep things in their place. Consider buying the following items for your cabinets: A utensil organizer. Some kitchen drawers have built-in organizers for utensils, but many don’t. If your drawer doesn’t have one, it’s worth picking one up for a few dollars. Teacup or coffee cup hooks. Many people install hooks under cabinets that overhang countertops as a way to store coffee cups, mugs, or teacups. Consider this option if you’re a big coffee drinker and you want to have your cups easily accessible. This is also a nice idea if you have a pretty set of cups you want to put on display. Canisters for dry goods and other items. If you store flour, sugar, spices, and other food items in your kitchen cabinets (as opposed to using a separate pantry), you might want sturdy food containers. Choose containers with tight-fitting lids to keep insects and airflow out.
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How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers

Designate kitchen drawers for oft-used items. Most kitchen cabinetry sets have a row of drawers for storing supplies that don’t belong in the cabinets. Every home cook uses these drawers differently. Take a look at your kitchen supplies and decide how you can put your drawers to best use. Kitchen essentials like can openers, potato peelers, microplanes, and garlic presses are usually stored together in the same drawer. If you bake a lot, you might want to have a drawer just for measuring cups, measuring spoons, and other baking supplies. Consider designating a drawer for kitchen towels and oven mitts. You may need a drawer for food storage containers and other items like aluminum foil and plastic wrap. You might want to make a “junk drawer” for the odds and ends that don’t fit anywhere else – stray pens, rubber bands, coupons, recipe cut-outs, and other useful things.
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How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers

Stack pots and pans in lower cabinets near the stove. Everyone’s kitchen is different, but in many cases the lower cabinets (below the counters) are perfect for pot and pan storage. These items are often heavy and clumsy to stack, so it makes sense to store them slightly more out of the way and in a place where you won’t have to lift them too high. Place the pots and pans you use most often in the lower cabinets that are easiest to reach. Place pots and pans you use less often on the lowest shelves or toward the back of the cabinets. You might find it easier to organize your pots using a pot rack you can hang on the wall next to your cabinets. This prevents you from having to stack them. Some people place pots on top of the cabinets themselves. If your cabinets don’t reach the ceiling, you can consider the cabinet tops a suitable storage area.
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How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers

Do your dishes and cups come tumbling out when you open your kitchen cabinets? If it’s time to reorganize, you’ve come to the right place. The best way to figure out how to organize your kitchen is to think about how you use it. What items do you find yourself using every day, and which ones get shoved to the back of the cabinets? Toss out items you can do without and focus on making your cabinets functional, clean and attractive. Once you’ve organized your cabinets, you’ll look forward to cooking in your kitchen again.
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How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers

Decluttering your drawers and cabinets can become very overwhelming if you do it all at once, and make quite a mess. Here’s my article on how to declutter your kitchen cabinets, and also my article for decluttering kitchen drawers, both with step by step instructions for how to do this without getting your kitchen into a worse state during the process than you have to to get the job done.
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How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers

Clean the cabinets from top to bottom. Gather some good cleaning supplies and prepare to scrub every nook and cranny as well as wiping down the cabinet doors. Clean out all the crumbs, dried splashes and dust to get your cabinets ready for your dishes and other kitchen supplies. Cleaning your cabinets thoroughly will prevent bugs from taking up residence and keep your kitchen items fresh. If you prefer not to use a chemical cleaner, try using a solution of white vinegar diluted with a little water. This natural cleaning agent works well to clean kitchen cabinets. If you need a scrubbing agent, baking soda does the trick. If your cabinets are made from unpainted wood, take care to use cleaning supplies that won’t damage them.
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How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers

Unlike clothing which stacks neatly into deeper drawers, it’s nice to store linens in shallow drawers and with like items: tablecloths, napkins, runners, and more. Install linen drawers behind a pair of cabinet doors to make the most of your storage space.
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How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers

Stow Linens Unlike clothing which stacks neatly into deeper drawers, it’s nice to store linens in shallow drawers and with like items: tablecloths, napkins, runners, and more. Install linen drawers behind a pair of cabinet doors to make the most of your storage space.
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Baskets and bins are the best and easiest way to organize food in your pantry. Organize your baskets by category, like snacks, baked goods, pasta, bread products, and so on.
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Use dividers to organize things like flatware and serving utensils. Then use small boxes and bins to organize everything else, including random junk drawer items like candles, batteries, and rubber bands.
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Organize utensils in a flat utensil drawer. Place your utensil organizer in one of the wide, flat kitchen drawers that is most easily accessible. Arrange your utensils so that the forks, spoons and knives are each kept separate.
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Lay out the items you plan to store. Arrange everything in stacks according to type. When you organize your kitchen cabinets, it makes sense to group like items together. That way everything is easier to locate, and you know how many clean items you have left and when you’re getting low on a particular item. Group your glassware together, including water glasses, juice glasses, and other everyday glasses. Group your stemware together, including wine and champagne glasses. You might also want to store tumblers in the same space. Group your plates and bowls. Many people stack their salad plates on top of their dinner plates to save a little space. Group your bowls together as well. Separate fine china and seasonal items. If you have cabinets with glass faces, consider which dishes you want to store so they are visible. Your dishes can be both decorative and functional.
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That concludes the main zones in the kitchen. Really think through where stuff should ideally go in your kitchen based on those zones and shift things around until they make sense, and fit in the space alotted. This step of the Kitchen Drawers and Kitchen Cabinet Organization Challenge is what will make your kitchen feel functional, and end up saving you a lot of time, since things will be easier for you to use when needed.

Decide what you can do without. You might have a collection of plastic cups you’ve picked up from restaurants, a dwindling pile of paper plates, an old coffee maker that no longer works, and so on. Now is the time to pare down your kitchen items to the items that you actually use. Getting rid of clutter will make it much easier to stay organized. If you discover that you actually need something, go ahead and buy it before you organize your cabinets. If you wait, it will be more difficult to find a good place for it later. Consider donating old kitchen supplies to a donation center, or having a yard sale to unload your wares. Knowing that your old items are going to a new home instead of a landfill may make it easier to get rid of the stuff you no longer need.

First, remove and put in a better place all the stuff that doesn’t serve the functions of your kitchen. For example, if you’ve got lots of medicine in your kitchen cabinets, but you’ve decided that should go elsewhere instead, move it now. (We’ll organize medicines in a later week of the challenge.)
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Now, in the next step you’ll begin placing all the stuff you use daily or often in the rest of your kitchen drawers and cabinets. In that step of the Kitchen Cabinet Organization Challenge you’ll be giving priority first to the items you use every day, and then the often used items, giving stuff used often the most “prime” real estate in your kitchen.
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The kitchen is an area of your home that gets used more often than most other areas. So it stands to reason that if your kitchen were more organized and simple to use, your life would feel easier. Professional organizer Monica Ricci has 10 easy steps to organize your kitchen, and make your family life flow more smoothly when it comes to meal preparation.

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