Living with a small kitchen, I know that organization is key. We don’t have a ton of storage, which means that we have to make the absolute most of what we have to keep everything in order. Part of my strategy is to only keep the things we use the most in the easiest to reach areas, but also to cull out to remove things we don’t need at all. I mean, who needs 312 plastic cups? A few, sure, but they seem to multiply rather quickly – so I’m constantly reevaluating our needs. Even when I do get our kitchen down to just the essentials, it’s still a struggle to make sure that everything has a place. So I decided to go on a quest to find some of the best ideas for kitchen organizing to make my life (and yours) a little easier.
1. Create stations for what you use the most. During the holidays I’m a baking fool – so for a few weeks out of the year I set up a “baking station.” It doesn’t stay out year round, but I do have it there for the holiday season so I can whip up something yummy as often as I want to. The theory works for other ideas, too – like a coffee station, a cocktail bar, or even a lunch prep station. Grouping like things together to make your life easier is always a good idea.
2. Use every inch of space. Don’t have enough cabinet space? Then use the underside of cabinets to create hanging space like this idea from BHG. Of course you could also do it with smaller jars for spices or if you want to be super colorful for sprinkles. Any small items would be great to store this way.
3. Rethink the way you use what you have. With just a little bit of thinking, you can take those hard to reach areas and maximize their usefulness, like with this corner recycle bin from Diamond Cabinets. (PS – this would also be a great idea for a laundry room to sort clothes!)
4. Find simple solutions. It isn’t rocket science – and you can change your mind. Keep trying different ideas until you find one that works for your needs. Those packets always drive me crazy – and I love this simple idea from Make Bake Celebrate.
5. Put what you need where you need it. I don’t mean like stations – I mean like simple placement of objects. If you eat oatmeal (like Jen at A Thousand Words) every day and know you need the 1/3 cup measuring cup, then buy an extra set and put the size you need for it right on the box.
6. Think outside the box. Just because it doesn’t typically get used doesn’t mean you can’t add storage there – and use it to your advantage. Got a ton of manuals that you need to keep up with for the kitchen appliances, etc.? It’s also a great place to keep track of notes/invitations/shopping lists. This idea from MasterBrand is perfect for that!
7. Make it easy for others to help. All of the decluttering and organizing in the world isn’t going to help much if no one knows where anything goes. Use labels (or chalk drawers like Jacks and Kate did) so your family knows where to put things – especially helpful for kids.
8. Do your own thing. Don’t worry about what other people do in their kitchens – you do what works best in yours. I personally love my big drawers in my kitchen and use them for all of my pots and pans and lids and bowls. Although I have open shelving for my plates, I do love this idea from Kitchen Craft for drawer pegs that hold all the plates and bowls in place. Such a smart idea to keep the shelves open for taller items like pitchers, etc.
9. Hang it up. When I have no idea where to put something, I always think, “Can I hang this up?” Pot holders, knifes, measuring spoons, etc. I love this idea from The Hyper House – she used simple Command Hooks to hang up her mixer attachments inside a cabinet. See – hang in there, baby!
10. Utilize open shelves. I know, you probably think you’re too messy for them – and I did, too. But making 1/2 of my kitchen storage open shelving sort of forced me to be more organized and neater. If I saw it out in the open every single day, then I wanted it to be neat.
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