Are you fed up of the lack of organization in your kitchen? Do you find yourself searching for Tupperware lids more often than you’d like to admit? Been there, done that, and it’s not fun, is it? Pre-children I was the least organized person you’ll ever meet, but now I fully embrace having a tidy, clean and organized home. Today I’d like to share with you the kitchen organization ideas that saved my sanity, hopefully, they’ll save yours too!
Before you delve into the deepest darkest depths of your kitchen cupboards, you need to get rid of anything you don’t use and anything that has expired. Declutter your cupboards and drawers so that you only organize what you actually need to organize.
Tackle your biggest problem area first. For me, my biggest problem area was my pantry cupboard. I had completely lost track of what I did and didn’t have, so I completely emptied it, disposed of what had gone out of date, put what I didn’t need into a bag to be donated to the local food bank and then begun to organize what was left. This is where my organization ideas paid off, using small storage boxes (aff) and shelf organizers (aff), I transformed my pantry cupboard into an easily accessible storage space.
The trick is not to over complicate things.
When organizing items, keep your categories simple, for example, sauces, tins, packets, spices, etc. This applies to all areas of your kitchen.
My second problem area was my cutlery and utensil drawers. Everything had become muddled and cluttered and I was struggling to open each drawer without using force. Just as I did with the pantry cupboard, I completely emptied both drawers. This gave me a blank canvas to work with, and once the cutlery had been reorganised into the cutlery tray the real fun began.
Over the years I had accumulated copious amounts of random cookie cutters and poor quality utensils and baking tools. I was ruthless, as you should be when organizing drawers, and binned anything that wasn’t required. I then used shallow storage boxes (aff) to divide each drawer, organized the remaining utensils into categories and placed each category into a box.
Categorizing the drawers wasn’t quite as easy as categorizing the pantry cupboard but again, I kept it simple and divided the items into the following categories:
- Baking tools.
- Cookie cutters.
- Measuring and opening tools.
- Cooking utensils.
- Food storage bags and clips.
If you are still reading this post, you’ll be able to see how my kitchen organization ideas work. It’s all about categorizing, decluttering and being ruthless. Are you ready for more?
Next up, I tackled the cupboard of doom, AKA the pots and pans cupboard. Despite previous attempts at organizing this space, I still hadn’t cracked it. Every time I opened the cupboard drawers I was met with a landslide of baking trays and mixing bowls.
The best thing to do to avoid a similar fate is to organize everything into categories and size order, for example, I put all of my baking trays together and made sure the biggest tray was at the bottom of the pile and the smallest was at the top. Stacking them this way meant that nothing was balancing precariously, eagerly waiting to fall at my feet, and it also meant that I could grab the most size appropriate tray easily. I did the same with my mixing bowls, Tupperware, pots and pans, chopping boards and Pyrex.
The items in my pots and pans cupboard were too big to be stored in storage boxes, so I simply left a small gap between each pile of items. I organized the ‘junk drawer’ in a similar way to the utensils and cutlery drawers, which left one drawer left to be sorted, the cloths drawer.
Top tip: roll, don’t fold.
Rolling your cloths and hand towels instead of folding them will create more space to store items such sponges. Rolling and storing in a horizontally stacked fashion also allows you to find exactly what you need with ease.
Last but not least, tackle the fridge and freezer. This is my favorite area of the kitchen to organize, I know, I’m odd. Fridge storage is more popular than ever at the moment and there are so many different options. I use fridge storage trays (aff) and can organisers (aff). Once you have appropriate storage, it’s time to get organized and categorized. Again, keep categories simple and stick to the basics. The categories I use for the fridge are:
Once the fridge is sorted, move on to the freezer. I keep a list of what I have in the freezer on my phone which really helps me to plan meals and not overspend on the food shop. I have 4 drawers in my freezer so I allocate a drawer to each category. For example, drawer 1 is frozen meat, drawer 2 is easy meal stuff such as chips, drawer 3 is frozen fruit and veg and drawer 4 is ice creams and whatever doesn’t fit in the other drawers!
I know it sounds silly organising every item in my kitchen into categories, but doing so has been beneficial for both myself and the children. It may seem tedious, but you won’t regret it once its done! Here are some other create kitchen organization ideas:
- Slide out storage shelving (aff).
- Corner shelf inserts (aff).
- Drawer dividers (aff).
- Over door baskets (aff).
- Lazy Susan storage (aff).
- Vinyl decal stickers (aff) for storage baskets and cleaning bottles.