They often say the kitchen is the heart of the home. The place in your house where you eat, talk, host company, where the kids sit to do homework, and so much more. It should be a place free from clutter and organized but it is also the easiest place to become cluttered and unorganized within minutes it seems.
You will find several kitchen organizing tips on this page. I will show you how to declutter and organize your kitchen with simple storage solutions so that you will be able keep everything in order and most importantly find what you are looking for without having to dig and spend a ton of time searching.
Getting straight into the heart of the kitchen area will include your counter tops, cabinets / cupboards, and your kitchen drawers. Then we will move on to your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. We will start with cleaning and decluttering and then talk about different organizing and storage solutions you can use to easily keep everything within reach and easily found without digging through everything.
If you use these kitchen organizing tips for your kitchen you will see the transformation from cluttered and unorganized to decluttered and wonderfully organized saving you tons of time and energy. With 5 kids and a full time job I need to keep things in an orderly fashion that works for me.
- Kitchen Organizing Tips
- Kitchen Counter Organization Ideas
- Kitchen Counter Storage Solutions
- Kitchen Cabinet Organizing Ideas
- Kitchen Cabinet Storage Solutions
- Under Kitchen Sink Organization Ideas
- Pots and Pans Organizer
- Kitchen Drawer Organization Ideas
- Kitchen Drawer Organizers
- Kitchen Pantry Organization
- Pantry Organizers
- Refrigerator Organizing Ideas
- Refrigerator Organizers and Bins
Kitchen Organizing Tips
Kitchen Counter Organization Ideas
Your kitchen counters can be a catch all for a lot of things. It is a place where the entire family just drops off their dishes, papers, mail, and sometimes their homework! The first thing here is to declutter the area. Take everything off all your counter tops. Put it on your kitchen table or somewhere close enough that you can work with it and still be in or near the kitchen.
Once everything is removed clean your counter tops, your back splash or the wall behind your counter tops if you don’t have a back splash. Don’t be afraid to give it a real good scrubbing. Clean off your appliances that you took off your counter tops and keep them on the table for the next step.
Before you start putting everything back on your counters decide what you use daily or weekly. If you are using your appliances daily or at least once a week then keep them on your counter but the ones that are not used as often should be put out of sight. You want this area kept decluttered with a clean minimal look.
For me I use my coffee pot daily so I would keep it on my counter. I would also keep my can opener and toaster on my counter top. But my juicer, instapot, and smoothie maker do not get used as often so I would put them in the pantry or a closet where I can easily access them but they would not be cluttering my space.
Kitchen Counter Storage Solutions
If you have things on your counters that just must have use organizers to make the best of the space and keep it from looking cluttered.
Kitchen Cabinet Organizing Ideas
I will admit I am a bit of a freak when it comes to my cabinets. I want all the dishes properly stacked according to size including the disposable left over dishes and the pots and pans. When I open my cabinets after the kids put away the dishes in the dishwasher and see an organized mess of dishes just put where ever they fit at that time I become very frustrated to say the least!
I want to be able to reach in and grab what I need and know where everything is without having to search through a mess of dishes. It saves me time and energy that I don’t always have with 5 kids and a full time job.
Okay to get started find your worst cluttered and disorganized cabinet first. Empty it out and clean it up with water and your choice of cleaner. I prefer the blue Mr Clean. I think it smells good and does a good job with basic cleaning. I’m not a big fan of strong smelling bleach cleaners, especially with the kids in the house.
Grab a box or a clothes basket to throw everything you do not use anymore into to donate. Grab your waste basket to throw away anything that is broke.
Anything that you do not use at all get rid of, so place those items in the donate box or basket. If you haven’t used it in a year you probably don’t need it at all. Anything you only use every once in awhile put where it is harder to get to like behind other things in your lower cabinets or on the top shelf if its a upper cabinet. Then place everything you do use in the front or on the lower shelves. Stack together by size anything that can be stacked to save on space.
Any broken plastic bowls and left over dishes throw away. Anything dishes with missing parts like lids that you keep putting a side hoping to find, throw it away if you don’t use it.
Any appliances that could be better served in your pantry or a closet go ahead and move them instead of putting them back into your cabinets. Anything in your pantry or a closet that you use for kitchen stuff that would be better off in the kitchen can be swapped now. All appliances that do not work throw away, any that you do not use get rid of.
Now repeat for your remaining cabinets. You can choose to do one cabinet at a time or multi task and do several cabinets at a time, whichever works best for you. Depending on the size of your kitchen and how cluttered they are this could take from an entire day to a couple of days.
Kitchen Cabinet Storage Solutions
Use wire shelving to create more space above bowls, coffee cups, or plates. Use pull out shelving in your most used lower cabinets to find things easily. Lazy susans in your corner cabinets are a great way to keep things at arms reach without pulling out everything to find what you need. Spice racks work great to find what you are looking for fast.
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Under Kitchen Sink Organization Ideas
Under your kitchen sink is the typical place for your dish soap, cleaners, trash bags, and sometimes a catch all for anything non food related in the kitchen. It is a large area that be used to really store a lot so chances of it being cluttered are pretty good.
You will do the same to this cabinet that you did to all the rest. Take everything out and clean it up real good. Go through everything and decide what you should keep and throw away what you need to. If you have kids in the house you might want to consider a child lock on this cabinet if you have not already.
To really keep this area organized you need to have some kind of shelving under you sink. It could be a cheap dollar store shelf that fits under the plumbing or it could be nice shelving made to fit under the sink and around the plumbing. Keep everything alike by each other so you can easily find what you are looking for.
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Pots and Pans Organizer
Organizing your pots and pans can be a real pain. Short of having a pots and pans organizer in your cabinet all you can so is stack them in size order inside each other and place them in your cabinet. As for the lids you can store them in the drawer under your stove or you can place them behind your pots in the cabinet stacked on top of each other.
Now to be honest I do not have a pot and pan organizer in my house. My cabinet has a built in sliding shelf that I keep my frying pans on stacked inside each other so I can just slide it out and grab what I want. I keep my sauce pans on the shelf under that one and I also keep those stacked inside each other by size order. I am an odd ball and keep my lids in the drawer of my stove under my oven. This just works for me.
However if you don’t have a cabinet like mine pots and pans organizer can save on space and frustration to get the pan or pot you are looking for without removing them all and unstacking them.
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Kitchen Drawer Organization Ideas
It is so easy to lose control of kitchen drawer organization. All too often you open up a drawer and toss in what goes in there and the where it lands is where it stays. In many events doing this ensures that you will have to literally dig in your drawer to find what you are looking for.
Unlike the cabinets I highly suggest you do one drawer at a time. Choose which drawer you want to organize first and empty it out, clean it up good, and decide if you need a drawer organizer to keep it organized or if everything can just go back into it the way it came out.
You might be amazed at what you find in your kitchen drawers. Anything from food crumbs to long lost utensils that you gave up on finding a long time ago. Throw away anything that is broke and place anything you do not use into the donate box or basket.
Do this for all your drawers one at a time so you do not get things confused and get overwhelmed.
Kitchen Drawer Organizers
You can use small cheap little bowls or even a cheap silverware holder to throw small things into so that they are not scattered all around your drawer and easily accessible. You can also diy some wood dividers to put into your drawers for separators. These options will save you money.
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Kitchen Pantry Organization
Your pantry is probably used on a daily basis. If its like my house things get taken out and then put back in where ever without any regard to where they took it from. Things get pushed back and out of sight making that particular thing you are looking for hidden from view.
Take everything out of your pantry and put it on your table or your now super clean, decluttered, and organized countertops. Clean the shelving up good. Separate everything and place all related items together. Such as cans, boxes, packets, etc. Then you separate even further by taking all the cans and separating into vegetables, soup, fruit, etc. Do the same with the boxes and packets. While you are doing this check the expiration dates of your foods and throw away anything that is expired.
Any kitchen appliances that were in there that don’t work or are missing parts either put in the trash or place in the donate basket. Place all appliances that you do not use often in the back or on the very top or bottom of the pantry.
Put everything you use a lot in a convenient place to be easily grabbed such as in front of things you do not use often. Put your separated piles of cans together, boxes together, put all your packets into a container and place them back in the pantry. Stack them nice and orderly. You can designate a shelf for just snack foods if you have room. This is especially helpful if you have kids.
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Refrigerator Organizing Ideas
Last but not least the refrigerator and freezer. This is actually probable the dirtiest thing in your kitchen. Missed spills, meat juices, and food that got lost and fell back behind to the bottom of the fridge under your fruit and veggie drawers will make this a chore to clean. While it shouldn’t take as long as some of the other kitchen tasks it will take an hour or two to clean.
You know the drill, take everything out of the fridge including the drawers and any shelving you can remove. Run some hot soapy water into your sink to wash everything down real good. I prefer dawn dish detergent for this but really any dish soap will work.
Wash all your shelves, drawers, and the entire inside of you fridge real good. Wash down the inside of the door and all door shelves. Once that is done allow a couple minutes to dry off with the door open. While you are doing that take a good look at everything on your table and wash off the bottoms of condiments and containers you are placing back into the fridge.
Take a look at all your leftovers and throw away anything that is spoiled or old. Throw away any expired foods. Now you can start putting everything back into your refrigerator. Place your condiments and salad dressings in your door shelves. Place everything else back into the refrigerator so that it works for you.
Now do the same exact thing for the freezer. Check your foods for freshness and check to see if anything is freezer burnt, if so throw it away. Any long lost popsicles found at the bottom of the freezer that you can no longer identify throw away. Wash it down with some new hot soapy water and place your food back into the freezer in a manner that suites your needs.
Now wash down the entire outside of your refrigerator and freezer including the top and sides. And then you are done!
Refrigerator Organizers and Bins
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There it is your kitchen organizing tips. If you follow through with this you will have a clean, decluttered, and organized kitchen! We went over everything you need to have an decluttered and organized kitchen. Having an organized kitchen will save you time and energy well spent on something else. It will make everything from meal preparation to entertaining company much more efficient.
While you do not need any of the storage or organization products on this page to get or stay organized it sure helps in the process of staying organized. Once you have designated spots for things in time it becomes second nature to put things back where they belong.
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