How to organise kitchen cupboards
If you’ve ever moved house and found a jar of pasta sauce that went out of date in 2006, or you’re in the middle of preparing lunches for the week and can’t find any lids to fit your Tupperware boxes, you’ll know the importance of kitchen cupboard organisation. Here are the best ways to organise kitchen cupboards so you’ll never be stressed in the middle of cooking again.
Step 1: Declutter
Before you start digging into nifty kitchen cupboard organisation ideas, you need to tackle this essential step. Decluttering is the key to having organised cupboards. Get rid of anything you no longer need or use, and if there are pieces of crockery or serveware that you only use very occasionally, consider whether there’s somewhere else you can store them. Having emptier cupboards means they’re instantly less cluttered, making it easier to keep things organised
Step 2: Work out a system
Once you’ve got rid of the things you don’t need, it’s time to organise the things you use. Take a look at your shelves first. How can you best utilise them to keep things neat and tidy?
Cooking appliances and heavy cookware should be in your bottom cupboards, whilst food items should be stored at eye level - this just makes it easier to get to items you need whilst you’re in the middle of cooking.
Consider using baskets to store packets of food. Throw all of your cooking sauces into one and packets of food into another, and label the front of the basket clearly. Not only does this make it quick and easy for you to find what you need, but if the kids are hungry, you can hand them a basket of snacks rather than having them turn your kitchen upside down looking for something to eat.
Take a similar approach to pasta, rice and couscous. Rather than leaving them in the packets, decant them into clear containers and label them. This helps you to see at a glance how much you have left.
Step 3: Keep it organised
You’ll find it easier to keep your cupboards organised if you create a system that’s easy to follow. Keep similar items together, and ensure the things you use most often are at the front of the cupboard so you don’t have to move everything out of the way to get the salt and pepper.
To keep things tidy, pick up some organisers. You might want to use a turntable for sauces and spices, or you could opt for a stepped organiser so all of your jars are visible at once. Additionally, think about how you store your crockery. Rather than piling your plates and mugs into a cupboard, why not make a feature of them on your worktop with a plate rack and mug tree?
How to organise a corner kitchen cupboard
Corner cabinets are tricky. They’re usually spacious, meaning there’s potential for lots of storage space - but with a blind corner, that means you can’t see half of what’s in there. How can you make the most of this type of cupboard?
- Put your least frequently used items at the back. Whether it’s a juicer, a deep fat fryer, or the serving dish that only comes out at Christmas, put it at the back of the cabinet.
- Add a lazy Susan. This turntable device will mean you don’t have to reach blindly into a dark cupboard to find what you need.
- Add a pull-out shelf. Even easier to use than a lazy Susan, a pull-out tray will turn your least-used cupboard into your favourite one.
- Resist the temptation to overfill the cupboard. No cupboard should be a dumping ground, but you should be especially careful not to just chuck all the odds and ends into a corner kitchen cupboard.
- Use it as a recycling space. Instead of keeping unsightly recycling bins in full view in your kitchen, turn your corner cupboard into a space to keep your glass bottles, tins and cardboard until you can recycle them.
How to organise a small kitchen
When you have a small kitchen, even a small amount of clutter can easily overwhelm the space and make it look messy. Luckily, we have some small kitchen organisation ideas to keep your space looking beautiful.
Hang things up
If you’re lacking cupboard space, a good solution is to add shelves and hooks to display your favourite items. From hanging your pots and pans to proudly displaying your bowls and glasses on a shelf, this can be a chic way of keeping your kitchen organised, whilst freeing up cupboard space for food items.
It might sound obvious, but clever design that uses every inch of space in your kitchen will help to keep it tidy. Most kitchens have a space between the upper cabinets and the ceiling - but they don’t have to. Consider storing your lesser-used appliances on top of the upper cabinet, or even adding in new cabinets in this space.
Use all the space
You’re probably using all of the shelves in your cupboards, but have you thought about using the cupboard doors, too? These can be used for hanging measuring cups, tea towels or oven gloves whilst still ensuring the doors close properly.
If you don’t have much space to work with, you might want to consider setting up different zones in your kitchen. For example, your preparation zone could be beside your cooker, with the drawers here dedicated to your knives, chopping boards and other items you need for food prep. Pots and pans can be hung up over the counter, and your spatulas, tongs and wooden spoons kept in a jar by the hob. This ensures everything is in the right place exactly when you need it.
How to organise a new kitchen
The beauty of a new kitchen is that you can design it to be as functional as you like. If an organised kitchen is your main goal, you should ensure that you build in plenty of storage space.
This can take whatever form you like: lower and upper cabinets, shelving, narrow cupboards, or islands with storage space. Think about where there might be dead space - is there a gap between your cooker and the cabinets, for example? That could be transformed into a pull-out spice rack.
Kitchen sink tidy ideas
From cleaning utensils to dishes on the drying rack - and not to mention the dirty dishes piling up - the kitchen sink can quickly become messy-looking. Here’s how to keep it looking as good as the rest of your kitchen:
- Get an under sink door basket to store your dishwashing implements, keeping them out of sight but organised.
- Get a vertical drying rack. If you have a small kitchen, this is a great solution that allows dishes to drip-dry over the sink rather than taking up valuable space.
- Use a foldable drying rack. When you don’t have dishes drying, it can be folded up and popped in a cupboard - there’s no need for unsightly drying racks to be on display at all times!
Once you’ve got a few essential items to keep your kitchen sink clutter-free, remember to keep it clean. Every time you do the dishes, give the sink, taps and countertop a quick wipe down to ensure no dirt builds up
How to keep the kitchen tidy
Now you’ve got your kitchen organised, how can you ensure it stays that way? You’ve put in all the hard work by decluttering and cleaning it - keeping it tidy should be the easy part. Here are our favourite tidy kitchen ideas
Clean as you go
If you’re waiting for pasta to boil, or you have some soup in the microwave, use the spare minutes to give the kitchen a quick tidy. Wash up the dishes you’ve already used and wipe down the countertops - you’ll save yourself a job later!
Do a sweep of your counters every night
Before you go to bed, remove any empty packets or pieces of kitchen roll from your counter, and put your washed dishes and utensils back in the cupboard. If you leave any rubbish lying around, it can be all too easy to let it pile up but this ensures you start every day fresh with a tidy kitchen.
Keep an empty sink
If you even leave a couple of pieces of cutlery in the kitchen sink, your subconscious will start to think that it’s okay to leave dirty dishes there all the time - which, of course, quickly leads to a messy-looking kitchen. Try to get the whole family on board with the rule that dirty dishes are put in the dishwasher or hand-washed straight away rather than stacked on the countertop or in the sink.
Clear up straight away after meals
It doesn’t sound like much fun, but it is the way to keep your kitchen tidy. Rather than having a break after preparing or eating dinner, make sure that the dishes are washed and counters cleaned straight away. This simple rule will get you into the habit of keeping the kitchen tidy - and it won’t be playing on your mind, meaning you can truly relax once all the chores are done.
With these simple kitchen organisation ideas, you can ensure that your kitchen is a joyful place to be at all times, rather than one you dread being in due to mess and clutter.
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