25 Kitchen Organizing Tips

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The kitchen is where people gather. It is the heart of the home. It is the most important room in the house, or at least one of the most important rooms. But with everyone using it daily, it can quickly become disorganized.

Here are 25 kitchen organizing tips for your cupboards, drawers, pantry and fridge.

You can save a lot of money by knowing what you already have in your kitchen, what you really need, and what you should eat before it goes bad!

Tip #1: The first thing you should do is throw away all expired items and questionable items. When in doubt, throw it out! Donate working kitchen appliances and extra dishes, glasses, utensils and other gadgets. By removing what you don’t use or like, you’ll be able to find the items you do use and love.

Toss:

  • Broken items
  • Duplicate items that you don’t use (and consider donating those)
  • Pots and pans that are burnt or rusty
  • Items you don’t like or think are ugly
  • Excess plastic containers – keep your best ones and ones you have a matching lid for!
  • Appliances and gadgets you never use
  • Expired items
  • Bruised or rotting produce
  • Food you are not eating or really didn’t like

Tip #2: You can organize a pantry or your cabinets by packaging type or by item type. Organizing by packaging type means grouping items by their packaging – such as cans, small boxes, or large boxes. Organizing by item type means creating groups such as pasta night ingredients, baking supplies, BBQ items, soup ingredients, etc.

Products that can help:

  • Expandable Pantry Shelf
  • Corner Shelf
  • Over the Door Pantry Organizer
  • Chrome Locker Baskets
  • Drawer Designers (yes, they can be used in the pantry too for lightweight items and they don’t have to be placed in drawers!)
  • Fridge Cubes (also think-outside-the-fridge when it comes to this handy product!)

Tip #3:  When placing items in containers, use a label marker and label everything clearly so you know what it is.

Tip #4: Make sure heavier and fragile items are placed on the lower shelves, and lighter and bulkier items are placed on top.

Tip #5: You can gain more space by taking items out of their bulky packaging, such as individually wrapped bags of chips, crackers and cookies. You can store these items in Chrome Locker Baskets, Bins and Cubes, and ZipVac Bags.

Tip #6: If your pantry and kitchen shelves are adjustable, adjust them to fit items in your pantry and cabinets better. The Expandable Pantry Shelf, Over the Door Pantry Organizer and Corner Shelf will also help provide needed space, whether or not your shelves are adjustable.

Tip #7: Open, breathable containers are perfect for potatoes and onions. They extend the life of the produce. You can use the Chrome Locker Baskets.

Tip #8: Create an information station to control mail, papers, messages and reminders. All these things seem to make their way into the hub of the home – the kitchen.  Consider the Black Scroll Letter Holder, Single Chrome Letter/Key Holder, Magnetic Message Central, Magnetic Clips Set/3, File the Pile and Panic No More, the Project Board, or Pretty Paper.

Tip#9: The fewer items you have on the counter, the easier the counters are to clean. In fact, the less stuff you have anywhere, the easier those areas are to clean! Try using the walls, the inside of cabinets, and any vertical space you have. Try products such as Wraprack, Under the Shelf Cup Rack, Over the Cabinet Towel Bar, Over the Drawer Double Hook, Over the Door Pantry Organizer, and Hold Everything.

Tip #10: Organize your drawers by using products as the Drawer Designers, the Drawer Organizer or the Basket Bins.

Tip#11: Everything in your kitchen should have a home! And each item should be put back in its home when you are done using it.

Tip#12: Use a dual garbage bin for trash and recycling sorting. Or use a Chrome Locker Basket to temporarily store recyclables.

Tip#13: Place plasticware containers and lids in a dedicated deep drawer. Use the Drawer Designers to keep them separated and lined up as needed. You can also store plasticware in the Chrome Locker Baskets. Use plasticware containers that have stackable lids for easier storage.

Tip #14: Create zones in your kitchen, such as a baking zone by the oven, a dishes zone by the dishwasher and sink, and a cooking zone by the stove. Do not fill any extra space in a zone with unrelated items. Pick the appropriate “home” for each zone based on the best location and how many items the “home” needs to hold.

Tip #15: Keep an “Out” list on the fridge where family members indicate what they are out of. This could be a blank sheet of paper or it could be part of a shopping list that includes typical items you buy, organized by the layout of your favorite store. When you need them, check them off. Take the list with you and cross them off while you shop.

Tip#16: Use containers to organize food in the fridge. The see-through Fridge Cubes and Bins are great for holding lunchmeat, fruit drinks, yogurt, bottles of water, fruit cups, cheese sticks, and more. Organize your items by type such as meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables, dairy, beverages and ingredients to make a meal. You can also organize by person or by size and shape. By having an organized fridge, you can save money by eating what you have before it goes bad and by not buying items you already have.

Tip 17#: If you need more space in your kitchen and you have a dining room, move serving pieces, tablecloths, napkins, etc. to a cabinet in the dining room. You can even store your cookbooks in the dining room. Appliances or pans that you only use for special occasions or holidays can be stored in the basement, if available. For dishes you inherited from family members – consider taking photos of the pieces and donating them. If you really can’t part with them, store them securely in the attic, basement or a spare closet.

Tip#18: Stack pots and pans by using cookware protectors between them. You can purchase cookware protectors from Pampered Chef (#2888 Cookware Protectors from pamperedchef.com).

Tip #19: Organize pan lids, baking sheets and serving trays with the Wire Chrome Dividers.

Tip #20: Store plastic grocery bags in the Chrome Plastic Bag Recycler or by using the over-the-cabinet-door Plastic Bag Holder. Use a Double Duty cube to store the reusable bags and easily transport them from the kitchen to the car.

Tip #21: Organize takeout menus in the Takeout Menu Organizer and organize recipes in the Collected Recipes Cookbook, Accordion Recipe File, or Recipe File Folders and Bamboo File Folder.

Tip #22: To help remember what goes where in your pantry and cabinets, label the shelf edges with a label maker. You might create labels for areas such as pasta, canned goods, snacks, and beverages. This is also helpful so others in your household know where to put items.

Tip #23: Clean off the front of the refrigerator and toss old coupons, notes or duplicate magnets. Keep what you need, and organize it in a way that makes sense. Take a picture of your children’s artwork and store your favorites. You can use the bottom part of the Peek-a-Boo! I See You for artwork storage.

Tip #24: When storing your drinking glasses, create columns for each size glass. For example, let’s say your cabinet allows you to have 5 rows of glasses and you have 3 types of glasses: short, tall and wine. You might then have two columns of short glasses, two columns of tall glasses, and one column of wine glasses. The point is to be able to easily see and reach each type of glass you have.

Tip #25: Go to bed each night with an empty sink and clean countertops. Put things away as you use them, when possible, and wash dishes or load the dishwasher after each meal. Wake up every morning to a clean, organized kitchen. It will be rewarding!

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What other kitchen organizing tips do you have?

 


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