Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It's a high-traffic area with multiple uses. It's not just for cooking your family's meals. It's where you pack lunches, eat late-night snacks, have hurried breakfasts, do homework at the kitchen island, host family game night, and eat ice cream after a tough loss, break up, or bad day. Sometimes kitchens serve as command centers. Other times they double as dining spaces. Without a doubt, every home needs a functional kitchen.
As professional home organizers, many times, we come to a project and find that the kitchen needs a new organization plan. The homeowner likes to cook but has no counter space. A small kitchen or pantry means that groceries stay on the counter (or the floor!). Kitchen cabinets are overflowing with gadgets you don't use, and the cabinet doors won't shut because they are overflowing with baking sheets, cutting boards, and all the other kitchen essentials.
It's a storage space for kitchen cleaning supplies, a catchall for school papers, and we won't even talk about that drawer (or two) that you can't close or open. If you are like us - piles everywhere become visual to-do lists. When you can't manage the clutter, you'll become overwhelmed.
From time to time, you must make it a priority to clean it all up because you deserve an organized kitchen! With a little effort and planning, you can completely transform your kitchen into a functional and organized space.
Take Control and Completely Organize Your Kitchen.
If you're ready to take on the challenge of organizing your entire kitchen, here are six steps to help you declutter, streamline your storage, and create a system that works for you and your family. These tips will help you create a kitchen that is both beautiful and functional. So, grab a timer, some trash bags or boxes, roll up your sleeves, and let's get started!
6 Steps To Organize Your Kitchen
1. Start With a Blank Slate
Before you begin organizing your kitchen, start by clearing everything out of the kitchen drawers and cabinets. This will give you a blank canvas to work with and make it easier to see what you have and what you need to organize.
Take everything out of your cabinets, empty the drawers, and clear out your pantry. Depending on how the size of your kitchen, you may need to do this in sections. Regardless of how you choose to tackle the project, you'll need to take everything out. This is a great time to wipe down your shelves and counters (don't forget to clean up your spice rack and knife blocks, too!)
2. Declutter and Discard
Once you've cleared out your cabinets, sort through all your kitchen items and declutter by getting rid of anything that is broken, expired, or no longer used. This will free up space and make it easier to organize what's left.
Start with the easy decisions. Look for duplicate items (do you really need two?) and bulky items that you don't use (maybe you've moved out of your bread-making phase, and now it's just taking up space). Make a quick trip through your items and set aside things that you know you want to get rid of.
Then take inventory of what's left. Are you hanging on to items just in case you decide to start cooking, have a huge party, or invite your great-aunt over for dinner? It might be time to let go of a few things that are just taking up space.
Now that you've pared down your kitchen essentials, sort your items. Depending on the flow of your kitchen, you might want to sort them by frequency of use, seasonal décor, or special occasion items. Group similar items together, such as baking supplies, pots, pans, and utensils. This will make it easier to find what you need when cooking.
When everything is sorted, make your kitchen work for you. How much free counter space do you want? Consider placing the air fryer, pressure cooker, and toaster out of the way. Do you have high-frequency items that you want available? Put your cooking utensils within reach of the stove or set up a coffee station. Are there special occasion items that can be stored elsewhere? If you only use an item once a year, you may want to keep it in another location.
If you are having decision fatigue, take a break! It's ok to order pizza and finish the task tomorrow if it becomes overwhelming.
4. Use Storage Solutions
Invest in storage solutions such as drawer dividers, shelf risers, food storage containers, and cabinet organizers to maximize space and keep everything in its place. Use clear containers for pantry items to easily see what you have and keep things organized.
Here are a few of our favorite kitchen storage solutions -
5. Label Everything!
Labeling containers and drawers will make it easy to find what you need quickly and keep things organized. Use a label maker or printable labels for a uniform look. We love these labels for pantry organization!
6. Keep It Clean and Maintain
As always, the key to organization is maintenance! Once you have organized your kitchen, make sure to keep it clean and maintain the organization. Put things back where they belong after each use and do a quick declutter every few months to keep things in order.
No matter the size of your kitchen it can feel like the task is too big. Are you ready to organize your kitchen, pantry, or dining area but don't want to bite off more than you can chew? Let us help you! Our team of experts is ready to tackle your kitchen project! Contact us today!