Tips for Kitchen Organization
The New Year is almost here, and there’s nothing quite like an organization refresh to kick off your resolutions! Today, we’re talking all things kitchen storage, and we’ve pulled together a list of our top tips to help you upgrade your space in time for 2019. Once you’ve got these in place, all you’ll need to complete it is a few great recipes (and a few guests to entertain!).
Are your countertops covered with everything from spice jars to appliances and coffee grounds? Then your first step is to invest in a tray for the kitchen. It’s an often underused organization tool that can make all the difference in creating a clutter-free kitchen atmosphere. Simply collect your miscellaneous items (think olive oil, salt and pepper, herbs, or coffee fixings), and place them in the tray of your choice. Your counter will feel instantly simplified and you’ll have so much more room to devote to actually using your kitchen to its fullest potential.
Hang Pots & Pans
Another great organization tip – especially if you’re running out of cabinet space – is to go vertical with your pots and pans. By using a wall-mounted rack or a hanging fixture to showcase your beautiful collection, you’re not only using it to create visual interest in the space, but also to serve as a highly functional way to access your cooking necessities. No more crouching down and reaching into the back of a dark cabinet to find your frying pan. Simply look up, and voila! You’re ready to do some cooking.
Mount Knives and Utensils
Similar to hanging your pots and pans, you can have a major space-saving impact on your kitchen by mounting your knives or utensils. Instead of taking up precious counter space with a hefty knife block or a bulky utensil crock, use your backsplash and wall areas to store your cooking tools instead.
If you’ve ever been guilty of piling a set of dishes too high just to fit it in a cabinet, then you’re not alone. But, there is an easy organization solution: invest in some dishware dividers to make storage a snap. From drawer dividers for plate storage to sturdy shelves that allow you to fill your cabinets strategically, having these on hand will make your life a million times easier (and finding those salad plates will be a cinch).
Clear Containers / Labels
If you’re tired of sifting through boxes, jars, and cans thrown every which way about your pantry, we recommend opting for clear storage containers to up your organization game. Glass or plastic – that is entirely up to you – but being able to actually see your food will make the process of cooking and making a grocery list so much quicker. Plus, by using the same clear containers throughout your entire pantry, it’ll help to streamline the overall look, and your space will feel intentional and as neat as can be. Don’t forget to use labels, too – you can record not only the item inside, but also the expiration date as a reminder of when it needs to be replaced.
Sometimes, shelves just don’t cut it. They’re great for certain things, but if you have the ability to swap them out for drawers in your cabinets (especially for your lower cabinets), then you’ll definitely want to consider doing so. Drawers make organization a snap and you won’t have to worry any more about reaching your arm aimlessly towards the back of a cabinet, hoping to find the precise item you’re looking for. All it takes is a bit of DIY installation knowledge, and you’ve got what feels like a brand new kitchen.
Finally, we can’t forget about that pesky junk drawer (or any drawer, really). As much as we’d all like to think differently, there’s always a miscellaneous drawer in the kitchen for all the odds and ends (think rubber bands, scissors, pens, and pads of paper). To make your drawer as user-friendly as possible, though, you definitely want to invest in some drawer separators. Having everything grouped together by type will make things infinitely easier to find, and you’ll be much more likely to stay organized as time goes on.
2019 means a new year, a new you, and a newly organized kitchen. Add a few of these tricks to your home, and you’re sure to be cooking without stress in no time. Cheers to the new year!