Organise Your Kitchen Cabinet in 5 Minutes

This five-minute guide is meant to inspire and give you ideas that provide the best organisation system for your kitchen.

Updated on January 25, 2018 16:01 pm

Tina Gleisner

When things get hectic, you might fall back on organising kitchen cabinets using the...out of sight, out of mind approach? It might work for a while but over time, you’ll spend more time searching for the missing pot lid or spice you need. And then one day, you’ll have an avalanche when you open a cabinet door, and realise there has to be a better way.

Organising kitchen cabinets isn’t hard, but it does take some planning. You want to group things based on how you use them, and make the best use of the space you’ve got. If you spend a lot of time on food preparation, you want to organise around that activity, but if you use a lot of frozen meals that you pop into the microwave, that calls for a different approach to organising.

This five-minute guide is meant to inspire, to give you ideas that provide the best organisation system for your kitchen.

1. Start on a clean slate.

Starting fresh with empty cabinets makes organising a lot simpler. Before you plan where anything should go, pull out all your pots and pans, cutlery, and dishes, and don’t forget to empty the junk drawer. Consider how much time you have to complete this project—you might want to do utensils one day, pots and pans another day, and so forth.

This is the perfect time to clean the cabinets, inside and out. You might also think about shelf liners which can protect your cabinets and dishes.

2. Start with frequently used items.

You probably group similar items already, but breaking that down a bit further helps you find the best cabinet for storing them. Some items, such as your favourite pot or pan, find their way into your daily routine more often than others. These things should be easier to grab and put away.

Grouping frequently used items helps you keep cabinets and drawers clutter-free. For example, we all have lots of glasses–some we use every day, and other glasses we only use for special occasions. Rather than store all the glasses together, you want to store the special glasses behind everyday ones, or on another (higher and harder to reach) shelf or in a separate cabinet. By making it easier to reach items you use frequently, you save time and are more likely to put things away quickly.


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3. The big decisions: What goes where

There’s a bit of logic that applies to choosing the best cabinet. Some people prefer storing dishes and flatware near the dishwasher and that might be a great approach for things you use every day because you’ll save time putting them away. People who spend hours in the kitchen baking and cooking also need easy access to the dishwasher. Either way, let your lifestyle guide how you organise your kitchen.

Storing glasses near the fridge makes sense in homes where someone is always getting a drink. Cooking utensils in a drawer and pots and pans in a cabinet near the stove means everything is within easy reach when you’re cooking. Dishes might go in a cabinet near the sink, or close to the kitchen table.

4. Get more mileage from your cabinet space.

Cabinets, especially base cabinets, are usually big on space, but short on efficiency. If your old storage style left you with cookie sheets, mixing bowls and storage containers stacked up, you’re probably familiar with unused space above the stacks.

Well-made cabinet organisers can make storage a lot neater and easier to use. Skip the wimpy plastic organisers, and opt for something sturdier, such as metal racks with slide-out sections or inserts that let you store cookie sheets on edge. Sliding shelves mean less kneeling and reaching to grab what you want from the back of a cabinet, and vertical inserts keep each cookie sheet handy. A rack mounted on the back of cabinet doors capitalises on unused space for storing pot lids.

Even if your cabinets are relatively tidy, you can probably still improve on what you’ve got. Think about convenience every step of the way. Store items where you’ll use them most, and consider relocating things that you only use once in a while.

The best systems are those that make life easier, and aren’t difficult to maintain. This is why your personal style is so important when organising kitchen cabinets. Whether you cook three meals a day or only once in a while, organised cabinets help make one of the busiest rooms in the house also one of the tidiest.

What tips can you share for organising kitchen cabinets?

Article originally published in GalTime. Edited and posted with permission.


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