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Organize Kitchen Cabinets for More Functional Space

How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets for a More FUNCTIONAL Space

Many of our customers ask us how to organize their cabinets after their remodel. Where to put their spices, dishes, pots, pans, utensils, pantry items…you name it! And we have spent a lot of time thinking of the most functional design with each customer’s layout and unique needs in mind!

Below are our TOP TIPS to organizing your kitchen according to your appliances for the best use of your space.

CLEAN Out the Clutter.

Before you start organizing, you need to take out everything that you are not using. This could include utensils for cooking that you may have had for 30 years and have never used! Or a pineapple corer, but you hate pineapples. Take an inventory of your items, and throw away the ones that need to be thrown and add a pile of items in good condition that you can donate or put in a garage sale.

Now that you have downsized you can start the organization process.

Organize Your Cabinets Around Your APPLIANCES

Storing your kitchen items in a way that makes it more convenient for you can help make your space more functional! We suggest that you store items surrounding your appliances so that when you’re in your kitchen, it makes sense.

  • Kitchen Sink– Store items that you use most when around the sink include a small trash can or compost bin for easy access for rinsing and chopping veggies and fruits, cutting boards and knives. It’s also good to have your cleaners under the sink for easy access, as well as kitchen towels nearby to clean up messes.
  • Dishwasher- Do you store your plates, cups and utensils in a cabinet far away from your dishwasher? Save yourself the extra trouble and start placing your everyday items in a cabinet or drawer right by your dishwasher.
  • Stove & Oven– It is most convenient to have storage of your pots and pans, baking sheets, cooking utensils and oven mitts nearby. This would also be an excellent area for your spices, whether you have a pull-out spice drawer or use an upper cabinet for storage.
  • Refrigerator- It is best to keep your fridge nearby a countertop so it’s easy to place any food on top. This is useful in everyday use and when hosting a party.

First bonus tip— we suggest having your pantry goods out of the way of your baking and cooking stations. This can help you have a better traffic flow by not interfering with others working in the same space.

Second bonus tip—if you are a Coffee or Tea drinker, consider having a drink station that has everything you need for your daily dose of caffeine. Your coffee maker, tea bags, sugar, cream, mugs, etc. You know what you like, so make space for your everyday items.

Third bonus tip—if you have a small kitchen or have limited storage, consider installing aftermarket pull-out drawers and drawer organizers. These will maximize your storage space so you can have easier access and better organization. Think about how many times you’ve had to sit on the floor to find your pots and pans, or a lid to your Tupperware—such a backache.

Create the RULES of your Kitchen

“A place for everything, everything in its place.”—Benjamin Franklin

Now that your kitchen is organized in a systematic way, it is time to get your family on board. Take them on a tour of your hard work and explain the new locations of your kitchen storage. For instance, “Our dishes are now stored above the dishwasher so you can easily put them away after they’re clean,” OR, “With our new coffee station, you have everything you need for a great cup of coffee in the morning.”

Getting everyone on board will be KEY to maintaining an organized kitchen. In time, you’ll get used to the new system and enjoy the benefits of a more functional storage space for your needs.

Happy Organizing!

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