Keeping your kitchen organized starts with your cabinets and how that space is utilized on the inside. How you use your space will determine if you need different cabinets or just new dishes for your kitchen. Here are some ideas to keep your kitchen in top shape as far as what to do with your existing cabinet space.
The best thing you can do is to get rid of things you don’t need or want in your cabinets. Look over everything and find out what doesn’t belong. If anything seems out of place put it somewhere else to make room for vital things in your kitchen.
Keep your most important and most used items within easy reach. If you have deep cabinets, only put things you use rarely towards the back or up high where they may be out of reach. Keep the essentials down low and up front for everyday use like your flatware, utensils, and everyday cooking pots and pans.
Consider what to put in your pantry. Dry goods are fantastic to put in your pantry but if you have an extra little shelf with no food on it you may want to put something else there to use the space that still belongs in your kitchen. Even something as simple as a cheese grater to fill in the space would be appropriate.
Organized clutter is the best way to describe what a kitchen cabinet should look like. Cabinets should be full of stuff but not items that are strewn about and just thrown in there for no reason. Cabinets exist to be filled with stuff but in a good way.
Spice racks and racks that help you fill up large spaces for small items are nice gadgets to have. Just make sure that you get something that is sturdy and will fit into your cabinet when you buy shelving that goes inside of a large open space. Modern cabinets may not have a wide open space like that and will likely have a designated or built in rack for small cans and spices.
If you like to be uber-organized and don’t like standing on your tip toes to see what’s in your cabinets, make labels to go on the edges of the shelves. Yes, they may seem tacky at first but if you make the labels well and they look good they will be an important asset to your kitchen.
Take an inventory of your items and make a list of them. This list is for the permanent items in your kitchen collection and not necessarily consumables. If you can see what you have down on paper or on your computer screen, it may make your organizing skills a bit better.
Utilize countertop storage without being too cluttered. Tins with flour and sugar, breadboxes, cookie jars, and toasters are all handy things to have on your counter and may save space in your cabinets. But your countertops are important tools to your food preparation in the kitchen and you want to keep them free and clear.
Find a good balance for your kitchen. You want your cabinets to be full but not bursting, cluttered but not disorganized, easy to use but not empty. Finding that balance will go a long way to how you use your space.
The last bit of advice is to have your kitchen the way you like it. You don’t have to put the pots and pans next to the oven if you don’t want to if you like things a certain way. Make the kitchen yours, even down to how you organize your cabinets.