Effectively organizing (or in most cases reorganizing) your kitchen pretty much starts and ends with your cabinets. If you’ve been busy and haven’t had time to check what you’ve got in your pantry or on your shelves, then prepare yourself to find a ton of expired products; jars of blackcurrant jelly from the time you wanted to make a marble cake, packets of flour from 2012; you get it. Chuck them out. Get rid of all the things taking up unnecessary space and donate the products you’ll never use (if they haven’t expired yet).
A Little Pre-Planning
Whether your kitchen is large or small, you have a walk-in pantry or a just a few shelves, you can still make the most of the space that you have. Check out some design magazines or websites for inspiration. If you have the luxury of more room and your storage space is visible, you could think about adding decorative baskets and arranging them nicely on the shelves, or hanging wicker baskets from the walls. If baskets aren’t your thing, then invest in some decorative storage tins, instead of just plastic containers.
If you keep all your produce out of sight, but you want to give your kitchen a makeover, you could invest in some luxury wooden cabinets, with intelligent storage organization inside. If your kitchen is lightly painted and spacious, think about choosing some beautiful dark cabinets that will really create contrast. But when you’re working with a small space, you might want to try lighter wood, or even lighter materials.
Time to Get Organized
There’s no hard-and-fast rule for everyone, as one woman’s system may not work for another, so group items together that make sense to you. You might want to keep all your baking goods and condiments in one place, for example, or separate items by sweet and savory. If you don’t have much space to work with, then try to keep the items that you use the most at the front and things like juicers that you may only use in summer, at the back.
Stackable Organizers and Mason Jars
Stacking organizers are great ways of making the most of the space on your shelves, by creating multi-layers. A great tip for using these is to build them high towards the back and gradually lower as you get to the front, like in a theater, so you can see the contents on everything. Mason jars are good for storing dry foods, like flour and cereal, and keeping them fresh. You can easily see what’s inside, thanks to their transparency and they look better than plastic bins.
You can even select the glass colors to fit in with the scheme of your kitchen and pick colorful covers. If your goods are out of sight and you prefer plastic containers, make sure that they are clear so you can easily see what’s inside and if you can find rectangular shaped ones they will be easier to store. Use labels so you write down or any particular cooking instructions.
Keep it Clean
Now that you’ve made all that effort to free up space and organize your kitchen, keep it clean. Enlist the help of your partner or other family members. Let them know where things go so that it doesn’t get disorganized and chaotic again and make sure all containers are wiped down before putting them away so you don’t start getting spills and stains on your nice, clean, organized storage system.