Simple Ideas to Organize Your
by: Lesley Dietschy
The kitchen is often known as the heart of
the home. It is the place where we gather to eat, cook,
entertain, and spend time with friends and family. As a result,
the kitchen can become one of the most difficult rooms to
organize and keep clean. Try some of these tips and time savers
to organize your kitchen and simplify your
Clean your countertops and remove any item or appliance you do
not use at least once a week.
Keep cookbooks to a minimum and store away the ones you don’t
use on a regular basis.
Store pots and pans in a cabinet beneath or next to the stove
for easy access.
Place baking sheets, cake pans, pizza pans, etc. in a cabinet
beneath or next to the oven. You can use a rack to help arrange
baking sheets by size and those used most
Consider suspending pots and pans on a wall or from a ceiling
mounted rack to maximize cabinet and storage
Store microwave safe containers in a cabinet near the
microwave. Arrange containers by size and stack one inside of
the other if possible. Throw away plastic containers that are
no longer used.
Store each item so that it is easily handy and
Group canned goods together and stack so that their labels can
easily be seen. Discard canned goods and jars that have passed
their expiration dates or are more than a year
Place pasta, cereal, rice, and other dried foods in labeled
plastic storage containers.
Store gravy packets, seasoning packets, etc. in a small, clear
plastic tub for easy access.
Line up boxes with their 'spines' facing front (like library
If possible, store the most often used items at eye
Choose a lower shelf for paper storage and place all napkins,
towels and plates together.
Store heavy items, such as boxes of soda and juice, on the
floor or on a lower shelf.
If you have extra wall space, consider hanging up storage
hooks, a hand vacuum, a bulletin board or other helpful
Purchase handy space saving products such as stacking
containers, caddies to store foil and wax paper, and sturdy
baskets for onions, garlic and potatoes.
If you have school-age children, create a snack shelf of
Designate certain shelves in your refrigerator for specific
items. For example, use your top shelf for beverages, your
bottom shelf for leftovers, place produce in its drawer, and
place condiments in the door of the
Delegate one day of the week to tossing out old foods. Consider
cleaning out your refrigerator on the same day you go to the
grocery store. Since you will be adding new items in your
refrigerator it is a great time to toss out old food to make
Organize spices on a spice rack and place the ones used most
often in the front row.
If you have a shallow drawer near your stove, consider laying
all of your small spice jars in there. Place them label side up
so it is easy to view them all at once.
Most dried spices lose their flavor in six months. Discard any
spices that are older than six months or you no longer use. To
keep track of the freshness of spices, write the purchase date
or throw away date on the bottle with a black
Consider recycling products to help organize your kitchen. You
can label shoe boxes and use them to store items such as cookie
cutters, candles, appliance accessories, etc. You can also use
checkbook boxes to store items such as matches, batteries, and
Square containers take up less space and fit more efficiently
on shelves than round ones.
Place hooks inside a cabinet door to hang cooking utensils on.
This will help to clear drawer space.
If you have school age kids or someone who carries their lunch
to work, create an area in your kitchen for lunch-making. Stock
it with lunch boxes and/or brown bags, plastic wraps/bags,
thermos, quarters and small containers.
Utilize bins and baskets to keep “like items”
Store trash bags near or in the bottom of trash can for easy
By using some or all of these tips, you can
be well on your way to a more organized
Dietschy is a freelance writer and the
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