The kitchen is where families spend a great deal of time together, and it makes sense that it should be one of the most organized rooms in the house, since we use it so often. Unfortunately, because so much goes on in this one room, there is often a lot of stuff in it that needs to be organized, and it can get overwhelming without some great kitchen organizing ideas!
The first thing that you want to think about when organizing your kitchen is what actually goes on in there. Food preparation is pretty much a given, but do you write out bills in the kitchen? Do your kids do their homework in the kitchen? Thinking about what goes on in a room will help you determine what systems to have in place and how to organize them more effectively.
Kitchen Office Area
One of the big things that goes on in my kitchen, beside cooking and eating food, is office work. This is pretty much the area where I write my blog posts and work on the back end of my site, as well as keep all of our household bills and other papers.
My friend Lisa over at Organize 365 recommends that you set aside one area of your kitchen to work on those office type tasks that belong to every family. Running a household is very much like running a business, and you need a place to keep all of your bills, kids’ school papers, coupons, and the like organized.
I have one cabinet in my kitchen dedicated to office-type things, like coupons, envelopes, staplers, etc. I also keep some of my most-used cookbooks in this cupboard, and our vitamins and medicines.
The vitamins and medicines are stored on the very top shelf, out of reach of our children. I used Sterilite Small Ultra Baskets (affiliate link) to contain all of the bottles, which has made finding things so much easier…you just slide a basket out instead of digging through rows of bottles.
Another idea that I got from Lisa is the idea of a Sunday Basket, which has really made my life so much easier. Basically, whenever a piece of paper comes into my house that is something I need to deal with, I put it in this basket. Then one night a week, usually a Sunday night before we go back to work and school, I go through the basket and deal with all the permission slips, order forms, bills, etc. for the week. Head over to Organize 365 to learn more about the Sunday Basket. (affiliate link)
In my kitchen, I do not have a pantry, so I must find room in my cabinets to store food. The good news is…I have a few big, roomy corner cabinets. Bad news is…I have a few, big, roomy corner cabinets.
Trying to organize one of these corner cabinets is SO difficult, because you can’t put things in nice, orderly rows, and you are forever digging through your food supplies to get to the things in the back…they were always a mess, and I was never able to organize them until I learned another good trick from Organize 365.
Using an 18-Inch Non-Skid Cabinet Turntable (affiliate link) was the answer to my prayers! Now when I’m cooking dinner or packing school lunches, it is so easy to find things…I just turn the shelf!
According to Lisa, most corner cabinets will accommodate an 18-inch turntable, but you should measure your cabinet to make sure. Getting them into the cabinet itself is a bit of a pain, because you have to take out the inside shelf so that you can get the turntable in, but the short inconvenience is totally worth it!
Organizing Kitchen Tools
Organizing silverware and other cooking utensils is as easy as buying a drawer organizer and filling it in. I recently bought the Totally Bamboo Expandable Utility Drawer Organizer (affiliate link) and love it. This one slides in and out to fit the exact dimensions of your drawer, so there is no sliding around every time you open and close the drawer.
The one other annoying thing about my kitchen was the one lone cabinet in which I had to store my pots and pans. There was no shelf in this cabinet, so everything was pretty much piled on top of one another, and getting a pan from the bottom of the pile was inconvenient and noisy (lots of crashing going on!).
The best $10 I ever spent was on this Rubbermaid Pan Organizer Rack (affiliate link) from Amazon. It’s pretty heavy-duty and study, holds my pans without falling over and makes it easy to slide them in and out of the cabinet. It’s so funny how something so simple can make such a big difference in your life.
When you have a well-organized kitchen, not only do you save time and money not looking for or buying extra things that you already have, but you have such a peace of mind too…all those little annoyances, like fighting with a big pile of pots and pans…makes your life so much easier.
This is part 5 of the How to Organize Your Home series. Other posts in the series:
How to Organize Your Home
Tips to Make Your Organizing Easier
Removing and Organizing Clutter
Bedroom Organizing Ideas
Pantry Organizing Tools
How to Organize Family Room
How to Declutter and Organize the Bathroom
Organizing Family Photos
Organizing Tips for Kids