Kitchen Cabinet Organizational Tip #1: The Great Purge
If you’re like most people, you have a difficult time organizing your kitchen cabinets. One reason is your kitchen is over-cluttered with way too much stuff. It’s filled with gadgets, pots, pans, bowls, Tupperware, utensils, and a million and one other things keeping the area way too cluttered and disorganized.
Some people fail to realize that they have certain items in their kitchens in duplicate, triplicate, or even quadruplicate. How does this happen? Well, the kitchen gets so cluttered that you cannot find what you’re looking for very easily so you assume that you do not have it.
As an example, let’s say you plan to make hamburgers for dinner for your family. You look through the kitchen cabinets to find your favorite serving plate and it’s nowhere in sight. You automatically assume that somebody lost, broke, or accidentally threw out the old one so you replace it with a new one. Meanwhile, if you dug a little deeper you would’ve found it buried at the bottom of one of your kitchen cabinets under the pots and pans.
This scenario happens more often than you’d think. So when you look around your kitchen, or the kitchen in just about any American home, you’ll see that many people have duplicates or more of average and every day utensils and appliances that they use often.
So, take time to empty out each and every one of your kitchen cabinets and lay everything out on the kitchen table, the floor, or another flat and easily visible surface. At this time, you are to pick up each and every one of your items and organize them into categories. Put all of your utensils in the same place. Put all of your plates in one place, and all of your glasses in a another. Follow this method for every item that you pull out of your cabinets.
Now that everything is organized into categories, physically look over and pick up each one of your items. If you have 40 small plates as an example, and you typically only use 10 of them, get rid of the additional 30 unneeded and unused extras. Save your favorite 10 small plates and donate the rest to your favorite charity.
Take the time to do this and remove items in each one of your categories. Once this is complete, you’ll see a major difference. You’ll have much less to put back in your kitchen cabinets even though you still have everything that you need.
Kitchen Cabinet Organizational Tip #2: Accessibility Is the Key to Kitchen Cabinet Happiness
Everybody has certain items that they use in their kitchen on a regular or even daily basis. And there are also items in your kitchen that you hardly ever use, but you still keep them because you may need these items a handful of times each year. So it definitely makes sense to have them on hand for those particular moments when they will be needed the most.
As far as putting your stuff back into your cabinets goes, it’s time to organize them with accessibility in mind. This is a lot easier than it sounds. Ultimately, you’d be wise to place the items you barely use in the back of your cabinets because keeping them toward the front of your cabinets will only put them in the way.
Instead, put your least used items in the back of your cabinets. Then begin putting the items you use a semi-regularly in the middle of your cabinets. And finally, put the items you use most often in the front of your cabinets for easy accessibility.
By organizing your kitchen cabinets this way, you are creating an efficient system to quickly and easily gain access to the kitchen accessories you use most often without any difficulty or unnecessary obstacles in your path.