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10 Tips for Organizing Kitchen Cabinets

Updated on September 15, 2019

If you want to keep your kitchen organized, you should start with your cabinets. A disorganized kitchen can make finding what you need difficult, to say the least. The tips in this article will help make everything more accessible and easy to find.

Keep items that you use most often near the bottom of your cabinet for ease of use.
Keep items that you use most often near the bottom of your cabinet for ease of use.

Get Rid of What You Don't Need

The first thing you want to do when organizing your kitchen cabinets is to get rid of everything you don't need. There are probably quite a few things taking up space in your cabinets that you can throw away. Be honest with yourself about which items you really want to keep.

The kitchen and home office are tied for second for the most cluttered room in the house behind the garage according to a Moen Research article.

Make Everything Easily Accessible

There shouldn't be any items in your kitchen cabinets that require you to move more than one thing to put them back. This will help you get what you need and put it back with minimal effort.

Group Similar Items Together

You also want to keep similar items in the same areas of your cabinets. This means putting all of your cups and classes in one spot, and all of your plates in another.

"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."

— A. A. Milne

Make Use of Awkward Spaces

If there is some awkward space in your kitchen cabinets, there are most likely numerous items that you can put in it. You shouldn't allow any surface area in your cabinets to go to waste.

Set Aside Space for Miscellaneous Items

It's a good idea to have a cabinet in your kitchen that is filled with miscellaneous items. A lot of people have junk drawers, but who's to say you can't have a cabinet for this purpose? It will give you a place to put the items that don't have anywhere else to go.

Items used the least should be near the top of cabinet.
Items used the least should be near the top of cabinet.

Use Containers

Make sure that you put certain items in clear plastic containers, so similar items stay grouped together. You will be able to see which items are in each container just by looking at them. These containers can be useful for things like tea and hot cocoa packets.

Use a Lazy Susan

A lazy susan can provide you with a convenient way to quickly access spices, condiments, vitamins and much more. It won't cost very much, and you will be glad you got one.

Keep Your Fine China on the Higher Shelves

If you have any fine china that you want to protect, make sure that you keep it on the higher shelves. You shouldn't keep it behind anything, as it should be very easy to access and put back whenever you want to use it.

"For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned."

— Benjamin Franklin

Take Pest Control Measures

If you want to keep roaches and other bugs out of your cabinets, you can purchase tablets to put in them. These tablets can help you keep your cabinets pest-free all year round. Just make sure to replace them every six months or so. It is especially important to do this with cabinets that contain food.

Use Stacking Shelves

Using stacking shelves in your kitchen cabinet can help you save a lot of space. These shelves are fairly inexpensive and can help you get the most out of the space you have in your cabinets.

Final Thoughts

When you are going about organizing your kitchen cabinets, remember to come up with a plan as to where you want everything beforehand. This will make the whole process much easier. Everything in your cabinets should have its place. Remember to put things in areas that just make sense. It can be easy to over think things, but just keep it as simple as possible. This will help you make your kitchen a more organized place overall.

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