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How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets: 5 Simple Steps



The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we cook, prepare meals and entertain friends and family. But if you’re like most, your kitchen cabinets are probably a mess! They might be full of old dishes or mismatched plates that never quite fit the aesthetic, junk mail from two years ago, and all sorts of other clutter that makes it hard to find what you’re looking for when you need it.

In this post, we’ll cover 5 simple steps to help organize your kitchen cabinets, so they’re clean and easy to use. Even if you don’t have a lot of space in your home, these tips will help you make better use of every inch!

Empty and clean your cabinets.

  • Take everything out of the cabinets, including any tools you might have stored there.
  • Clean the shelves and drawers with a damp cloth to remove dirt or dust. If you find that your cabinet’s edges are dirty, use a scrubber to clean them (make sure they are dry before putting items back). You should also wipe down the inside and outside of the cabinets with soap and water, so they look fresh again!
  • Make sure nothing is expired or leaking before throwing it away if it is a liquid container like an oil bottle or vinegar bottle; otherwise, toss it into another container so as not to spread germs around your kitchen area unnecessarily!
  • Put new liners on all drawers, so things don’t slip around within their compartments.

Sort through each item.

After you’ve emptied the cabinets, the next step is to sort through each item. How? By category, function (e.g., “utensils”), and size. 

If you don’t know what to do with an item, ask yourself how often you use it and how important it is to your daily life (usefulness). You can also sort items by shape or season — for example, if your cabinets are already organized by category, try sorting everything into piles based on shape: bowls near bowls and plates near plates. Similarly, if your cabinets are already organized by purpose, try sorting everything into piles based on the season: soup tureens in winter and salad servers in summer.

Determine your storage needs.

Before you start, ensure you have a good idea of your storage needs. This step is crucial to making sure that you’re buying the right products and setting up your kitchen cabinets in the most efficient way. Here are some things to consider:

  • How much space do I have? Take measurements of your kitchen cabinets and other spaces where you want to store items like plates or pans. If possible, take measurements of adjacent areas like islands or desks where additional storage space could be available. You may find that this extra space can be used more efficiently than the cabinet itself!
  • What will I store in my cabinets? Decide what items need to be stored in each cabinet before shopping for organizing systems (think about how often these items are used). Knowing how much stuff each cabinet needs help narrow down which types of organizers will work best for each area.
Choose the best organizers for your needs.

You have a lot of options when it comes to organizing your kitchen cabinets. And that’s a good thing! You can choose from simple, basic organizers like paper towel holders and drawer organizers to more complicated solutions such as rolling carts or spice racks.

For example, if you have tons of spices and herbs that can’t be stored in the refrigerator or pantry, you might consider buying a spice rack (like this one) for your cabinet door. This way, you’ll always know where everything is and won’t have to search through drawers and baskets whenever you want to use an ingredient.

If there are certain items that tend to fall into their own categories (i.e., baking supplies), try grouping like items together in buckets, so they’re easy to find when needed—and remember: labeling things makes them even easier to locate!

Put everything back neatly.

Once you’ve purged, it’s time to put your kitchen back in order. Here are some dos and don’ts:

  • Do put things back in their original place. You’ll want to know where everything is, so if you’re not entirely sure where that spatula went after reorganizing, just stick it back on the same shelf or in the same drawer.
  • Don’t worry about keeping everything perfectly organized by size and type at this point; simply make sure all of your ingredients are grouped together (in other words, salt should be near pepper). This will help ensure that items aren’t lost and you can find what you need more easily when cooking meals for guests.

And that’s it! You now know how to organize your kitchen cabinets. We hope this article was helpful and you can use some of our tips in your home. It’s important to remember that when organizing space, the first step is always cleaning. Once everything has been removed from its original location, sorting through each item will help determine what needs returning where and what should be thrown away. After sorting through everything, deciding on storage needs will ensure things are put back neatly and help you avoid clutter moving forward. If you don’t have the time or willingness or feel defeated with the first step, reach out to us to Request a Quote! We’d love to discuss our cleaning services and help develop a plan for your home. 

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