Let’s talk about kitchens for a minute. How organized is yours? The kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in the home and most people find that it’s easy for clutter and dirt to build up. If you want to have the best chance of keeping your kitchen clean, you also need to learn to keep it organized.
Are you sick of constantly needing to clean out your fridge? Is your pantry an absolute mess? Is food piling up in places that are hard to reach? You’re not alone. It’s so easy for your kitchen to become cluttered and dirty. The more clutter you have, the more difficult it will be to keep it clean.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to prevent this from happening, and also to get it clean when it does. The key to de-cluttering your kitchen is to think both in terms of organization and convenience. We’re going to give you some great tips here, but don’t let this limit you. Keep in mind that you can get as creative as you want when it comes to finding your own methods of organizing your kitchen. Let our ideas be a jumping off point for you.
Here are ten great ways to organize your kitchen:
- Use containers to store items in your fridge. Do you get frustrated when you have to pull the week’s leftovers out just to find the milk? Fortunately, there’s an easy solution! Use containers or small storage bins to keep your refrigerator organized. Designate the containers to certain types of foods, such as beverages, fresh produce, cheese and yogurt, and leftovers. When you’re looking for an item, all you will need to do is pull out the right container.
- Label spices, seasonings, and baking supplies. Consider using jars to store your spices, seasonings, and baking supplies. Create labels so that you know what’s in each of the jars. This way, you will no longer need to worry about accidentally using cayenne pepper instead of garlic or salt instead of sugar when you’re cooking or baking.
- Use over-the-door organizers. If you have a closet in or near your kitchen, an over-the-door organizer can be used to store almost anything. Over the door organizers can be used to store your peanut butter, seasonings, oils, and cooking spray. You can also use it to store unopened bottles of pancake syrup, ketchup, mustard, and salad dressings. A cabinet door organizer can be used to store some of these same items or you can use it to store your measuring spoons and cups.
- Keep your junk drawer organized with containers. To make sure that your junk drawer is less full of “junk,” use containers to keep things organized. You can use one container for pens, another for rubber bands, and so on. It will make finding what you need so much less stressful!
- Store your cooking utensils near the stove. You can use a pencil holder, a jar, or even an old coffee mug to keep your cooking utensils organized. You will want to store any spoons, spatulas, and any other utensils that you use while cooking. Keep them near your stove so that you can easily find them when you need them.
- Put oils and sauces on a liner. When you store oil, honey, vanilla extract and other sauces in your cabinets, they can drip and get in the cupboards. You can prevent the mess by placing a disposable liner underneath. You can also use cupcake liners for smaller bottles and old plastic lids (such as the lid from an ice cream container). When it’s dirty, just toss it out, since it’s disposable anyway.
- Hang your broom and mop inside the pantry. Instead of just placing the broom and mop inside the pantry to get knocked over or fall to the floor, consider hanging it or mounting it inside. It will be up off the floor and handy whenever you need it.
- Use space-saving, see-through containers. This will allow you to see exactly what you’re looking for when you open the fridge or pantry. No more digging around in everything and making a mess to see what things are.
- Use tension rods to build sections. You can also use tension rods to section off different parts of your kitchen cabinets or pantry. You can create hidden paper towel storage, make an extra shelf for spices, or hang cleaning bottles from it.
- Use a Lazy Susan. These work great in pantries, cabinets and fridges to help you make the most of the space. It’s also great for “dead space” like the corners of your shelves and other spaces that are difficult to use for anything else.
These are just ten great ways to organize your kitchen. Following these tips will help keep your kitchen less cluttered. Do you have any tips you want to add to our list?