It’s no secret that the kitchen is considered the ‘heart of the home”. Not only is it the place to cook and eat meals but it’s also a place where families like to gather to sit around for conversations, fun, and entertainment and so much more. Does your family like to congregate in the kitchen for so many of these reasons or just because?
Despite it all, we know that the kitchen’s main purpose is to prepare meals. There’s nothing like a good home-cooked meal, right?. Because the kitchen is such a central part of the home, I love having it organized to make it work for us, not the other way around. Having to look for utensils, cookware, or some other kitchen gadget (that’s no where to be found) while preparing meals is no fun at all. Having the kitchen organized helps us (me):
- to work faster and get more done.
- find kitchen things when I need them.
- keeps things neatly and orderly.
Whether your kitchen is large or small, it can be organized in such a way to make things functional so you can actually enjoy using the kitchen. In our previous home, our kitchen was super tiny but I was determined to have it organized. And it was. In fact, I was able to keep big appliances off the counter to avoid clutter and to create more space for prepping food. (I have tried to take photos of that kitchen but it just did not give off the best lighting). You’ve already seen how I organized the pantry. Can I add that it has been working really well? Catch the three steps to an organized pantry post here. And by the way, if you need some pretty labels to help you organize pantry food, you are welcome to download these free ones here.
Organizing the rest of the kitchen doesn’t require a perfect system but it requires a functional system. In other words, find the correct system that looks neat and does not require you to waste time looking for stuff. You can do in the following way:
- Using trays, small baskets, and drawer organizers to corral items. The drawers will have more space and they will look nicer too.
- Organizing all items by type – all cookware together, all utensils together, all drinking cups together, etc.
- Organizing items next to their related appliances – putting cooking utensils and pots and pans next to the stove, keeping all bakeware next to the oven, coffee mugs next to the coffee maker, etc. You’ll find it much easier, less time-consuming, and less frustrating than having to walk back and forth to retrieve stuff while you are in the kitchen.
I’m giving you a peek of how I organize some of the drawers and cabinets in our kitchen. It’s a very large kitchen so we have a ton of cabinets that are still unused. But having it organized in a functional way, makes things so much better. You’ll probably realize that I have not taken much photos of the counter tops. It’s because most of the large appliances are in the cabinets. Actually, the only appliance I keep on the counter is the Keurig. I wonder why!!
Note: Since I took these photos a few months ago, I’ve moved around some things, bought and added some other stuff like more colourful kids plates and bowls to the cupboards, more trays, along with a few other changes. As far as larger food storage bowls, those came in after the photos. I’ve created a space in the mugs and cups cabinet and moved the kids hot/cold bottles (in this photo) to the other side. The colander has taken their spot on the top shelf and the bigger storage bowls are kept on the middle shelf. I’ve also moved the kids craft things to the playroom so those cabinets are now currently empty, too. But the overall organization system, for the most part, is pretty much the same setup.
This drawer is right next to the pantry. All these dried snacks were for on the go – crackers, pretzels, veggie sticks, and cheerios. We love to eat fruit and raw veggies (A LOT) but there is always that time when we ran out of and need something to take with us on a quick outing or so. It helps having them already sorted out and kept in this drawer. When it’s all done, I’ll refill it with whatever snacks we have on hand.
What can I say other than that I function better when spaces are organized. I get too frazzled, not knowing what I’m about I feel like (we) I am working for the kitchen instead of making it work for us.
Want to organize your kitchen drawers and cabinets in a way that works for you? Here are some of my favorite tools to corral utensils and other items to get that kitchen organized.
Do you have some kind of organized kitchen system? Or are things all over the place and you are hoping to get to it? I’d love to know your thoughts!!
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