Taking the time to arrange your kitchen cabinets in a systematic fashion will make your life easier in the long run. We've made it simple with 10 steps to organizing your cabinets. Once you're done browsing our tips, try using these techniques in your home to save time, space and energy.
1.CLEAN THEM OUT
Have a fresh start by cleaning your kitchen cabinets. Remove all the items from your cabinets and drawers and arrange them on your kitchen counter. This will allow you to reach all the tricky surfaces with a sponge or microfiber cloth to get rid of any unwanted or expired items that have been hiding in the back.
Tip: You can make your own cleaner that works on metal, vinyl, plastic or wood cabinets by combining one part oil-cutting dish soap or laundry detergent with two parts water in a spray bottle.
2. HEAVY ITEMS ON BOTTOM SHELF
When organizing your dishes in your cabinets, group the larger, heavier items on the bottom. By positioning the big plates and bowls on the bottom shelf, you'll have an easier time taking them in and out of your cabinet.
Tip: Since glasses are lighter, they can be stored on a higher shelf that's still within reach. If you have glasses for special occasions such as wine glasses or champagne flutes, place them on a less frequented shelf since you don't need to access them as often.
3.STACK POTS AND PANS
Keep the large, uniquely shaped pots and pans out of the way by storing them in a bottom cabinet. Stack the pots and pans on one side of the space and the lids on the other. This will make them accessible and easy to find.
Tip: It's easy to accumulate pots and pans. When you clean out this cabinet, make sure you only keep the ones that you use. If you have multiples of the same size, consider donating them to a local shelter.
4.GROUP SIMILAR INGREDIENTS
To save time, group ingredients that are commonly used together in the same cabinet. This way when you are baking a recipe, you don't have to open every cabinet searching for similar ingredients such as flour, sugar and salt. This will make the clean up process easier as well.
Tip: Try using baskets or bins to store these items. When the ingredients are needed, simply pull out one basket and place it on the counter so everything is at eye level.
No one wants to start their day by accidentally pouring salt in their coffee. Prevent any potential mix up by labeling everything. To add a design element to your cupboard, use chalkboard stickers to label all of your containers.
Tip: Label your containers with expiration dates so you know when the item will go bad.
6.KEEP CLEANING SUPPLIES CLOSE
The kitchen becomes a messy place, no matter how careful you are. Store your cleaning supplies under the sink so they are out of the way yet easily accessible. When cleaning out this area, make sure to throw away any empty or expired bottle of cleaning solution.
Tip: Keep any extra rags or towels under the sink so you can wipe up a spill at moments notice.
These simple ideas will help you learn how to organize your kitchen cabinets with ease and make the time you spend in your kitchen more enjoyable. Remember, once your space is organized, it doesn't mean it will stay that way. Make sure you take the time to clean out your drawers and cabinets at least 1-2 times a year to start fresh.
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