3 Kitchen Organizing Steps You’ll Absolutely Love
In Michigan spring has been known to be more akin to a bonus winter, but this year the season is quickly making itself known. Pretty soon, we’ll be spending most of our time outdoors and the cold will have been long forgotten. Before the warm, fun times begin in earnest, it’s the perfect time to spring clean your kitchen. Let’s face it, no one wants to spend their summer indoors organizing. So we’ve put together 3 straightforward steps you can start right now to better organize your kitchen.
1. Declutter Your Cabinets and Drawers
If your kitchen is clear of clutter, it’s easier to be productive and is more enjoyable for making meals. There are almost always items living in your kitchen that don’t need to be there. We recommend taking an inventory of everything in your kitchen once or twice a year to discover what you actually need. We’re talking the rarely used tea set, the bread maker still in its box, or the 5 sets of measuring cups you’ve collected over the years. Anything that you don’t use regularly shouldn’t be taking up valuable real estate in your cabinets. You’ll be surprised how motivating it is to be in your kitchen when it’s decluttered and nicely organized.
Once you’ve figured out what you don’t need in your kitchen, move any seasonal items into other storage areas—basement, attic, guest room closet. Investing in some clear plastic tubs to store those seldom-used pieces will make them easier to find when you do need them. If you find that you’re not using certain items at all, consider donating them to a community organization or second-hand store.
2. Give Each Space a Purpose
Another important element to keeping your kitchen organized is to provide each space a purpose that makes sense for your lifestyle. For example, if you have children, consider dedicating a cabinet and/or fridge drawer to them. Start with their day-to-day needs; bottles, sippy cups, and lunch boxes, as well as quick, on-the-go snacks for when you’re in a hurry. If counter space is an issue, a custom-cut drawer knife block is a great solution to keep your knives sharp, safe and organized. Lastly, a spice drawer can be the perfect solution for short jars that take up lots of surface space and very little vertical.
3. Create Flow & Efficiency With Your Layout
When going for maximum organization, location is key to getting it right. An efficient kitchen keeps the distance between your main workstations as short as possible (you can get your daily 10,000 steps in somewhere else). Think about where your plates, bowls, and glasses are stored. Are they in close proximity to the sink and dishwasher or are you running all over the kitchen just to put dishes away? When you’re cooking at the stove, your spatulas and oven mitts should be easily accessible. No one likes a burnt meal because you couldn’t find your mitt in time.
Spring is the perfect time to start organizing. Even if you’re waiting for your future kitchen remodel, start doing the work to organize now; you’d be surprised how helpful it can be when planning out your new, dream kitchen.