Five days ago, 2016 ended and we entered a brand new year – 2017. A new year often comes with resolutions and a common resolution among homeowners is to get more organized. For some people, reorganizing is an easy feat, but for others it can be hard to know where to get started and how to finish once they’ve started organizing a room. At Savvy Home Supply, kitchens are one of our areas of expertise, so we’ve collected 10 tips on how to get your kitchen organized for the new year.
1. Store Items In Your Cabinets Based On Use
One of the best places to start organizing are your cabinets because they are often the most cluttered part of a kitchen and they can seem the most daunting to declutter. After pulling everything out of your cabinets and washing or wiping down your kitchenware, begin reorganizing your kitchen storage areas by placing the kitchenware you most often use on the lower, easier to reach shelves. Keep the higher shelves open for the dishes and other kitchen ware that are used less often or only for special occasions.
2. Group and Store Kitchenware by Functionality
When reorganizing your kitchen, functionality should be your number one focus. Group all of your pots and pans together and store them around the oven. Keep all of your silverware and cutlery organized in a drawer close to the cabinets you store your dishes in. Store coffee cups, coffee filters, sugar, and any other condiments used to make coffee close to the coffee maker. It will be easier to stay organized when the functionality of your cabinets makes sense.
3. Use All the Space Your Kitchen Has to Offer
Storage solutions don’t just reside in cabinets and on shelves, so think outside the box when reorganizing your kitchen. The area beneath your cabinets holds a lot of opportunity. You can install track lighting under your cabinets to keep your countertops well lit. An even more innovative way to utilize the space under your cabinets is to install a towel rack which has multiple purposes. You can use it traditionally to store towels or buy “S” hooks to hang coffee cups or measuring cups above your countertops.
4. Kitchen Knives on the Wall
Clear up a drawer and organize your kitchen knives at the same time with a magnetic knife rack. Easy to install and extremely affordable, magnetic knife racks show off your cutlery collection, make them easily accessible while cooking, and gives you the opportunity to use the free drawer for other storage solutions.
5. Bring Closet Storage To Your Kitchen Pantry
Certain storage solutions can be multipurpose and one of the most versatile storage solutions you can buy are over the door, clear pocket, shoe organizers. Buy a new shoe organizer and store it over the door to your pantry. You can store spice packets, snacks, and other small compact pantry items in the separated pockets. This storage solution virtually eliminates searching for pantry items that are hard to neatly store and also allows young children to start learning organizational skills at an early age.
6. Gather Small Condiments Together for Easy Use
Even if your cabinets are organized, having to reach into the back of a cabinet for a bottle of honey or jar of seasoning can make you feel like they are still cluttered. This is due to the tendency to store small items in small cabinets where there isn’t a lot of space to move items around to access ones further in the back. An easy solution for this clutter dilemma is to store all small, often used condiments on a tray that can be pulled from a cabinet and set on a counter top to access jars and bottles, reorganize them, and clean the tray. Another solution is to install a corner cabinet Lazy Susan for added storage and easy access.
7. Organize Pot Lids and Trays Upright
Pot lids are one of the biggest pains when it comes to kitchen organization because they are hard to stack on top of each other and take up so much space. The easiest solution is to buy an upright organizer that sits in a kitchen cabinet and allows you to store trays and pot lids on their sides in the same way dishes sit in a dishwasher.
8. Keep Items Under the Sink in a Tray, Too
The same organizational method used for small condiments in cabinets above your countertops can be applied to the bottles and other items normally kept under the kitchen sink. Buy a tray to hold spray bottles, sponges, scrubbing brushes, and soap bottles and reduce clutter. You can also install hooks on the cabinet door below the sink to hang dish towels and rubber gloves from. If you don’t want to buy a new tray for these storage purposes, you can always use an old baking tray to keep items organized.
9. Get Creative When You Store Glasses
Glasses can be a big issue when it comes to storage and consolidating space, so getting creative is necessary when you’re reorganizing. Set up one row of glasses to where the glasses are upside down then place a flat tray on top of the glasses. This opens up another surface to store more glasses on, so the are stacked but don’t risk getting stuck together.
10. Take Spices Out of the Cabinets
Spices are essential in cooking and if you’re an avid cook then it’s a sure bet that you have a lot of spices in your kitchen. Keeping all of those spice jars in a cabinet is an easy way to take up a lot of space inefficiently. There are a lot of storage options for spices that remove them from the cabinets and keep them organized at the same time. One way to do this is to buy small, flat containers and attach magnetic paper to the bottoms of them. Fill these containers with your spices and stick them to the side for fridge for easy accessibility and use. Another option is to install a hanging basket under a cabinet and keep your spices there. Both options free up cabinet space and organize your kitchen.
These tips are a good place to start when it comes time to reorganize your kitchen in the new year. Our partner, Rev-A-Shelf, offers plenty of the storage solutions we’ve mentioned above as well as many other organization options to declutter your kitchen and make it a space that is easier to use and more enjoyable to cook in. If you’re interested in renovating or remodeling your kitchen before organizing it, call Savvy Home Supply at 502-882-2952 and speak to one of our kitchen experts today.