The task of kitchen cabinet organization can be a tough one to crack. Your kitchen cabinets represent a substantial amount of storage for food, utensils, pots, pans, plates, and various other small appliances.
Unfortunately, your kitchen cabinets can also become a quick solution for storing other items and various miscellany that may not belong in there. That, along with a lazy attitude towards keeping things neat and tidy can make your cabinets a total disaster before long.
You don’t need to live with this mess. You can take very simple steps towards organizing your kitchen cabinets to make them look and function a whole lot more effectively. But while your favorite custom cabinetry company can give you the storage you need, they won’t come over to rearrange it all.
1. Declutter Everything
It all starts here. Clear out everything that you no longer need, no longer want, and is no longer fresh. Take a good long look in each of your cabinets and make some decisions about what you want to keep and what needs to go.
You can be sure there are some expired food items hiding in the back of your shelves, those are gone. How about some of those gadgets and household helpers that you just couldn’t live without, yet haven’t left the cabinet since you first got them? Get rid of those too.
2. Maximize Your Space
Don’t let negative, empty space keep your cabinets from being as functional as possible. Identify where those awkward unused spaces are located and find ways to utilize them in a bid to maximize the storage capacity of your cabinetry.
Maybe you can place a small rack in that area or put in a lazy-susan to make those hard to reach spaces a lot more accessible and functional for the things you use most often.
3. Turn to Your Cabinet Doors
This unused space extends to the back of your cabinet doors. Think of all that unused real estate that can be all the more functional with some creativity and a few smartly placed hooks. Depending on the size of your doors, you can hang everything from pot covers to knives to cutting boards or additional storage racks for small items like sponges, soap, or dishwasher pods.
4. Make Your Pantry More Functional
You’ve already thrown out the expired and spoiled foodstuffs in the pantry. Now you want to be sure you have plenty of space for the newer and fresher items that you are going to place inside. While you can maximize the space with racks and lazy-susans, it’s also important that you group your food items side-by-side so that everything in there is actually organized.
Place your pasta with your pasta sauce jars. Put your bread crumbs with your cooking oil. Group desserts and snacks next to each other so all the guilty pleasure and junk food are easy to find.
5. Updated Inventory
Sometimes it can get easy to lose track of the foods you do have and how much of them are still usable for the next time you need them. Put up a little chart to give you an “at-a-glance” inventory of the foods that are in your cabinets, the best by or use by dates of each, and how long you can keep them in the pantry before they need to be moved to a refrigerator or freezer.