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Kitchen Cabinet Organization

There are endless cabinet organization tips to give you ideas on how to improve the space inside drawers and cabinets. In this article we’ll provide practical ways you can store common kitchen items within your existing cabinet and pantry space. If you’re terrible at keeping cabinet clutter under control, this article will help you create a functional and orderly kitchen.

Put Important Items Closer To You

Labeled plastic containers In kitchen drawer

The first rule for organizing your kitchen cabinets is to start with a system that every home office is using. It makes sense that file cabinets use the alphabet system, so why doesn’t it make perfect sense to do this in your kitchen too? This is especially helpful for smaller items such as spices but will be perfect for baking and cooking ingredients likewise. If you don’t have a label maker yet, it certainly helps if you label everything.

Even if you don’t put things in alphabetical order, a label on the side of plastic or glass containers immediately tells you what’s inside. If you’ve seen that wall of boxes on the Mythbusters show, you’ll know it worked for them each and every time! Having access to the items you use more often is useful, but doesn’t tell you much more than that. It’s just essential and time-saving to store important items that are always within a hand’s reach. This way, you’ll have access to items that you always use instead of finding an item that you’ll use perhaps once a month.

Dedicate Cabinet Spaces For Everyone

Every kitchen should have a draw that’s meant for each member of your family. There should be one just for kids and another for Dad, and at least one cabinet that can be used for secret stashed items. All of your bigger appliances should always be placed on the lower levels so they won’t be back-breaking to reach or take out and use right away. This also works perfectly fine for slide-out drawers used for storing everyday items you’ll use often.

Don’t forget that kids do have a habit of getting into kitchen cabinets when they’re young so installing kid-safe cabinet locks is a must. If you want to keep secret cabinets secure, you can upgrade these spaces to include safety magnet locks or the old standard lock and key method.

Reduce Countertop Clutter

Your countertops are best meant to be as clear as possible so cooking and food preparation isn’t being sacrificed by appliances that take up valuable countertop space. This is why it’s a good idea to put select items that are better placed into a cabinet where they’re hidden away but can still be used at any time you like. If these appliances use electricity you’ll obviously need to install electric outlets inside cabinets to power them.

Blenders, coffee makers, toasters, and even microwave ovens can be hidden away in cabinets with slide-out drawers. If these items produce heat or steam, you might want to consider hidden vents so the cabinet itself will have adequate airflow. Using a simple kitchen vent fan and some flexible aluminum tubing, this can be routed into an overhead kitchen range vent.

Keep A Stepladder Stashed Nearby

A step ladder is always a good idea to have in your kitchen so you can reach stuff you can’t normally reach. Top shelves and hanging shelving are great for storing items you don’t use too often or just on special occasions, so a stepladder is perfect for this. You’ll need to dedicate a space to store your stepladder so it’s not in the way. The space inside a pantry or stashed into a wide cabinet closet is more practical since they’ll have dedicated storage space.

Use A Kitchen Grabber

Whatever you might call these gadgets they often have funny names such as kitchen grabbers, helping hand, reach extender, and even a trash picker-upper. It’s great for reaching select items that are in cabinets that don’t typically need a stepladder. They have a powerful grip to pull down cans of food, bottles, and anything it can grip onto. Just be sure to find a model with a good rubber grip that won’t let glass items slip when grabbing them.


Drawer Dividers For Accessories And Utensils

Utensils IN kitchen Drawer

Having basic organizing gadgets and spaces is fine until we get right into the heart of cabinet organization. Here are the essential tips that will transform your cabinets into a kitchen that maximizes the space you already have.

Space For Spices

A handy spice rack is essential for storing all of your favorite spices, but did you know that spice racks can be built into your cabinets and drawers? Slide-out drawers can be installed into existing cabinets and will maximize the space that would otherwise not enable you to stack your spices effectively. Inside slide-out drawers, spices can also be stored standing up, so the tops of these will need to be labeled.

It’s better to use a cabinet that allows you to pull out a slide-out drawer organizer if you use your spices very often. This is better when you install this close to where you prepare food next to a stovetop or food prep area.

Beverage Cabinets

Normally, the pantry is where all of your beverages go if you don’t have enough room in the fridge for chilled soft drinks. Having a separate beverage cabinet also gives immediate access to all of your favorite drinks that are separated into grouped categories. You only need about half a dozen of each so there’s plenty of choice within a collection of flavors. This also makes sense if you have kids who like juice boxes or snack-sized drinks.

If you don’t have kids, this is another great idea to set up a wet bar drink cabinet for those times when you want to prepare an adult beverage such as a martini or perhaps a margarita. The setup and design should reflect how to everything on shelves which separate everything that will help stack aluminum cans, bottles, juice boxes, and drink accessories.

Pamper Your Pantry Space

The best way for organizing pantry space is to have multi-level shelves that can be adjusted when you want to reorganize things from time to time. Premade shelves are fine but they don’t give you the option to set the spacing very often. It’s best to search for shelves that are adjustable so canned foods and storage goods will fit neatly on each shelf. The systems that work best are more like the ones you see at the grocery store.

These are hanging-style racks that sit on rails with slots, and allow you to set the height and add-on shelves as you need. These shelves are also lightweight and can hold heavy loads if you’re storing a lot of dry or preserved goods.

Be Smart With A Lazy Susan

What used to be a classic item you only saw at the Chinese restaurants is actually a great item to add for putting inside a cabinet. These spin on ball bearings and will fit nearly anything you place onto them. Spices, sauces, and seasoning aren’t the only things you can place onto a lazy Susan. Larger models allow for flavored oils, dried beans, canned goods, and baking goods.

There are partial lazy Susan designs that swing outward on a pivot, yet the best solution is to have a carousel design that fits within the entire space within a cabinet space. A carousel system also features many separate levels to stack whatever item you like onto these spinning shelves.

Baskets And Bin Boxes

With most items that you keep inside a cabinet, it’s sometimes easier to place smaller items inside bin boxes and baskets so they’re all in one easy-to-find container. When you have several flavor packets and instant-ready mix powders, a bin box is the best place to keep them. Baskets and bins are perfect for keeping cake decorations, sprinkles, and baking accessories. Bin boxes are great if they have locking lids for moisture-sensitive powders.

Another great reason to use bin boxes is to separate all of the odds and ends of your kitchen accessories that don’t fit into a standard drawer. Think about cookie cutters that are perfect for going into a box of basket whereas items like teabags can stack neatly into a covered bin box.


Label And Concentrate Similar Items Together

Labeled plastic containers In kitchen Cabinet

It’s not enough to have a storage system inside a cabinet or within a drawer unless you memorize where everything is going. Some storage items will actually need their own dedicated storage space too. And knowing for sure what’s inside plastic containers might be bothersome if you don’t know the difference between flour and baking powder. So here are some final thoughts and tips to make this organizing task a lot easier.

Update Your Packaging

Cereal boxes, baking ingredients, and anything that comes in a package is always a bad idea to store in your cabinet. Not only are these items all different sizes, but they also take up space with all of their conventional plastic or paper packages. By using plastic containers that are all the same size, you can empty the contents of each into their own separate container with a sealing top. Some of these containers can be vacuum sealed so contents stay fresher for longer.

These containers are great for storing breakfast cereal all the way through baking supplies like flour and many other milled powders. Not only does this help keep out bugs, but it also prevents them from migrating to other open packages that could cause you to throw out everything if you get an infestation. These plastic containers are also very easy to label so you can immediately see what’s inside the container right away.

Tupperware Storage

Tupperware is a universal plastic storage system that is perfect for putting leftovers and meals inside. You also need to organize the Tupperware that you already have which needs to have its own place inside your cabinets. Try stacking each container inside each other to reduce the amount of space they tend to take up. Just like a Russian Doll puzzle, each container stacks down and will save you precious space in return.

Relocate Lesser-used Items

Anything that you aren’t using on a regular daily basis, put into a cabinet that is used for once-a-month accessories. Keep them nice and neat and create a shelving system so they all fit into a space that all of these items can occupy. When you do need this item, it’ll be ready to use and then return back to its dedicated living space. This is another item that also works best when you store it with several other accessories you don’t use very often.

Using Risers And Glass Hangers

There are portable stacking systems that you can buy without adding any kind of extra shelves to your cabinets. Some of these sit inside your cabinet space while others are hanging from a cabinet shelf. These risers all give you extra space to stack things inside your cabinet a lot like a shelf would work, only on a smaller scale. You can also find similar hangers that are used for wine glasses and will free up confined space in a cupboard that has a lot of glasses inside.

Make A Filing System For Cutting Boards

It’s not uncommon to have just a single cutting board in your kitchen, so you could have several different sizes depending on what you’re preparing. A spare bin box works great to stack all of your cutting boards, baking sheets, and oven trays. These can be placed inside a large cabinet where this box will fit and keep all of these flat items filed together in a single container. If they’re small enough, they can also be placed into a larger slide-out drawer.

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