blog-2-september-organized-kitchen-cupboardsIf there is a kitchen organizing secret, it would be…Get rid of things you don’t use. Dishes, containers and gadgets multiply and take up valuable space in kitchen cabinets and drawers. Eliminate items you don’t use and the organizing job becomes a piece of cake!

Begin the project by removing everything from kitchen cabinets and sorting items into piles: HOT/WARM/COLD. COLD items are things you don’t use, don’t know how to operate or don’t recognize. They may be broken, discolored, rusty or stained. You don’t want them but, someone else might. Donate! HOT items are the tools you use every day and occasional use serving dishes and storage containers fall into the WARM category.

As you survey the row of empty cabinets and kitchen counter and table covered with things you want, use and need, you are ready to create an efficient kitchen organizing system. Use the most accessible shelves for everyday dishes and glassware. That means shelves at a comfortable height and located near the dishwasher and sink so you don’t have to move far to put things away. Heavy pots, pans and casserole dishes belong on lower shelves near the stove.

This is the time to consider using innovative storage systems like roll-out drawers, plate stackers and cup/mug carousels, to increase storage space and keep often-used items close at hand. It’s all about saving energy and making it easy to put things away. When you store “like with like” it makes it easier for everyone who uses your kitchen to find and replace items.

Utilize hidden spaces. The back of the shelf and almost inaccessible recesses in the corner cabinets can be put to better use. Check out your favorite storage solutions store and think outside the box. There are roll-out wire baskets, stacking shelf units, hooks, hangers and other storage options that are inexpensive and easy to install. They make every inch of your kitchen cabinets useful and accessible.

Every drawer is a junk drawer without an organizing system. Organizing containers come in all shapes and sizes and turn “junk drawers” into efficient spaces where utensils are easy-to-see and easy-to-reach. Some containers have lids and provide safe storage for sharp objects; others are layered to increase available storage space. To save time and money, measure drawers, cabinets and items to be stored before you go shopping.

These organizing rules work for all areas of your home… Only keep the items you use or wear, store “like with like” and keep frequently used items easily accessible. Remember the old saying… a place for everything and everything in its place.