How to organise your kitchen
Do you find that you’ve got too much “stuff” in your kitchen and feel like it’s overflowing? It can be frustrating when you want to find something that you need quickly and don’t know where to start. Maybe you find putting the shopping away is difficult as there’s no room. You can organise your kitchen in such a way that it’s easy to find things and you don’t have any clutter- let’s take a look at how to do it.
Why is it important to organise your kitchen?
You know where things are-
You don’t have to scrabble around looking for that favourite pie dish when you want it, or those wine glasses for Christmas. You also won’t find yourself scrabbling around for spices in the back of the cupboard, only to find they’re 10 years past their best before date.
You know what you have-
When you’re shopping, you’ll already know what you’ve got in your cupboards so you won’t duplicate ( who really needs 10 tins of beans?). Check out my tips for a smoother shopping experience here.
You can keep items in convienient places-
As an example I keep herbs and spices above the hob in a cupboard that’s built around the extractor fan ( and use the top of the extractor unit as a shelf) as that’s where I want them to be when I’m cooking.
It’s easier to clean-
When you organise your work area, everything has a place so it’s easier to clean- only have your frequently used items on the worksurface.
So how can you organise your kitchen?
The first thing to do is work out how you use your kitchen.Where do you do most of your meal prep? Keep your chopping boards near there. Work out where you want the kettle ( we Brits like our tea!) and keep teabags and teaspoons there. Also-
Keep frequently used items to hand-
There’s no point using your space in a way that makes it look tidy if it’s not efficient. You don’t want to be hauling items out the cupboard every time you want the cheese grater if you use it every day.
Put rarely-used items away-
The inverse is true as well. Keep appliances you rarely use off the worktop and out of sight in any spare cupboard space, or if that’s not available, a different room. I have a spiraliser and a coffee maker that are used infrequently so I store them off the worktop and in a cupboard.
Keep heavy items in easy reach-
I am lucky enough to have pan drawers in my kitchen and tray drawers underneath the oven which are great for roasting trays etc. If you don’t, then there’s a variety of different ways to store them- these pan stackers are useful if cupboard space is tight. Another idea is to use plate stands or magazine holders on their side, and slide the trays into these.
Use the inside of cupboard doors for extra storage-
You can use this extra space for stacking smaller items like aluminium foil, or clingfilm/Saran Wrap. Another idea is to use adhesive hooks and keep keys on them so you always know where they are.
Double your storage space-
Lazy Susans or cabinet risers are great for doubling the space on shelves as you get to use all that empty space above your items. And pantry drawers are a great idea if you have them, they’re a fantastic use of space in a small footprint, as shown below-
Keep items in logical places, and also store them together; your tins in one place, cereals in another and so on. This will help you know where to go when you’re putting a meal together.
Sort through infrequently used items-
With infrequently used items, such as platters for Christmas or sentimental items then keep them on your highest shelves or on top of cupboards. If they’re pretty items you could re-purpose and display them ( such as heirloom items from a relative). If you really don’t use them often enough and feel they’re just taking up space then give them away, for example to a charity shop to someone who might use/need them more.
Let the kids take responsibility-
Have a low cupboard that you dedicate just to the kids’ stuff eg plastic plates or china depending on their age. Then they know where their things are, and just perhaps might be able to get their own drink sometimes…
I hope these tips help you to organise your kitchen the way you want it. Check back soon for more!