Note: This post contains affiliate links. That means I may receive a very small commission, at no cost to you, if you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase. For more information, click here.
When we updated our kitchen, we also organized all our cabinets. Everything had to come out of the cabinets to paint them, so we took the time to declutter before putting the kitchen back together. It was worth a little extra time and money to get the kitchen cabinets and kitchen drawers organized.
Step-by-Step Kitchen Cabinet Organization:
1. Remove everything from all the kitchen cabinets.
I’ve found that the best way to declutter is to completely empty the space. With everything out of the cabinets, you can see what all you have.
2. Get rid of everything you no longer use.
Separate everything into keep, donate, and trash groups. Have a trash bag handy, and toss all the stuff that needs to be trashed. Put the donate items in boxes or bags. Once all the items have been gone through, put the boxes/bags of items to donate in the car to drop off next time you’re out running errands.
3. Sort through the “keep” items and divide them into groups.
It’s easiest to keep things organized when like items are grouped together – glassware, dishes, appliances, etc.
4. Pair groups with cabinets and decide how to organize each cabinet.
Move things around until you find a layout that will be easy to use. This means finding the right cabinet space for a specific group of items, and arranging those items within the cabinet space. For example, decide which cabinet would be best to keep the glassware, and then how best to arrange the glassware in that cabinet.
5. Purchase cabinet organizers for your items.
I bought a few cabinet organizers to help make a better use of space and keep things tidy.
6. Put cabinet organizers and items in cabinets.
Install the organizers in the appropriate cabinets and organize your items.
7. Always put items back in their designated places.
This is key to keeping the kitchen cabinets organized!
In our new kitchen we have less cabinet space than we did at our old house, but we built a walk-in pantry in our new home, so we store some things in there. I considered our kitchen design and decided on cabinet usage based on the layout and if Gavin could get into it. Gavin can only get into the bottom cabinets, so they have to hold items he can mess with or have a child safety lock on them. Our basic design is lower cabinets hold cookware and plasticware, while our upper cabinets hold dishes and glassware.
In some of the bottom cabinets, I installed cabinet organizers. The cookware organizer is great. It helps our pots, pans, and lids fit easily in a small cabinet space. In the same cabinet, I installed dividers to help keep cutting boards organized. In another bottom cabinet, I installed two cabinet baskets to make getting to items easier.
The upper cabinets mainly hold dishes and glassware, and they are placed in the cabinets without using any cabinet organizers. We keep our frequently used dishes and glassware closest to the refrigerator, and our rarely used dishes and glassware further away from the large appliances and food prep areas.
I did hang our measuring cups and spoons on the inside of the upper cabinet to the left of our stove. This was the most handy space, plus I keep spices and mixing bowls in this cabinet. For our measuring spoon storage, I used a small board that was cut to the width of our cabinet door. I measured the inside of the cabinet, marked the board with a pencil, and cut it so I had two pieces to hang inside the cabinet. I painted the boards with the same white paint I used on the cabinets. To mark the measuring sizes, I created a stencil on our Silhouette Cameo and used a black Sharpie to write on the painted boards. I spaced the hooks to allow enough room for the cups and spoons to hang without overlapping.
It’s so wonderful to have all the kitchen cabinets and drawers organized… and it looks good!