13 Smart Ways To Organise And Tidy Up Your Kitchen

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There is never enough space in the kitchen. Whether you have a huge space or a small pantry, you will always find it difficult to adapt. If you’re reading this, you’re probably struggling to keep your kitchen tidy and end up with a rather messy kitchen. Well, having a kitchen straight out of a magazine cover can be tricky, but it’s certainly not impossible. To help you, here are some tips for organizing your kitchen and making it the gourmet haven you’ve always dreamed of. But remember that maintaining a kitchen requires ongoing effort, so be sure to follow these tips regularly and revisit them when it’s time to straighten out your kitchen.

Here are 13 tips for having a well-organized kitchen

1. Declutter

If there’s clutter everywhere – drawer, countertop, shelves, refrigerator – start decluttering right away. Go through all the edibles first and discard any that are past their expiration date. If possible, label products that are approaching the expiration date and consider using them before and disposing of them after the date. Throw away all those tools and devices you bought out of sheer excitement but never got to use.

2. The essentials first

Keep all daily use tools and foods like spices separate, but within easy reach of your workstation for easy access. You’ll save time and rush through your drawers looking for them every time. Likewise, put the foods you use frequently in the front of your cupboard and let others wait their time in the back until you decide to use them.

3. Label everything

First, store all perishable foods in clear containers so you always know when to restock them. And, like many cereals, spice powders, etc. look alike, label the containers so you don’t make mistakes when cooking quickly.

(Also read: 4 storage jars and containers that will help you better organize your kitchen)

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Label all your kitchen containers
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4. Divide and regroup

The age-old method of “divide and group” has helped many in maintaining a well-organized kitchen. Start by separating the different types of kitchen items, then group each type and store them together. Mark a designated area for each type of item in the kitchen and always stick to it. All knives and cutlery go in one place, all flours should be kept separate, have a separate place for all spices, etc. You’ll know what’s where like the back of your hand.

5. Invest in spice racks

Not only do spice racks help free up cabinet and drawer space, they also make spices more accessible while cooking. Invest in a nice spice rack (which isn’t exactly expensive) and designate a separate spot for your neatly stacked spices in one place. Here are some great spice racks you can buy online.

6. Use the walls

While your drawers are crowded, the walls are empty. So mount whatever you can and want on the walls using command hooks for pots and strainers, floating shelves for condiments, magnetic knife holders, and shelves for pots and small appliances.

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Mount hooks on the walls to hack kitchen items
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7. Get drawer organizers

The internet is full of cool drawer organization tools that you’ll be spoiled for choice. You can get plastic inserts for drawers, wooden dividers, and portable drawers for larger cabinets. These tools help compartmentalize your cabinets and keep small things in their place.

8. Opt for vertical storage

Consider this, you have all the space from floor to roof, but not from wall to wall. Use an entire wall up to the roof to store your kitchen essentials. Split tall cabinets in half, use shelf risers, or even a pegboard wall, which has multiple holes to hang all kinds of kitchen utensils. Another trick that works is to stack your pans in descending order of size. A smaller pan should fit in the base of a larger pan and so on. And then place all the pan lids in the same way but upside down on the highest pan.

9. Hang a painting

Let’s admit that the mental notes fade from memory as soon as we leave the kitchen. Having a chalkboard in the kitchen will allow you to jot down immediately and remember what to buy next for your kitchen.

10. Sliding drawers for victory

Most modular kitchens today have pull-out drawers for storing various kitchen items. If you still don’t, you know what to do. These drawers offer so much space that your life in the kitchen will be much easier. And if you already have one, try adding a rolling cart – a large container storage rack that can be placed anywhere, even in the gap between the refrigerator and the wall.

(Also read: 6 underrated kitchen utensils to boost your efficiency)

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Sliding drawers provide plenty of storage
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11. Use corner shelves

Yes, you have just realized that the corners of your kitchen are vacant and ready to be used for storage. Get some eye-catching wooden shelves for those corners and keep your cups, pots, glasses, anything on them.

12. Hang Side Storage Shelves on the Fridge

Seriously, these racks are a godsend if you know how to use them. Simply hang these wired racks on the side of the refrigerator and you can free up at least one cabinet in your kitchen.

13. Be creative

Use your creativity to make more space in the kitchen. Here are some ideas to get you started. If you don’t use your turntable very much for baking cakes, use it instead to store small jars of condiments. Use your spare cooling racks to hold a tablecloth or cleaning supplies. Remember to also use the space under the rack.

The kitchen is the cornerstone of a home. Keep it clean and enjoy all your time there.

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