Your Guide to an Organized Kitchen

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home — it’s where friends and family gather, the coffee is brewed, and the treats come hot out of the oven. But keeping it organized and clutter-free? That’s no easy task.

But we can help! Check out our list of smart kitchen organizing hacks and clean your way to your dream kitchen in no time.

Empty it out. This might sound slightly drastic and time-consuming, but it really is best to clear out your cupboards, cabinets and pantry before you get started. This way you’ll have a clean slate to organize however you see fit.

Start fresh. Now that you’ve put all your kitchen goods aside, it’s time to put in some elbow grease and really get things clean. Wipe out cabinets, clean grease off the stove, scrub down the fridge — really get in those nooks and crannies. You’ll thank yourself later!

Declutter. We’ve all got those kitchen gadgets, platters or utensils that we just never use (and probably never will). Take time now to get rid of the unnecessary clutter instead of shoving it back into a cupboard where it’ll go forgotten for years to come.

Invest in organizers. Drawer dividers, shelf organizers and lid racks will all come in handy when it comes to keeping your cabinets in good shape. Plus it’ll help you avoid digging around for that one dish or Tupperware lid over and over again — convenient!

Group similar items. Sounds obvious, but it’s key to keeping your kitchen organized long term. Before you start putting things back where they belong, be mindful of how you categorize them and designate your shelf space for specific categories of kitchen goods — Tupperware, serving platters, daily dishes, etc.

Designate a cooking zone. To make cooking more convenient, be smart about where you keep your cookware. Store pots, pans and baking dishes in the cabinets around the stove and put your most used spoons and cooking tools in a nearby drawer or a counter-top utensil holder.

Get clever. When it comes to your kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to follow the “out of sight, out of mind” rule. Get creative with where you put your kitchen goods — hang pots and pans on the wall, display your favorite dishes in a hutch or on a corner counter spot, hang towels over the oven handle, etc.

Be mindful of open cabinets. If you’ve got display cabinets, you’ll want to keep those as clutter-free as possible. They’re a good spot to show off your fine dishes or unique trinkets, but if you must utilize the storage space, consider stashing items in trendy, woven baskets to add to the curb appeal of your kitchen.

Go for design. Try to create a stylish and cohesive and/or color coded design in your space. It’ll help things look less cluttered and quickly become one of your favorite rooms to show off. Win-win!

Keep it clean. Bottom line, you’ve got to keep organizing your kitchen at the top of your weekly chore list to truly achieve a full-time, clutter-free space. But the up side? It’ll only take 10 to 15 minutes a week to keep on top of it — much better than taking a full day every few months!

No matter how you use your kitchen or how often, it’s impossible to keep it in order all of the time. But take a day to tackle this list and you’ll be one step closer to keeping it organized and functional for the long haul. You’ve got this!

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