A great example of a drawer with no plan. Why did these items end up together? Should they all remain in this drawer?

A great example of a drawer with no plan. Why did these items end up together? Should they all remain in this drawer?

Is your kitchen out of control?  Is the lack of an organization system driving you crazy but you don’t know where to start?  Try these 4 Steps to Reorganize Your Kitchen and spend more time cooking and less time looking for things!

1. Have a plan

Many times, gadgets and utensils are where they are simply because that’s where they ended up over time. Take a few minutes to visualize the time you spend in your kitchen, the items you frequently use, how you use them, and what you like to have most accessible. Then, use this as your guide to assigning spaces for your items to live.

 

2. Consider the chef

Who uses the different parts of the kitchen matters when you’re deciding where items should be stored. If your spouse does all the baking but is shorter than you, don’t put all the baking on the top shelves. If you’re the one cooking dinner each night and are left-handed, make sure those cooking utensils are in the drawer to the left of the stove.

 

3. Store items near where they are used

Are your mugs near your coffee maker? Is the silverware easy to get to at dinner time? Do you have to walk all the way across the kitchen to get your cooking spices? Solve these daily frustrations by places items near where they are used. This will not only make them easier to access when you need them, but having zones will help other family members learn where things should be put away (and hopefully inspire them to do just that).

 

4. Reconsider specialty appliances

Ice cream makers, frozen yogurt makers, French presses, cake carriers, and chafing dishes can certainly all come in handy. But, do they have to? Specialty appliances take up a great deal of room in a kitchen, it’s important that they are pulling their weight. Often times, these items are bought but then hardly used either because their function is so singular or because they are difficult to wash and ultimately not worth the hassle. Be ruthless with this category. If you love it and use it, then keep it. If you can live without it, let it go.

 

Happy organizing!

Stephanie