Organizing Your Kitchen

by Natalie Conrad | 10 Comments
Organizing Your Kitchen

Okay, so the move got the best of me. As you see, I did not continue to blog as I thought I would. I had my computer die, purchased a new one with Windows 7 and Outlook 2010. Man, the platform and software changes are just enough to drive one crazy! And in the middle of moving! Oh well, I’m all settled in now and my new home is beautiful.

I mentioned that I would talk next about organizing your kitchen. When you are moving into a new place, setting up the kitchen the right way can help you for years to come. Of course, nothing fits the way it did in your old kitchen but looking on the bright side this enables you to rethink how you use your kitchen every day. In this post, you’ll see some of photos of my own kitchen.

Let’s start at the kitchen sink, shall we?
In most homes the dishwasher is located somewhere nearby. I start in this area because we tend to use the sink and dishwasher daily. The upper cabinets closest to this area should be where you put your drinking glasses, coffee mugs, travel mugs, and the like. Your everyday dishes need to be stored in the cabinets near the dishwasher – this makes unloading the dishwasher more convenient. The countertop near the sink is also a good location for your coffeemaker. If there are small drawers nearby, your dishtowels can be housed there since you use them in conjunction with the sink and dishwasher. Your silverware drawer should also be near the dishwasher for ease of unloading. Having a drawer organizer for the silverware is not optional!

Near the stove and oven:

In the drawers closest to these appliances, have your potholders, trivets, and cooking utensils. If you are short on drawer space, you can put your cooking utensils in a crock on your counter or hang them nearby. In the upper cabinets in this area, have your oils, spices, and seasonings. You can also use a drawer for spices and seasonings or a spice organizer of some type. In the remaining cabinetry located here keep your pots and pans, strainers, and casseroles dishes. Think about the way you cook. What do you most often need at hand? Make sure you have room for it nearby.

Tips for remaining cabinets and the pantry:
Create zones in the remaining cabinetry. For example, house all your baking tools, bowls, and pans together. Have all your snacks on the same shelf, your canned goods together. For your plastic ware (and lids) that you use for food storage, keep it together in one large plastic bin that you can easily pull out and access. In the highest cabinet shelves and above the refrigerator, store less used items and holiday dishes.

 

Comment on this post, and I’ll send you my “SOUP” recipe for re-organizing the kitchen you have already set up!

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  1. That does look like it would be a beautiful kitchen from what I can see so far! Happy Moving In!
    Thanks for linking this up to my Organizing Mission Monday link party!

  2. cheryl says:

    Just moved in last week and this article is a GOD send!

  3. Thank you Cheryl! Having moved lat summer (and on the hottest day of the year) I am glad it helps someone else.

  4. CAS says:

    You have some very helpful ideas & just looking at your Categories list, there is much to be learned here. I’m an organization “junkie” & just really enjoy reading lots of different ideas. We are planning a move in the next few months & will have a whole new house to organize & set up. Can’t wait.
    CAS

  5. Good luck on your move and be sure to subscribe to the rss feed for this blog so you can check back often! Let me know if you need any other moving pointers. I was a “military brat” so moving is in my blood!

  6. As I read this, I am waiting for the contractor to come and replace some of my kitchen cupboards and reface the others. I’m looking forward to re-organizing things after the work is done, and I’ll keep your suggestions in mind.

  7. How exciting Janet! I love it when a makeover you’ve been planning finally comes to fruition. Send me some before and afters – I’d love to see the transformation!

  8. Lona Smith says:

    Can you make this work in a kitchen with almost zero cabinetry? Right now it’s looking like my daily use dishes will be stored in a very deep drawer…

  9. Drawers are doable! Ikea has some great plate organizers for drawers. Canned goods, laid on their sides, work well in drawers too.

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