How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

Everybody agrees that having neat and organized kitchen cabinets is a must. Items that are used regularly should be kept in the overhead cabinets located right above the kitchen counters. Larger, heavier items such as pots and pans should be kept in the lower cabinets. Here are some ideas to get you ready to organize your kitchen cabinets.

Think about different activities that take place in the kitchen and write them down in columns. Your list might include:

Now you're ready for the next step.

  1. Fill in each column. Write down what items you use to perform each activity.
  2. For example, under "food preparation" you would write pots and pans, mixing bowls, etc. List all the different ingredients you have in the cupboard under "food preparation." Keep on doing this until you have thought of everything that you use in the kitchen [source: Home Organize It].
  3. Place the items you use most frequently in the cabinets right above the counters.
  4. Place the items you use less frequently in less accessible places, including cabinets over the refrigerator and at the very back of deep corner cabinets.
  5. Separate the most frequently used items into two groups: dinnerware, glasses, cups, serving pieces, etc. in one group and cooking utensils in another.
  6. Place the dinnerware in the cabinets above the counter closest to the eating area.
  7. Place the cooking utensils in cabinets near your stove [source: Good Housekeeping].
  8. Place food items in the other cabinets above the counters. You can keep this area organized by placing smaller items in an extra baking tray [source: Martha Stewart].
  9. Place sink racks and cleaning products in the cabinet under the sink. Be sure to install hooks under the sink so you can hang as many items as possible [source: Martha Stewart].

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