A tidy, clean, and organised kitchen is a room that you will want to spend time in.
Clutter is bad for the soul. An untidy and disorganised area can affect your physical health by creating an environment for dust and mold. A cluttered and busy kitchen has even been found to encourage overeating. So, if you want to look after your health, you’ve got to look after the health of your kitchen too!
There are so many reasons to organise your kitchen – here are 29 clever ways for your to get your kitchen super organised today!
Ways to Organise Your Kitchen
Do a deep clean and get rid of things you don’t use
First thing’s first – you need a deep clean. This gives you the perfect foundation for getting stuck into some of the other ideas on this list. Dust and wipe out cupboards and drawers and get everything smelling fresh before you start organising.
While you’re doing your deep clean, donate or recycle things that you don’t use. This will open up valuable space for you to organise the things you do need. Who really needs a deep fryer or an electric tin opener anyway?!
Wash up regularly and put dishes away
When the dishes pile up, they can be hard to keep on top of. It makes the kitchen seem messier and can demotivate you from keeping it clean and tidy.
Piles of dirty dishes can also help to spread germs, so, to make sure your kitchen is hygienic, do your washing up as soon as you can after cooking and eating.
For those who don’t have to slave away over the sink, make sure you put stuff into the dishwasher as soon as you’ve used it, for the same reasons as above!
Just buy the food you need for the week
If you want to keep your cupboards, fridge and freezer from overflowing, don’t go crazy when you get your shopping. Just buy the food you need for the week instead of keeping a big stockpile of stuff that you might not use for months.
Planning your meals for the week can be really helpful to ensure that you just get the food you need to eat that week, and saves you wandering aimlessly around the supermarket.
Use what you have in stock before you go shopping
No one needs huge stockpiles of stuff lying around in the cupboard, taking up valuable space. Don’t buy more onions before you’ve used up what you already have.
This is also a great way to make sure that your food doesn’t go out of date before you’ve eaten it! Plan your daily meals to incorporate the things you already have.
Define your zones
A great way to keep your kitchen organised is to have designated zones. Keep food cupboards separate to those that you store your crockery in. Have areas designated for cooking and areas designated to storage and to washing up. If you can’t have your appliances tucked away, give those a specific zone, too, for example, your coffee machine.
Optimise your microwave space
If you’re short on space, why not double up and use your microwave as a shelf for microwave-safe appliances such as a toaster or toaster oven. Put down a rubber mat to keep the second appliance in place and to stop damage to either item.
If you have a small fridge, you could always store your microwave on top of the fridge.
Store less frequently used gadgets in cupboards
Okay, so you might actually use that deep fat fryer every now and again. But if you don’t use it that often, you definitely don’t need it to be sat out on the surface cluttering up your kitchen. Give it a home in a cupboard or pantry so that you only have it out when you’re actually using it.
Position items correctly
You certainly don’t want to be reaching past the fryer that you use once a week to get the crockery that you use every day. Ergonomics is key to an organised kitchen. Think about the things that you use more frequently and have those within easy reach. For example, store your baking stuff on a top shelf, and the things you use to cook every day in a place where you can access them easily.
Group similar items together
Try to come up with a kind of filing system for your stuff. Keep all your crockery together, and your cutlery. Put all your spices, sauces and condiments together, then all of your tinned stuff in the same place. Utensils should all live in the same place too. This means that you won’t be hunting around for the fish slice only to find it in the …fryer!
Hanging rack for pots and pans
If you’re short on cupboard space, why not try hanging your pots and pans? Installing hooks and racks on cupboards, walls, doors and under units is a superb space saver. And it also means that these items are in easy reach meaning that you’re sticking to piece of advice #8!
Stack pans and dishes biggest to smallest
If your pans and dishes are in the cupboard, ditch the haphazard pile and stack everything according to size. That is, pop the bigger pans and dishes at the bottom, and fit the others one inside the other, Russian doll style. You might find that you suddenly open up a whole lot of room in the place where you’d been dumping your pans.
Get pans with detachable handles
Pan handles are awkward and mean that you have less room to stack other things around it. Tefal do some awesome pans that have detachable handles. And their lids flex and lie flat too, making them really great for organising. (I can vouch for these because I have them in my own cupboard, and they really are a lifesaver!)
Pans aren’t the only things you can hang. Forget about bulky utensil holders or stands cluttering up valuable work surfaces – stick them on the wall or under units!
Mount a spice rack
Jars of spices can be fiddly and messy to have loose in drawers or cupboards. The best way to get them organised and tidied away is to mount a spice rack. You have several options here – you can put a spice rack on the inside of drawers or cupboards, or mounted on a wall or inside a pantry door.
Use drawer organisers and dividers
You probably already have a cutlery tray to organise your knives and forks. But why not extend that principle to other storage areas in your kitchen too? This could be useful for dividing different food areas or bigger drawers where you have a mixture of categories, such as plastic tubs and utensils.
Use an over the door organiser
An over the door organiser is the perfect place to store things like cleaning clothes, sponges or spare tea towels and oven gloves when you aren’t using them. They come in all shapes and sizes, so measure up your cupboards and see where you could fit one. Make sure you’ll still be able to close your cupboard door!
Use wire shelving and pull out units
You can get additional shelving, usually made of wire although sometimes plastic, to go inside your cupboards in order to maximise your space. So, you could have two shelves of cups on one of your fixed shelves.
Pull out units are a fantastic way to get the most out of corner cupboards and awkward spaces. Some even work on a carousel system to maximise room and make getting your stuff out even easier!
Use a lazy Susan
Speaking of carousels, a lazy Susan is a rotating tray – a kind of turntable – that is often used in the middle of tables for serving. You can also get storage versions, for example, you can have a lazy Susan specifically for herbs and spices, so you don’t have to dig around making a mess in the cupboard trying to find the thyme for that award winning roast chicken!
Use woven baskets on open shelves to avoid clutter
Open shelving can look really messy if you just stack stuff up on it. A great way of keeping things organised is to use some pretty baskets or boxes to put your items in. This can help you to up your décor game, too!
Store food in stackable containers
Lots of the time, shop-bought jars and containers don’t stack on top of one another, meaning that you can cause a landslide of couscous, pasta, flour, and all sorts when you open the cupboard. Stackable containers are not only pleasing on the eye, but they also help your storage areas stay nice and tidy
Label containers of food
Once you have your lovely, stackable containers, you’re going to want to know what’s actually in them. There’s no point having 12 neat tubs, all stacked up, for you to just have to tear open the lids before you find the cereal. So, put labels on them, and hey presto, problem solved!
Use a floating island
If you don’t have a huge amount of worksurface space, one alternative is a floating island which also doubles up as additional storage space. They come in all different shapes and sizes – just make sure you measure up the space where you’re planning to tuck it. You don’t want to turn your kitchen into an obstacle course!
“File” plastic storage tubs
We’ve all been there – opening the door to a mountain of plastic takeaway tubs and Tupperware to have it cascading down onto our heads and all over the floor. Make sure you have an order for stacking them, from the biggest to the smallest, so that they stay all neat and tidy.
Use beeswax wraps on bowls instead of plastic tubs
One alterative solution to the problem above is to cover your normal dishes and put them in the fridge. A few years ago, I would have told you to use clingfilm. But it’s not environmentally friendly. Now you can be super green and use reusable beeswax wraps instead – the best of both worlds!
Hang towels, aprons and oven gloves on the wall
Maybe, like me, you think the kitchen looks messy with oven gloves and towels draped over the oven door handle or cupboard handles. If so, don’t use up valuable storage space with towels and mitts – make good use of that wall space! If you don’t want to drill any holes in the wall, try finding an adhesive-backed towel rail.
Magnetic knife holders
Knives in drawers are disorganised and might result in you cutting your fingers trying to get them out. Knife blocks take up surface space, so if space is at a premium, you need a more efficient way of storing your knives. That’s where magnetic knife holders come in. They can be fastened to the wall, making sure your knives are within easy reach in a safe space.
Put a cork board inside the door to pin recipes and notes on
Keep any recipes and bits of paper out of drawers and off the worksurfaces. Tidy them up by installing a cork board on the inside of a door, or on the wall, so that your notes and recipes are to hand without them cluttering up critical storage or cooking space (remember your zones!)
Use a retractable book stand
If you have small counter tops, it can be awkward trying to cook with a recipe book spread out on the table. Retractable book stands keep your recipe book stood up so that they take up less space and give you more room to do your chef thing!
Have a regular review!
All of these ideas are great, but you’ll need to stay on top of them as it’s easy for kitchens to tip back towards chaos. Why not put a regular date in the diary to review what’s working and what’s not, making sure that you keep everything super organised and in its place.
If you implement even just a few of these ideas, you’ll start to understand the joys of having an organised kitchen! Even the tiniest of spaces can be areas of calm and order. You’ll be more likely to want to spend more time in your kitchen, meaning that you’re more likely to cook. And as we all know, cooking healthy food from scratch can have a positive impact on your physical health! So, get organising and take pleasure in your kitchen!