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Kitchen Organisation Tips

The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of any home. It’s not only where meals get made but it’s also where conversations about life happen, where the kids inevitably end up doing homework, and where endless cups of tea (and glasses of wine) get poured for friends and family. Having a kitchen that is full of clutter and completely unorganised, can make the kitchen space feel dark and overwhelmed.

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Kitchen Organisation Tips

Whether you’re a domestic worker, a stay-at-home parent, or a singleton with your first kitchen, follow these easy-to-do simple steps on how to organise the kitchen, so that everything you need is at your fingertips.

From tools you can’t live without, to tips for storing pots, pans and food, read on to find out more about how to organise your kitchen.

Kitchen Organising Tools That You Can’t Live Without

Firstly, when you begin to tackle the cleaning up and decluttering of your kitchen, the key is to not bite off more than you can chew. Start with sections and complete one section before moving on to another. Aim to do your kitchen organising over a few days too, to avoid getting overwhelmed and giving up.

Here are our small kitchen organising ideas including some must have tools to get to:

Invest in storage baskets, bins, mason jars and Tupperware to keep items and food stuff neatly and safely stored away. These work really well in small pantries where space is limited but can also work for larger spaces and to keep things stored neatly on counters too.

  • Utensil holders are a great way to store your daily utensils in one jar that is neat and tidy too.

  • Consider investing in pot hangers, spice racks and any other organising tools you find to help make your drawers and cupboards less cluttered.

  • Drawer organisers are a must for your kitchen drawers to enable you to put all your cutlery and utensils in a drawer in an organised fashion.

Ways to Store You Pots and Pans

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When it comes to your pots and pans, if you aren’t lucky enough to have a specific drawer for pots and pans, you might want to consider these clever kitchen organisation tips for storing pots and pans.

  • If you’ve got an open wall, hang your pots and pans from a pot rail on the wall. Pot rails also work really well across a window if you have no space on a wall.

  • If you have a butcher block, consider installing a hanging pot rack from the ceiling above the block to hang your goods on. This makes a really beautiful décor focal point for your kitchen too.

  • If you’ve only got a small corner to work with, consider getting a vertical pot rack which really looks like a mini steel Christmas tree with racks of differing sizes for a variety of pot types.

For more pots and pans cleaning tips, read our blog on 10 tips from a professional pot washer now.

Tips for Storing Food

Food storage and the pantry can often be one of the most contentious spaces in the kitchen. Tins, jars, packets, and more packets of things opened and spilling all over the show is the reality for many in the food cupboards. Doing a good spring clean of your pantry cupboard and making sure you store your food well, can make a huge difference in the kitchen. Here are our top tips for storing food:

  • Decant your dry food items into glass mason jars or other airtight containers that are see-through. This will allow you to prevent insect infestation and also see what you have and what you need to stock up on.

  • Choose plastic bins or wicker baskets to store items that can’t be decanted, keeping the same types of items together in one basket for neat storage and easy access.

  • Tupperware is always a great storage option because when sealed, they can be neatly stacked on top of each other.

Tips for Reducing Clutter in the Kitchen

The key to reducing clutter in the kitchen is to make sure that everything has its place, and everything is kept in it. Here are a few other suggestions:

  • Keep clutter off the counters. You may be tempted to keep the items you use often, on the countertops but this can collect dust and grime and look messy. If you do want to keep utensils or goods on the counter, make sure they are stored in holders or mason jars for efficiency.

  • If you have ornaments and other trinkets you’d love to display, consider keeping them off the counters and rather putting them on shelving above the counters or in cabinets with glass doors for viewing.

  • For kitchen sink organisation tips, create boxes under the sink that are easy to wipe (plastic always works well), and that contain goods that you use together often. For example, a washing up box with dishwashing liquid, cloths and sponges in, or clothes washing box with detergents and soaps in etc.

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FAQs

1. What is the best way to organise a kitchen?

Tackle one cupboard at a time. Get rid of old food items and expired goods. Donate items you do not need. Create storage centres in your cupboards using jars, baskets and bins that can seal well.

2. How do I declutter my kitchen?

Create clever cupboards by making sure that you group items that are needed together. Food items in one or two cupboards or in a pantry. Keep plates together, glassware together etc. Consider hanging up pots and pans for additional storage space. Keep kitchen counters as free from clutter as possible to create an illusion of more space.

3. How can I keep my kitchen organised?

Keep items in clearly marked, see- through containers so that you can easily see what you have in your pantry cupboards and in terms of your cleaning and detergent items. If you regularly clean your cupboards, you are also more likely not to hoard expired or unusable items.

4. How do you decide where to put things in kitchen cabinets?

It’s all about function in a kitchen space. When considering what to put where in a kitchen, figure out what you do in which zones of the kitchen and what you need for each zone too. For example, in the coffee making zone, you’re going to want to have your kettle or coffee machine near you, as well as a cupboard with cups and mugs, as well as a drawer or container for teaspoons too. You don’t want to be criss-crossing the kitchen ten times to make one cup of coffee.

5. What are common kitchen mistakes?

Hoarding is a common mistake we make in kitchens, where we think we need to keep absolutely everything we’ve ever bought or received for the day we “might” need it. When it comes to the kitchen, minimalism is everything. Keep only what you absolutely need and what you use regularly in your cupboards.

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