199-tupperwareFiguring out where you should put items in your kitchen can be a big chore. But, keeping an organized kitchen will help you from feeling overwhelmed daily; and once you tackle the hurdle of finding places to put everything, it won’t seem like a chore anymore.

The Basics

Below are a few tips to keep in mind when organizing your space:

Frequently-used items – Group similar items together and close to the area where they’ll be used. Keep baking pieces close to where you do the food preparation. Utensils should be in a drawer near the prep area. Silverware should be stored in the small drawers close to the dishwasher or sink. Glassware is easiest near the sink or the refrigerator, and dishes can go directly over or near the dishwasher or drying rack for a quick cleanup and storage.

Tupperware tips – Tupperware is a really big pain in the rear end. Lids fly all over, and opening the cabinet can be scary for fear the Tupperware will fly out and attack you. Try storing the lids in a separate container, above the counter space you use to put leftovers away.

Cookbooks – Storing cookbooks in non-prime real estate areas will help with the wasted cabinet space above the refrigerator. If you do not have a pantry, you will have to use some of your cabinets.  Here is a tip: take the doors off the cabinets on top of the refrigerator to have easy access to cookbooks.

Cooking ingredients – Store the ingredients in top cabinets just above your work station for easy access, and group them together as well. Use clear containers to store items such as seasoning packets or items that come in bulky boxes that are individually wrapped. Using a lazy Susan will help with storing oils, vinegars and cooking ingredients for easy access in any cabinet space.

Appliances – In the bottom cabinets, store all appliances together below the main working area. If you use the appliance every day, consider putting it on your countertop.

Cooking items – To maximize space, store pans on their sides. Pots should be stored nesting together and lids vertically. Mixing bowls and cutting boards should be stored as close to the drying rack or dishwasher as possible in bottom cabinets.

Cleaning supplies – Cleaning supplies should never be in top cabinets, in case they leak or spill. Usually putting them under the sink will help with filling up that awkward cabinet that nothing ever fits properly in.

The last thing, but certainly not the least, I suggest is to make a separate coffee and tea station with sugar, coffee mugs, etc. This allows for you to not have to run across the kitchen to get anything you need for your daily cup of coffee or tea.

If you have tips you find helpful regarding kitchen organization, share them in the comments below.

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