Small Kitchen Reveal + Organization Tips
You may have heard the popular saying, “A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen.” Wellllll…..I think this phrase is a bit misunderstood. Yes, messy is good when you’re in the heat of cooking Thanksgiving dinner with a house full of loved ones. But on the average day, a messy kitchen is a no go. For me, outer order equals inner peace, especially in the heart of the home: the kitchen. Creating an organized space is simple with these quick tips. I’m super thankful for Neat Method and The Container Store for helping me clean and organize my space, as well as implement these improvements to one of our favorite places in our home.
Sharing all my newly learned and loved tips below!
10 of the Best Kitchen Organization Tips
1. Get rid of things you never use (this means food, too!). Seventeen spatulas? See ya. Lemon zest peeler? Whadda ya think I am, a sous chef? Less things means less dishes to do. And there’s no need to clutter drawers with things just for them to get dusty.
2. Maximize your space. I LOVE this tip: Use adhesive hooks to hang inside of drawers, shelves, and pantry. This is great for handing lightweight things like potholders, scrub brushes, and more.
3. Put things to stay cold in the coolest part of the fridge—the very back. Many people don’t realize that there is a temperature difference from the front of the fridge and the back. That’s because more air escapes the front each time you open the door! (Learn something new every day, right?!). More on how to keep your fridge organized here.
4. Focus on function and layout. Keep all of your tools next to where they’ll be used. That means all of your stirring and flipping utensils next to the stove, and all of your cookie sheets and bakeware next to the oven. And of course, coffee cups and pods next to the coffee maker…duh.
5. Get some contact paper/liner. I love this trick for extending the life of your cabinets, drawers, and shelves. It’s easy for things to get messy, marked, nicked, etc. So a liner helps for protection and also keeps cabinets clean.
6. Keep Tupperware near microwave. This makes it easy to grab and fill up leftovers, as well as heat them up when needed. Location and proximity are key for kitchen organization—just like pots and pans near the stove.
7. Oxo container helps avoid clutter and excess boxes in the pantry. Not only do they look super chic, but the clear containers make it easy to see what you have and how much is left. I’m sort of obsessed with these for both their fashion and function.
8. Add labels to group items into categories. Keep all of your baking products together, all of your dry goods, all of your canned goods, etc. That way you know what you have and exactly where to find it. Plus, labels help so you don’t accidentally pour salt in your coffee instead of sugar. YUCK!
9. Don’t forget about your fur babies! Storing dog food is easy too, especially with a can feeder for canned dog food. Dry dog food scoops great from a large bin—plus it looks a little more aesthetically appealing and cleaner than leaving the bags out.
10. Group cleaning supplies in a bin under the sink. A bin helps keep them all together (and don’t forget about labeling!). But remember to lock that cabinet when there’s little fingers (kiddos) within reach.
I hope this tips were helpful and transform your kitchen! Time to get to work, people! Bon appetit!
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