How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets, One at a Time
Wednesday Oct 21st, 2020
Follow these steps to straighten up your kitchen cabinets and shelves so they’re a pleasure to use:
Kitchen cabinet doors and drawers can hide a multitude of sins. On the other hand, it’s a real treat to open them up to see nice, organized shelves where everything is easy to grab when and where you need it.
Is it time to organize your kitchen cabinets? It can be a big job, so don’t try to do it all at once. Take your organizing one kitchen cabinet at a time, committing an hour a day or a weekend to the task.
How to Clean and Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets
Start with something easy, like your everyday dishes. Follow these basic steps, which you can then apply to all your kitchen cabinets and drawers.
1. Gather some tools. Have cleaning supplies and a box for donations ready. Gather bubble wrap or newspaper for wrapping up any breakables you’ll be donating.
2. Assess your cabinet. Check out the way everything is organized (or not) right now. Is it easy to grab the dishes you need? Do random items wind up stashed in here and get in the way? If so, vow to find a better home for them.
Is it easy to put all your dishes away from the dishwasher? If not, you may want to move your dishes to a cabinet that’s within easy reach when you’re unloading.
3. Clean. Take everything out of the cabinet. Scrub down the shelves with soap and water. If you’re a shelf liner person, rip the old paper out, then scrub the inside of the cabinet, then replace the liner. A wide range of cool patterns is available.
4. Edit. Determine what you use and what you don’t. Put everything you don’t need or love into the donations box.
5. Check your shelf heights. Assess the height of the shelves in your dish cabinet and how they affect how you can organize things. Are you storing tall items too high because that’s the only shelf that will accommodate their height? Find an arrangement that’s easy for you to use and maintain, then adjust your shelves accordingly.
6. Get inspired. Peruse photos of beautifully arranged open shelves and glass-front kitchen cabinets. Pretend your dishes won’t be hidden behind closed doors and that you’ll be looking at it all the time. Even if your perfectly organized cabinets have solid doors, it’s truly a pleasure to open them up when everything is pretty and neat.
7. Load. Put all your keepers back in, saving the dishes you grab first for the most accessible places.
8. Consider a touch of whimsy. I have white everyday china, and people tend to give me fun sets of salt and pepper shakers. When I open up my everyday china cabinet, there’s a pair of chartreuse kissing fish in front of my cereal bowls that makes me smile every time. A small, lovely blue-and-white vase my sister-in-law gave me sits in front of my wooden salad bowls.
9. Feel proud. Take a step back and admire your work. Show it off to others — you deserve praise for your effort, and it will motivate you to keep going.
10. Repeat. As you tackle the rest of your kitchen cabinets and drawers, follow these same steps.
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