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How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

Declutter Your Kitchen Cabinets

Decluttering your kitchen cabinets is the first step to getting yourself organized. Do this even before purchasing cabinet storage solutions or trying to rearrange items.

First, make sure you have a trash bin and a box for items to donate (or sell) nearby. Then, take everything out of your cabinets. Go through each item and either put it in the trash, donate/sell boxes, or keep the pile. Remove the trash and your boxes of items to get rid of before you begin to address your keep pile.

Categorize Your Kitchen Items

Now it’s time to organize the contents of your kitchen cabinets that you’re keeping. The goal is to categorize items in a way that makes sense for how your household uses the kitchen. Don’t be overly concerned with appearance; function is most important for a kitchen cabinet.

Most people prefer to separate the food items from the cookware/dinnerware in their kitchen cabinets. So right away you can divide your items into these two groups. Then, subdivide the groups from there.

For instance, edible items can be subdivided into drinks, baking ingredients, snacks, canned goods, and whatever other food you keep. The cookware/dinnerware can be subdivided into pots and pans, cooking utensils, cutting boards, plates and bowls, glasses and mugs, and more. The specifics are entirely up to you, but the endgame is to keep each subcategory together once you return everything to the cabinets.

Assign Items to Kitchen Cabinets

Before you put everything away, step back, and evaluate how you use your kitchen. You’ll want all of your kitchen items as close as possible to where you most often use them. Don’t hesitate to change the location of where you previously stored items. For instance, you don’t have to keep your cooking spices in the pantry if they would be more convenient for you in a cabinet next to the stove.

Furthermore, strategically plan how you’ll position items within each cabinet. For example, say you’ve decided to dedicate a cabinet to all of your drinking glasses and mugs. If you drink coffee every day and have a glass of wine only about once a month, you don’t need to put both types of glasses upfront within the cabinet. You can push the wine glasses to the back, so the coffee cups are more convenient for you to reach. Take the same approach for your everyday dinnerware and utensils versus items you only use on special occasions. And remember you don’t have to put everything back into your cabinets. Some items might be better placed on your kitchen counter or elsewhere to free up cabinet space.

As you assign your items to cabinets, consider what’s best to store in upper cabinets versus lower cabinets.


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