If you’ve searched endlessly for the right tupperware lid, bought double the ingredients because you couldn’t find it in your pantry or struggle to keep the kitchen looking even somewhat clean, then it might be time to give your kitchen some attention. Contrary to what a lot of people think, you don’t need an enormous space to have a functional kitchen – it’s more about how you organise the space you do have!
Pull it Out and Purge
To start, it’s important to literally see every item in your kitchen and start from a blank slate. So pull it all out and assess the damage!
Think about each item: is it necessary? Does it work? Do I love it?
This step can be really hard but consider the goals – to have a functional space, to have as clear a counter as possible, and to actually enjoy being in the kitchen. Once you’ve gone through your items, you should have a keep section, a toss section and a donate section.
Do a Deep Clean
Because you have everything out of your cabinets and drawers, this is the perfect time to give everything a good wipe down. You’d be surprised how great that will feel, especially when you go to put everything back in its place.
Define Your Zones
Before you start to put anything back, assess your entire kitchen and group cabinets and drawers into zones. The easiest way to do this is to have a notepad and pen and write it down, including which items belong in which zones. Here’s an example of what that would look like:
plates, bowls, basic glassware, cups, serveware, cutlery
pots, pans, dishes, cutting boards, spatulas, wooden spoons, measuring cups/spoons, mixing bowls, any other baking items, etc.
dry goods, spices, larger kitchen gadgets, etc.
tupperware, food storage, food wrap, ziploc bags, tin foil, to go items, etc.
coffee cups, pods, coffee accessories, coffee pot or keurig, barware such as wine glasses, shot glasses, other glassware, bar accessories, etc.
cleaning supplies, extra hand soap, garbage bags, recycling etc.
Now that you know which items go where, think about how you position them. Keep items you use the most at eye level and the pieces that see a little less use further away or up higher. If you can’t easily see or access something, the less likely you are to use it. Same goes for the pantry! Consider unloading cereals, baking goods, pasta and rice for instance, into clear containers. You’ll have more room, they will keep better and you’ll actually be able to see everything!
Want to take it a step further? Start to get creative with your organization and determine which hacks will work best in each zone.
Keep On It
After a month, take a moment to reflect on how the organization is going. Define any problem areas and reevaluate.