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How to organise your kitchen?

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!

Here’s what we suggest to optimise your space and get a functional kitchen space you actually enjoy being in!

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:

  • Zone 1: Everyday (easiest to access, close to dishwasher if possible)

                     plates, bowls, basic glassware, cups, serveware, cutlery

  • Zone 2: Cooking (locate close to oven or range)

                     pots, pans, dishes, cutting boards, spatulas, wooden spoons, measuring cups/spoons, mixing bowls, any other                               baking items, etc.

  • Zone 3: Pantry

                      dry goods, spices, larger kitchen gadgets, etc.

  • Zone 4: Accessories & Storage (near fridge if possible)

                      tupperware, food storage, food wrap, ziploc bags, tin foil, to go items, etc.

  • Zone 5: Coffee and Bar

                      coffee cups, pods, coffee accessories, coffee pot or keurig, barware such as wine glasses, shot glasses, other                                glassware, bar accessories, etc.

  • Zone 6: Under the Sink

                       cleaning supplies, extra hand soap, garbage bags, recycling etc.

  • The 7th zone could be your special items, like serveware that you typically only use when hosting or special pottery/keepsakes. The same rules apply to your fridge – group items together and determine the best layout for your shelving inside!


Position Correctly

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!


Get Creative

Want to take it a step further? Start to get creative with your organization and determine which hacks will work best in each zone.

For example:

  • Install a hanging rack for pots and pans to free up cupboard space
  • Mount a rack for spices and actually alphabetize it
  • Have a tall pantry door? Hang a clear shoe organizer to make use of that space
  • Make use of drawer organizers and dividers to keep everything super accessible
  • Use standing dividers for things like baking sheets and cutting boards
  • Wire shelving or pull out units are mega handy – especially under the sink
  • Utilize wall space (magnetic knife holders, fresh hanging herbs, hooks for hanging almost anything!)
  • Install a cork board on the inside of your cupboard doors to hang small items or display your most used recipes


Keep On It

After a month, take a moment to reflect on how the organization is going. Define any problem areas and reevaluate.

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