How to Organize Your Kitchen: 12 Clever Ways to Declutter


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There’s no better way to kick off the New Year than with a tidy home — and above all else, a tidy kitchen. But you don’t have to devote hours on end to creating a more organized cooking and eating space.

These little steps can be completed in anywhere from half an hour to a weekend. Small changes can have a big impact, so pick your favorites suggestions for your space and have at it! And don’t forget the fridge with these tips for long-lasting refrigerator and freezer organization. So without further ado, here’s how to organize your kitchen.

We’re covering whole-home organization this month, so be sure to keep an eye out for more stories — and be sure to get the scoop on how to organize your bathroom and tackle organizing those Christmas decorations!

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1. Streamline spices

Estimated time: 45 minutes

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Spices are a cooking and baking essential that can quickly fall into disarray. Whether you store them in a rack or drawer, placing spices in similar containers with clear labels will help you find them quickly. Even more so if you alphabetize!

In the process of transferring containers, throw away those that you never really use. For an aesthetic pop, add a colorful non-slip mat at the bottom of a drawer before inserting spices. This set comes with 20 spice containers, pre-printed labels, and blank labels for adding your own favorites.

2. Use baskets in the pantry

Estimated time: One weekend

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Don’t let your pantry became a junk zone. Instead, place items into labeled baskets for snacks, drinks, baking goods, etc.

These plastic baskets can also be used to organize your refrigerator — or anywhere, for that matter!

3. Sort your baking zone

Estimated time: Two hours

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If you’re big on cookies, cakes, and brownies, keep all of your baking supplies in the same cupboard. Placing them in glass containers with chalkboard labels will make them easy to spot, while a lazy Susan keeps smaller essentials handy. You can also make use of the cupboard door with labeled clothespin hooks for notes, to-dos, groceries, and more.

These glass canisters come with ready-to-use chalkboard labels, and you’ll find dozens of options for wood, plastic, and double-decker lazy Susans at Amazon, too!

4. Create vertical storage for pans

Estimated time: 15 minutes

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To avoid stacks that are difficult to sort through, store baking pans and cutting boards upright for easy access. These ones are sorted with tension rods, but you can also use plastic or metal pan organizers like these from Amazon.

5. Delineate drawers

Estimated time: One weekend

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If you have basic handyman skills, you can make a custom drawer organizer so each compartment is just the right size for its contents, divided up by use. If you’re not the woodworking type, you can also buy drawer organizers like these bamboo or plastic options.

6. Declutter the countertop

Estimated time: Two hours

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Bare countertops just aren’t functional, but neither are those that are cluttered with cooking goods.Find a happy medium by organizing everyday cooking essentials on a cake or pastry stand (for herbs, oils, etc.) You could also use a tray or vintage box.

7. Hang measuring cups & spoons

Estimated time: One weekend

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Instead of searching through cluttered drawers for the right measuring cup, make hanging boards for them inside a cupboard door. These ones were made with wooden boards and hooks, then prettified with patterned fabric.

8. Divvy up kitchen utensils

Estimated time: One weekend

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Instead of jamming all utensils into a single container, sort them into pretty glass jars (you could simply spray paint your own) and label with chalkboard labels.

9. Use a magazine rack under the sink

Estimated time: 15 minutes

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Mount a magazine rack on the cabinet drawer under the sink. This is a great way to store plastic wrap, foil, and anything else that’s missing a home in your kitchen.

10. Make a pegboard organizer

Estimated time: One weekend

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Make your very own pegboard organizer in colors of your choosing. This is a weekend project, but it’s well worth the effort for beautiful kitchen storage: Use it to hang sieves, pots, pans, and cooking utensils.

11. Paint your dish cabinet

Estimated time: One weekend

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An attractive space is just as essential to keeping things organized. Consolidate your dishes so they match (or at least correspond) in terms color and style, and get rid of anything chipped or that just doesn’t “belong” aesthetically.

Then, to give your storage even more oomph, paint the inside of a kitchen cabinet in a contrasting color so your dishes will stand out beautifully.

12. Get a bar cart

Estimated time: 15 minutes

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Smaller spaces with limited countertops will benefit from this very versatile IKEA accessory. A bar cart can be used to house whatever essentials you deem necessary and can be moved around as needed.

The same IKEA cart was also used as a nightstand (see #7) in our dorm decor ideas story, and it would also make an amazing bathroom supply organizer!

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and little tweaks will make it an even more functional, beautiful, and enjoyable space. A half hour here and there will get you far, so get organizing today!


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