January is “Get Organized” month according to the National Association of Productivity and Organizing. I didn’t even know there was a thing called NAPO and always wondered why people organized their homes during January. Now I know. So I thought I’d jump on the organizing bandwagon and today I’m here with five easy steps to organizing kitchen cabinets.
I love my built-in cupboard; it was a selling point when I bought the house. But lately it’s been a mess with too much stuff crammed inside.
The first step in organizing kitchen cabinets is to pull everything out so you can see what you’re working with. Step two is to get rid of stuff you no longer need. I found I had three – yes three – opened bottles of barbecue sauce in my cabinet! And honestly, I’m too embarrassed to show you the before pictures – this pic shows after I threw stuff out but before I reorganized my canned and dried goods.
Step three in organizing kitchen cabinets is to store like items together. Boxed items are on the bottom shelf, along with the vinegar and cooking sherry. The next shelf has canned goods and liquids like soy and Worcestershire sauces. Next are dried goods like spaghetti, rice, quinoa, etc.
Breads are on the upper shelf, and I placed lesser-used glasses (like holiday tumblers) on the top shelf.
Once the pantry items were good to go, I tackled the dishes and glasses which were quite the mess. I had a lot of mismatched items that I was hanging onto, without good reason. After pulling everything out, I got rid of one-fourth of the items. Sets of three glasses that used to be sets of four, chipped single dishes that didn’t match anything else, and so on.
Here’s the trick to tossing your items – if you have to think for a while on whether to keep something – get rid of it. Hubby kept saying “but we could still use this glass.” I had to send him out of the room because he wanted to hang onto things we didn’t need. I sent him in search of a box so we could pack up the better items for the resale shop.
The inside (and outside) of the cabinet needs to be painted which will get done sometime soon. But for now, I’m so happy to get this cabinet organized. Step four is adding organizational elements to your kitchen cabinets. The true lifesaver for me are the coated wire shelves I added.
My dishes were stacked so high and if you tried pulling a plate out from under the bowls stuff would start to topple. The coated wire shelves make it so much easier to pull dishes out when you need them – and they only cost $5 each!
Step five is an ongoing process – putting things back where they belong. My mother always told me it doesn’t take much extra time to put things away properly and I have to admit that she’s right. I smile every time I open the doors to my built-in kitchen cabinet.
Izzy got a little nosey about all the commotion going on in the kitchen. It didn’t take long for a squirrel outside the window to distract him.
I’m still in the process of organizing more of my kitchen – I’ll share those projects soon.