“There should be consistency where things are stored and it should be in keeping with the way you operate in the kitchen,” Rosemary says. Whether you have a large kitchen, or a small, studio apartment-sized kitchen, everyone can benefit from a little bit of organizing.
Kitchen organizing: Identify the essentials
The functionality of your kitchen all depends on where everything is located and how easy it is to find items. For that, Rosemary has one thought in mind: “Drawers, drawers and drawers!” she insists. “Don’t use doors on bottom cabinets unless it is a corner solution,” she says. “Drawers versus doors allow for everything to be viewed and within reach.
And there’s no crouching, unlike doors with shelves, where items are forgotten in the back and you need to crouch down to access items.” Each drawer should have separate organizational hardware, according to Rosemary. The best are dividers, box systems and organizational solutions that can be modified in size to fit into any size of drawer for gadgets or food storage. This allows you to have easy access to items while cooking.
Get your kitchen cupboards in order
Kitchen cupboards and cabinetry can be an organizational saviour, or your worst enemy. If you open your cupboards and have Tupperware spilling out, or can’t find that box of pasta you purchased two weeks ago, you’re likely in need of a little reorganizing. First thing to do is to store what makes the most sense in cupboards. “Cupboards should store items that are used daily and often, and lighter items,” suggests Rosemary. “Heavier things such as pots and pans and small appliances should be stored in lower cabinets.”
You can also purchase dividers to help keep items in their place, and rather than bags and boxes, opt for glass jars or containers to hold pasta, rice and cereals. For placement, taller items and those you don’t use as often should be placed at the back with smaller, more frequently used items in the front for easy access.
Read on for more kitchen organizing tips and tricks.