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To organize your kitchen, first take everything out of the cabinets and pantry. Then, go through everything one thing at a time and place each item in a keep, toss, or donate pile. Only hold onto things that you know you’ll use to keep your kitchen clutter-free. Next, wipe down all of the cabinets, shelves, drawers, and counters in your kitchen so they’re nice and clean when you put everything back. Now, separate what you decided to keep into categories, like everyday-use, cooking supplies, pantry items, kitchen accessories, cleaning supplies, and storage. Put things away grouped by category. Place your most-used things at eye level so they’re easy to access, and put the things you use less often higher up or further back on your shelves. Install hanging racks in your cabinets for hanging pots, pans, and other items to save space. You can also put up hooks and magnets to easily hang things on the walls. Use drawer organizers and dividers to keep utensils and other small kitchen items organized in your drawers. Place cabinet items on small trays that you can easily pull out when you need something, or use a file sorter to easily organize thin cabinet items like trays and lids. To keep your pantry organized, transfer dry goods like cereal and pasta into clear plastic storage containers. You can even label your containers or shelves to help others keep the kitchen organized too. Keep reading for tips on organizing your countertop!
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This article was co-authored by Donna Smallin Kuper. Donna Smallin Kuper is a Cleaning and Organization Expert. Donna is the best selling author of more than a dozen of books on clearing clutter and simplifying life, and her work has been published in Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, and Woman’s Day. She has been a featured guest on CBS Early Show, Better TV, and HGTV. In 2006, she received the Founders Award from the National Association of Professional Organizers. She is an Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoriation (IICRC) Certified House Cleaning Technician.
Updated: February 3, 2020