Taking the time to organize your kitchen cupboards will make your life so much easier. How many times have you bought something, only to find the exact same item stuffed in the corner of your cupboard or pantry 2 days later? I know I have. Not only will having organized kitchen cupboards save you money, it'll also make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable and stress free. If you're unsure where to start, take a look at these tips below.
1) De-clutter & Categorize.
First, you want to remove everything from your cupboards. What needs to be thrown away or replaced? Start making piles of items to keep, throw away or donate. Use a list if that works better for you. Ultimately, determine how you can use your cupboard space more efficiently. Feel free to tackle your cupboards in sections to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Now that you've determined which items you're keeping, it's time to categorize them. Keep like items together, use labels, or whatever you think is going to work best for the flow of your kitchen. People typically keep their dishware in a couple sections, canned goods in another, and maybe an entire section for baking kitchenware. At the end of the day, figure out a system that will work best for you.
Next, clean your cupboards top to bottom. Clean the shelves, doors, handles and walls with warm, soapy water and a microfiber cloth. Take a vacuum to areas with crumbs or debris. Consider self-adhesive cupboard liners to help keep items in place.
3) Assign Items.
Before you start putting items back into the cupboards, have a plan on where everything will go. Keep items you use often up front and easy to access. Typically, people like to put food, dishware, cups, food storage containers etc. in the upper cupboards. Cleaning supplies, pots/pans/baking items, appliances etc. in the lower cupboards. Again, whatever is going to help your rhythm in the kitchen!
4) Put Items Away & Share With Your Family.
After everything is in place and clean, share what you've done with your family or housemates. There's nothing worse than taking the time to organize and clean your cupboards, just to have them back in shambles within a couple days (or hours!). Adding labels to cupboards, shelves, drawers etc.will ensure there are no excuses!