Top Tips for Better Kitchen Organization

messy kitchen in need or organization

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Now that the new year is in full swing, it would be easy to lose the resolve with which we started 2013. But let’s keep up the momentum and train our thoughts (within reason) on cultivating better versions of ourselves… and our kitchens.

Related: 10 New Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities

Few things are more satisfying than having a place for everything and keeping everything in its place. Right now—before it suddenly becomes 2014—revolutionize life in the busiest room of your house with these simple kitchen organization tips.

 

Easy Access

Kitchen Organization Tips - Easy Access

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You may think space constraints mean that you can’t get the organization you want in your existing kitchen, but even small switch-outs can make a big difference. Many home stores offer wood or metal vessels with integrated compartments for taming cutlery, linens, and the inevitable kitchen “junk drawer.”

 

Think Vertical

Kitchen Organization Tips - Think Vertical

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The most common waste of space within cabinets is not using their full volume. Wire racks, like those shown in this Martha Stewart kitchen, create tiers allowing kitchen users take advantage of vertical space—without making it difficult to access stacked items.

 

Play Tetris

Kitchen Organization Ideas - Play Tetris

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Decanting storebought items into clear canisters helps you answer the ever-present question, “What am I running out of?” Make the most efficient use of available space with rectangular containers whose shape allows for easy stacking. Good options abound at places like The Container Store and The Brooklyn Kitchen.

 

Go Deep

Kitchen Organization Ideas - Go Deep

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Consider using deep, pull-out drawers in place of traditional base cabinets with hinged doors. The latter are fine for large pots and pans, but what about smaller items? Outfitting pull-outs with plastic bins is a great way to tame loose kitchen essentials, such as batteries and garbage bags.

 

Awkward Spaces

Kitchen Organization Tips - Awkward Spaces

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Cabinets that house plumbing are always difficult places to establish order. Rolling shelves and baskets can help you steer clear of the pipes that make this area so troublesome for organization fanatics.

 

Clear the Counter

Kitchen Organization Tips - Clear the Counter

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Having a clutter-free kitchen workspace makes all the difference when preparing meals. Mounting paper towel rolls under the cabinet, adding a magnetic knife holder, and wall-mounting racks for spices and oils are all great options for keeping counters clear.

By carefully considering the best use of cabinet interiors, utilizing some innovative inserts, and implementing sound strategies for organization, you can make much better use of the precious space you have.

 

For more on kitchen organization and storage, consider:

5 ‘Upcycled’ Pot Racks and Cookware Storage Ideas
DIY Spice Racks and Kitchen Organizing Solutions
5 Creative Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinetry