If you’ve ever broken a mug, banged up a pan trying to get it out of the cupboard, or collapsed a leaning tower of Tupperware in your cabinet, you know that keeping your kitchen organized can be a struggle. Mapping out how you want to organize each area of your kitchen can seem like a daunting project, but there are a few easy hacks to turn a kitchen from cluttered to clean.
A beautiful, organized kitchen makes cooking meals and hosting get-togethers much more enticing, so here are a few tips to help you save space and achieve the organized kitchen you’ve always wanted.
Treat yourself to a built-in refrigerator
Built-in refrigerators have skyrocketed in popularity amongst beginner and advanced chefs alike. Why? For one, these appliances blend in seamlessly with surrounding kitchen decor instead of bulging out past the countertop. Their ability to create more free-flowing movement and free up significant counter space aren’t the only features that make buying a built-in refrigerator a worthwhile venture, however.
Since most have a manufacturing date after 2002, they are energy star certified, making them better for the environment and your wallet. Energy-efficient appliances will lower the overall cost of your energy bill while looking sleek and modern in your kitchen.
Hang up your mugs
Whether you’ve collected mugs for commemorative reasons, bought from local artisans, or were given some as a gift, these practical pieces of kitchenware can take up an unnecessary amount of space.
So instead of haphazardly stacking them in your cupboard, which is an accident waiting to happen, try hanging them underneath the cabinets with mug hooks. Doing so lets you proudly display your favorite mugs, making them easy to grab and incorporating some chic flair to your kitchen space.
Use glass jars for bulk foods
Turn your kitchen pantry into the food haven of your wildest Pinterest dreams by putting your bulk food items into glass jars. Flour, sugar, rice, and any other staple ingredients are elegantly displayed, and you can even have fun creating eye-catching labels for each jar. No more fumbling into the bag with a measuring scoop, and the added visibility makes it easier to see when each ingredient is starting to run low.
Opt for a magnetic knife bar
Traditional knife blocks are good at keeping your knife wear safely tucked out of harm’s way but tend to be bulky and take up a large amount of counter space. Installing a magnetic knife bar near your stove or food preparation counter is a simple way to free up more space while still keeping your knives organized and within reach.
Utilize dividers for pans, lids, and baking sheets
Pots, pans, and other cookware usually get tossed in a cupboard together, and no matter how many times you try to organize them by size ala Russian nesting doll style, it still ends up a cluttered mess. Instead, try taking some of the more flat pieces like pans, their lids, and baking sheets and organize them using a divider. Having each item organized side by side makes it easier to see everything in the cupboard without rooting around clanging pans together trying to pull out the exact equipment you need.
Before you go
Figuring out how to most effectively organize your kitchen can be intimidating at first, but luckily a few simple fixes make it easier than you could have imagined. Cutting out the clutter will turn your kitchen into a haven of homecooked meals and dinners with friends.