It’s often been said that the kitchen is the busiest room in the home. Family members, friends and guests see the kitchen as the center of Life, because food is a survival necessity. There are many things that are needed for preparing, serving and cleaning up after appreciative stomachs are full, and organizing to provide efficiency and functionality in the kitchen is only the beginning of the challenge; we want good looks and artful arrangement as well. Read on to for suggestions on how to organize your kitchen cabinets.
1. Organize according to how the space is used
The basics of organization requires efficient use of space. Placing glasses near the refrigerator, baking pans close to the oven and cleaning products under the sink are tried and true staples of good kitchen organization. Place lesser-used counter top appliances in areas that are below the work counter while lighter, less-often used serving dishes can fill higher shelves or have a special place in a display cabinet. This leaves the most easily-accessed spaces found between waist and head height available for items that are used on a regular basis.
2. Arrange items like an attractive retail display
Display dishes on open shelves or in glass-front cabinets. Putting dishes on display not only makes finding things easier for family members and guests alike, it reduces the clutter that often occurs behind closed doors. Even the most humble collection of plates and dishes can add a dash of personalty to a kitchen by providing contrasting color and shape against darker or lighter backgrounds. Neat stacks of matching stoneware take on an elegant simplicity when flanking the kitchen sink, anchored with serving bowls or interspersed with colorful cups or glasses. Nothing beats the bright crispness of showing off sparkling cleanliness under lights installed into cabinets, as seen from behind glass doors.
3. Slim kitchen cabinets next to the refrigerator
A common kitchen arrangement that can be intrusive to a sense of style is the refrigerator that becomes the book-end of the kitchen counter and a transition “wall” facing the dining room. Open plans often share this configuration, availing an unused space with opportunity for gaining a pull-out pantry, adding a small corner bar, or installing a china cabinet.
4. Love those corners
Team up space under the counters with corner cabinets that offer easy-access turntables with adjustable or removable racks, bins or baskets. These can hold anything from onions and potatoes to rolls of plastic wrap and foil. Purposefully adding a corner to a straight section of counter on a long wall will not only define the kitchen area, it also provides storage from three directions: the corner cabinet, the front face and the entire side facing the next room.
5. Tuck a small, movable cart along a wall
Fill the cart with plastic containers, resealable plastic bags and picnic supplies. A rim around the top of the cart could accommodate and hold a removable plastic bin that can be tucked inside the lower cabinet, turning it into a busing cart after meals to efficiently clear away dishes. Use it as an extra counter to package leftovers table-side, thereby reducing cleanup congestion in the kitchen. A handy butler for providing needful items for meals on the patio, the cart can also double as a simple outdoor bar.
6. Narrow shelving inside kitchen cabinets
Place narrow four-inch shelves at the back of deep cabinets for storing extra items. Use the wall space at the back of deep lower cabinets for storing extra soup, canned vegetables, baking ingredients, condiments, olive oil and pasta. The narrow width won’t eat up precious cabinet space and items can be instantly identified with no hidden labels.