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Kitchen Organization Tips You Totally Need

As you organize your home, use these basic tips and tricks to simplify your Kitchen Organization. Practical solutions for how to use your kitchen efficiently and with less clutter. 

As you organize your home, use these basic tips and tricks to simplify your Kitchen Organization. Practical solutions for how to use your kitchen efficiently and with less clutter. 


Kitchen Organization Basics

If organizing [1] doesn’t come naturally to you, we have some simple solutions for Kitchen Organization you’re going to love! 

It’s taken us years to learn the basics and put processes in place to have a more organized home, especially in the kitchen.

Here’s a piece of advice that we think will be valuable to you. The best setup for your kitchen is to place frequently used pieces within reach. 

Where to Start with Kitchen Organization

It’s important to take a few minutes before you organize your kitchen and think about how you use the space, so you can have items within reach when you need them.

For example, putting pots and pans by the oven and cooktop, spices where you’ll use them, etc. is the best thing ever when it comes to efficient use of your kitchen.

Also, think about the space you’ll need to complete certain tasks. Take baking for starters. Placing all the baking items together (bowls, mixers, rolling pins) and near a countertop will help you organize your kitchen more efficiently too.

Related: Simple Solutions for Kitchen Organization [2]

Organizing Solutions [3]

How to Organization Each Area of Your Kitchen 

Let’s talk about the different areas in your kitchen and get them organized one by one. 


One of the areas that can be a challenge for most people is your kitchen countertops.

If you have lots of counter space, then, by all means, place small appliances (coffee maker, toaster, etc.) on your countertops and keep occasionally used appliances (waffle or panini maker) in cabinets and drawers.

If you have very little counter space, you’ll need to be selective on what you leave out and store the rest.

Tip: Use a lazy susan for frequently used condiments (think honey, butter, etc.) or a cookie jar on your countertop for items like phone chargers or extra batteries.

Under the Sink

The area under the sink can be valuable for cleaning supplies [4] and other essentials. Here are some tips you wish you know sooner.

In the space underneath your sink, use space maximizing items like a pullout trash can and door hangers for sponges, brushes or plastic grocery bags.

It’s a good idea to place cleaning supplies in a bucket or little caddy so that you can pull them out when needed without searching for what you need.

container for cleaning supplies

Organization Idea –
Stackable Under Sink Cabinet Sliding Basket Organizer Drawer [5] – conquer that area under the sink with this easy solution.

Silverware Drawer

Dividers are a must!

Having some sort of organizer for flatware that fits the kitchen drawer comfortably is what you should look for. You can choose wood, plastic or metal. Whatever suits your style and is functional for your family.

Utilize utensil trays that fit the drawers for larger items.

Utensil drawer

Keeping a utensil jar by the stove makes cooking so much easier. When you need a spoon for stirring or a spatula for flipping, it’s right there!

Organization Idea –
Expandable, Utensil – Cutlery and Utility Drawer Organizer [6]– works like a charm to store all sizes of silverware.

Kitchen Organization-Utensils

More Home Organizing Tips

How to Organize Your Home in 2 Minutes [7]
How Organizing Saves Time and Money [8]
Tips for a Clean House [9]

Storage Drawers

Grouping is key.

Group your pots with your other pots and pans with all your cookware and pan lids. Nest your pots in each other to save room. If you can keep the lid on top of the pot all the better.

pots and pans in a cabinet

To keep our non-stick pans from getting scratched, we use nonadhesive shelf liner cut to fit. If you decide to keep your pot lids separate, arrange them from largest to smallest.

Use longer cabinet space without dividers for baking sheets or cutting boards.

Take a drawer for different categories. We use one for plastic baggies in varying sizes. One for dish towels. Another for cutting boards and one for aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and wax paper.

You get the gist.

Use the top drawers for more frequently used items and your lower ones for the things you don’t use that much.

Tip: Set up a drawer that has non-breakable kitchen items your child can play with while you’re in the kitchen. This way they keep busy while you are busy! 

Organization Ideas –
Pan Organizer Rack [10]
Non-Adhesive Shelf Liner [11]

Cabinets and Shelves

Again, combining like items is key for kitchen organization.

For instance, group all your food storage items in one place and near where you’ll use them the most. We stack similar size plastic containers inside each other with the lids below them. We store lesser-used items, like glass vases together in a harder to reach cabinet over the stove.

Move breakable or valuable items to higher shelves and out of reach of your child’s curious hands.

Store breakable things in higher cabinets

A good place to start is by taking everything out of your cabinets or drawers and grouping like pieces and deciding how often they are used. Then decide what you want to keep and what you want to donate.

Do you do more organizing around your home {especially kitchen organization} at the beginning of the year or whenever it comes to mind?

More Kitchen Storage Ideas

Happy organizing!

This post was originally published On Jan 8, 2016, and updated with enhanced information and images March 10, 2020 

If you’re looking for more tips on organizing your home, here’s some great information: 

Home Office Organization:  What to Keep and for How Long [12]

How To Organize Your Home In Two Minutes [7]


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