Your kitchen is sacred in that it is a communal room in the house, which is visited by everybody at least once a day. The first step before any kitchen renovation is to ensure you have suitable cabinets. A benefit of ordering custom cabinets is that you can build your kitchen to fit around your existing kitchenware, without having the unnecessary struggle afterwards.
Cleaning The Cupboards
The first essential step in organizing your kitchen cabinets is undoubtedly cleaning them out first. Removing all of the kitchenware such as cooking equipment, utensils and storage organizers will help you to see how much space you have, and help you plan for the organization about to take place. Similarly, you can decide which things are old or no longer usable, and throw them away. You should also get rid of any expired foods.
Subsequently, you can clean out your kitchen cabinets. Use all-purpose wipes, dust, and make sure you cover all the nooks and crannies!
Grouping Similar Items Together
After you have removed all kitchenware from the cabinets, you must decide how to group them. Generally speaking, the groups include pots and pans, glasses and mugs, utensils, and any large appliances.
However, you should consider adding extra attachments to your kitchen which make it easier to the things you are looking for. For example, you should consider purchasing a knife block to be put on the counter where you can stash your knives. This way, you have more space in your cabinets. Similarly, you can drill in hooks on the wall for large kitchen utensils or pans.
Before returning your kitchenware to the cabinets, consider labelling any pieces of equipment that may need it. A popular example of this is spices! Often, we spend too much time looking for things in our kitchen, and as a result, turn the place into chaos until we find it. By ordering a labelling machine, or even finding blank stickers which you can label with a pen, this task becomes much easier.
Adding Storage Organisers
Whilst it may sound contradictory, including storage organizers, can actually maximize the space you have in your cabinets. So how can adding a piece of equipment actually give us more space to work with?
A turntable is a revolving plate, often circular, which holds any small pieces of kitchenware. Most frequently it is used for spices so that you can turn it in order to find whichever seasoning you need. This is more beneficial than making a mess searching for that one bottle of oregano at the bottom of the cupboard! On the other hand, you can use a turntable for cans, condiments or jars of food. This can be placed either in the cabinet or on the countertop, depending on preference.
Likewise, investing in dividers can aid you in keeping your cabinets organized. Ensure you measure the length and width of your cabinets first, and then search for a matching divider in your local supermarket or kitchenware store. You can use these for diving up utensils, plates, or anything else you desire.
Assigning Kitchenware to Its Designated Space
Finally, after lots of time spent organizing, you can slowly begin to return your kitchenware to the cupboards. Make sure you have added your dividers before doing so.
As we mentioned, it is important to group similar items together. Now that this is done, you can assign a kitchen cabinet for each group of kitchenware. Generally speaking, it is best to place heavier items in the bottom cupboards. Not only does this ensure they do not fall and break, but they are easier to find and take out. This includes pots, pans, trays and salad bowls. You should also store appliances such as mixers or grills. Additionally, cleaning supplies are also to be placed in the lower cupboards. As they are used the rare, it is best to keep them out of the way.
In the upper cupboards, you can place the more lightweight kitchenware. Usually, this includes glasses and cups. You should also store your food here, as it is at arm-level, therefore quicker to reach whilst cooking. Dishes can also be assigned this spot; however, it is best that they are close to the sink or dishwasher, making it more time-efficient during the kitchen clean up.
Overall, we can conclude that organizing your kitchen cabinets is an effortless process when done correctly. The most significant step is to realize that the organization comes from taking the time to sort through your kitchenware first, before returning it to the cupboards. This is when your things can be grouped and labelled. Additionally, you may need extra fittings such as dividers or turntables in order to maintain cleanliness and structure.