Getting the kitchen cabinets and pantry organized can be quite a bit of work, but in the long run it is totally worth it. Organized cabinets are much easier in practice than you would think, and having organized cabinets will make the entire kitchen process easier to handle. No more trying to shove everything into the cabinets and forcing the door closed. Follow these steps and your kitchen experience will be much more satisfying!
Firstly, picture in your mind a kitchen without cabinet doors, or every door is made of glass. Arranging your cabinets in a way that would be flattering if you could see in and everyone would see them at all times can get your mind in the right place for organizing.
When is the last time you’ve done a deep cleaning of your cabinets? Remove everything from those shelves and scrub them thoroughly (bottom, sides, and back!) with soap and water. Dry them thoroughly and make sure you’ve gotten any residue off them.
The next step is to look at everything in your cabinets and pantry. Is there anything—dishes, cups, canned food—you never use anymore or won’t use again and is taking up space in your cabinets? Find a friend who needs what you have or donate it to charity if it is in working and decent condition. If not, recycle it.
Next is to organize your cabinets based on necessity. If possible, never stack anything in front of something else, but that isn’t always an option. Put the things you will be using the most in the front and lower for easy access. For spices and the pantry, think about investing in a multi-tier organizing shelf. Each row is up higher than the one before it and allows a visible view of everything in the cabinet.
Other ways to organize glasses, especially if you have a ton of random mugs and glasses from vacations or gifts from family, is to line them up by color and making sure they all face out. It isn’t the easiest to keep up, but with a little work your cabinets will always look nice, even with the random shapes and designs.
Stacking should only happen with the same items if possible, but if you don’t have enough room to stack everything separately, make sure you stack the larger items on the bottom, and you easily could color coordinate these as well or make patterns by alternating colors. The possibilities are endless.
And when you’re done, take a step back with all the doors open and marvel at the work you’ve done, and maybe show a friend! Then close your cabinets and be pleased that the next time you open them, you won’t be digging anymore.