Does a mini avalanche happen when you open your kitchen cabinets? I can relate! It’s not that I didn’t know how to organize kitchen cabinets, but after we remodeled (see a tour of the kitchen here), I wasn’t sure how to best use our new space. A small problem became a bigger problem!
I hired a professional organizer who specializes in how to organize kitchen cabinets with smart, easy solutions. I’m showing you the inside of our cabinets, and sharing all the organization systems she introduced me to!
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How To Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets With 23 Ideas
Our smart storage solutions made everything easily accessible, but I mostly just love that it’s easy to see what we have now. It gave us a lot more space!
Allison Flinn with Reclaim Professional Organizing of NC is who I worked with. She truly is magical! Her team arrived with folding tables to lay all my kitchen items on and helped us purge (she’s very… encouraging!). In addition to organizing my kitchen, they handled donations, trash, and ordering / returning of supplies.
Prep work: Before you organize, you must purge!
Take everything out of your cabinets and go through each item! No keeping doubles. Take a small vacuum (we are still using our beloved Shark vac) to each cabinet / drawer while it’s emptied.
Organizing The Spice and Oils Cabinet
- bottom drawers are matching spice jar set. There are several kinds of sets but this one is the best in my opinion, it has every spice label you can think of (and extras)
- The bamboo spice rack was custom, but they sell them on Amazon
- two turntables (oils, dressings)
- top two shelves are set of 4 bins (specialty spices, seasonings, extras)
Organizing The Food and Pantry Cabinets
The food cabinets being a mess was the most stressful part of our kitchen for me, and this change made the biggest impact on our family life!
- 6 clear cereal containers in the 4.5qt (clear and lined up, so you know how much you have)
- long bins in two sizes, the 16 x 6 x 5 and the 16 x 3.75 x 5 (breakfasts, spreads, nuts, beverages)
- large canisters with scoops (protein powders or shakes). The scoops stick to the underside of the lid! Tape instructions you need to the back.
Snack & Dinner Cabinet
This is floor to ceiling cabinet. Above this is space for bulk items that are extra.
- cans in long bins in two sizes; 16 x 6 x 5 and the 16 x 3.75 x 5,
- Second shelf is the same bins in two sizes (kids’ snacks – SO helpful on school mornings!)
- Bottom shelf has long bins in two sizes; 16 x 6 x 5 and the 16 x 3.75 x 5 (bigger boxed snacks: chips, popcorn, crackers, sweets)
- Middle shelf has 3 metal open baskets (bread, onions/tomatoes, potatoes)
- Top shelf has long bins in two sizes; 16 x 6 x 5 and the 16 x 3.75 x 5 (dinner foods like rice, dinner, pasta etc.)
The “Leftovers Drawers”
- Plastic wrap and foil containers
- Sandwich, quart, snack and gallon Ziplock bag containers (compostable bags work too)
Under Stink Organization
- long bins in size 16 x 6 x 5 (trash bags, cleaning supplies, household items)
- turntable (extra large items)
- Spray Bottle hangers (they work well, we’ve had them for a while)
Pots and Pans
We had this put in during our renovation. While large pots are in a deep drawer, smaller pots are put in this pull out shelf. This is an affordable solution you can install with a small amount of space!
- Rev-a-shelf hangs pans in a narrow shelf to save space
Knives and Utensils
- pull out kitchen cabinet knife and utensil organizer They sell several modifications of these! We had this put in during the remodel and it’s been incredibly useful.
Dinnerware and Glassware, Outdoor Dinnerware
- The cabinets below are lined with these baskets, (outdoor silverware, melamine items for outdoor eating, etc)
- On the other side these same baskets hold extra napkins and all our paper products.
Coffee Bar Organizer
- tea organizer set sits here
- long bins in size 16 x 6 x 5 (coffee machine cleaning products, tea and coffee products)
- refrigerator drawer dividers (my drawers came with these, they are similar)
Grilling + Firepit Items
- Extra deep drawer dividers I didn’t know they made them this deep! (grilling supplies),
- long bins in the 16 x 3.75 x 5 (expandable marshmallow sticks for fire pit, my husband’s head lamp he grills with)
How To Organize Kitchen Appliances
Appliances take up such a large amount of space, purging the ones you don’t need is equally as effect as organizing the ones you have. We held onto bulky appliances thinking “but maybe one day….”.
Larger appliances need the cabinet space, while smaller appliances / accessories can be organized and grouped into bins.
- Appliance cord organizer keeps cords small and neat
- long bins in the 16 x 3.75 x 5 (for smaller appliances like mixers, mandolins, choppers, etc.)
- Top shelves uses bakings canister sets (scoops come attached to the top!)
- One of the canisters in the set is specifically made for keeping brown sugar fresh, but you can get brown sugar keeper discs separately.
- Bottom two drawers use small bins in a size 10 x 6 x 5 (baking items)
I never placed much importance on organizing the refrigerator until I lived with it. Just like your cabinets, it’s much easier to see what you have when items are grouped together in a “home”.
So how do you organize kitchen cabinets?
Primary with these bins! Only half kidding, since we used them everywhere.
But I am amazed at how grocery shopping, making kids’ lunches, and figuring out dinner is so much easier when I can easily SEE everything we have!
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