This week we are tackling the kitchen. This will include the cabinets, drawers, and refrigerator. We’ll get to the pantry next week!
The best way to attack your kitchen is to take everything out of the cabinets and drawers and start decluttering. However, this isn’t very realistic and can be very time-consuming. One way to approach this is by starting with a category and working your way through the cabinets/drawers. The other way is to start with one cabinet and work through each one individually.
Here’s how to start organizing your cabinets and drawers (refrigerator will be next):
- Chose your preferred method of sorting through each cabinet/drawer (category or individual cabinet). If you chose the individual approach, plan how many cabinets/drawers you want to get organized each day. Post it notes work great here because you can label them by color and/or day. If you chose a category, here’s a list of categories to guide you along the way:
- Dishes (plates, bowls, cups)
- Small appliances (crockpot, blender, mixer, toaster, etc)
- Cooking/Baking Pans
- Serving Platters/Dishes
- Paper products (plates, tin foil, napkins, paper towels)
- Cooking Utensils
- Silverware (kids too)
- Sort like items. Keep similar items grouped together. If you are organizing by cabinet/drawer, decide what you want to be organized in that space. Remove any item that is not related to that category. Also, get rid of anything that is broken. If you haven’t repaired it by now, chances are it’s not going to happen. If you have any Tupperware that is faded or has lines on it, get rid of it. Also get rid of any Tupperware that doesn’t have a matching lid or bottom.
- Store frequently used items for easy access. For example, keep your cooking utensils close to the stove, either in a drawer next to it or in an organizer next to the stove. If you use a toaster every day, keep it stored in a drawer close to an outlet or keep it stored on the counter.
- Use drawer liner and organizers for your drawers. The liner will help prevent items from moving around and organizers will help keep the drawer organized.
- Add shelving if more storage is needed. If you are running out of room, add a small shelf. This will help create additional storage space.
Now it’s time to get your refrigerator organized.
- Empty out your refrigerator completely (you’ll complete the same steps for the freezer).
- Sort like items. Throw away any expired or spoiled food. Here is a list of categories to help you sort:
- Drinks (keep milk in this category and coffee creamer since they are large items)
- Kids foods
- Deli Meat
- Clean shelves. Now that you have your refrigerator empty, it’s a great time to clean it. Grab some Windex and a rag and get it clean.
- Use Organizers. Using organizers in the refrigerator will make it easier to take things in and out of them. You can take out the drawer completely and get what you need versus shuffling through each item in the refrigerator. Plus, you’re refrigerator will be cleaner and all you will need to do is occasionally clean out the storage bin.
Tri-Star cabinets has graciously put together this decluttering checklist. This is an excellent guide that can help you declutter your cabinets and drawers.
Checklist courtesy of Tri-Star Cabinet & Top Co., Inc.