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How to organize kitchen cabinets


Have you ever felt hopeless when trying to restore order to a messy kitchen cabinet? Organizing the kitchen cabinets probably is the most intimidating work among the chores. We tend to postpone the chore until we can postpone it no more. But it’s the time for the inevitable!

In this article, we are offering some advice and tips on how to organize a cluttered kitchen in a strategic way. After some time of work, you will be pleased with the clean and neat kitchen cabinets.

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Clean Out the Clutter

Decluttering is the first step of reorganizing your kitchen cabinets. Completely remove everything from the kitchen cabinets, lay them out on your kitchen table so you can assess what you’ve got and what you need. Get rid of what you no longer use or is no longer good, such as expired spices, herbs, seeds, seasoning, and condiments. Also toss away broken kitchen appliances or unused kitchenware, which usually take up a lot of space in the kitchen cabinets.

Once the kitchen cabinets are empty, use some cleaning supplies and wipe clean the kitchen cabinets from inside to outside, top to bottom. Cleaning your cabinets thoroughly will prevent bugs from taking up residence and keep your kitchen items fresh. Then, Line the cabinets with paper or cork linings, which will help eliminate old odors and create a nice space for your kitchen supplies.


Organize and Label Similar Items

Once the cabinets are cleaned, it's time to organize the contents of your kitchen cabinets in a way that makes sense to how you cook and use your kitchen in general. The key to organizing your kitchen cabinets is to group similar items together and then organize the groups into zones. When you are putting things away into their zones, keep function in mind over form. For example, if you rarely use your spices, place them higher on the shelf, and put things you use all the time on eye-level shelves or up front. Label them underneath so you’re encouraged to keep up the organization.

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Give frequently used items priority

Assess which items you use on a daily basis and pick a large, accessible cabinet to store them in. Choose a cabinet that is located over the counter, rather than below it, so you won’t have to bend over to reach the dishes you need most often. If your cabinets have multiple shelves, place your frequently used items on the bottom.

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Buy organizers for smaller kitchen items

If you have a lot of little kitchen gadgets, such as utensils, cups or mugs, consider buying the following organizers to help reduce clutter and keep everything neatly in their place.

Utensil organizer. If your drawer doesn’t have one built-in utensil organizer, you can pick few up from a dollar store. Store your pans, folks, spoons, and knives separately in those organizers to keep them easily accessible.

LLifewit 5-Tier Adjustable Stainless Steel Pan Pot Organizer                                 Lifewit Adjustable Pan Rack Pot Lid Holder

Lifewit adjustable 5-tier pan pot organizer rack             Lifewit adjustable pan rack pot lid holder


Cup hooks. If you have a lot of cups and mugs and want to keep them easily accessible, consider install hooks under cabinets that overhang countertops as a way to store and display your cups and mugs.

Lifewit kitchen utensils & gadgets organization

Canisters. If you store flour, sugar, spices, and other food items in your kitchen cabinets.Pick up few canisters with tight-fitting lids and stored foods or other items in the containers to keep insects and airflow out.

Lifewit kitchen cabinet organization

Under sink organizer. If you use a cabinet located below the counter, you can move dish cleanser, pan pots to under sink organizer.

Lifewit Under Sink Organizer       Lifewit Under Sink Organizer

Lifewit Under Sink Organizer


What to store in your Upper Cabinets and Bottom Cabinets

Store fine china and fragile items such as stemware, casserole and serving dishes in the upper cabinets to keep them safe and out of easy reach. 

Stack heavy pots and pans in lower cabinets near the stove so you won’t have to lift them too high when using them. Place the pots and pans you use most often in the lower cabinets that are easiest to reach. Place pots and pans you use less often on the lowest shelves or toward the back of the cabinets. You can also install a pot rack on the wall next to your cabinets to hang the pots and pans on the wall without stacking them.

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  • Claire

    Easy tips! I’ll have a try on weekend.

  • lily

    it is so so so helpful…keep writing guys.

  • lilly

    nice blog

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