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     5 Steps to Kitchen Organization

Here are five main steps to help you organize your kitchen to be more efficient.
Clear the clutter

This is a big first step, but it needs to be done. You need to uncover your kitchen counters and your dinner table. It can be hard to do if things don't have a home. I know first hand how easy it is to build piles of stuff on those nice flat counters! So toss anything that you don't use, need or want. Give everything a home in a drawer, cabinet or another room. Getting the clutter out is a great first step and will help you to feel better about your kitchen right from the start of this kitchen organization project.
Put items close to where you use them

This may sound like common sense, but it can be overlooked. I used to keep certain items in what seemed to be the "logical" cabinet, not where I actually used it. Since moving my coffee making items by the coffee maker it's a breeze to make a pot of coffee in the morning! So put your cooking utensils near your stove, your mixing bowls and measuring tools in your food prep area along with your knives and cutting boards. Take a good look at your kitchen and how you use the space to figure out what belongs where.
Make counter space

There are a great number of kitchen appliances to choose from these days. The problem is, most of us don't have the counter space to display these wonderful items! Keep only what you use regularly on your counter tops. Store the rest in a cabinet, pantry or closet. Wouldn't you rather have the counter space to work with daily instead of trying to cook around your counter appliances? If you're really limited on counter space, cookbooks should be stored in a cabinet or on a bookshelf in another room until you need to access them.
Make drawer space

Just as you did with your counter tops, you need to get rid of anything you don't use, need or want. If there are items you only use rarely and you don't have a lot of drawer space, consider putting them somewhere else until you need them. Use drawer organizers to maximize your limited drawer space. Organizers can help to keep items together and help give you more space as well as protect your drawers.
Make cabinet space

Sort through your cabinets and toss anything expired or that you know you won't use again. Look around your kitchen again and determine what belongs where. What makes the most sense to how you use your kitchen in terms of where the plates, glasses and bowls go? Put like foods together. For example, put all your baking goods together in one cabinet, canned goods together, snacks together, etc. Be sure to organize vertically. Make use of every inch upwards if needed. Use helper shelves or add your own additional shelves. Be sure to put less used items up high or where inconvenient.

These tips should get you started on organizing your kitchen. Take your time and think things through. Know that you can always make modifications later if something doesn't seem to quite work for you. Don't be afraid to use organizing products to help you get the most out of your kitchen space. Once you've got your kitchen organized, you'll be proud to use your kitchen to whip up some special meals!


Tracy Greene writes about ways to help plan and organize life. You can get more great tips to help with all areas of your life and home on www.Plan-and-Organize-Life.com.

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