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Kitchens often serve as the unofficial gathering place in our homes. Unfortunately, what gathers is often more than just food and family. Nothing discourages meal prep like clutter and mess, and by placing frequently used items in strategic places and simplifying storage, you’ll spend less time searching and stressing from meal prep to clean-up. Here are seven simple ways to organize your kitchen into a truly functional heart of the home:
The first step to organizing your kitchen is to think of the room as four different zones: cooking, storage, pantry, and dining.
The dining zone is the area where you eat most of your meals. Too often, a kitchen table or island becomes a gathering spot for mail, craft supplies, laptops, and homework. Use placemats and an attractive tablecloth to make it inviting for dinner—not clutter. Place baskets or other storage solutions in high-traffic areas like mudrooms or entryways so items are accessible when needed, then easy to tuck away when expecting company.
The pantry zone is a great place to organize types of foods. Canned food, cereal, and quick, weeknight dinner ideas are easier to find when grouped by category.
The storage zone is located near the sink. This is where you find your plates, glasses, cups, and bowls. Other items in this zone are storage containers and colanders.
The cooking zone resides around the stove and prep area. It typically contains cutting boards, knives, and pans.
Countertops are prime real estate in any kitchen, and that space should be prioritized for everyday essentials. You want your most frequently used items easily accessible, however, free up as much space as you can to achieve a streamlined look and feel. Tucking away small appliances when not in use, or creating a built-in coffee bar, are excellent ways to keep clutter to a minimum. For other items such as cooking utensils, jars are an excellent solution for keeping things contained yet within reach.
Give your countertops a quick wipe-down every day to prevent spots, crumbs, and germs from building up.
A great solution for apartments or small kitchens, attaching an organizer to the inside of a cabinet door will allow you to easily free up precious pantry space. Use a modified shoe organizer or magazine rack for quick organization fixes. For a cleaner look, have a custom cabinet builder install matching storage racks, pull-out drawers, or Lazy Susans to give your newfound organization more longevity.
Hang It Up
Not everything in your kitchen has to be shoved into a drawer or cabinet. Great for keeping frequently used items within reach, decorative wall hooks are a must-have for aprons or towels. Of course, be sure to install these away from ovens or other hot surfaces.
Additionally, hanging an overhead pot rack above your stove will instantly offer a tactful space for beloved pots, pans, and skillets. As an added benefit, ceiling racks also bring character and dimension to your space.
Whether your kitchen is farmhouse, French, eclectic, or modern, open shelving conveniently bridges design and practicality. Perfect for those looking to achieve a storage-savvy space without sacrificing style, open shelving radiates a bright and open feel while adding effortless function.
If closed cabinets are more in line with your preference, remember that open shelving does not have to be your kitchen’s main form of storage. Instead, consider installing shelf brackets above your sink, or on an unused wall for additional storage opportunities.