Kitchen Organization

5 Smart Ways to Organize Kitchen Cupboards

It’s impossible to keep your kitchen from getting messy unless you organize your kitchen cupboards. These tips can help!

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Maintaining organized kitchen cupboards can feel daunting at times, especially given all the items we store in our kitchens. Here are 5 practical suggestions for organizing your kitchen cupboards so you can easily access what you need, free up some of your time, and eliminate the look of clutter that can easily overtake your kitchen.

Keep rarely used items on the top shelf or in a higher cupboard.

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You probably have a few (or several) kitchen items you only use on occasion. For example, the fondue pot you might dig out once or twice a year, a set of holiday dishes, or a huge roasting pan. Store any items that aren’t used on a regular basis either on a top shelf or in a higher cupboard, There’s no need for these items to take up prime real estate in your easy-to-reach cupboards!

Invest in storage solutions.

When you are trying to store several small items in one area (I’m looking at you, spices!) your cupboards can quickly feel cluttered. Storage solutions that make organizing these items way easier are worth every penny. A spice rack and some drawer organizers for silverware and other assorted cooking utensils can tidy things up quickly. A can rack can help you organize canned soups, vegetables, fruits, etc.

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Give your kids easier access to what they use the most. 

It might seem strange to put dishes and cups in a lower cupboard, but if you have youngish kids, this tip is for you! If your kids haven’t graduated to adult plates and glasses, but are becoming more independent, consider storing their plastic dishes and cups in a cupboard where they can easily access them. This allows them to grab their own glass to fill at the sink, a plate for their snack, etc. It helps them take on more responsibility, and allows you a better chance at uninterrupted time as well. Win-win!

Use categories to organize your food cupboards.

You probably already have certain cupboards designated as “food” cupboards. But further organizing these cupboards by types of food can help you save time in the long run. Here are 4 suggestions for categories:

  • Baking cupboard or shelf — brown sugar, flour, baking soda, cake mixes, shortening, etc.
  • Snack cupboard or shelf — popcorn, granola bars, crackers, etc. (keep this one lower for kids to reach easily).
  • Meal cupboard or shelf — canned items, pastas, broths, etc.
  • Breakfast cupboard of shelf — cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, etc.

Tame the tupperware beast.

We all know what a nightmare it can be to keep tupperware organized! If you have ample cupboard space, match up the lids and containers as soon as they are washed, and stack with the lids already on. That way, you can quickly grab a container without wasting time rummaging through the lids. If you have limited space, purchase a small bin you can set inside the cupboard to hold all the loose lids and stack the containers according to size and shape. If you end up with unmatched lids or containers, give them the boot!

I hope these tips have provided you with some easy ways to make your kitchen more organized and clutter free!

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Mary Ann Blair

Mary Ann Blair is a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer living in the Pacific Northwest with her two little gentlemen and hubs. Besides chronicling her adventures in motherhood, she loves the outdoors, reading, and all things crafty. You can connect with her on FB at @MaryAnnBlair, Writer or on her web-site,