When you think of organization throughout your home, what spaces come to mind. For me, I immediately go to bathrooms, the kitchen and your closet. Each of these areas of your home have lots of moving pieces and are regularly used. I think that’s what makes this all so complicated. We have talked about closets, so let’s chat more about kitchens!
Within a kitchen I think there are several areas involved. How I break up my kitchen organization is with the drawers, the pantry, the refrigerator (exterior, food, interior) and under the sink. I think its easiest to talk in each segment as each is uniquely different. Each section I have linked the tools that fit each in efforts to make the searching easiest for you! As a consumer this is what I want, so I hope this will meet your needs too.
Your drawers service everything from spices and silverware to cozies and paperwork. Some drawers are for long term use and some are ever evolving or even temporary.
For those long term and permanent drawers, the organization should read as so. That being said, I found premium board at my local hardware store that matched the interior of my drawers. From there, I mapped out how the space could be used based on the materials that needed to be in that drawer. When I was confident in the lay out, the boards were cut to the appropriate length and screwed into the side of the drawer itself to ensure it would all stay in place. This creates a more permanent look (while it can be changed) and a more high end effect.
For the more short term and ever changing drawers, I use these dividers to keep things organized and break up the space appropriately. These are perfect as things change around your home and can adjust with your lifestyle and new needs. I use these in the below seen drawer near my coffee machine and refrigerator (how else do you organize cozies, access them and use them without making a mess!). I also have them in a drawer to separate coupons and in the bathroom for makeup.
Then there are those made up/temporary drawers. At Christmas I got a new coffee maker and my previous set up wouldn’t work. The new coffee corner consists of a new drawer to organize the pods and then separate containers to keep the coffee and sugar available and at ease! I even use a fastener to keep the cord under wraps back there!
For me, breaking up your drawers into long term and evolving helps me decide on how to manage each and allow them to work for me and my lifestyle!
Pantries are one of the main lifelines of the kitchen. Things can get lost in here for years if you aren’t careful! Just last year I exchanged my wire shelving for a simple DIY project to make a cleaner look and ohhhhh the difference it made (I think I sat on the floor looking at it after it was done, I was so happy). I set the heights of the shelves at distances that best fit my needs and what would be on each shelf and organized from there.
Starting at the top, having a way to organize my cans is all the things. Those little suckers can add up, go rolling and get buried in the back at the blink of an eye. These wire organizers have been my saving grace. From there on, these are my key components:
- Container for spice packets
- Container for Popcorn kernals
- Container(s) for various noodles (Opaque to see what I have)
- Bin for rice, boxed noodle mixes, etc. (Opaque to see what I have)
- Drawer for teas (Opaque to see what I have)
- Drawer for bite size sweet treats (Opaque to see what I have)
- Jar for granola bars (Opaque to see what I have)
- Bins for Baking needs, sauces, nuts (Can be messy, so go with color)
- Kitchen Bags that are easy to access and self-contained
- Tote for grocery bags to access as needed
- Bin for reusable bags and coolers
- Dog Food Bin (Keep it organized, smells in (You know you think it too) and pleasing to the eye)
Again, based on my lifestyle that is what works for me! It keeps it all organized, but usable. I want ease with my pantry both in finding and organizing. I have also linked a few of my favorite coolers here too!
Let’s be serious, the refrigerator is hard. You always have one too many condiments for the little cubbie shelves or things are packed in a little too tight. I think that’ just life and reality. All I have for you there is to be aware of what you have and be intentional on your meal choices to use things accordingly. On the other side of the organization, I have a few key tools that are musts for me.
- Egg Holder – This holds more than just a dozen eggs, so no fear on buying your next dozen when you have a few stragglers from the last dozen. It is also much prettier than the Styrofoam boys that the grocery store sells them in.
- Soda Holder – I don’t want to see the box of whatever you got. It’s ugly, its bulky and you have no idea how many are left in that mystery box. This also allows you to blend varieties.
- Wine Holder – This allows you to lay bottles flat and not get in a fight with the next layer of shelving when the bottle is too tall…. And It’s pretty too 😊
That’s it, that’s the basic. Keeps it pretty and keeps it functional, two of the things I love most. On the exterior of the refrigerator, I’m not one of those keep it clean without mail, photos and invitations. I want to see what people send me and have invitations there as a reminder! HOWEVER, magnets can be SO ULGY! These little guys keep it fresh and not so chaotic. All of which make me happy!!
Under the Sink Organization
That dreaded under the sink… The pipes make it hard and things can pile up. This is where we previously talked about our Cleaning check list. Whether that is just to keep yourself accountable or keep your whole family on the same page. Laminate it or stick it in one of these and use a dry erase marker for continued reusability.
My key components under the sink are cleaning supplies, easy to grab towel and dishwashing tools. This does all the things.
I hope this helps guide you a bit more as you organize your spaces to fit your lifestyle!! There is no right or wrong. These are the tools that have helped me stay sane and functional in my kitchen. Just don’t go judging my spaces 😉