Tips for Kitchen Cabinet Organization that Work

Are you looking for a way to maximize space in your kitchen? Set up your kitchen to function efficiently with these tips and ideas for kitchen cabinet organization.

kitchen cabinet organization using jars

Whether you have a large kitchen with lots of storage or a small one with limited cabinet space, kitchen cabinet organization is key for everyday use.

Are you ready to get organized? Every organizing project starts with decluttering. Get rid of what you don’t need and don’t use before you start.

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Now that you have decluttered let’s get organized!

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Planning Kitchen Storage

  • Categorize and prioritize items based on what function they serve and how frequently you use them.
  • Zone Planning. Divide your cabinets into zones based on what items they’ll hold and what each kitchen section is used for.
  • Store by height and weight. Place heavier items on lower shelves to make accessing them more manageable. Place lighter and less used items on higher shelves. Keep similar items together for easy access.
  • Utilize drawer dividers to organize utensils, cutlery, and small kitchen tools. You can even use them in larger drawers for pots and pans.

Organizing with Zones

Organizing your kitchen cabinets into zones will make working in your kitchen easier, whether cooking or putting away groceries.

These are some of the best places to store items in your kitchen. Even though they may seem obvious, these small switches are a game changer in your kitchen’s flow.

1. Drinking Glasses

Place water cups or glasses closer to the refrigerator for easy access. This simple adjustment will keep you from searching for a glass when reaching for a refreshing drink.

2. Coffee Mugs

Coffee station in the kitchen

Coffee enthusiasts can streamline their morning routine by storing coffee mugs near their machines. This saves time and creates a designated coffee station. If you use a Keurig, store the coffee pods next to the coffee machine.

3. Snack Zone

Designate a specific cabinet or drawer as the “snack zone.” You can store items like granola bars, nuts, and popcorn in it. Choose a drawer or cabinet that kids can reach.

4. Cooking Utensils

cooking utensils in drawer near stove

Keep frequently used utensils, such as spatulas, ladles, and tongs, in a container on the countertop or a drawer near the stove. Invest in a knife holder on the countertop to save drawer space.

5. Kids Zone

Create a designated cabinet or drawer space just for your kids. (Pro tip: keep it near the snack zone since they’ll be the ones asking often!). The Kids Corner can include plastic plates, cups, and utensils at a height they can reach. This will empower them to get what they want without assistance

6. Baking Essentials

woman putting away baking supplies from cabinet

Gather your baking sheets, mixing bowls, and measuring cups in one designated cabinet. This perfect themed organization technique will make the baking process smoother.

7. Condiment Corner

Who doesn’t love a little ketchup on a burger? Chances are, you have a bunch of condiments that have stacked up over the months or years. Group them in a designated area of your refrigerator door or keep them on a specific shelf.

8. Seasoning Station

Kitchen cabinet organization for spices

For avid cooks, you could create a seasoning station near the stove. Store commonly used spices, oils, and condiments within arm’s reach so you can mix and match while you’re cooking. 

9. Dishcloth Drawer

Keep two favorite towels on the stove for easy access, but create a designated drawer for other dishcloths, kitchen towels, and oven mitts. We recommend keeping it near the sink or dishwasher.

10. Cleaning Supplies

Last, but not least, you’ll need a place to keep your cleaning supplies. We recommend storing them underneath the sink or in a pantry cabinet near your trash can.

Storing Pots and Pans

pot and pan storage on the wall

Pots and pans should be stored closest to the area where you will use them for ease and convenience. Here are some ideas for kitchen cabinet organization for cookware.

1. Incorporate Vertical Pan Organizers

To maximize cabinet space, you can store your baking sheets, cutting boards, and pans vertically. Vertical pan organizers also prevent items from piling up or stacking ineffectively and make them easy to access.

2. Nesting Pots and Pans

We recommend buying a nesting set if you’re willing to invest in new pots and pans. These pots and pans are designed to stack neatly on top of one another. They’re the perfect solution for saving cabinet space! 

3. Lid Racks

Store the lids separately on lid racks and mount them to the cabinet doors or inside the cabinet to keep pot lids organized and easily accessible.

See more pots and pans storage ideas here.

Organization in a Small Kitchen

cabinet organized with plastic bins

Small kitchens may be more challenging to organize than larger ones, but it can still be done. All ideas above for decluttering, planning, and setting up zones still apply.

You could also consider a few additional ways to clear the clutter and use your space efficiently.

1. Utilize Vertical Storage Space

It may initially seem small in your kitchen, but vertical storage space is hugely advantageous and underutilized. You can install shelves or racks inside cabinet doors to store spices, small jars, or cutting boards. This will maximize the space and open up more storage options for you. But don’t forget to keep your frequently used items within arm’s reach.

2. Clear Bins and Containers

These are a good investment for any kitchen because you’ll be able to identify your cabinets’ contents quickly. This is particularly helpful in small kitchens where every inch of space matters.

3. Magnetic Strips for Utensils

If you’re short on drawer space, free up the space by attaching magnetic strips to the inside of your cabinet doors. This is an excellent way to store knives, measuring spoons, and other metallic utensils in a spot that would otherwise not be used.

Regardless of how you organize your kitchen cabinets, we’re confident that implementing these strategies will help you make the most of your space. Whether you have a spacious or compact kitchen, the key lies in thoughtful organization.

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