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These tips will help inspire you to have an organized kitchen with systems that are simple to use and maintain!


Need inspiration to organize your kitchen? These tips will help inspire you with systems that are simple to use and maintain!

A Home for Everything

Can you identify where everything in your kitchen belongs? Does it have a designated drawer or cabinet? Having a designated home for each item in your kitchen is the most important step to being organized.

When you know where to put the items that cause clutter, it’s easy to tidy your kitchen in just a few minutes!

Keep It Simple

While I like to make sure everything I need has a home, I also like to keep systems flexible so everyone in the house—even guests—can help in the kitchen.

I organize drawers by category (baking, table utensils, drinking cups, etc.), but I avoid being overly specific on what goes where within each drawer. I’ve found if the organizational system is too complex, it can be overwhelming or even discouraging to others who want to help.

I have a baking drawer that holds measuring cups, measuring spoons, and baking cups. While I use shallow baskets to corral certain things, I maintain a little flexibility about what goes where in the drawer as long as it’s easy to find what I need.

Create a Command Center

My kitchen island is often a landing place for things like mail, schoolwork, and other things that find their way into the house. To combat this problem and to prevent clutter from piling up, I added a magnetic chalkboard to the hallway connected to my kitchen. Magnetic clips hold papers, important mail, sports calendars for my son, and even Christmas cards and wedding invitations.

Any papers that don’t need to be visible get filed away in my office.

It helps to have easy access to important things right there in my kitchen without clutter taking up precious counter space! 

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Keeping the Everyday on Display

I have certain kitchen items that are attractive enough to be on display, and the added bonus here is that they’re also conveniently located right where I need them—on the counter.

For example, I have a pretty, white crock next to my stove that houses everyday cooking utensils, like wooden spoons, silver spatulas, and whisks—the nicest, most-used utensils—there on display. I reach into that crock every single day without having to dig through the drawer next to the stove to find what I need.

I also have a mug tree next to my coffee maker that holds my favorite everyday mugs, making for easy access.

These convenient organizational systems allow me to quickly grab what I need, and they make it simple to put things away in a flash. I love how a simple crock can save space in the drawers while also adding a pleasing and functional accessory to my kitchen!

What are some organizational tips you use to make the most of your kitchen space?

About the Author

Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels is the author and creator of one of the top home decorating blogs on the web, The Inspired Room. She has been featured on such sites and publications as, Apartment Therapy, and Ladies Home Journal.

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