How to Organise Your Kitchen & Pantry

The kitchen is sometimes seen as the heart of the home – where friends & families get together to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a relaxing coffee – & nothing quite brings people together like delicious food!

So since it plays such an important role it’s equally important that your kitchen functions in a way that creates a wonderful atmosphere & ease for the home chefs to manoeuvre around.

Benchtops, cupboards, drawers, refrigerators & floors all need attention & I’ll present more on each below.

Benchtops.

We start with the benchtops because it’s the most visible area in any kitchen.

  • Evaluate what are your common clutter concerns, such as dishes in & around the sink, appliances taking up space, paper piles or unreturned items
  • Consider what kind of benchtops you want to wake up to each day, such as completely bare or clutter-free with purposely placed appliances & homewares
  • By constantly referring to part ii select one area on your benchtop that frustrates you the most & then by using the decluttering system make it clutter-free, then keep going onto other areas (if time permits)
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the benchtop a thorough clean
  • Again by referring to part ii reorganise your benchtop into a space that is both functional & purposeful for all members of your household
  • What appliances, if any, will remain on the benchtops?
  • What homewares would you like to display?
  • If you have a dishwasher, can you find a consistent time of the day to turn it on once it’s full? (I do this at the end of the day)
  • If you don’t have the dishwasher, can you wash dishes as you finish with them & ask other grown-ups to do that too?

Drawers.

Kitchen drawers can be such a hub of underused & duplicate utensils, which only continues to grow if not properly dealt with.

  • Open each drawer & sort each item using the decluttering system
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the drawers a thorough clean
  • Reorganise your drawers into both functional & purposeful spaces for all members of your household
  • You can sort by material, e.g. wooden utensils together, metal utensils together
  • You can sort by how often you use the items, e.g. most regularly used is in the higher drawers

Cupboards.

Kitchen cupboards can be easily filled with too many appliances, cookware & serving ware if we’re not careful (I’ve been there!) & this will most likely take up the most of your reorganising in the kitchen (excl. the pantry).

  • Open each cupboard & sort each item using the decluttering system
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the cupboards a thorough clean
  • Reorganise your cupboards into both functional & purposeful spaces for all members of your household
  • You can sort by type, e.g. cookware, serving ware
  • You can sort by how often you use the items, e.g. most regularly used are easier to reach

Tables.

Kitchen tables can attract so much mess & clutter in an instant! For some families, it can be a ‘dumping ground’ of school stuff, work stuff & any old stuff …

  • Declutter the table surface as per the decluttering system
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the table & any chairs a thorough clean
  • Reorganise the table surface in a way that is visually pleasing & with both functionality & purposefulness in mind for all members of your household
  • You can keep it completely bare
  • You can add a few small homeware items, such as flowers or candles, as a centrepiece
  • You can add a few practical pieces on one side of the table such as coasters or napkins

Refrigerator.

The refrigerator can get disorderly very quickly especially if many hands get inside it.

Depending on how big your fridge/freezer is & how much food you have inside, you may need to set a convenient time particularly to avoid any ingredients defrosting.

  • Declutter the fridge & freezer (one at a time) as per the decluttering system
  • Be sure to check the expiry dates of each item, whether it’s opened or not
  • Ingredients you no longer want, are still in date & unopened can be donated to a food shelter or friend/family member
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the refrigerator a thorough clean
  • Reorganise the refrigerator in a way that is visually pleasing & with both functionality & purposefulness in mind for all members of your household
  • You can store similar ingredients together like dairy, sauces, drinks, fruit & vegetables
  • You can store ingredients with similar size packaging together

Floors.

Floors can get cluttered too, especially in corners where you may store things piled up until you’re “ready” to deal with them (I’ve done that!).

  • Declutter the floor as per the decluttering system
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the floor a thorough clean
  • Reorganise the floors so that only furniture remains
  • If you need to store an item on the floor, first see if you can find another home for it that keeps it off the ground, which will make cleaning the floors a lot easier

Maintenance.

Maintaining a clutter-free & organised kitchen is such an amazing feat!

Personally, the kitchen took me a lot longer than any other room to get to where it is today because I had SO much cookware, serving ware & my humble pantry is more like a cupboard that fits one person in there at a time. But once I got it ready, maintenance became such a breeze because:

  • Every space was decluttered
  • Every item had a home
  • I decided to dedicate every Monday to my kitchen only
  • I try to follow the R&T Rul

Pantry Organisation.

The pantry has been given its own section here because there are many who have great looking kitchens but neglected pantries, which is easy to do.

Benchtops, shelves & floors all need attention & I’ll present more on each in this module.

Benchtops & shelves.

If you have a butler’s pantry (lucky you!) or one with benchtops where you can prepare food in, you really need to treat them like you do the kitchen benchtops.

The shelves in your pantry need to save you time when looking for food to eat or ingredients to cook with & this means having everything easily accessible.

For each shelf, sort each item on them using the decluttering system.

  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the shelves a thorough clean
  • Reorganise your shelves into both functional & purposeful spaces for all members of your household
  • You can sort by type of food, e.g. snacks, sweets, sauces, baking etc.
  • You can sort by packaging type, e.g. cans, bags, boxes etc.
  • You can sort by a combination of both (as I do)

Floors.

Floors can get cluttered too, especially in corners where you may store things piled up until you’re “ready” to deal with them with them (I’ve done that!).

  • Declutter the floor as per the decluttering system
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the floor a thorough clean
  • Reorganise the floors so that only must-have items remain
  • If you need to store an item on the floor, first see if you can find another home for it as this will make cleaning the floors a lot easier

Maintenance.

Maintaining an organised pantry is such a time & money saver.

Cooking & grocery shopping is a lot easier because:

  • I can see all the items I have in my pantry
  • I decided to dedicate every Monday to my kitchen only

 

Happy organising,


 

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