Having an organized kitchen is a great way to spark enthusiasm to cook in the kitchen.
By doing so it makes creating meals fun especially if your kitchen is organized unlike what mine used to look like.
You don’t need to get all Marie Kondo kitchen organization crazy however minimalism and space is important.
In my last post, ‘Happiness is everything; Saving Money, Buying Time,’ I blogged about my quest to de-clutter my kitchen.
The idea is to spend less time trying to keep it clean and organized so I can spend more quality time with family.
My Organized Kitchen Before and After Photos
Besides having a clean kitchen where everything has its place, it can still be a disaster zone.
Ideally, you’ll want a clean kitchen with minimal clutter, so it’s an organized kitchen that is functional.
When I say functional, it makes it easy to find what you are looking for and save you time.
As you may have guessed, time is money and saving it makes the user happy.
Wanting A Bigger Kitchen
Over the last five years, I wished I had a more oversized kitchen, nothing glamorous, mainly just a little more counter space.
I shared the post with a few of my friends, one being my awesome neighbour.
She shared some of her time and kitchen organizing tips with me, and we spent a couple of hours tearing my kitchen apart, and now I have an organized kitchen.
Having an outside point of view made me realize I don’t need a more oversized kitchen.
I need to make better use of the space I have and have less stuff!
Make Your Kitchen Make Sense
Step back and take a good look at your kitchen.
What could easily change that would make your time in the kitchen more manageable?
I want counter space! Almost everyone I know wants more space to prepare food in the kitchen.
I have a pull-out cutting board that I have never really used. Why? Because my microwave was sitting on the counter directly above where it pulls out.
This structure was leaving little room to have any items for the food I’m preparing on the counter.
We moved the microwave to the corner and just like that I have more counter space.
Many times we overlook the obvious and perhaps now I’ll use the cutting board.
Something as simple as this has made my kitchen a lot more functional.
The top of my microwave has always been a magnet for clutter. Does anyone else feel the same way?
Most likely as does the top of the refrigerator,
My $20.00 radio sits on top to prevent this from now on, opening up some more space on the counter.
Avoid Working Around Things You Don’t Need
I had more kitchen gadgets, pots and pans than I ever used or would likely use.
Why on earth did I have five baking dishes?
Ah yes, wedding presents, all were appreciated.
Still, I don’t need five pyrex baking dishes so they were donated to the Salvation Army this week.
I have two other ceramic baking dishes that will do me just fine and easier to clean.
Do all of your storage, sandwich and snack containers have lids and do you know where they all are?
I’ve drastically reduced the number of plastics on hand by pairing up lids with containers and getting rid of the unpaired ones.
I also store them with the lids, so I don’t have to spend time looking for a top when needed.
The idea is to give containers a longer life before the inevitable separation from their lids while saving space and money.
It happens to everyone eventually.
Container Storage And Labelling The Pantry
Store goods such as cereal, flour and sugar in containers and throw a label on them.
I also have one snack container for the kid’s snacks, such as granola bars and fruit cups.
Not only is it easier to organize containers, but it also helps to keep a kitchen inventory.
This form of kitchen organization will ensure that your grocery dollars are spent on things you need.
Containers and labels can save you time making your grocery list when you can open the cupboard and easily see everything you have.
When the kid’s snack container is getting empty, I need to buy more snacks!
Common Sense Kitchen Organization Tips
Though these tips may seem common sense, when things pile up and work gets away on you, not knowing where to start to catch up is a common problem.
This problem for some people is big enough that they keep working around these items day after day while they continue to pile up.
If clutter is making you unhappy, taking the time to do it and get rid of it will pay off in the long run.
Some simple changes can make a big difference.
No need to ask yourself how to organize kitchen cabinets, because you’ll already have it done.
Please keep it simple and get rid of what you don’t need or what is out of date.
Keep Your Spice List Simple
How should I organize my spices?
It’s simple, and if you take just a few moments, you can turn your crazy spice cabinet into a space that you will crave using when cooking gourmet meals for dinner.
At the same time, rummaging through my spice cupboard to find that one spice I need, having to look through multiple shelves, one that I am too short of reaching without a stool, dropping a bottle here and there happened too often.
Instead, I am using the bottom shelf for my larger containers and having everything else in baskets on the other two shelves making finding that spice a lot less work, and I can reach the basket without a stool.
Alternate Kitchen Organization Ideas
- Pictures and magnets all over your fridge can make things feel cluttered. Use the sides of your fridge so you don’t always have to see them.
- Keep things you use regularly on shelves and cupboards that are at eye level or within reach. Store items only used on occasion higher up and away from things you use most often.
- Reduce the number of dishes you use, keep enough for one setting for each person in your household and put the others up high. You will have to wash after every meal but you won’t have dishes piling up and washing them should only take a few minutes.
I want to maximize the happy moments and eliminate the stress in my life.
I have enjoyed spending less time in my kitchen these last few days but even more enjoying the time I have spent in my new organized kitchen.
How happy I feel having this task done keeps me motivated to keep my kitchen organized and de-clutter the rest of my house.
Discussion: How could your kitchen be a time and money-saving tool? Would you mind leaving me your comments below?
Katrina is a contributor to Canadian Budget Binder and is as passionate about personal finance as she is gardening. Katrina is a horticulture graduate with over 10 years of experience with landscaping and greenhouse production.