How To Keep An Organized Kitchen

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Having an organized kitchen is a great way to spark enthusiasm to cook in the kitchen.

Doing so makes creating meals fun, mainly if your kitchen is organized, unlike what mine used to look like.

You don’t need to get all Marie Kondo kitchen organization wild; however, minimalism and space are essential.

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 my family.

How To Keep An Organized Kitchen To Save Time And Money
How To Keep An Organized Kitchen To Save Time And Money

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 a functional, organized kitchen.

When I say functional, it makes finding what you are looking for easy and saves 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 my space and have less stuff!

Make Your Kitchen Make Sense

After photos of updated organized kitchen
My Update Kitchen Photos Before and After Organized Kitchen

Step back and take a good look at your kitchen.

What could easily change to make your time in the kitchen more manageable?

I want counter space! Almost everyone I know wants more room 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 left little room for any items for the food I was preparing on the counter.

The microwave was moved to the corner, and I have more counter space.

We often overlook the obvious, and perhaps I’ll use the cutting board now.

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, opening up more space on the counter.

Avoid Working Around Things You Don’t Need

Pull-out drawers before and after kitchen organization
Before and After Organized Kitchen Drawers

 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 fine and are easier to clean.

Do all your storage, sandwich, and snack containers have lids, and do you know where they are?

I’ve drastically reduced the number of plastics on hand by pairing up lids with containers and removing the unpaired ones.

I also store them with lids, so I don’t have to spend time looking for a top when needed.

The idea is to give containers a more extended life before the inevitable separation from their lids while saving space and money.

It happens to everyone eventually.

Container Storage And Labelling The Pantry

Pantry
Before and After Pantry Kitchen Organization

Meal planning and preparing a grocery list are two valuable tools when living on a budget.

Maintaining certain items in your pantry is essential to sticking to your grocery budget.

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 your grocery dollars are spent on your needs.

Containers and labels can save you time making your grocery list when you can open the cupboard and easily see everything you have.  

I need to buy more snacks when the kid’s snack container empties!

Clutter is stressful, and we all just want to be happy.

Common Sense Kitchen Organization Tips

Though these tips may seem common sense, when things pile up, and work gets away from 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 daily while they pile up.

If clutter makes you unhappy, taking the time to do and eliminate 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 remove what you don’t need or what is outdated.

Look how easy it is to go from an Unorganized Kitchen spices pantry to Organized Kitchen Spices Pantry.
Unorganized Kitchen Pantry to Organized Kitchen Pantry

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 chaotic spice cabinet into a space you crave using when cooking gourmet meals for dinner.

Related: Free Spice List Printable (Common Spices)

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, and 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 at eye level or within reach. Store items only used occasionally higher up and away from something 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.

Maximize the happy moments and eliminate the stress in your 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?

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Katrina contributes to Canadian Budget Binder and is as passionate about personal finance as gardening. Katrina is a horticulture graduate with over 10 years of experience with landscaping and greenhouse production.

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22 Comments

  1. Love this, Katrina! We are actually in the process of reorganizing our small kitchen right now, and I’m so excited to see the results. Our pantry looks like your “before” picture right now, and it’s driving me crazy! 🙂

    1. Thanks Laurie and good luck with your kitchen! It’s been a nice weight lifted off my shoulders, a few more rooms to do yet 🙂

  2. A great article Katrina!!! The kitchen is another area I need to work on here. Other than clearing clutter, it’s not too bad. We did the kitchen here a number of years ago and I designed it myself. Hours with a ruler, graph paper and a pamphlet from the maker of the cupboards got me a kitchen I could work in and storage that would work for me. Mind you that was a lot of stuff ago,stuff I’m working on clearing out as long as someone isn’t looking. That juicer he brought home is going to disappear one day soon. I try to do a cupboard at a time, or in the case of the pantry, a shelf at a time on Thursdays. Same with the fridge, Thursday is the day to clean out. Doing a small section at a time means I can get something done without interruption. I think clearing out stuff is an ongoing effort for all of us……

  3. I had a big re-org of my kitchen recently and there is something so calming about it. It also helped me discover items I had that I could use and make some meals and stretch my grocery budget a bit, which was nice. In my fridge it also helps me avoid food waste.

    1. Doesn’t it feel great! I have to admit I may have spent too much time these last 2 days in my kitchen, I’ve done a lot of baking I may have to get to the gym this week!

  4. I am almost psycho with my kitchen. I have to have a clean kitchen or I get antsy for sure. It drives my boyfriend crazy. I may have a little OCD 🙂

  5. We’re always dealing with this ourselves. The fridge thing with having things on it really does make it feel more cluttered, though we really can’t get around that much with having little ones always wanting stuff on there. We’ve hung our microwave so it saves on the counter space and put as much into cabinets as we can.

    1. My son brings home artwork from school almost daily now and wants it on the fridge of course. The one side of our fridge is completely exposed so that’s he place for artwork now!. I have always wanted an under cabinet radio (I love music in my kitchen), maybe oneday the budget will allow for it. Thanks for reading John 🙂

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