Have you ever opened a kitchen cabinet just to discover you’d never be able to actually find what you’re looking for? For a family of any size, this is a common scenario. Plastic containers seem to be the biggest pain point for homeowners, but mismanaged cabinets can also get in the way of storing larger items like pots and pans.
Taking control of your kitchen starts by getting the entire family on board. Use a few of these tips and techniques to keep your cabinets perfectly organized so you can access what you need when you need it.
Call A Family Meeting
Make it easy to create organization habits. You could name each cabinet to make it easier, such as the plates and bowls cabinet. This will make it easier for family members to remember what goes where. You may also want to ask in this meeting what would make it easier for everyone to work together in keeping the kitchen organized. Ultimately, you know your family best and what will work for
Get Rid Of Unnecessary Items
If you’re able, start with a clean slate by emptying out all your cabinets and begin sorting what items you want to keep and what you can donate or give away. “Getting organized means making those hard decisions about what to keep and what to let go of, starting on the inside of your cabinets,” Whalen said. “If you’re not using it or can’t remember the last time anyone in the family has used it, let it go.”
Create A Kitchen Command Center
“Another way to help stay organized is with a family command center,” Whalen said. “Keep papers on a wall clipboard or chalkboard near the kitchen. When the board is full, that’s the maximum number of items you can keep. This will force you to look through these items and discard or file away anything that’s no longer relevant.”
This can be an easy system for kids to place items they need signed or urgent messages that need to be seen. That way, your cabinets will stay organized and nothing will be forgotten.
Keep Cabinet Items Accessible
Of course, it’s easy to make a mess of your cabinets when family members can reach commonly-used items. For plates, bowls, and cups keep them in a place where your child can reach them if needed. A stool nearby may help.
Invest In Cabinet Accessories
Different size dividers make it easy for family members to remember what goes where when it comes to cabinets and drawers. “Drawer dividers are one of the simplest ways to keep your kitchen organized,” Whalen said. “Separate flatware, utensils, spices, and Tupperware easily with a divider that keeps everything in its place.”
Another great family-friendly way to organize your kitchen cabinets and drawers is with labels. On the inside shelf, label what item goes there. This is a great way for young children to practice their reading skills as well.