In our incredibly busy world, time is of the essence, so finding ways to save time in our day is a great thing. An unorganized kitchen can add to the time it takes you to prepare meals and springtime is also a great time to do some extra cleaning. So here’s our top 7 kitchen organization tips to help you redeem that wasted time. One of the latest and most ingenious time-saving kitchen tips is installing gliding shelves in your existing kitchen cupboards. Contact DIY Shelfworks today to order yours, and get your kitchen organized.
1. Get Rid Of The ExcessThe first rule to organizing any room, and the kitchen especially, is to get rid of anything that you don’t need or never use. Why have things taking up your much-needed space when they are never used. We are all guilty of purchasing the latest kitchen gadget, thinking that it is so cool and will be such a great asset only to realize that it’s doesn’t actually work that well and after our first attempt it gets placed in a drawer never to be seen again. Go through every utensil and appliance in your cupboards and if you haven’t used them in the last year, donate them to someone who will. Toss any spices or boxed food items that have expired and cook up the extra food taking up space in your freezer at least twice a year.
2. Use Your Cupboard Doors As Extra Storage
The insides of your cupboard doors is a great usually forgotten about storage area. You can use it to hang up thin flat-surfaced items such as pot lids or you can convert it into a great space for organizing your measuring spoons and cups. You could also mount a magazine rack and use it to hold your cutting boards. Another great idea is to paint a portion of one of your doors with chalkboard or whiteboard paint and use it to write your “to do” or “grocery” lists.
3. Install Tension Rods
Installing tension rods in strategic locations around your kitchen can be a great way to help you get organized. You can use one to hide a paper towel roll for easy access or put one under the sink to hang all of your cleaning spray bottles. They also work great as a way to organize your lids inside of a drawer. Simply install several inside the drawer at intervals and stand up your lids in between.
4. Store Food In Clear Containers
Keeping your food in their original containers can actually take up space and create a big mess inside your cupboards. Mismatched boxes of half eaten food can take up an amazingly large amount of space unnecessarily. If you transfer our food into matching clear, rectangular or square containers, you will be able to easily stack them to make use of unused vertical spaces. In addition you will be able to see more clearly what you actually have. This will also save you time when you are making your grocery list. Food stored in airtight containers will stay fresher than that stored in opened boxes or bags which is an added bonus. You can find a great selection of clear plastic containers at a great price at your local dollar store.
5. Organize Your Kitchen Into Work Zones
It is helpful to divide your kitchen into various work zones and to store the items used for each purpose in those zones. For example, the counter and cupboard space around the sink should be dedicated to cleaning therefore you should store your cleaning supplies underneath your sink and use the area around the sink for washing and dishes or cleaning your fruits and vegetables. The area near the stove should be designated for cooking, so store your cooking utensils and condiments in the cupboards close to the stove. Read more about kitchen work zones and how to set them up here.
6. Store Like Items Together
Don’t just randomly put things inside your cupboards. Make a plan and stick to it. Group items together in a logical fashion. Things that you use together should be stored close together. For example, store your can opener in a drawer close to where you keep your canned goods. Keep your coffee maker close to your coffee making supplies. Once you have your plan, stick to it. That means that you always should put your things back in their assigned place. This may be a challenge if you have a husband who enjoys watching you search for items that he has decided to “hide” on you just for fun.
7. Purchase and Install Gliding Shelves
Gliding shelves are an awesome organizational tool for your kitchen by making that unused space at the back of your cupboards both usable and easily accessible. The shelves conveniently pull out so you can see everything at a glance and you can easily reach and return each item to its proper spot once you are finished with it. No more bending and stretching to reach the back of your shelf; no more tossing an item into the corner in frustration, just to get it out of your sight. Your cupboards will never have looked so tidy; you’ll wonder why you didn’t install them before.
Gliding Shelves: The Ultimate in Kitchen Organization
Installing gliding shelves will revolutionize your kitchen cupboard organization. They allow you to view every item inside, even those at the very back, quickly and easily. DIY Shelfworks will custom make your very own gliding shelves to perfectly fit into your existing cupboards. Our high-quality rolling shelves are 100% Canadian made and will be delivered to you in as little as two to three weeks through Canada Post. You can choose from either our premium 9-ply Baltic Birch or our more economical melamine shelves. They come in 3 shelf heights: 3″, 5″, or 7″ and have a limited lifetime warranty. Place your order today and get your kitchen cupboards organized like never before.