The number one place in our home that gets used most often, is the kitchen. It’s the central location of most houses, and definitely has it’s fair share of ‘stuff’. From the pantry to the junk drawer, there are so many small clutter-prone spaces to get organized! About a year ago my husband and I decided that it was time to turn OUR out-of-control pantry into a food oasis. So with just some paint, vinyl decals & labels, thrifted storage items and a bit of hard work… our little corner pantry went from messy and drab, to organized and fab!
Along with inspiration from photos like these, we had finally conquered our messy food closet dilemma.
When it comes to kitchen organizing there are a few things to ask yourself:
- What do I REALLY use and need?
- Where should those items be placed so that I can access them easily?
- How can I create a system for everything to STAY organized?
There are so many different ways to store, display and organize everyday items in your kitchen. Spices, for example, can be stored in drawers, on shelves, in recycled baby food jars, or simply stuck on the side of your refrigerator!
Large, clear, wide-mouth jars and storage containers are the PERFECT way to store snacks and baking supplies. The ability to see through the containers makes it easy to know when it’s time to restock.
You can also buy pantry jar labels, to make sure that all of your food items stay totally organized and continue to get refilled correctly. Another option is to find labels on the Internet that you can print for free!
Creating a custom system in your home for all of your kitchen’s many areas, is the best way to ensure that your space stays clean and organized, for longer periods of time.
Find what works best for you and your family. If you discover that you have a need for something, create a solution that will help solve the problem. Chore charts, magnetic organizational boards and pocket folders are great ways to clear the clutter when it comes to school work, receipts, coupons and mail.
Simple inexpensive recycled tuna cans, clear sectional organizers and deep-set cups can be a great way to house random, small kitchen items like paperclips, rubber bands, pens and tape.
Again, if you don’t have the space to do things the conventional way, try thinking outside the box. Utilize the extra spaces you DO have, to establish a well organized kitchen that will work specifically for YOU and your family.