How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

Organizing a kitchen is challenging. There is so much to store and typically not enough space. Follow our step below and  take it one step at a time so not to overwhelm yourself. If you struggle or prefer not to do it all, consider hiring a professional organizer.

Upper Cabinets, Standard Depth:
The best items to store in standard depth upper cabinets are items that take up the whole depth of the cabinet such as plates, bowls, or small items that don’t matter the order of use such as drinking glasses or mugs.

Items that are challenging to store in these upper cabinets are small items such as spices, oils, or baking items. It is difficult to see one item behind the other and you have to leave  “air space” above items to see and reach in the back to pull them out. If you must store these items in the upper cabinet, put them in clear containers that are the depth of your cabinet. This way you can pull out the container and have access to all the items.

Wasted Space:
If you’re looking for wasting space, look for “air space” above items. Then, if your shelves are adjustable, lower the shelves to get rid of the “air space”.

To determine how low your fist shelf can be, look at the shelf pin holes on the side of your cabinet. You’ll want to lower your shelf as low as the bottom hole. Then store on that first shelf items that are as tall as the space. Hence, eliminating air space.

If the space isn’t very high, store coffee mugs or dinner plates on the shelf. Then, lower the next shelf above to accommodate items such as drinking glasses. Then lower the next shelf. You’ll normally want your tallest items on the top because you only have to reach the bottom of the items to take it off the shelf. For example, it is better to have drinking glasses above coffee mugs.

For challenging items, such as spices or smaller food items, use the clear bins as mentioned under “Upper Cabinets:

Lazy Susan’s:
Lazy Susan’s are ideal in corner cabinets, both upper and lower. You can only put in a Lazy Susan in a cabinet if your cabinet is square. If your base corner cabinet is rectangular, then you have a blind corner and can’t put in a Lazy Susan.

On your upper Lazy Susan, on the first two tiers, store small items such as spices, medication, or baking items. Since the Lazy Susan spins around you’ll easily find these items. Store larger items on the highest tier such as a brownie mix box.

On the lower Lazy Susan store items that take up the full height of the shelf, thus maximizing your space. Ideal items to store here are small appliances or pots and pans. Don’t store small items like spices or food items.

Blind Corners:
If you have a blind corner in your kitchen cabinet you already know how difficult it is to see in the back. Plus, you’re losing storage space because the upper shelf does extend the full depth of your cabinet.

We do have a blind corner solution consisting of pullout shelves that take up the full space. E-mail us or call for more information, or (610) 782-0636.

Base Kitchen Cabinets:
In base cabinets consider storing large items such as pots and pans or appliances. It is preferable to have pull out shelving in your base kitchen cabinets. It will provide you access to everything in the back and increase your storage space since the pull out shelves extend the full depth of your cabinet.

If you need help organizing your kitchen or maximizing space, Contact us. As professional organizers we can work in your home or work with you virtually. We also are designers of custom pull out shelving for your cabinets. We offer free design consultation. E-mail us or call for more information, or (610) 782-0636.


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