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How To Organize Your Entire Kitchen In 5 Easy Steps

Put an end to the chaos—once and for all.
How To Organize Your Entire Kitchen In 5 Easy Steps

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it's also the messiest spot. Food prep, cooking and baking bring us together, but they also come with their fair share of clutter. Below, we share 5 easy steps to follow to organize your entire kitchen, from countertops to odds-and-ends.

1. Divide your kitchen into zones

Optimize your space by designating specific areas for specific activities, like food prep and clean-up. Group and store all the necessary utensils and supplies in each section.

How To Organize Your Entire Kitchen In 5 Easy Steps

2. Tackle your odds and ends

Yes, this means your junk and container drawers. Start by removing and sorting items by utility and size. Clean the compartment, then deposit the items into organizers. (Egg cartons and ice-cube trays are great for small items.) Most importantly, be ruthless: If an item doesn’t have a use in the kitchen (think: loose screws), store it somewhere else. For organized food storage containers, store bases and lids separately, using a small basket or tray to keep the lids tidy.

How To Organize Your Entire Kitchen In 5 Easy Steps

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3. Keep frequently used items within reach

Everyday plates and glassware look pretty on exposed shelving, plus it makes them easy to grab. Small appliances, such as toasters and mixers, can live on the countertop, but store everything else in a cabinet.

How To Organize Your Entire Kitchen In 5 Easy Steps

4. Corral items together

If you leave items out on the countertops, make sure they are organized. Maximize space around a cooktop by storing utensils in a caddy, or plunk commonly used spices on small trays nearby. 

How To Organize Your Entire Kitchen In 5 Easy Steps

5. Make your pantry work harder

When sorting your pantry, use the top shelves for items that you don’t use on a regular basis, like extra flour or sugar. The rest can be stored as follows:

Produce: In wire baskets — perfect for things that need air circulation.


Grains, pasta and beans: In glass jars so they can be found easily.


Oils and vinegars: In wood boxes to keep bottles upright.


Flour and sugar: In enameled tins or canisters with lids.

Cereal boxes, snacks and other large foodstuffs: In large, easy-to-reach bins.

How To Organize Your Entire Kitchen In 5 Easy Steps

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