10 Tips to an Oragnized Kitchen

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing a few quick and easy tips to getting an organized kitchen…. because let’s face it, kitchens can get kind of crazy in a fraction of a second! (Or is it just mine??) I know it is always a daily struggle to keep my kitchen clean, organized, and functional, all at the same time.

So I put together a few tips and tricks that can help you achieve a more organized kitchen.

10 Tips to an Organized Kitchen

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  1. Hang up kitchen utensils and other kitchen essentials to utilize vertical space in your kitchen. Back splashes and backs of doors are perfect for this!
  2. Store items that are most frequently used in easily accessible places.
  3. Put children’s dishes and utensils at a level where they can reach them. That way they aren’t dragging chairs and stools into the kitchen to get a water cup.
  4. Group similar items together. For example, stack your bowls inside of each other to take up less shelf space and make them easier to find.
  5. Use labels whenever you can. This is especially useful in the pantry!

    chalkboard labels

  6. Keep the lids on your plastic containers or organized by size in one place. This prevents a scavenger hunt for a lid when putting leftovers away after dinner.
  7. Use drawer dividers to separate items within a drawer. You can also use small empty food containers for this. (Put all those baby food jars to good use!)
  8. Install under cabinet lighting. This is a simple update that will add more light to not only your kitchen counter tops, but also to your kitchen and will make it feel less cluttered.
  9. Use baskets to contain and organize odds and ends. You can tuck them into shelves, cabinets, or leave them in plain sight for a great look.
  10. Store your cooking essentials, like olive oil, salt, garlic, etc, near your stove top so that you can access them quickly while cooking.

Hope you enjoyed these simple tips and put them to use! I always like the motto: Everything has a place and everything in its place. Now to tackle my own kitchen!!

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  1. 102
    Tiffany Winner

    i save time by buying pre-chopped onions since i use them all the time and hate cutting them anyway


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  2. 104

    i meal plan too! i also try to plan meals that will use each other’s ingredients so i cut down on waste.

  3. 106
    Debbie B

    i keep it simply smart in the kitchen by using my crock pot a lot !

  4. 108

    I keep it simple in the kitchen by only having one set of storage containers that stack and lids snap on the bottom. All those Glad Containers go in the garage to be sent home with others filled with left overs. No need to return them.

  5. 109

    I put all my lids in a drawer and all the containers in a cupboard- that way I know where all the lids are and I can stack the containers inside themselves to save space!

  6. 110
    Tina M

    Meal planning every week

  7. 112

    My tip on keeping it Simply Smart in the kitchen by reusing containers for something else. I keep my nuts containers to store homemade granola. Save me good money on buying jars. :)

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  8. 114
    Kassie O'Driscoll

    I definitely agree that putting things in a good spot is key. For example, cooking utensils should be close to stove & herbs/spices, too! I also try to keep my cabinets organized smallest to biggest to keep everything in an ‘easy-to-find’ location. I love the idea of the lighting in the cabinets… that’s a must!


  9. 115
    April V.

    After roasting meat, make your own soup bases and freeze them for quick and HEALTHY soups later.

  10. 116

    Great tips! I’m a definite believer in baskets and labeling to keep a kitchen clean,organized, and simple.

  11. 117

    I’ve recently purchased a 4 qt pressure cooker…. This makes cooking very simple and quick; all ingredients in one pan and finished in less than 30 minutes!!! The possibilities are endless.

  12. 118
    Karina Lee

    i prep as much as i can beforehand

  13. 120

    The crock pot is my biggest time saver – love crock pot dinners!

  14. 121

    I also put most used tools and ingredients at the most accessible place. I like make labels too. Thanks for the tips and giveaway.
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  15. 123

    I group together items in the kitchen that I typically use together. For example, the cupcake liners are stored next to the cupcake pan.

  16. 124

    I make it simple by having a protein and I try to incorporate fruits and veggies into every meal! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  17. 125
    Betty C

    I don’t have the most organized kitchen but my dear daughter-in-law came over one day and helped reorganize. My only problem is that I have too much “stuff” so it doesn’t always fit where it should. My other problem is organizing my freezer space. Chest freezers are so much more difficult to keep rotated.

    1. 126.1
      Betty C

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  18. 128
    Erica Best

    i keep in smart in the kicthen by using meal saver recipe

  19. 130

    When we built our house and designed the kitchen, we made sure we had lots of lighting – above and underneath the cabinets. We also have pull-out drawers in all the cupboards and several wide drawers to hold bigger utensils.

  20. 131

    My storage container lids snap together, so I never lose them!

  21. 132

    In the winter I save tons of time by making stuff in my crock pot. Simple veggie-full soups and stews that are super easy to make and can cook all day without supervision!

  22. 134
    Amanda Sakovitz

    I plan dinners in the summer a week in advance so I’m not stressing out or rushing around at the last minute.

  23. 136

    I’m obsessively organized so I make the most of my time in the kitchen by having everything organized, plan meals, do ahead/in bulk as much as possible and shop with a list at the grocery store.

  24. 137
    Sarah L

    I redid the contents of my cupboards & drawers so that I have the things I use most closest to where I use them.
    Thanks for the contest.
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  25. 139

    I keep many frozen, pre-chopped items in Ziploc bags for speedy use when I need them. Things such as red and green peppers freeze very well. So does diced chicken, etc.
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  26. 140

    I make double batches of a few meals each month so I have a few nights I can just pull something out of the freezer and re-heat.

  27. 141
    maria cantu

    I do the meal planning and the 30 minute meals.

  28. 142

    I do meal planning for every week so i get in and out of the kitchen! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  29. 144
    Mary A. Layne

    My tip is when following a recipe, take all the ingredients out first, line them up, then as you use each ingredient put it back in the cabinet. This way you do not get confused and wonder if you have already put that ingredient in.