Kitchen organizing ideas

Tips for an Organized & Easy-to-Maintain Kitchen

Need inspiration to organize your kitchen? These tips will help inspire you with systems that are simple to use and maintain!

A Home for Everything

Can you identify where everything in your kitchen belongs? Does it have a designated drawer or cabinet? Having a designated home for each item in your kitchen is the most important step to being organized.

When you know where to put the items that cause clutter, it’s easy to tidy your kitchen in just a few minutes!

Keep It Simple

While I like to make sure everything I need has a home, I also like to keep systems flexible so everyone in the house—even guests—can help in the kitchen.

I organize drawers by category (baking, table utensils, drinking cups, etc.), but I avoid being overly specific on what goes where within each drawer. I’ve found if the organizational system is too complex, it can be overwhelming or even discouraging to others who want to help.

I have a baking drawer that holds measuring cups, measuring spoons, and baking cups. While I use shallow baskets to corral certain things, I maintain a little flexibility about what goes where in the drawer as long as it’s easy to find what I need.

Create a Command Center

My kitchen island is often a landing place for things like mail, schoolwork, and other things that find their way into the house. To combat this problem and to prevent clutter from piling up, I added a magnetic chalkboard to the hallway connected to my kitchen. Magnetic clips hold papers, important mail, sports calendars for my son, and even Christmas cards and wedding invitations.

Any papers that don’t need to be visible get filed away in my office.

It helps to have easy access to important things right there in my kitchen without clutter taking up precious counter space! 

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Keeping the Everyday on Display

I have certain kitchen items that are attractive enough to be on display, and the added bonus here is that they’re also conveniently located right where I need them—on the counter.

For example, I have a pretty, white crock next to my stove that houses everyday cooking utensils, like wooden spoons, silver spatulas, and whisks—the nicest, most-used utensils—there on display. I reach into that crock every single day without having to dig through the drawer next to the stove to find what I need.

I also have a mug tree next to my coffee maker that holds my favorite everyday mugs, making for easy access.

These convenient organizational systems allow me to quickly grab what I need, and they make it simple to put things away in a flash. I love how a simple crock can save space in the drawers while also adding a pleasing and functional accessory to my kitchen!

What are some organizational tips you use to make the most of your kitchen space?

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  • Heidi

    My husband and I recently renovated our kitchen and we’re still in that over protective new granite phase, which is great for keeping clutter off the counter tops. In the long run I think we need to make a command center because our dining room table is now the dreaded “drop-zone” for every piece of mail that enters our home.

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  • maria

    These few simple ideas were really helpful and I will definitely use them, esp. the crock with convenient utensils and the coffee mugs on a tree! Thank you for this post!

  • Sallie

    On the counters: Baskets for vitamins, lovely jars for dog treats, a two-tiered plate rack for fruit display, and a lazy-susan for items I use every day to fix a salad (oils and toppings in pretty jars). I love kitchen organization!

  • Mary Friederichsen

    I first want to say that I enjoy yr personal blog” the inspired Room” so much! Thank you for all the work you put into it!
    When trying to organize my kitchen I also try to organize as you do by categories , but I also go by the rule to place items either nearest the place that it is going to be used or the last place it will be. So for instance the silverware is in the drawer nearest the table, but it is also right next to the dishwasher where it will be put away directly from there. Utensils for cooking are in the drawers right next to the stove. It may sound a little confusing at first but I heard an organizational. Expert talk about setting up things in this way as much as possible and it does work. For me at least! Lol. Hope it helps someone! :D

    • Uncle Bob’s

      That makes it all worthwhile Mary, glad to hear it’s working and you enjoy reading. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Betty Clark

    Hanging a peg board behind the kitchen door with all my kitchen tools on it. Wire whips wooden tools and so much more even have a place to hang my tablet (nook) for recipes.

  • Alan Scott

    “I organize drawers by category (baking, table utensils, drinking cups, etc.), but I avoid being overly specific on what goes where within each drawer.” —I fail do do this most of the time. And when it’s time to look for something, it gets me all fired up and frustrated and a significant amount of time is wasted. Thanks for this! Good one :)

  • Hope Henderson

    My kitchen, too, ends up as a place for everything! My kids loves doing their homework in the kitchen, and they play in it too! I also love to do some of my non-cooking related work in my kitchen as well. thanks for this! My kitchen needs decluttering!