How to Organise Kitchen cabinets

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Keeping the kitchen cabinets tidy can be an endless battle especially if the kids are helping to put away the clean dishes. However, if you make defined spaces for crockery, plastics, cutlery etc this will help the family place everything back into the right spot.

Keeping the kitchen cabinets tidy can be an endless battle especially if the kids are helping to put away the clean dishes. However, if you make defined spaces for crockery, plastics, cutlery etc this will help the family place everything back into the right spot. Here is a look inside some of my kitchen cupboards.

5 steps to having beautifully organised kitchen cabinets

I posted way back when I started my blog how to organise the kitchen cupboards, the same principals still apply:

  1. Clear – Remove all items from cupboard.
  2. Clean – Wipe shelves down with all purpose cleaner and a cloth.
  3. Declutter – While organising the cupboard take the opportunity to declutter and purge, throw away cracked or chipped crockery and items that you never use.
  4. Organise – When organising your cupboards use the: SOMETIMES, RARELY, DAILY approach.  Items that are used daily need to be easily accessible at the front of the cupboards or within arms reach. Keep the rarely and sometimes items on higher or lower shelves.
  5. Admire – Take a step back and admire your work!  Great job!

Below I share you some of the kitchen cabinets from our new house.

Crockery Cupboard

This is the cupboard that stores all our dinner plates, breakfast bowls, yogurt bowls and drink bottles.  At the back of the cupboard I store dessert cups which are rarely used.
Keeping the kitchen cabinets tidy can be an endless battle especially if the kids are helping to put away the clean dishes. However, if you make defined spaces for crockery, plastics, cutlery etc this will help the family place everything back into the right spot. Here is a look inside some of my kitchen cupboards.

I found this cupboard constantly had drink bottles falling over and kids being kids just chucked them in and closed the door, it drove me insane!  To keep this cupboard tidy I have used Kvissle magazine files from Ikea ($14.99 set of 2) to help keep the bottles upright.

I keep the kids lunchbox cutlery and other little bits and bob in little plastic drawers I purchased years ago from Bunnings.

Keeping the kitchen cabinets tidy can be an endless battle especially if the kids are helping to put away the clean dishes. However, if you make defined spaces for crockery, plastics, cutlery etc this will help the family place everything back into the right spot. Here is a look inside some of my kitchen cupboards.

Plastics Drawer

In our new house we have drawers to store the plastics and I LOVE them.  I find the so much easier to keep tidy and easier to access. In the top drawer I keep our most used plastics.  Containers I use for left overs and lunchbox snacks.  I use long plastic storage baskets found at the local dollar store to help keep the smaller items tidy.

Keeping the kitchen cabinets tidy can be an endless battle especially if the kids are helping to put away the clean dishes. However, if you make defined spaces for crockery, plastics, cutlery etc this will help the family place everything back into the right spot. Here is a look inside some of my kitchen cupboards.

 

2nd drawer down stores additional plastics that aren’t used as regularly.

Keeping the kitchen cabinets tidy can be an endless battle especially if the kids are helping to put away the clean dishes. However, if you make defined spaces for crockery, plastics, cutlery etc this will help the family place everything back into the right spot. Here is a look inside some of my kitchen cupboards.

And the bottom drawer holds mixing bowls, silicon baking trays and round cake pastry and cake tins.

Keeping the kitchen cabinets tidy can be an endless battle especially if the kids are helping to put away the clean dishes. However, if you make defined spaces for crockery, plastics, cutlery etc this will help the family place everything back into the right spot. Here is a look inside some of my kitchen cupboards.

Baking Cupboard

I have continued to use the same method of storage as our old house.  This basket, which I purchased from the Reject Shop years ago fits perfectly in the cupboard and stores all the tins tidily.  When I need something I slide the basket out and pull out what I need. To the right I keep silicon mats rolled up (I use these instead of baking paper). On the bottom shelf I have baking trays, cooling racks, muffin tins etc.

Keeping the kitchen cabinets tidy can be an endless battle especially if the kids are helping to put away the clean dishes. However, if you make defined spaces for crockery, plastics, cutlery etc this will help the family place everything back into the right spot. Here is a look inside some of my kitchen cupboards.

Do you have any tips on keeping the kitchen cupboards tidy?


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 Keeping the kitchen cabinets tidy can be an endless battle especially if the kids are helping to put away the clean dishes. However, if you make defined spaces for crockery, plastics, cutlery etc this will help the family place everything back into the right spot. Here is a look inside some of my kitchen cupboards.

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21 comments

Sarah February 22, 2017 - 6:43 AM

LOVE the magazine file idea…that will help a lot! Thanks Kat

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Julie February 22, 2017 - 6:46 AM

Love it! Would love to see how you store all your platters too?… I have some in plastic, glass & ceramic in all shapes & sizes & really struggle in storing them efficiently. Thanks

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Tanya May 26, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Hi Julie – I use plate stands to store my platters cheese boards etc – you can get wooden ones from IKEA or any kitchen shop for under $10 – hope this helps ?

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Diana February 22, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Love the way you used the magazine files. I have used an ikea metal rack to vertically store my breadboards and another wooden one for baking trays. 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 22, 2017 - 3:44 PM

That sounds like a clever idea! I would love to see a photo Diana, do you mind sharing? you can email me [email protected]

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Jane Cantrill February 23, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Love the idea with the drink bottles, they drive me crazy trying to stand them up!

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Rebecca September 11, 2018 - 9:20 PM

If u rotate their use regularly, I fill our bottles with water before storing them- they rarely fall over and- they’re also ready to grab and go.

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Tracy February 24, 2017 - 11:17 AM

The magazine holders are great for the trays and muffins tins too!!

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Amber Puglisi February 24, 2017 - 4:20 PM

I just wish I had all that cabinet space.I have too be very careful because I have one big cabinet on top and2 half ones then one big one on bottom and4 small drawers,2 big ones. anyone have any good ideas for that?

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Yvonne May 24, 2017 - 7:44 AM

Great ideas, have saved these so when my kitchen drawers are finished I can follow your lead. I use my magazine holder for my wrapping items, gladwrap etc.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 24, 2017 - 8:32 AM

They are actually a fabulous idea to hold all the wraps, cling and al-foil, I have a great little unit, but sometimes things get caught in it. I might consider swapping to the files as well!!

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Karin October 1, 2018 - 6:21 AM

Hi! Thanks for this. Do you have any tips on how to use the back of high cupboards? Our go to the ceiling and I can only reach the first few inches.

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kerry January 9, 2019 - 9:05 AM

Kat, can you tell me where you bought your green lidded food containers from? I over all my miss matched and non stackable containers. These clear containers with green lids look just perfect for my needs.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 9, 2019 - 10:53 AM

I got them from Howards storage world a while ago, they no longer sell them but I’m in the process of transitioning to Decor match-ups, theyre really good and freezer safe too 🙂

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Suzanne Nash February 8, 2019 - 3:27 PM

When I first saw your post on putting drink bottles in magazine files I thought it was a great idea, and I had some plastic ones on my desk I wasn’t really using – so bonus. A couple of years down the track and it’s still working really well – no more skittles in the cupboard. Thank you

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Lisely June 13, 2019 - 1:31 PM

loving the bottles in magazine files idea!!. it’s perfect to keep it in order
Thank you 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 13, 2019 - 2:22 PM

So glad this idea is proving useful for you Lisely!

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Farzi August 31, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Love the ideas, very useful for me to declutter my house as I have just moved into my new house.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 3, 2019 - 9:34 AM

A new house is the best time to declutter – it’s like a fresh clean canvas! Enjoy your new home Farzi. Kat x

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Alex Marsh January 18, 2021 - 2:30 PM

These tips on the organization are very important. Thank you so very much for your article. This is really good information. It’s great to visit your blog.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 18, 2021 - 2:48 PM

Thanks!

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