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5 Tips for Efficiently Organizing and Arranging Your Kitchen

January 28, 20249 min read

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where everyone gathers for meals, making it the ideal place to connect with all family members.

However, if the kitchen is the preferred spot for family conversations, it’s also a hub for various activities: eating, doing homework, fixing things, cleaning stuff, working, snacking, and so on. Hence, it can quickly become chaotic if not carefully managed.

I often receive calls for reorganizing and tidying kitchens, as many as those concerning wardrobes, indicating a real issue with storage and, more importantly, with organizing this space.

So, what usually happens when I step in to organize a kitchen?

Firstly, I always hear the same issue: “My kitchen is too small; I don’t know where to store things.”

As a professional organizer, I assure you, your kitchen isn’t too small, except in extreme cases of families living in studios. Your kitchen is perfect!

So, why do you feel cramped? Why do you have that impression?

Tip 1: Keep Only What’s Essential
The primary cause of disorganization and storage problems is having too much stuff.

Indeed, cooking shows have invaded television, inspiring everyone to start cooking, which is fantastic! However, it leads to a frenzy of buying all sorts of appliances: robots, dishes, molds, piping bags, mixing bowls (yes, that’s a real kitchen utensil). Who hasn’t bought the famous bread machine or yogurt maker?

I see it in every other household; it’s been used 10 times and occupies an entire cupboard!

In short, these bulky utensils take up a lot of space, so sorting is essential!

Roll up your sleeves, arm yourself with large baskets, take everything out, and start sorting!

If this task seems insurmountable, call a professional organizer who will help you, and it will be done in a few hours.

Indeed, get rid of all the things you’ve kept for years but never use! The fish fondue set, the chocolate fountain, the oven’s rotisserie bar, or all the dishes you never use, even when you have guests.

Be ruthless and remind yourself that these items, hidden in your cupboards, serve no one at the moment, so let them live a second life. Donate them!

Once the sorting is done, it’s time to reorganize.

Tip 2: Dare to Change the Placement of Items
Often, things were installed hastily when you moved in, and now you’re stuck with this unsuitable organization. It might even have been someone else who arranged your items, but everyone has their way of functioning. STOP! Your kitchen should reflect you!!

I often tell my clients: “Nothing is set in stone.” It will take you a week to get used to the new organization, but then you won’t even remember the old one.

Professional Organizer Experience:

One client had to lift a stack of heavy dishes every time she used her baking dish (quite often) because it was stored underneath, in a high cupboard. Simply rearranging the storage, placing the dishes in a larger, lower drawer solved the problem in two minutes, simplifying her life.

Another was saddened that her children weren’t independent in getting drinks or breakfast because the glasses were too high, and breakfast ingredients were scattered all over the kitchen.

We organized a kid-friendly area and set up a “breakfast corner.” In a snap, the family adopted this organization as it facilitated everyone’s daily life.

It may seem obvious, but in reality, when living in a space, one lacks the perspective and time to visualize organizational dysfunctions.

So, how do you optimize storage and simplify your daily life?

Organizing your kitchen means taking time to think!

To choose a suitable organization, you need to take time and think about your lifestyle. That’s the job of a professional organizer who asks questions about how you live. Take this time; it’s important, and you’ll see what you need.

Tip 3: Manage Food Items
Food is one of the hot spots in kitchen storage, and very often, my clients have way too much!! Food stocks invade all the cupboards and are often a bit (or a lot) mixed. This leads to several problems:

You don’t know what you have in the cupboards, so you buy more.
You waste food.
You run out of space.
Little moths, ants, or other pests comfortably settle on your shelves.
So, how do you properly store food?

First, you’ll have to take everything out and sort it (yes, I know, I’m repeating myself, but it’s the foundation of easy storage, and it’s also my specialty!)

Dispose of everything that’s expired, donate what you’ll never consume (Geev has set up a food donation system), and prioritize products with short best-before dates.

Next, you can categorize your products:

Pasta, rice, and all dry goods
Baking ingredients
Canned goods
Spices/condiments/oils/vinegar
Create a breakfast corner (I love this!)
Snacks
Etc.
Perhaps your eco-friendly side is pushing you to buy in bulk now, and that’s great! But beware, jars are beautiful but in moderation. If you decide to display them, they shouldn’t invade the work surface and should remain within easy reach.

Tip 4: Optimize Your Cupboards for a Simpler Life
Once the sorting is done and you have only the essentials left, it’s time to think about storage areas and the storage itself.

For food items, it’s important to have the most comprehensive view possible to see what you have and avoid waste. The ideal would be drawers for storing canned goods horizontally or deep drawers for pasta, rice, and others (top view). If you have jars for bulk items, use nice labels to make storage harmonious and quickly find what you’re looking for.

A well-organized kitchen is where objects (appliances, utensils, instruments, but also dishes and cutlery) have found a well-defined and known place (even to the housekeeper…)

Think about compartmentalizing your drawers. Many types of dividers are available in large stores, Ikea offers numerous “storage tips.”

Don’t stack too many pots; it’s too heavy for everyday use.

Keep each container with its lid nearby!

Consider creating a corner for the kids. They’ll become independent and bother you less, the word of a professional organizer!

sensor kitchen bin

grey kitchen roll holder

Tip 5: Keep Your Worktop Clean and Clear
This tip may seem obvious or a bit easy, but it’s probably the hardest to maintain…

Indeed, nature abhors a vacuum, and the worktop is the ideal hot spot.

“Let me put this here for now…”

The worktop, as I often see in my home organizing missions, is a display for all sorts of robots: the multifunction robot, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, citrus press, etc… and in the end, there’s not much left for cooking…

A clear worktop is not only more hygienic and easier to clean, but it also makes you want to cook more. So, as a professional organizer, if I had to give you one major tip for having a tidy kitchen, it would be to clear your worktop!

I hope these 5 seemingly obvious tips have served you well and will help you easily organize and arrange your kitchen. If you have any questions, send me an email, a message on Instagram, or call me.

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