How to Organize Your Kitchen to Save Time and Maintain Peace

The kitchen is one of if not the most used rooms in your home and probably the one that needs the most help keeping in order. If ever the saying “a place for everything and everything in its place” were more appropriate, this is the room. Unlike your bedroom or closet, this room is shared by most people in your home so you’ve got to set up specific rules about what goes where. While kitchen design and layout I’ll leave to the expert designers and decorators, I wanted to share with you some initial tips on kitchen organization.

Glassware and mugs near top shelf of dishwasher-easy!

Glassware and mugs near top shelf of dishwasher-easy!

  1. Organize your plates, silverware, and glasses around the dishwasher. Most families run the dishwasher at least once a day so you are constantly taking things out and putting them up. It is SO much easier if you have those items within close range of the dishwasher so you aren’t hauling stacks of breakables across the kitchen.
Dishes not far from dishwasher and accessible by small people

Dishes not far from dishwasher and accessible by small people.

2.  Think about what you use most often and have it most easily accessible. Formal china or stemware that you don’t use very often should be placed further out of reach than your everyday china and glasses. Not only does this make logical sense, but there is less chance of breakage if you aren’t bumping into it regularly.

Easy access to dishes.

Easy access to dishes.

3.  If you have kids and are trying to teach them to help empty the dishwasher, I suggest putting plates and silverware where they can reach it. That way they don’t have to climb up a stool or ladder to put things away. Again, have it close to the dishwasher and easily accessible.

Plastic containers and lids have their home.

Plastic containers and lids have their home.

4.  Store plasticware in a drawer or cabinet accessible to small kids. They will find hours of entertainment taking the containers and lids out and stacking them like blocks. I personally spend a fair amount of time reorganizing this drawer because we use these containers constantly so its arrangement isn’t static. I have given up on it being perfect and am now content with just having their location identified. You have to choose your battles, people!

Kitchens are getting bigger and we are keeping more appliances, accessories, tools, dishes, glasses, etc. than ever. Finding a way to organize the things you use everyday is essential to a peaceful home. Remember everything needs a home and everyone in the house needs to know what goes where. Get everyone involved in the cleanup and put away process so there are no more searches for things that have been misplaced.

Happy organizing!

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