Organizing your kitchen cabinets can feel like a stressful endeavor – many people complain they have far too many items to store and not enough space for everything. To help simplify the organizing process, it could be useful to start with what NOT to store in your kitchen cabinets.
The fact of the matter is that some items that are frequently stored in kitchens are really better kept elsewhere. Perhaps once you clear these items from your kitchen, the whole kitchen organization process will become easier for you.
For the record, here are 5 things that should NOT be stored in your kitchen cabinets:
1. Your Everyday Appliances
Do you use a coffee maker every morning? Do you love to bake a find yourself pulling out your stand mixer every week?
If there is a kitchen appliance you use on a frequent basis, it shouldn’t be stored away in a cabinet. It belongs on your countertop. The time you’ll save in pulling out the appliance, unwinding the cord, then storing it back again when you’re done can be used for better purposes in your daily routine.
2. Any Open Packages of Food
Generally speaking, you should be keeping most of your food either in your refrigerator or in your pantry. If you currently have too much food, perhaps the issue is not your storage but instead your grocery shopping habits.
If you do need to keep food in a cabinet due to space restrictions, be sure to maximize your storage potential by transferring the food into plastic or glass storage containers first. Ideally utilize the kinds of containers that are easily stacked together in order to make the most use of your space.
Certain canisters – like those designed for flour, sugar, and other common ingredients – can even create a decorative countertop display! Best of all, by keep food out of your cabinets, you create more room for glasses, dishware, and other items that do belong inside kitchen cabinets.
3. Table Linens
Any linens you use for dining such as tablecloths, napkins, and placemats can all be kept in your linen closet. This is especially true for those table linens you only use on special occasions.
If you do want to keep any table linens in your kitchen cabinets, try to make space for them higher up on the shelves so you don’t have to worry about anything spilling or dripping down to dirty them.
4. Kitchen Items You Only Use for Entertaining
Some kitchen items are only used for entertaining – and there’s no need to keep these mixed among the frequently used items you want to store in your kitchen.
Even if you are someone who entertains frequently, you can move any seasonal entertaining items into labeled bins in an attic, basement, or spare room.
5. Outdoor Dining Pieces
If you have an outdoor patio set, try moving your outdoor dining ware to an outdoor storage site. Perhaps you have a garage or tool shed where you store your outdoor furniture that can also hold your outdoor dining items?
Clearly marked plastic bins can keep your outdoor dining pieces clean, organized, and easily accessible for when you want to enjoy a meal outside.
Do you need more help figuring out how to organize your kitchen cabinets? Sometimes the first step is making sure you have an optimal kitchen cabinet layout to start.
Here at RTA Wood Cabinets, we can help you decide if you need to add any new cabinets to your current set-up. We even offer a FREE kitchen design customized to your specific kitchen dimensions. You can get yours by calling our team of friendly kitchen experts at: 1-800-788-7575.