You might think organizing your kitchen in a weekend is impossible. After all, it sounds like a big project.
But if you have an entire weekend to spare, I think it can be done. Well truth be told, I guess it does depend on how unorganized your kitchen is to begin with. But either way this will at least give you a good start, whether it takes you one weekend or a few.
I’ve broken it down into smaller, manageable tasks that don’t have to be completed all at once. Go at your own speed and take a few breaks to do something else, otherwise you’ll get burned out for sure.
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Here are 5 Steps to Organizing Your Kitchen in a Weekend
Clean Out Cabinets
I know this can be a hard one, but do you honestly need three sets of pans and four sets of dishes? Get rid of what you don’t use or what you have too much of. I swear glasses seem to multiply at my house. Go through and get rid of the ones you might bring home from restaurants and such, are mismatched or old.
Here are some ways to keep things organized in your cabinets and cupboards:
Pots and Pans: Use a pots and pans organizer like this one if you have tall cabinets that allow you to stack your pans. This helps keep them organized while preventing scratching that occurs when you stack them inside of each other.
To organize your pots and pan lids, you have a couple of options. This hanging lid organizer is great if you have the kind of cupboards that have space between the doors and the shelves inside. My cupboards don’t have that kind of space, so I would choose a lid organizer like this one to save space and organize my lids.
Glasses, Cups and Mugs: After purging your extras, reorganize your glasses in groups on the same shelf or even in a line. If I have four of one design, I line them up from the back to the front of the cabinet. Then 4 of another design go right beside those, and so forth. That way when we open the cabinet to get a glass, we can basically see every kind of glass spread across the front and in plain view. This way we’re not digging behind large glasses looking for a smaller one, everything is lined up so we can see it all.
Now for coffee mugs (which I love and collect by the way) I highly recommend a coffee cup rack. (Also known as a mug tree.) You can get many different kinds, I have a copper one on my coffee bar and absolutely love it. But another great option is a coffee mug wall rack. These metal wall mounted mug racks are super popular, especially in farmhouse decor. And you can find handmade rustic wood coffee mug racks on Etsy. There are really so many cute options and designs here that will help you organize your kitchen.
Sort Through Drawers
Silverware trays go a long way in helping you organize your drawers. Of course first purge what you don’t need. Then after that, make sure that when you’re putting things away, everything has a place. I like to have an extra silverware tray for those odds and ends like straws, chopsticks and what have you. You know, things that don’t fit in the knife, fork and spoon spaces.
You can also allocate an entire drawer (if you have the space) as an odds and ends type drawer for extras. But these drawers seem to get cluttered up easily so I’d recommend going with the extra silver ware tray to stay even more organized.
Don’t forget about your junk drawer, I think every house has one of those! Something like this junk drawer organizer works really great at keeping the extra stuff organized.
Arrange Utensil Holder
Storing large utensils can be a problem, especially if you’re limited on drawer space. If your drawers aren’t deep enough and you have to keep them sideways, this takes up even more space.
I like using a utensil holder to keep my spatulas, wooden spoons, wisks and the like conveniently located beside the stove. This way they are all organized in one space and easily accessible when I need them.
There are some really pretty utensil holders out there but you don’t have to spend a lot of money on this. It’s amazing how something so simple can really help in organizing your kitchen.
This is my Achilles’ heel. No matter how hard I try, the struggle to keep my counters clean and organized is always there. With four kids and a hubby, I’m not sure that I will ever be able to always keep my counters organized. But if I can organize them and they stay that way for a few days, I’m pretty happy.
Start by taking everything off of the counters. Of course I wipe everything down and clean the counters while I’m at it. Then decide what is going back. Not the clutter, not the junk mail. Have everyone put away their own stuff that doesn’t belong on the counter. I usually wind up making small piles and telling my kids to come get their stuff to put away in their rooms.
If you’re constantly struggling with the counter clutter like I am, you might want to incorporate a basket or bin into your kitchen counter arrangement. This way the things that tend to get put on the counter can at least go in a basket. Or if you can’t seem to get the family to cooperate with that idea, you can yourself scoop stuff up once a day and put it in the basket. Then at the end of the week everyone can gather their own stuff and put it away.
Put back small appliances, knife sets, canister sets and the like. Then add a few decorative pieces. Be careful though, even too much decor, no matter how pretty, can make a kitchen look cluttered. Choose a few timely pieces for your counter and leave the rest of the kitchen decor for your walls and any additional furniture pieces you might have (such as a hutch or buffet table).
You can find a few more tips about organizing your kitchen counters in this post.
Set Up Mail Counter
We have a counter when you first walk into our kitchen that we call the mail counter because, you guessed it, that’s where we throw the mail every day. Typically that counter is a mess because the mail comes in faster than I have time to sort it.
I’m implementing a new strategy for our mail counter. Ideally I want to do this daily but if not, at least once or twice a week.
Have a place to set the mail that is up off the counter: a letter tray, file organizer, desk organizer, or what have you. There are many styles and can be either set on the counter or hung on the wall. Ideally have a few spaces where you can set unsorted mail. Get rid of the junk mail. Then move the important stuff to another space. It can stay there until you can file it or save it where it goes.
What’s also helpful is to have a place for magazines and newspapers. I recently bought a newspaper storage basket. As soon as newspapers come in the door, they go in the basket. It’s located in our dining room which is very convenient. Usually we have to search the counters, bar stools and all around the house for them.
Something like this magazine rack, would work nicely in any kitchen!
Breaking down tasks into manageable steps is what helps me to work on getting things in order without getting overwhelmed. I hope these 5 steps to organizing your kitchen in a weekend will help you, too.
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