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If you're like most people, then your kitchen cabinets are probably a bit chaotic. After all, they have to store everything from pots and pans to plates and silverware. If it's been awhile since you've taken the time to organize them, now is the perfect time! The following three steps will help you get started:
Step One: Clean out the cabinets. You'll need to clear out all of the items that are currently stored in your kitchen cabinets so you have space for everything new that's about to be put away! A good rule of thumb is to start with one section at a time, and then work your way around the kitchen.
- Take everything out of the cabinet and pile it on your countertop or floor in front of that particular cupboard. This will make it easy to find anything you might have missed when sorting through the items, like old spices or forgotten pots and pans!
- Dispose of any broken dishware, food that has gone bad, and items you know will never be used again.
- Put everything back into the cabinet in an organized manner. Make it easy for yourself by sorting similar items together - like all of your dishes on one shelf or all of your spices grouped together!
Step Two: Purchase new storage containers
You’ll want these to store anything that doesn't fit in the cabinets. There are many different types of storage containers available at department stores and kitchen supply shops, so you should be able to find something that fits your needs! Just make sure all new items have labels on them for easy identification later on - this will help keep things organized. If you purchase clear containers, it will also be easier to see the items you need.
Step Three: Take inventory.
Make sure you're keeping an eye on what items are in the kitchen cabinets and when they run out of space, it's time to purchase more containers! It will also be helpful to have a list or spreadsheet handy so that you can keep track of all your groceries for the week, instead of trying to find that soup you just bought in a sea of bottles and cans.
We know the kitchen is a busy place, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By taking a few minutes to clean out your cabinet and purchase some new storage containers, you can significantly reduce stress in this part of your home. Label everything with what it contains (e.g., “sugar container”) so that you don't forget when looking for something later on down the road or if someone else needs help finding an item they need quickly without asking first. Taking inventory every couple months will also ensure that you are aware of how much food has gone bad while preventing waste from happening again next time around! If all these ideas sound helpful, sign up to get access to our newsletter.