How To Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

How to organize kitchen cabinets

No matter how much of a keen home cook you are, chances are that your kitchen cabinets hold a huge array of different items. With food, cookware, and crockery just a few categories on this list, it is no wonder that things can quickly get cluttered.

Fortunately, with just a little effort, you can transform your kitchen into a neat and orderly space, saving you time, money, and unnecessary stress. Here are our top tips and tricks for organizing your Arizona kitchen cabinets.

Marie Kondo Your Cabinets

Before organizing your cabinets, it is important to have a good declutter. Banishing anything that is out of date, broken or that you simply never use can go a long way in clearing space. This not only makes your cabinets easier to organize but gives you a better chance of keeping everything under control going forward.

The easiest way to do this is to simply get everything out of your cabinets and lay it out in one space. You can then go through each item and put in a pile to keep, donate, or throw away. Be ruthless with the items you are not sure you could keep. If you have not used it in the last year, then chances are you will not use it again.

Once you have got rid of any unnecessary items, give each cupboard a good wipe down with some cleaning spray. Starting with clean, empty cabinets is the best way to get organized.

Assign Your Areas

One of the easiest ways to keep track of where everything goes is to think of each cupboard and drawer as its own area where similar items are grouped together. These areas can be dedicated to things like:

  • Baking products
  • Dried foods like pasta, rice, and beans
  • Herbs and spices
  • Food storage like lunchboxes and Tupperware
  • Cleaning products
  • Tea and coffee

If you do not have that much cupboard space, you can break this down even further. For instance, the top shelf of a cupboard could be exclusively for canned goods, while the bottom shelf can be where you keep your snacks.

If there are other people who put away the shopping or unload the dishwasher, you could even add labels in the drawers and to the side of the shelves to make sure everything goes where it is supposed to.

This technique allows you to see all your items briefly, with no more searching through the cabinets to find that one item you are looking for.

Make Things Easier

One of the keys to maintaining good kitchen organization is to consider not only how you group things together but how often you use them. This will help inform where you decide to put them.

For instance, if you cook from scratch every day, it does not make much sense for all your herbs and spices to be in a cabinet on the other side of the kitchen to your cooker. If you drink coffee every day but hot cocoa once in a blue moon, it will be much easier to store your coffee at the front of the cabinet where it is within easy reach.

When thinking about where everything should go, consider the small changes that could make things more convenient. They may not seem that important on the surface, but the little things can add up to make a big difference.

Add In Extra Storage

While kitchen cabinets with deep shelves can be great for things like plates, pots and pans, they can often make smaller items harder to find. This is where adding in some additional storage can be invaluable.

Storage baskets are great for organizing items within your cabinets. For example, if you were setting up your dried foods area, you could have one basket where you keep all the pasta and a separate one for rice.

There are other small products that can help make things more accessible. There are tiered shelves that make it easier to see what cans you have. You can also get shelves that fit on the inside of the cupboard doors to help maximize your storage space.


Whether you tackle everything in one go or simply work through a cupboard at a time, making the effort to organize your kitchen cabinets will reward you in the long run. It will stop you buying duplicate items, make putting shopping away quick and efficient, and give you a neat, tidy space for you to prepare your meals.

Though, try as you might, sometimes you simply do not have adequate storage for your space. At Madera Cabinets, we provide the best kitchen cabinets in Phoenix!  We create storage solutions made with your budget, design and lifestyle needs in mind. If you would like to upgrade your kitchen cabinets, we would love to hear from you. Head over to our contact form and set up your complimentary showroom consultation today.

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