Cabinet Organizing Tips

This week I’ll be posting my Cabinet/Closet entry for the Organizing Round-Up. Here are a few general tips for organizing your cabinets:

  • Go through each cabinet and purge it of items you no longer need. If you haven’t used something in over a year, this may be a good time to rid yourself of it. (Place everything in a yard sale box, or give it away to a friend or family member.)
  • Match up all your containers with lids. Throw away anything that doesn’t have a mate.
  • Create a system for organizing your plastic containers and stick to your system. (I use gladware containers because they’re cheap to replace, and I can easily make 2 or 3 stacks of them in my cabinet.
  • Place items that you use most often on lower shelves and in the front of cabinets so that they are easily accessible.
  • Place items that you use less often on high shelves, in the back of cabinets, and in places that are harder to reach or get to.
  • Group similar items together.
  • Stack items to ensure that you take advantage of all the vertical space you have available.
  • Place items in a logical location. (Example: dishes near the dishwasher/sink, pots & pans near the stove, etc.)
  • Define the space & set parameters. (Example: This shelf will be used for mixing bowls. And this shelf will be for glasses and coffee cups. Etc.)
  • Use shelf dividers, baskets, and organizing tools to separate items, and use labels if necessary. (In an upcoming post, I’ll be featuring some great organizing tools for your cabinets.)



  1. Snooky doodle says

    thanks useful tips

  2. Happy cook says

    I am not a oranized person and any tip is usefull, just keeping to the tip is difficult 🙂

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