This organized kitchen tour is packed full of ideas to help declutter your kitchen cabinets, drawers, pantry, and refrigerator and keep them neat and tidy!
I’ve kind of been on a kitchen organization kick lately. It’s one of the areas of our home that is used most often, so I wanted to make sure it was organized as well as possible to meet our family’s needs.
I have been setting up little systems within the kitchen here and there since we moved in about a year ago, but I recently went through and rethought every cabinet and drawer and moved things around to really try to make the most of our space!
You can take our organized kitchen tour in this week’s video!
Our Organized Kitchen Tour
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I do feel like I should make a few caveats about our kitchen. First, I am not a phenomenal cook, so I don’t have a ton of gadgets and extra cooking items that I store in our kitchen.
Second, we moved from a townhouse with a really small kitchen, so I only kept the essentials there and I haven’t really accumulated many more items since we moved. This kitchen has way more cabinet storage than the last one, so that’s why we have some empty shelves and drawers available. I’m always fine with having extra space!
Finally, everyone’s kitchen needs and setup will be different. I don’t know that I have anything in the exact same space as our last kitchen, and that is with mostly the same items! You definitely have to do what works for your family’s habits and routines and your particular kitchen layout.
**I will share a source list with as many of our kitchen items as possible at the end of the post.
Let’s take a peek at our kitchen storage, starting with the island…
Kitchen Island Storage
Since the island is where I do most of the prep work when I’m cooking, I wanted to make sure I had my mixing bowls and bakeware close by. These two larger cabinets in the island fit everything perfectly, with the clear glass bakeware and bowls on the top shelves and the other items, including cooling racks, on the bottom.
Our house came with these slide out shelves built into the bottom cabinets, and I love them because they make everything so easy to access!
Above these cabinets are drawers to hold some miscellaneous items– candles and lighters for birthdays, an electric knife and rolling pin, also used for meal prep, and some chargers.
I didn’t really feel like I had a ton of items to put in drawers, so we had some space left over in several of them. In fact, on the other half of the island, I actually had a drawer that stayed completely empty!
I did add a pretty contact paper liner to all of the drawers, though, so that they would be easier to clean and also to give them an extra pop of pattern.
The final drawer in the island holds all of our sharp items. I moved from a countertop knife block to these bamboo knife organizers at our last house and I love that they keep the knives tucked out of the way! I also put in a simple drawer organizer to hold our apple slicing tool and bottle opener.
Under those drawers I have two cabinets with more slide out shelves. One of the shelves holds all of our boxed items like ziplock bags, foil, plastic wrap, wax paper, etc. The drawers in the island are actually fairly shallow and I was having trouble getting the boxes to fit neatly in a drawer, so putting them on a slide out shelf ended up being the perfect solution for us.
I also keep our pots and pans on this side of the island, which is right next to the stove. I don’t use any fancy organizers to keep them neat; I simply nest them inside one another and place the lids on top, and it has worked really well to keep this cabinet in shape!
I keep our colanders in this cabinet as well. I admit– I use colanders more often for decoration than I do for cooking, which is why I have quite a few of them! Oops! 🙂
Kitchen Sink Area
Across from the island, we have our dishwasher + a few cabinets. To the left of the dishwasher, there is a very narrow cabinet that is perfect for holding all of our cutting boards…
And we also have our under-the-sink area organized, which I showed in this video a few weeks ago.
Kitchen Corner Organization
In the back corner of the kitchen, we have quite a few cabinets for storage, which is great, but the shape and size of some of them can definitely be challenging sometimes.
It took me a bit to figure out what to put in the very narrow upper cabinet by the sink, but it ended up working perfectly as a medicine cabinet of sorts.
I keep all of our daily vitamins on the bottom shelf, and then I used some simple gray organizers that I found at HomeGoods to organize the rest of our meds. I cut out a little medical cross with my Silhouette machine + adhesive vinyl as an extra little touch!
The kids’ meds (read: mostly band aids that they insist they need about 10 times per day 😉 ) are in the lowest organizer, and then adult meds are higher up.
The corner cabinet can be another challenging space to organize in the kitchen. In our last house I had our everyday dishes in this cabinet (mostly because that’s the only place they would fit!), but in this house I’m using it to hold our serving pieces, and that has been working out well so far.
You can also see our little container of chip clips that I keep handy so we can easily access them when we’re cleaning up from lunch or dinner.
Right beside the corner cabinet I keep all of the items for a little “smoothie station.” I have a smoothie or shake nearly every day, so this cabinet is used often!
The next cabinet is where I keep our everyday dishes…
I simply have them organized by color! Up above I keep some mason jars that I’ll sometimes use for food storage or to hold a bouquet of flowers. I also have a basket that keeps our lesser used kitchen gadgets, things we still need to keep on hand but that we don’t access often.
Down below, we have a lazy susan in the corner cabinet…
We keep all of our paper products in this cabinet, which are mostly used for the kids’ birthday parties or if they’re having a lot of friends over.
Beside that corner cabinet, we have a few more cabinets with pull out shelves…
I’ve done separate posts about how we organize our food storage containers and our kids’ dishes. If you have a really good eye, you’ll noticed that I moved the kids’ dishes from a spot in the island over closer to our everyday dishes. We’re still using the same system, just in a different cabinet.
Down below the sliding shelves I have a few more mint bins (which I LOVE), one of which holds all of Donnie’s supplements, and the other of which holds the boys’ lunch boxes for school.
Right above these cabinets are our silverware and utensil drawers…
I used pretty much the same organization system for these in our old house and it worked really well, so why mess with a good thing?! I again used the pretty drawer liner, and love these drawer organizers with a pop of aqua at the bottom.
Organized Coffee Station
We have one final set of cabinets between our range and our refrigerator– I call this area our coffee station, though it really holds more than just coffee supplies!
The upper cabinet holds all of our glasses and mugs…
I admit, I recently couldn’t take it any longer and traded out all of our mismatched mugs for these really inexpensive plain white ones! Donnie really likes larger mugs for his coffee, so these ones held more than most of our older ones anyway.
Right below our Keurig are the two organized “junk drawers” that I showed in last week’s video…
Below the left drawer is Donnie’s coffee drawer. I used this clear tray to keep everything in organized rows.
Along with the Keurig, he also has a traditional coffee pot that he’ll get out occasionally, so those supplies are in this drawer.
The bottom drawer in this row is devoted to dish towels and pot holders.
The clear organizers I used to keep everything separated are from HomeGoods, and I loved that the 3 of them fit perfectly in this space!!
The final cabinet holds our cookie sheets and muffin tin.
You can see that this cabinet used to have a slide out shelf as well; I removed it to have more room for the cookie sheets. I just use a really simple organizer that I found at Bed, Bath, and Beyond to keep this cabinet organized, and it works like a charm!
That about does it for the cabinets!
Refrigerator and Pantry
The only things left in the kitchen are our refrigerator…
And our pantry…
Whew! That was a lot of info! Hopefully this gives you a better idea of how our kitchen is set up and maybe gives you some ideas for organizing your own kitchen as well!
As promised, here is a source list of many of the items we use in our kitchen…
Stools: World Market, no longer available
If you’re looking for more kitchen organization inspiration, you can also get more details about our current kitchen organization in these posts:
Working with a smaller kitchen space? These posts about the small-but-organized kitchen in our townhouse may be helpful:
Do you have any awesome kitchen organization tips to share? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
Have a wonderful day!
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