How to organise your kitchen so it’s easier to use it

From taking care of the kids to managing the household, plus all the extra stuff we juggle (school, sport, health, social etc), we have a lot on our plates as parents!

One of the daily non negotiables for most of us is preparing meals and snacks, and whether it’s first thing in the morning when you’re still sleepy but feeling rushed trying to get everyone ready on time, or at the end of the day when everyone’s exhausted and hungry, cooking another meal can feel really overwhelming.

Having a well organised kitchen can make it much easier. When your space is clutter free and you can find what you need quickly & easily, everything just seems to flow more smoothly and the job doesn’t feel as difficult.

Let’s make things a little more smooth by organising your kitchen so you can enjoy cooking and keep your kitchen clean and tidy!

Declutter and organise your cupboards.

One by one, go through each cupboard, take out the things you don’t use, and donate them. You’ll have more room to store the rest neatly and give everything a proper place to belong.

Once you’ve decluttered your cupboards, organise them in a way that makes sense to you. Set them up by category - plates, glasses, bowls, etc with the items you use most on the shelves that are easiest to reach.

Put the things you use the least, like Christmas platters, at the back of the cupboard on the higher shelves.

Put kids cups, plates and drink bottles lower if you want to encourage your kids to get their own drinks and snacks or help you in the kitchen.

Treat your kitchen as a dedicated workspace.

Your kitchen isn’t just there to hold your food and utensils, it’s there for a daily purpose and process.

Think about the tools you use the most when you cook, and make sure they’re ready to use when you need them.

The knives, cutting boards, pots and pans you use each day should be easy to grab without having to kneel down and hunt around in cupboards.

This will help you cook more efficiently and reduce the time you spend looking for tools and utensils.

Clever Storage Solutions.

Using storage tools can help you keep your kitchen clean and tidy. Items like drawer dividers, turntables, and tiered shelf extenders can help you make the most of the space you have and keep your kitchen organised.

Drawer dividers help you keep your utensils organised and prevent them from getting all jumbled up.

Turntables help you store and reach items in deep cupboards or cupboards with corners.

Tiered shelf extenders help you store tinned food in step format, making use of the typical “dead space” you get above tinned foods on your pantry shelf and allowing you to store 3x the amount and still be able to see what you have at a glance.

Now you can actually enjoy cooking in your kitchen!

Play some music while you cook or wash the dishes, put things away as you use them so you don’t have a big mess to tidy after dinner, and enjoy the extra chill time you’ll have now that the kitchen is easier is organised and easier to keep tidy.

I hope you found these ideas helpful! If you’re ready for next steps in organising your home & life, you might want to check out my popular House & Family Binder. It’s a simple set of prints to help you get organised and run your household without stress or overwhelm.