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Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who specializes in decor articles and home tours. She spends her spare time at flea markets and hunting for vintage finds. Shelby is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

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There are those random areas in our homes that seem to be begging for décor, but they tend to be a little, well, awkward. The wall next to the front door. That open spot under the stairs. And the space above the kitchen cabinets, where it seems as if something should go there…but what?

If the styling in your kitchen seems to be lacking in some way and needs just the thing to create a finished look, filling that area above the cabinets might be the answer. There are actually myriad possibilities for decorating that space, proven through featured designers, bloggers, and Instagrammers. From vintage art to practical storage, you can put that space above the cabinets to work.

Display a Meaningful Collection

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You may enjoy collecting certain objects, but you may not have a specified place for them and end up keeping the pieces hidden away in the basement or a closet. If you haven’t been able to find the right place to showcase that collection, look to the space above your cabinets. The eye will naturally be drawn upward toward your finds, which have their own particular place to stand out. Vases, vintage letters, and even books are ideal to display above cabinets. A series of pitchers filled with faux flowers is also an ideal way to fill the void. You want to make sure, though, that the objects are large enough to see once up high; a collection of salt and pepper shakers, for example, may not be the right scale for that spot.

Hang Vintage Finds

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

If you have enough room, you can hang items on the wall in the space above your cabinets. Whether it’s framed family photos, mirrors, small macramé creations, or vintage baking or cooking tools, this extra wall space surprisingly caters to wall art of almost any kind—but flea market treasures seem to look even more charming.

Find Spots for Practical Items

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Sometimes no matter the size of the kitchen and how much storage there is, we still run out of space. It may be that there’s just not a spot for the extra rolls of paper towels, or the vintage kitchen scale won’t fit in a cabinet or on the countertop. That’s where the spot above the cabinets comes in handy. Display surplus kitchen necessities, cake stands, and trays, while mixing in a few decorative pieces for visual interest. Stick to one color palate for a streamlined look.

Fill the Space With Tall Pieces

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

If you have high ceilings, it can be tough to track down décor objects that are tall enough to fill the space above the kitchen cabinets and work seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen styling. Tall, artful vases and ceramic art can visually reach upward toward the ceiling, filling up the bareness above the cabinets and making for a modern feel.

Weave in an Art Gallery

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Gallery walls are always a classic, decorative element to bring into any home. While they are timeless and traditional, it’s refreshing to see a gallery that’s presented in a new and different way. Leaning a group of similar style artwork onto each other and the back wall makes for an interesting visual, and using frames that are all the same color creates uniformity. Whether a collection of vintage oil paintings or black and white photographs, this design element is somewhat easy to accomplish and joyful to look at.

Showcase a Sign

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Perhaps you picked up an overscale sign on your last trip to the flea market or local design accessory shop but just can’t find the right spot for it in your home. That empty, cold space above the kitchen cabinets is just perfect, whether to fit a long, vintage-inspired sign or custom family saying. It will look cozy above the cabinets, and even better when matched up with bouquets of darling faux flowers.

Create an Indoor Garden

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

If you have a green thumb and don’t mind climbing up to water the plants every week, setting up the space above cabinets to grow an indoor garden is ideal—just be sure to purchase plants that don’t require a lot of sunlight. Low-light plants, nestled above the cabinetry, add a natural, vibrant accent to the kitchen. Using similar style and colored pots will keep the look clean and contemporary.

Bring in Artificial Plants

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You may think artificial plants are old-fashioned, reminiscent of the kitchen decor of the 1980s where climbing vines trailed along the tops of kitchen cabinets. But these days you can find beautiful, realistic faux plants that will bring a modern vibe to any space. A bit of greenery in the kitchen is always a welcome touch, and buying a few of the same style will keep the room looking fresh and clean. Add a few other similar arrangements on the counter and dining table to tie it all together.

Include Nooks for Storage

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The space above your cabinets can be built up to serve a specific purpose, like providing extra storage. Cleverly use the area above your cabinets to hold baskets, making for additional storage space in your kitchen. The baskets can keep small items and extra kitchen supplies out of sight while adding a decorative touch to the room. Using a set of matching baskets creates a uniform look, and adding vertical dividers will give the space an even more organized and clean appearance.

To Clear the Clutter for Happier Cooking

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

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The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, especially if you’re an enthusiastic home cook or foodie. So, keeping things tidy and stylish can feel more like a pipe dream; something people do on Instagram but not in real life. In real life, utensils and appliances fight for space in drawers, obscure spice mixtures get lost in a sea of jars, and ill-fitting pots and pans stack one on top of the other.

But truly, it doesn’t have to be this way. This article will help you close the gap between your dream kitchen and reality by tackling one of the big-ticket items: your kitchen cabinets and drawers.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Clean Slate

Just like you can’t build a home on a lousy foundation, you can’t achieve your kitchen goals without giving it a deep clean. If you don’t have a full day or weekend to dedicate to this, we still recommend you don’t skip this step. Instead, clean your kitchen cabinets in segments, starting with those you rarely touch and finishing with the ones you frequently access.

If you have tough stains to tackle like grease splatters, take a gentle approach. Skip warm water and vinegar, because while it is a popular solution, it can dissolve the finish on your cabinets.

Sort and Plan

Now that your cabinets are refreshed, start pulling out all the appliances, utensils, and other items you want to reorganize. Depending on how large your stash is, you may even want to lay them down on a clean sheet or tarp so you can get a good look at everything. From here, you can plan to donate any excess, purchase additional items, and map out where everything will go. Of course, those with similar uses naturally jibe, but we take it one step further.

Heavy pots and appliances should be stored in lower cabinets or shelves, while those that are frequently used should stay closest to the stove or where you prep your meals. Tupperware and food storage bins can be kept in a higher cabinet that’s near the sink so you can move from pot, to container, to sink in one fell swoop.

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Another consideration (and possibly limiting factor) is space. If you don’t have a lot of counter space to work with, you may need to maximize your cabinets and drawers even more. Or, if the kitchen sports extra wall space, you may consider breaking out the drill to build additional shelving or hooks.

Visibility is Key

Have you ever torn into a drawer or cabinet to look for that one item, only to create a larger mess? This is precisely why we suggest making tools, utensils, spices, and more easily visible. If there’s anything we’ve learned this year, it’s that organizing our cupboards, freezers, and pantries can actually make us feel better and more at ease. We wanted a storage solution that’s efficient, affordable, adaptable, and clear, so we designed one ourselves—The Spruce Organization Collection.

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Other ideas include building or placing increasingly higher standing shelves inside your cabinets to store spices, or simply placing the tallest bottles towards the back. Using a pull-out pantry will allow you to scan things quickly and easily. If you own certain utensils that are always in rotation (like a spatula or tongs) consider storing them in a holder on the counter for easy access.

Use Labels

Okay, creating tags for items doesn’t mean you have to go overboard with the labeler. After all, there’s a fine line between helpful and exhausting. But if you want to empty out your dried goods from their packages and transfer them into more streamlined airtight containers that fit together like perfect tetris pieces, you will benefit from labels.

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Labeling spices can help you quickly grab what you need or remind you to actually use a spice that you may have forgotten about otherwise. What’s more, you can think of labeling as an exercise, helping you to keep a mental tally of what you have so you can either buy replacements or avoid buying duplicates.

No Space Left Behind

Chances are the surfaces of your cabinets, tables, and walls hold untapped potential! Consider installing hooks to hang your pots, pans, or utensils (depending on how much space you have). You can effectively store knives, culinary scissors, and more by placing a magnetic strip on a wall or the side of a cabinet. Additionally, using a tension rod inside a cabinet or installing a bar on the interior side of its door is a great way to store spray bottles, gloves, and towels. You can even hang a pegboard on a wall in your kitchen so you can easily attach and detach wire baskets and shelves for extra storage.

Get Creative

It’s natural to get in a groove and forget to consider how to improve things. So, we’re here to remind you to get creative! Do you default to organizing your drawers in simple, vertical segments? Well, that may be wasting precious room. Instead, try creating custom-fit dividers so you can store both small and big items in their proper place. You can also place your dividers on a diagonal for a simple solution to the same problem—big items go in the middle slots, while small items are kept in the corners.

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Apart from creatively using space, think of how you want to move and navigate in your kitchen. For example, a rolling cart can help you quickly gather all you need for meal prep, or help you to maneuver heavy appliances.

Lastly, ask yourself if all your kitchen items need to be in your kitchen. What if you kept an electric kettle and tea or coffee setup in the dining room? Or how about a matching set of rarely used, but stylish dishware? Finally, cookbooks may also be great candidates for keeping in the next room over.

Think in all Dimensions

Learn to play Tetris with your kitchen cabinets and drawers by working with, not against, the shapes of your appliances, utensils, dishware, and pots and pans. For example, could you create more space by filing your plates or baking sheets in a rack instead of stacking them vertically? Or how about neatly propping up cutting boards on the interior of a drawer? This way, you can simply pluck them out instead of lifting the items inside to get to the bottom of the drawer.

Express Yourself

Becoming ultra-organized in your kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t express your personal style and in fact, we recommend that you do! What’s more, you don’t have to invest a lot of time or money if you don’t want to (though rustic ceiling beams sound lovely). Placing a few houseplants, a colorful rug, or a tile backsplash can bring just as much joy.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

When it comes to storing your glassware, are you team up or team down? To be completely honest, it doesn’t really matter! But it’s so funny when you peek inside someone else’s cabinets and see things stored in a completely different way! There’s not really a right way to organize your glassware but there are a few ways that might make sense for your cabinets. If you’re tight on space or even if your only goal is get your cabinet looking pretty and to purge that novelty cup collection, these tips are for you too!

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

There are so many different types of glassware you can buy. Between all the kids in our family, cousins, friends, and our own, I like to keep plastic cups on hand! ZAK has an assortment of kid friendly cups that I’m always on the lookout for. The bubbly design makes it great for grown ups too!

I also like to keep classics. These tall glasses from Libbey are perfect for a glass of iced coffee. They’re heavy and can handle the chill very well! And Jam jars by Le Parfait make the best cups for juice.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

If you’ve ever wondered why wine lovers store their glasses upside down, it’s because that’s how delicate glassware is best stored! The rims can easily crack or break if manipulated too much so it’s best to store them on a hanging rack or right side up if your store them on the shelf. Even though I don’t drink, my friends and family do, and I’m ALWAYS down for a good mocktail. I installed this Neu Home stemware rack within a few minutes and it worked perfectly for my stemware.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

To double the space in our glassware cabinet I used a riser for our smaller tumblers and juice glasses. This way I’m not wasting any space. You can also use this for plates and dishes.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

This clip on coffee mug hanger is another great way to maximize the space in your cabinet. It slides onto your existing cabinets so no tools are needed. I used it in my coffee bar area to hang a collection of white mugs. But you can also hang your copper Moscow Mule mugs or anything with a handle!

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Get to organizing your glassware and never turn back!

By Marilyn Syarto

You may have heard that learning how to organize kitchen cabinets can help you better prepare meals. That’s especially true if you don’t have a dedicated pantry. But organized kitchen cabinets offer many other benefits, as well. You’ll save time searching because everything has its place in your cabinets—food, dishware, pots and pans, and cleaning products, for example. You’ll also save money by not wasting any food (i.e. you did actually have that backup sack of flour tucked inconspicuously in a cabinet and didn’t need to buy a new one).

Now that you’re hopefully convinced that it’s time to organize your kitchen cabinets, we’ve gathered the best tips, tricks, and materials to get you started and to keep you on track to a better-organized kitchen.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

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Organization and Layout Ideas for Kitchen Cabinets

There are plenty of things that need to go into your kitchen cabinets. So much so that you may wonder how they all fit in your cabinets.

A good trick here is to cluster similar items and ingredients in cabinets within stations. When you’re baking, you don’t want to frantically search behind every cabinet door for your bottle of vanilla extract; it should be right near the sugar, flour, and honey in the baking station. Here are some ideas for stations you can base your kitchen cabinet organization around, but remember: These are merely suggestions because every cook’s kitchen is different. Organize your stations in a way that works for you!

  • Cooking station: spices, cooking utensils (spatulas and stirring spoons), pots, and pans near your stove
  • Baking station: sugar, flour, foils, parchment paper, cookie sheets, rolling pins, and your mixer, near your oven or prep area
  • Prep station: knives and chopping boards near your prep area (an open countertop space)
  • Dishwashing/sink station: cutlery, glassware, everyday dishes, plastic/glass storage containers, and water bottles near your dishwasher and sink
  • Canned goods/food station: canned and jarred goods (canned beans, sauces, etc.), pasta, and cereals near your prep or stove area
  • Cleaning station: paper goods, cleaning tools (sponges), cleaning sprays, and other chemicals near your sink and where you can store bulk items
  • Holiday station: items used for holidays (platters, cookie cutters) and rarely used fancier items (crystal goblets, candy dishes), usually placed in hard-to-reach cabinets
  • Pet station: food, treats, bowls, dishes, pet-related medicines in a convenient cabinet

Save a Drawer for Junk

How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

The beauty of arranging kitchen cabinets is that you can tweak whatever you find doesn’t work over time. You may find, for example, that it’s more convenient and helpful to store glassware above your dishwasher instead of transporting them to a cabinet a few feet away. Even if you have to switch things around, you will already have cleaned and lined your cabinets. Here’s a step-by-step guide on organizing your cabinets, starting from cleaning them out.

Step 1: Empty and Clean

If it’s overwhelming to do every cabinet at one time, do clean your cabinets in chunks and sections. Start with one cabinet one day, another the next, and do the same with the drawers—one at a time if necessary.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Vacuum
  • Crevice tool
  • Brush tool
  • Spray bottle
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Soft, clean rags
  • Cotton swabs (optional)

Once you empty the cabinet spaces, do the following:

  • Vacuum the interior using your brush and crevice tool/attachments pick up the build-up of all dirt and crumbs.
  • Use a simple cleaning solution for the inside of cabinets: Mix a small spray bottle one part distilled white vinegar and one part warm water plus a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent. Spray (but don’t douse) and let it sit for a minute. Wipe down the interior with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Use a cotton swab dipped in the solution to get into corners and hinges.

Step 2: Sort, Donate, Eliminate

Focus on sorting, donating, and throwing out utensils, glassware, dishes, pots, pans, and plastic storage containers. This phase is important so you can streamline your cabinets; you’d be surprised what duplicate items you find. Use one box for donations and one box for trash. Move the boxes out of the kitchen as soon as you’re done.

Step 3: Protect With Liners

To extend the life and beauty of your cabinet shelves and drawers, line them with self-adhesive shelf liner material that can be easily wiped clean. Carefully measure each shelf and drawer and apply the liner material per the product’s directions.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

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The way you stack the dishes determines how they look in the cabinet and might reduce the risk of damage. Glass front and open cabinets require particular care to keep them looking attractive and uncluttered. Details of cabinet organization impact how the dishes look and how convenient the cabinet is to use.

Organize the Dishes and Use Accessories

If you have a lot of dishes to fit into the cabinet, wire shelves save space by adding another level for stacking dishes. Cup hooks free up shelf space for more dishes. Keeping heavy dishes separate from china and fragile dishes helps reduce the risk of dishes and cups becoming chipped or cracked. As another option, stack heavy plates such as ironstone on the bottom and put lighter plates on top of the heavier ones.

By How Often You Use Them

Arranging dishes in a cabinet by how often you use them keeps your favorite dishes in reach. Put the dinner plates you use the most often on the shelf that’s the most convenient for most household members to reach — such as the bottom shelf of the cabinet near the sink. If you use salad plates often, stack them next to the dinner plates. If there’s room, stack smaller items you use regularly, such as soup bowls, dessert bowls and saucers, where they fit best. If there are kids in the house, put their cups and cereal bowls at the front of the bottom shelf.

By Size

Stacking larger dishes on one level with smaller dishes above them creates an attractive effect. For example, stack dinner plates and soup bowls on the bottom shelf with a wire shelf above the soup bowls for dessert bowls. Stack dessert plates and saucers next to each other above salad plates on the next shelf. You might stack large serving plates, serving bowls, platters and special-occasion dishes on the top shelf of the cabinet. Leaning platters against the back wall of the cabinet or next to each other at one end of the shelf adds visual interest.

For Decorative Effect

Stack plates by color or type to create attractive designs in the cabinet. Playing up colors and shapes creates an appealing display in an open hutch or glass-front cabinet. If you have plates in different shapes, such as rectangular ones for sushi, stack them on a shelf below eye level in the front to show off their shape and inside glaze. Make a pattern with two or more different colors of dinnerware: for example, half the rose salad plates on top of half of the green salad plates and then the green salad plates on top of the rest of the rose salad plates beside the first stack or at opposite ends of the shelf.

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An expert organizer lends her best tips for keeping cabinets clean and tidy.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

If you cringe every time you open a kitchen cabinet (or get hit by a falling tuna can) it may be time to tidy up. These cupboards hold a little bit of everything, so it’s natural that they easily get cluttered. Luckily, they’re just as easy to clean up. New York City-based professional organizer Nancy Heller has the 10 steps that’ll get you to de-cluttered glory.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Behold, the most beautifully organized kitchen cabinet. Is this your happy place? Do your kitchen cabinets look nothing like this? Don’t despair: The following steps will get you there.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Yes, it can be a little stress-inducing seeing everything out on your counters. But it’s the only way you’ll really be able to determine what you can toss — like those expired spices (yes, they do need to be replaced, typically after six to twelve months) — that have been hiding in the back corners of your shelves. “Take absolutely everything off the shelf and evaluate what you have and what you don’t need,” says Heller.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

“Put spices and other ingredients you don’t regularly use in a shoe box [or other bin], and tuck them away,” says Heller. Label the tops of the spices and boxes. When you grab the box for that once-in-a-blue-moon recipe, you can look down and see everything you have at a glance.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

A 21st century fact: Most people aren’t whipping up pies on a daily basis. If this is also true for you, don’t let chunky baking supplies take up valuable space on your easy-to-reach shelves. “Put baking supplies on the top shelf, along with any extra items you may have, like extra boxes of sugar or even extra Ziploc bags,” says Heller.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Though this space-saving gadget is typically only used for spices, it can also come in handy for tall bottles of, say, sherry or olive oil you use regularly. “Put cooking wines and cooking oils on a Lazy Susan on the very bottom shelf, where there’s more space,” says Heller. “They’re easiest to reach there.”

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

A major organizing mistake many people make: centering the Lazy Susan on the shelf. “Push it to the left so it doesn’t take up too much space,” says Heller. “This way, you can place the items you absolutely always use, like salt and pepper, on the right side of the cupboard.” Instead of spinning the Lazy Susan, you’ll always know exactly where to find your essentials.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

“If you’re visual, it may work best to sort, say, all the green spices together,” says Heller. “If you think more in terms of dishes, organize the ingredients that way.” The latter tends to work best for regular dishes: So, if you make pot roast every Sunday night, it might be best to group all the spices that recipe calls for in one spot.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

If you wonder how to organize kitchen cabinets the best way, you came to the right place. This article will go over some of the most basic steps that anyone can take to help them get the best-organized kitchen they can have.

You don’t need to go to a professional to do this or spend a fortune on equipment or organizers. There are many ways to get organized with the tools available to you for a decent price. Here s how to organize kitchen cabinets the best way.

Step by Step organizes Kitchen Cabinets.

First, you will need to have a system in place for the different storage areas within your cabinets. The main area to keep your items will be the drawers and pots. These should all have shelves, and the shelves should be kept arranged by size, color, etc.

So when you start doing your organization, think about how many pots and pans you currently have and the sizes of your drawers and shelves. Now that you have that sorted out, you can go about your organizational task.

You can use some containers and cutting boards.

Most kitchen cabinets will already have some container or cutting board made for them. So make sure that you buy the proper cutting boards or containers for the area you will be putting the containers in.

If you are going to be putting small containers and dishes inside your drawers, you will probably want to use plastic storage containers. These can be found at most grocery stores and are very inexpensive. If you plan to store large containers and dishes, you might want to consider glass or stainless steel containers.

Decorate dishes inside Container

When you have your cutting boards and containers, you will want to put your smaller containers and dishes inside them. One important thing that we have covered here is where to store them when they are not in use.

It might seem like a stupid question to ask at first, but it is something that people tend to forget. The pantry is the perfect place to store your smaller items. If you are like me and have a very small kitchen, you know that the pantry is a great place to store any items you would not mind keeping around for later use.

Use shelves and drawer dividers.

You can get cabinet shelves at most home supply stores, and some specialty stores will also sell drawer dividers. The best way to find the right size drawer dividers for your needs is to take a trip to the home improvement section of a big box store like Wal-Mart or Lowe’s.

This is usually the best place to find various cabinet shelves and drawer dividers that fit all your needs.

Considering storing your pots and pans.

It might be tough for some people because if you don’t do it right, you will end up with all kinds of mess all over your countertop. To make sure that you can’t do this, you will want to buy some roll of wire.

One for storing cutlery and tools, and another for storing pans. It would help if you also considered storing spoons and forks next to the pans to ensure that you are not tripping over them while cooking.

Decorative drawers

Last, consider storing your decorative items like vases and pottery in decorative drawers. One of the best ways that I have found to organize my decorative drawers is to use glass cabinet dividers.

This is a very pretty way to dress up your kitchen cabinet drawers, and it is very effective in increasing storage space.

Final Note:

As you can see, there is no shortage of options when it comes to organizing your cabinets. The trick is to think about what you need and determine the best method for you.

Utilize magazines or books to see what kinds of cabinets or bins are commonly used, and remember to think about how you store certain types of foods.

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I was recently asked how to organize baking dishes after I did a tutorial on how to organize pots and pans. I had to admit, I hadn’t organized my baking dishes in a while. We don’t use baking dishes often so that cabinet had gone unnoticed. Whoops!

So I thought I’d take on the challenge and finally organize my cabinet of glass baking dishes. Here it goes!

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

How To Organize Baking Dishes

I store my baking dishes in the cabinet right next to my oven. I don’t use glass baking dishes that often so I wasn’t too concerned about how functional the cabinet was. But to be completely honest, it was far from functional!

I have a lot of baking dishes and storage containers. I received most of these as a wedding present and hated to return them, so here I am with a cabinet full of glass baking dishes I never use.

They were all just stacked on top of each other. Whenever I needed to use one I would have to pull out almost all of them to get what I needed. And most of the time the one I needed was on the bottom. Typical, right?

This is what my cabinet looked like before I organized it.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Not terrible, but not great and definitely not functional!

It was definitely time to properly organize it.

What You Need to Organize Baking Dishes

When I was trying to decide what to use to organize my baking dishes, I really wanted an adjustable bakeware rack. I checked Walmart first and then TJ Maxx. Neither had what I wanted, so instead, I went with heavy duty cabinet corner shelf racks.

I knew if I turned them up on their side they would be perfect to hold my baking dishes in place. Since the shelves were wide I knew I wouldn’t have any trouble getting the bakeware to fit and they are heavy duty and wouldn’t fall over.

Step By Step to Organize Baking Dishes

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

To organize my baking dish cabinet, I first started by removing everything from the cabinet. Next, with Windex and a cleaning rag, I wiped out the cabinet.

Then I grabbed leftover contact paper from our camper remodel to put in the bottom of the cabinet. I wanted the cabinet to match our pots and pans cabinet that has this contact paper as well.

Since it is a smaller cabinet, I measured the cabinet first to see how much contact paper I needed. I cut a 16″ section from the roll of contact paper and laid it down. It was quick and easy!

Next, I took inventory of all the glass baking dishes I had. I had to be honest with myself and realize that I had way too many. There were some glass storage bowls that I had never used and knew I would never use in the future. So I decided to toss them out.

Once I knew what I wanted to keep, I started placing them back in the cabinet. I put the glass food storage containers in the back of the cabinet.

Next, I placed the cabinet shelf organizer on its side and directly in front of the storage containers. The shelf gave me a place for two baking dishes so I placed the largest ones I had on the bottom.

There wasn’t enough room to place both cabinet shelf organizers side by side like I had originally planned, so I placed the second one on the shelf above. In this shelf organizer, I placed two smaller baking dishes inside the shelf organizer and one on the outside.

Lastly, I put three pie plates leaning up against the smaller baking dish on the outside of the shelf organizer.

The Final Organized Baking Dish Cabinet!

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Everything fits really well and I even have extra space! How unheard of is that in kitchen cabinets!

So there it is! My quick tutorial on how to organize baking dishes! I did this all in about 20 minutes. Once you have the right tools you could easily accomplish this in your own kitchen!

Comment below and let me know how you organize baking dishes!

What would a kitchen be without kitchen cabinets?

Believe it or not, early day kitchen areas were not equipped with anything remotely like the beautiful kitchen cabinets of today – so much a part of beautiful home decor.

In lieu of kitchen cabinets, homes of yesteryear usually had pantries where canned goods and supplies were stored. They might also have had wooden tables instead of counters, free-standing cupboards, china cabinets, or open shelves on the walls for dishes, storage drawers and bins for cooking utensils and storing of flour, sugar and the like.

As kitchen cabinets evolved from open shelving, they were usually crafted from non-descript wooden boards or plywood and then painted. One advantage was that you could change your kitchen decor easily – with just a fresh coat of paint in a different color.

While today’s kitchen cabinets are often made of fine-grained beautiful wood with self-closing doors and easy-glide drawer tracks, they can still be messy and a real pain to keep organized.

Organizing Your Kitchen Cupboards:

Kitchen cabinets may be custom designed to store dishes, drinking glasses, cups, bowls, all types of plastic house wares, cooking and baking utensils, silverware, cookbooks, cereal boxes, and canned goods.

When you get ready to organize your kitchen cabinets, prepare a drawing of your kitchen layout. Then make a list of the items you customarily use in the kitchen and the types of grocery items you store there.

Consider what section of the kitchen counter will be your food preparation area. This will be convenient to the refrigerator, storage of mixing bowls with knives and kitchen utensils within easy reach.

Store your drink ware, cups and glasses, serving plates and dishes in the over-counter cupboards near the sink. Generally, drinking glasses are closest to the sink, then cups, plates and other serving dishes.

Plastic storage bowls, large glass bowls, pie plates, and other baking dishes are often stored in the kitchen cabinet under the food preparation counter.

Another counter can be devoted to your toaster, blender, or canister set, etc. On the shelves in the kitchen cupboard above that area, store baking ingredients and spices. Pots and pans, electric skillets, and other cooking utensils may be stored conveniently under this kitchen counter in close proximity to the stove.

Organizing Your Pantry:

If you are lucky enough to have a pantry, that takes care of storage of canned goods including pickles, jams, jellies, condiments, dry cereals, sugar, flour, etc. It’s easy to organize a pantry as you just put like items together.

However, if your pantry is actually built in to your kitchen cabinet system, it might be a little more difficult because the items are harder to see and harder to reach if they are on the top shelf. It is possible, though, to keep this cabinet completely organized if you only put things back where you got them or, if restocking, keep similar food products together.

How to Organize Your Kitchen Drawers:

Kitchen drawers are for storing:

  1. Table/silver ware (use dividers to keep forks, spoons & knives separate),
  2. Kitchen utensils used in cooking and food preparation,
  3. A small tool drawer (scissors, screw driver, small tack hammer, etc.)
  4. Clean dish towels
  5. Small lids for pots and pans
  6. Electric cords for appliances

How to Organize Under The Kitchen Sink:

The space under the kitchen sink is usually pretty tight quarters as it also accommodates drain pipes, water pipes and maybe even the drain hose from your automatic dishwasher. Because of the heat and moisture generated from the hot water pipe and the dishwasher exhaust hose, it can be kind of a dank, smelly area.

However, it is perfect for storing cleaning supplies, liquid dish detergent, dish washer soaps, etc. Use a square plastic container to keep the loose cans and bottles contained. Pull the container out for easy access to the supplies. Keeping these products in the plastic container also avoids messy spills that might run all over the bottom of the counter.

Having an organized, clutter-free kitchen makes everything from cooking dinner to making coffee a thousand times easier. But what if your kitchen doesn’t have cabinets? Where are you supposed to put your plates, mugs, and snacks?

The answer: Wherever they can fit.

When there’s no obvious place to store dishes, food, and appliances, you have to think outside the cabinet. Here are 13 genius ways to arrange and organize a kitchen without cabinets:

1. Store kitchen tools on a pegboard

A well-designed pegboard isn’t just beautiful to look at, it’s also the key to maintaining your sanity in the kitchen — cabinets or not.

Because a pegboard organizes your cooking tools in a functional and aesthetically-pleasing way. Which saves you from having to rummage through multiple drawers just to find your whisk.

2. Install floating shelves

Floating shelves add style and personality to your kitchen while also housing your favorite dishes.

They don’t take up any of your precious floor space.

Go minimalist with your shelves. Or jazz them up with potted plants, cookbooks, and framed photos.

3. Use a rolling kitchen cart

Even the smallest of kitchens can accommodate a rolling cart. They’re surprisingly stylish and can provide tons of storage in a small space. If you need more space, simply roll the cart to your living room or dining nook.

Take a cue from the ladies behind A Beautiful Mess and give your cart a theme: Espresso Cart, Baking Cart, Snack Cart — you get the idea.

Or just put your extra dishes and cooking essentials on the kitchen cart and call it day.

4. Hang coffee mugs on a rack

No room to stack your mugs?

Hang ’em on a pretty rack instead. If you don’t have a coffee mug rack, repurpose a wooden coat rack or sleek towel rod with sturdy hooks.

Bonus points if you can create enough space for a coffee station below your mug display.

5. Add storage to your kitchen island

The bad news: You’ll have to block out a Saturday afternoon to get your materials and build the kitchen island.

The good news: You’ll be thrilled to have a portable kitchen island with plenty of storage space for food, silverware, dish towels, cutting boards, and more.

So worth the hands-on work.

Want more awesome DIY ideas that won’t hog your Saturday?

Check out these 10 DIY storage and furniture projects you can make in less than one hour.

6. Store dishes on a bookcase

Bookcases are the casual cousin to a fancy glass-paneled china cabinet.

A multi-shelf bookcase can easily hold an entire collection of dinnerware, plus extra items like cookbooks, jars of cooking ingredients, and a cutting board.

7. Maximize your drawer space

In a kitchen without cabinets, drawers are your saving grace. They hide your unsightly but necessary kitchen tools (like citrus squeezers and meat tenderizers) and make everything easy to reach.

The trick to a well-organized drawer is to take advantage of every inch of available space.

Go crazy with drawer dividers and stacking bins.

8. Turn your cooking necessities into countertop decor

Don’t have space to hide your baking and cooking ingredients?

Put them on display: Buy a set of matching jars and fill them with grains, flours, seeds, nuts, sugar, and dried pasta.

9. DIY a wood pallet spice rack

Don’t give your spices the drawer treatment, where they’re bound to roll around and spill.

This clever DIY pallet spice rack from Make It & Love It saves space and keeps everything organized and easily accessible.

Hungry for more space-saving DIY wood pallet ideas?

Take a look at these eight cheap and easy wood pallet projects that will revitalize your home in no time.

10. Store food in baskets on the counter

Rather than hiding everyday staples like bread and fruit, store them front and center on your kitchen counter.

Get a stylish wire or wicker basket, cover the interior in cloth, and fill it up with your go-to foods.

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11. Use a wall-mounted pot rack

Hang a sturdy pot rack above your sink, stove, or kitchen island. It’s an easy and artistic way to store your collection of pots and pans.

12. Store silverware in Mason jars

If your drawers are filled to the brim with spatulas and rolling pins, store your silverware in Mason jars on the kitchen counter.

To limit the scrape of metal against glass, fill your jars with rice. Doing so will keep your forks and spoons stable and scratch-free.

13. Let MakeSpace pick up and store your extra stuff

Let go of the stuff you don’t need. Then pack your extra kitchen stuff and schedule a MakeSpace pickup (your first pickup is free!).

We’ll pick up everything from your home, transport it to our secure temperature-controlled storage facility, and create an online photo catalog of your stuff.

Need something back from storage?

Browse the convenient online photo catalog of your stuff, click the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver it to you.

This article was written by Paige Smith, a freelance writer from Orange County, California who specializes in lifestyle, wellness, and travel topics.

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Organization and Declutter

When too much clutter is making your home look messier than normal, it’s time for some serious organizing 101 from The Maids!

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The kitchen has always been a focal point in many homes. But since the on-set of Covid-19, kitchens have been transformed into work from home offices and a designated area for homeschooling, making an organized kitchen that much more desirable. As we spend more time indoors, things can start to feel a little cramped when we’re putting together a meal. Use the tips below to learn how to organize kitchen cabinets and kick the extra clutter to the curb. You’ll enjoy a better cooking experience and create a welcoming space for guests.

Kitchen Cabinet Organization Ideas to Prevent Clutter

Just like in personal health, one of the most important things you can do to find your ideal equilibrium is to assess your bad habits. When it comes to kitchen clutter, it’s likely one (or, let’s face it, all) of these preventable habits:

  • Dumping the day’s debris onto the countertops, where it serves as the base for tomorrow’s layer.
  • Purchasing one-use appliances and tools that realistically get used once or twice in their (or your) lifetime.
  • Holding on to plastic far beyond its useful purpose, especially mismatched lids, containers, and free drink cups.
  • Having three times more forks, knives, and spoons than you would ever need for even your largest get-together.

What you can do right now: Vow to not introduce anything new to the kitchen for 30 days. That includes today’s mail.

  • Pipeline your paperwork by developing a system to sort paperwork before it hits your kitchen. Give bills and action-items a designated spot and toss recyclable junk mail instantly into the bin.
  • Simplify your tools. Think about your cooking, eating, and entertaining habits over the past six months to a year. Resist the urge to hold on to any cooking item you haven’t used recently.
  • Purge all those plastic containers and cups that are crowding your “real” glasses and dishes. Keep only as many storage containers that you can reasonably fit in your refrigerator.
  • Also on the purge list? Mismatched glassware, plates, the ugly bowl from Aunt Verna, and the pilsners you rarely use.

What you can do right now: All the kitchen cabinet organization ideas above. Do it one cabinet and drawer at a time and be merciless. Remember: You don’t have to be prepared for everything.

The Best Way To Organize Kitchen Cabinets

Now that you aren’t introducing anything new and you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, it’s time to get those kitchen cabinets organized. Would it surprise you to know that kitchen storage and organization tops the list for kitchen remodel must-haves? Here are some kitchen organization tools people want most:

  • Cutlery and utensil organizers
  • Deep drawer organizers
  • Pull-out waste and recycling cabinets
  • Wine and glass storage
  • Cookie sheets and similar kitchenware

It turns out that function wins out over fashion when it comes to our kitchens. But you don’t have to remodel to get organized! You just need some field-tested tips for the best way to organize kitchen cabinets.

Go vertical.

Use a cutting board organizer in a cabinet to store large, flat cookware and serveware on their sides. Storing these items vertically saves space, protects your dishes, and makes it easy to find what you need. For a customized storage solution, install tension rods in a cabinet to store your bakeware and trays.

Put a different spin on your storage.

Turntables are a kitchen storage revelation. Turntables with one or more levels are perfect for storing spices, condiments, and cooking oils. You’ll make the most of your cabinet space and spend less time searching for your favorites. You might even consider installing a whole cabinet turntable and using it as a miniature pantry!

Set your pots and pans free.

If you’ve always stored your pots and pans in a cabinet, they’re taking up a lot of room you could use for better organization. Consider a hanging rack above a kitchen island, hooks on the side of a cabinet, or a pot rack mounted to the wall. Your cookware will be more accessible and you’ll create plenty of extra room in your kitchen cabinets.

Give cups and mugs somewhere to hang out.

Hanging mugs and cups from hooks attached to the undersides of kitchen cabinet shelves makes the most of the unused space above dishes. This kitchen organization tip frees up a lot of cabinet space.

Removing all you don’t need, being able to see and find what you do, and optimizing the cabinet space you have—that’s what makes an organized kitchen.

What you can do right now: Keep up the good work and enjoy a kitchen that is easier to use and easier to clean. And then use this as momentum to declutter your closet.

Imagine having a kitchen that is organized and clean day after day. Now that you know how to organize your kitchen, The Maids is ready to clean that kitchen and every room in your home. Get your free estimate today and find out just how affordable weekly maid service can be.

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How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

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How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

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How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

If you’ve ever thought about how to organize kitchen cabinets, you’re in the right place. Low on space? Don’t know how to arrange what you have? We’ve compiled all the best kitchen cabinet organization ideas and organizers.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Learn how to organize kitchen cabinets effectively. Messy cabinets make it hard to locate and keep track of the items inside. Avoid the hassle of rifling through overflowing cabinets.

How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets – Creating More Space

Some cabinets are big and some cabinets are small, but all of them can be organized. Lack of space is a common concern when asking about how to organize kitchen cabinets. If you’re looking to add some space, check out these items!

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DecoBros Expandable Stackable Shelf: Capable of expanding to fit any cabinet between 13.75 and 26 inches, these shelves without a doubt are a must-have for creating more cabinet space.

Lynk Slide-Out Double Spice Rack: Easy slide-out access of this stylish rack is clearly perfect for spices and bottles that may be hiding in the back of your cabinet.

Simple Houseware Spice Clip Strips: Clip your spices to these strips and mount them on your cabinet door for easy access.

Simple Trending 2-Pack Under Cabinet Shelf: If your cabinet already has a shelf, you can absolutely create more space by adding another shelf underneath it!

Simple Houseware 2-Tier Sliding Cabinet Organizer: These sliding baskets offer easy access to items when you have limited space.

Simple Houseware 2-Pack Mounted Pot Lid Rack: Install these racks on your cabinet doors for instant pot lid storage.

Copco 2-Tier Cabinet Turntable: Non-skid surfaces of this turntable keep items in place as you look for the right ones.

DecoBros 3-Tier Cabinet Corner Shelves: Definitely, this three-tiered organizer is ideal for storing dishes, pans, lids and more.

mDesign Over-Cabinet Bag Holder: Hang this from almost any cabinet to save space and store up to 50 plastic bags.

Kitchen Cabinet Organizers – Bins & Racks

Now that there’s enough space, it’s time to fill it up. These kitchen cabinet organizers are perfect for the job!

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mDesign 4-Pack Cabinet Organizer Bins: Also, these high-capacity, stackable bins are perfect for storing dry goods and maximizing space.

Set of 4 Open-Front Cabinet Organizer Bins: The open fronts of these bins allow for easy access to items. Stack them to save on space, too!

mDesign 2-Pack Packet Organizer Bin: Helpful, store and organize spice packets, dressing mixes, sugar packets and more small items with these handy bins.

EAMAOTT Pack of 4 Cabinet Corner Organizer Bins: Slide these into the corners of your cabinets and use them to organize nearly any item. Also, these cutout handles makes them easy to grab and pull.

Simple Houseware Stackable Can Rack: Up to 36 cans can be stored in this easy-to-assemble rack.

Simple Houseware Kitchen Wrap Rack: Contain all your kitchen wraps together, organized and easily-accessible with this convenient rack.

YouCopia Food Container Lid Organizer: Never fumble around your cabinets for the right food container lid again. Lids up to 9″ organized and easily-accessible.

Simple Houseware 2-Set Bakeware Rack: More than just for bakeware these racks are also perfect for cutting boards, pot lids and pans!

mDesign 2-Pack Water Bottle Rack: Finally, stay hydrated and save the environment by always knowing where your reusable bottles are. Each rack holds up to three bottles, and the racks can be stacked to save space.

Copco 3-Tier Cabinet Organizer: Elevated tiers of this organizer make it easier to see items in the back of your cabinet.

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When it comes to the organization of all these dishes and plates on your kitchen it’s hard to make it work. When you plan kitchen layout ahead or already have a kitchen you should think through all storage features. There are so many clever organizers and ideas that even small kitchen could become effective. In this post we’ve gathered some ideas showing how you can organize dish and plate storage. Drawers, racks, cabinets, closets and other stuff could be used to accommodate them. Find out what solution works best for you.

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If you’ve searched endlessly for the right tupperware lid, bought double the ingredients because you couldn’t find it in your pantry or struggle to keep the kitchen looking even somewhat clean, then it might be time to give your kitchen some attention. Contrary to what a lot of people think, you don’t need an enormous space to have a functional kitchen – it’s more about how you organize the space you do have!

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

You also don’t need a major overhaul to banish clutter and become organized – just a few handy tips and tricks to get you started. Here’s what we suggest to optimize your space and get a functional kitchen space you actually enjoy being in!

Pull it Out and Purge

To start, it’s important to literally see every item in your kitchen and start from a blank slate. So pull it all out and assess the damage!

Think about each item: is it necessary? Does it work? Do I love it?

This step can be really hard but consider the goals – to have a functional space, to have as clear a counter as possible, and to actually enjoy being in the kitchen. Once you’ve gone through your items, you should have a keep section, a toss section and a donate section.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Do a Deep Clean

Because you have everything out of your cabinets and drawers, this is the perfect time to give everything a good wipe down. You’d be surprised how great that will feel, especially when you go to put everything back in its place.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Define Your Zones

Before you start to put anything back, assess your entire kitchen and group cabinets and drawers into zones. The easiest way to do this is to have a notepad and pen and write it down, including which items belong in which zones. Here’s an example of what that would look like:

  • Zone 1: Everyday (easiest to access, close to dishwasher if possible)
    plates, bowls, basic glassware, cups, serveware, cutlery
  • Zone 2: Cooking (locate close to oven or range)
    pots, pans, dishes, cutting boards, spatulas, wooden spoons, measuring cups/spoons, mixing bowls, any other baking items, etc.
  • Zone 3: Pantry
    dry goods, spices, larger kitchen gadgets, etc.
  • Zone 4: Accessories & Storage (near fridge if possible)
    tupperware, food storage, food wrap, ziploc bags, tin foil, to go items, etc.
  • Zone 5: Coffee and Bar
    coffee cups, pods, coffee accessories, coffee pot or keurig, barware such as wine glasses, shot glasses, other glassware, bar accessories, etc.
  • Zone 6: Under the Sink
    cleaning supplies, extra hand soap, garbage bags, recycling etc.
  • The 7th zone could be your special items, like serveware that you typically only use when hosting or special pottery/keepsakes. Our advice though would be to try and keep items you only genuinely use and if it’s not often, then perhaps storing in another area of the house like the dining room or garage would serve you better.

The same rules apply to your fridge – group items together and determine the best layout for your shelving inside!

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Position Correctly

Now that you know which items go where, think about how you position them. Keep items you use the most at eye level and the pieces that see a little less use further away or up higher. If you can’t easily see or access something, the less likely you are to use it.

Same goes for the pantry! Consider unloading cereals, baking goods, pasta and rice for instance, into clear containers. You’ll have more room, they will keep better and you’ll actually be able to see everything! Position things you use the most, like cereal, where it’s easiest to access.

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Get Creative

Want to take it a step further? Start to get creative with your organization and determine which hacks will work best in each zone.

  • Install a hanging rack for pots and pans to free up cupboard space
  • Mount a rack for spices and actually alphabetize it
  • Have a tall pantry door? Hang a clear shoe organizer to make use of that space
  • Make use of drawer organizers and dividers to keep everything super accessible
  • Use standing dividers for things like baking sheets and cutting boards
  • Wire shelving or pull out units are mega handy – especially under the sink
  • Utilize wall space (magnetic knife holders, fresh hanging herbs, hooks for hanging almost anything!)
  • Install a cork board on the inside of your cupboard doors to hang small items or display your most used recipes

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

Keep On It

After a month, take a moment to reflect on how the organization is going. Define any problem areas and reevaluate. Try to stay on top of the pantry and make it a yearly goal to do a declutter.

How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

There are so many simple and affordable ways to reorganize your kitchen cabinets so that they are more efficient, such as adding pull-out cabinets or additional cabinet tiers. There’s no denying that the traditional kitchen cabinet leaves a lot to be desired. Things get lost in the dark back corners and it’s nearly impossible to organize so many different items when you don’t have enough tiers to put everything on. And who wants to take everything out in order to reach the stuff stored in the back?

Some of the most difficult kitchen cabinets to organize (and keep organized) include the cabinet under the sink and cabinets used to store pots and pans. While plates and bowls neatly stack, other kitchen appliances and utensils are more complicated to pile together on one deep shelf. The following tips can help you make your kitchen cabinets more efficient in no time.

How To Organize More Efficient Kitchen Cabinets

#1. Organizing The Cabinet Under The Sink

The cabinet(s) located directly beneath the kitchen sink are often some of the messiest and most disorganized cabinets in the entire kitchen. Despite all of that obtrusive plumbing and piping in under-the-sink cabinets, you can add stackable wire shelving to make the most of available space. This simple trick can double or even triple the space you’re working with.

Add over the door hooks with attached shelving to store dish soap, dish brushes and other odds and ends. You can also add hooks to the ceiling of your cabinets to hang things like reusable shopping bags.

#2. Turntables For Your Cabinets

Turntable storage is a must to make the most out of any cabinet. Cabinets are deep by nature, and if they don’t pull out that means you have to remove a bunch of stuff to get to the things stored in the back. A turntable, or lazy Susan, makes it easy to access everything in your cabinets.

#3. Consider Open-Face Cabinets

Consider transforming some of your cabinets into open-faced storage. Or, add open faced shelving to open walls that you cannot afford to outfit with cabinetry. Either way, open cabinets offer a way to ensure your cabinets stay tidy–there’s no closing a door on these babies!

#4. Pull Out Cabinets

Pull out drawers can be added to any kitchen cabinet. They make it so much easier to see everything you have in your drawers. Sliding shelves should come with a shallow lip around the edges in order to prevent food from falling out when drawers are pulled in and out.

#5. Use Drawer Dividers

You can pick up a solid drawer divider for well under $10 at pretty much any home store. They might be cheap but they make all of the difference in the world when it comes to keeping your drawers and cabinets organized.

Knives, forks and spoons are commonly placed in dishware dividers, and just think how much they help organize things. Albeit less popular, there are other types of dividers for pretty much everything you store in your kitchen including pizza cutters, scissors, garlic mincers, and wine bottle openers. When everything has its place, your kitchen stays neat and tidy over the long haul.

#6. Add Dividers To Existing Cabinet To Create A Customized Space

Transform one cabinet into storage for all of your cookie sheets, cutting boards and similarly sized utensils by adding vertical dividers.

#7. Add A Second Or Third Tier To Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets used to store pots and pans generally have one or two tiers, but that’s not enough unless you only have a couple of pans. Adding more tiers gives you space to store all of your pots and pans along with their lids.

#8. Add Wine Cabinets

Make use of wasted space on the side of your kitchen island by adding decorative wine storage space. This gives your kitchen added character as well as functionality. A pre-existing cabinet can be retrofitted into a wine cabinet by taking off the door and adding a custom-built insert.

#9. Organize Cabinets By Frequency Of Use

When you organize your cabinets put the things you use most in the front so that they are convenient to access. Give away the stuff you never use and store seasonal items or things you use occasionally in higher cabinets or harder to reach places.

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    How much time do you spend searching through your cabinets or rifling through drawers to try to find your wine opener? What about your measuring spoons? Kitchen cabinets can quickly become cluttered and unorderly if you don’t have a system to help with organization.

    Learning how to organize your kitchen cabinets can be intimidating, so we’ve come up with some simple solutions that will keep the chaos under control. Taking the time to arrange your kitchen cabinets in a systematic fashion will make your life easier in the long run. Once you’re done browsing our tips, try using these techniques in your home to save time, space and energy.

    If you’re looking to update your kitchen cabinets, consider installing pre-assembled kitchen cabinets and personalize where you position commonly used drawers and cabinets to help keep your kitchen organized.

    CLEAN THEM OUT

    Have a fresh start by cleaning your kitchen cabinets. Remove all the items from your cabinets and drawers and arrange them on your kitchen counter. This will allow you to reach all the tricky surfaces with a sponge or microfiber cloth to get rid of any unwanted or expired items that have been hiding in the back.

    Tip: You can make your own cleaner that works on metal, vinyl, plastic or wood cabinets by combining one part oil-cutting dish soap or laundry detergent with two parts water in a spray bottle.

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    PROTECT WITH LINING

    Before returning your kitchen supplies to their proper place, line the bottom of your drawers and cabinets with gripped shelf liner. Liners provide stability to the base of the cabinet or drawer, keeping the items from slipping and falling.

    Tip: In places you want to avoid slippage, use a sturdy beaded grip liner. Use a ribbed shelf liner in areas that you might not want as much grip such as the pantry shelves where you store plates or

    dishes that you frequently use.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    HEAVY ITEMS ON BOTTOM SHELF

    When organizing your dishes in your cabinets, group the larger, heavier items on the bottom. By positioning the big plates and bowls on the bottom shelf, you’ll have an easier time taking them in and out of your cabinet.

    Tip: Since glasses are lighter, they can be stored on a higher shelf that’s still within reach. If you have glasses for special occasions such as wine glasses or champagne flutes, place them on a less frequented shelf since you don’t need to access them as often.

    CONSIDER PROXIMITY

    No one likes unloading the dishwasher, so make the process easier for yourself. Store dishes that you use often such as plates and bowls in a cabinet close to the dishwasher. This will make them easier to return to their place when clean.

    Tip: Store common items such as plates, bowls and cups in the same cupboard so they can all be unloaded to one spot.

    STACK POTS AND PANS

    Keep the large, uniquely shaped pots and pans out of the way by storing them in a bottom cabinet. Stack the pots and pans on one side of the space and the lids on the other. This will make them accessible and easy to find.

    Tip: It’s easy to accumulate pots and pans. When you clean out this cabinet, make sure you only keep the ones that you use. If you have multiples of the same size, consider donating them to a local shelter.

    GROUP SIMILAR INGREDIENTS

    To save time, group ingredients that are commonly used together in the same cabinet. This way when you are baking a recipe, you don’t have to open every cabinet searching for similar ingredients such as flour, sugar and salt. This will make the clean up process easier as well.

    Tip: Try using baskets or bins to store these items. When the ingredients are needed, simply pull out one basket and place it on the counter so everything is at eye level.

    LABEL EVERYTHING

    No one wants to start their day by accidentally pouring salt in their coffee. Prevent any potential mix up by labeling everything. To add a design element to your cupboard, use chalkboard stickers to label all of your containers.

    Tip: Label your containers with expiration dates so you know when the item will go bad.

    UTILIZE A SPICE RACK

    Are you tired of sorting through your spices and knocking over bottles to try to locate the right one for your recipe? Place each container on a rack in your cabinet. This way you can find the correct spice by pulling them all out at once, then neatly returning the ones you don’t need.

    Tip: The labels on bottles often fade. Create new labels for the bottles to help you find the right spice.

    ORGANIZE UTENSILS IN DRAWER

    Do your drawers get stuck shut from a whisk or ladle being wedged in too tightly? Avoid getting frustrated by keeping your drawers organized. The key is to use dividers. Section off the drawer so each utensil has it’s designated spot.

    Tip: Don’t overpack the drawers. Get rid of anything you aren’t using. Unless you’re a professional chef, you likely don’t need five identical spatulas.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    KEEP CLEANING SUPPLIES CLOSE

    The kitchen becomes a messy place, no matter how careful you are. Store your cleaning supplies under the sink so they are out of the way yet easily accessible. When cleaning out this area, make sure to throw away any empty or expired bottle of cleaning solution.

    Tip: Keep any extra rags or towels under the sink so you can wipe up a spill at moments notice.

    Last updated on September 9, 2020

    Disorganized kitchen drawers driving you crazy? Tame the clutter with these 20 kitchen drawer organization ideas!

    Organizing your kitchen drawers feels like a never-ending task. I mean, we all have a junk drawer that just seems to be a bottomless pit of stuff, right?! If you’re feeling like you don’t have enough room in your kitchen, or you can’t easily access your stuff, here are 20 kitchen drawer organization ideas that will help you tame the clutter!

    20 Kitchen Drawer Organization Ideas

    Kitchen Drawer Organizer Ideas

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    DIY Kitchen Drawer Organization

    Want to share these ideas with your friends? Share to Facebook, Pinterest, or send the article by email—just click on any of the share buttons floating on the left, or find them at the top and bottom of this post.

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    In this post: If you have pretty things like napkins, placemats, napkin rings, etc. and want to know how to organize a dining room hutch, here’s how to do it.

    This post was made in partnership with The Brick. All opinions are, as always, our own. For our full disclosure policy click here.

    We recently gave our suburban farmhouse dining room a makeover, because it wasn’t functioning well for us before. To recap, the previous chairs were uncomfortable, the table extensions gave us grief and the shelves simply weren’t suited to storing all the dining room things we needed in the space. But now, we have comfortable chairs, a much more functional (and durable) dining table and plenty of storage for all the pretty dining room necessities like napkins, placemats, napkin rings, etc. We just needed to organize the space!

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    Table of Contents

    How to Organize a Dining Room Hutch

    I’m sure we’re not the only ones whose hutches needed organizing. Maybe you have a dining room hutch, but it’s not working well for you right now. Or maybe you need a new one. In any case, organizing a dining room hutch (or hutches) is much like organizing any other space and can be boiled down to just a few simple steps. I’ve talked about those general steps in this post, but I’ll include them here as they pertain to organizing a hutch specifically.

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    1. Empty and sort.

    The first thing you need to do when organizing a dining room hutch, is to pull out all the things you have. That means, empty out drawers and cabinets. Gather all the things you want to store in this space too, that are currently elsewhere. We had items in the kitchen, living room and basement that really belonged in the dining room.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    2. Purge, edit and eliminate.

    Then you need to decide if there’s any items that you no longer want or need. If they’re in good shape, put them in your donate box. If they’re too far gone, throw them away or recycle them (depending on the material).

    3. Assign everything a home.

    Once you’ve decided what’s staying, you need to decide where you’re going to put it all. Decide which shelves and drawers (if you have them in your hutch) will hold what. If you have a combination of open and closed storage, you should strive to have the open storage look extra nice with some pieces on display, rather than just piled up.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    4. Shop for bins, baskets and containers.

    Whether you have open or closed storage, or a combination of both in your hutch, you may still need baskets or other containers to hold things like napkin rings and place cards. Either shop your house, like I did with these baskets, or go out and find some suitable ones from your favorite stores. Be sure to measure your hutch first, so you know your new containers will fit.

    5. Label it and put it away.

    You don’t have to get fancy here, a simple paper tag tied on with some string works. So does a pretty label cut out with your cutting machine. Or a plain label from a label maker. What you use to label your containers is up to you. After you’ve labeled everything, put it all in its place.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    6. Maintain, maintain, maintain.

    The trick to keeping an organized hutch (or any space), is to put things back when you’re finished with them. Put napkin rings and place cards away as soon as your company leaves. Wash and dry the napkins, fold them and put them away. Because I’d just been shoving things in drawers and cupboards while we planned and worked on giving the dining room a makeover, I spent hours (literally) ironing our napkins and table runners before I could even get to step three! Now that things are organized I shouldn’t have to spend more than a few minutes at a time on this space for quite a while.

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    7. Change systems if needed.

    If you find that how you’ve chosen to organize your hutch(es) isn’t working for you, just change it. If the containers you bought just aren’t working, replace them. Or if you use something more often than you thought you would and it’s not convenient enough to access, move it. It’s no big deal.

    More About Our Keswick Buffet and Hutches from The Brick

    *Update: Unfortunately, it looks like The Brick has discontinued the Keswick buffet and hutches.

    In the reveal post, I mentioned that when we first started looking at The Brick for the dining room makeover, the Keswick Buffet and Hutch caught my eye right away. It is like a piece we already have, but is slightly different in scale (which means it fits under our short dining room bulkheads) and includes much needed closed storage on the bottom too. Aside from the fabulous storage capabilities of our new Keswick Buffet and Hutches, there are several other features that I’ve fallen in love with.

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    The finish

    Back in the fall, when we were beginning to plan our dining room makeover the hutch was only available in the original wood color (Natural Barley), which is lovely. But when we were finally ready to order new furniture, the Dovetail Grey version was introduced. And I was smitten. It just goes SO WELL with the undertones in the Calistoga table and the overall direction we were going in the room.

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    The handles

    Oh, how I love the brass handles on these hutches. The long, tall latches. The detailed knob and escutcheon-style plate detail. #happysigh

    The glass shelves

    The upper, interior shelves are glass, framed in wood that matches the hutches finish. This makes for a stunning display.

    The plate rails

    Each of the glass shelves also has a plate rail groove at the back, which is perfect for safely propping up and displaying pretty plates!

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    The interior lights

    Each Keswick Buffet and Hutch also has two LED lights built-in. With the touch of a hinge (yes, just touch the hinge!), you can have a low night light, a medium display light or a brighter display light. And because of the glass shelves, the light shines throughout the display shelves!

    CABINET ORGANIZER FOR POTS AND PANS: Pots and pans are an essential everyday kitchen item, but they can often be really awkward to store away. The trouble is, if stored incorrectly, they can make the entire room appear cluttered.

    If you’re looking for unique storage ideas to keep your pots and pans organized, below you’ll discover 7 great DIY ideas.

    This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.

    1. Use paper plate dividers

    One problem with storing pots and pans in kitchen cabinets is they can easily become scratched if you need to stack them together. One clever way to counteract this is to use paper plates as a divider between them.

    That way, they’ll be cushioned so the sides and bottoms won’t become scratched. It’s a simple, yet a very effective idea when you just don’t have the space to store them separately.

    Is a paper plate not pretty enough for your kitchen? There’s an awesome DIY tutorial at build-basic.com on how to make them from vinyl place mats, or you can just be lazy like me and buy these inexpensive ones on Amazon.

    2. Pan Organizer Rack

    Stacking pans on top of each other can get to be a real pain. You have to remove the whole stack to get to the one you want to use. yuck! To avoid this, Martha Steward came up with an awesome idea of installing a pan organizer rack vertically in your cabinet. This way, you can remove one without having to touch all the others.

    Martha Steward’s solution for stacking pans using four-sort dividers is simply brilliant!

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    3. Deep drawer divider

    If you have fairly deep drawers, you can help keep your pots and pans organized by adding your own dividers. These can be made from cheap foam board if you’re on a budget.

    Simply cut pieces of the foam board to the right shape and stick them down into the drawer, providing separate areas to store specific pots and pans. For example, one section could be used for roasting pots, while another could be used for frying pans.

    If the foam board looks too cheap for your kitchen, you could always pop over to the seededatthetable.com and learn how to make the high-end solution.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    4. Cabinet hooks

    The simplest idea of the list, adding hooks to the inside of a cabinet door can provide a fantastic place to hang pan lids. You’ll need 3M hooks which the lids can slot into.

    Once installed, the lids will be easy to reach, whilst eliminating clutter from the inside of the cabinet.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    You can also use screw-in hooks to hang your pots and pans in your cupboard for easier access.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    5. Sliding Storage

    Another great idea is to install sliding storage in your cabinets. You can actually buy ready-made sliding storage racks which can be installed into a suitable cabinet. The pots and pans can either be stored onto the wire rack, or hung from them depending upon which type you opt for.

    This has to be my favorite cabinet organizer for pots and pans. They look a lot like the racks you get in a dishwasher and really help to keep everything organized.

    6. Hang pots and pans in small kitchen

    Have a small kitchen without much cabinet space? Install a relatively inexpensive hanging storage solutions you can install in your kitchen for pots and pans.

    No more bending over and searching in deep kitchen cabinets!

    7. Use Tension Rods to separate pans

    It’s amazing what you can do with something as simple as a tension rod! I use these throughout my home and in my RV to make the most out of my small kitchen spaces.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    These are just 7 great DIY ways to organize pots and pans in your kitchen cabinets. Regardless of how much space you have available, you’ll be able to incorporate at least one of these cookware storage ideas into your kitchen.

    RV Storing Dishes

    Do I need to remove dishes from cabinets before traveling in an RV?

    RV Dishes

    You will probably have to decide that for yourself, depending on your specific type of dinnerware, how it is arranged in the cabinet and how secure your cabinet doors close and stay closed.

    In our motorhome, we do not have any problems with cabinet doors opening. They stay closed and secure while we are going down the road. We always check that they are completely closed before we travel. In our above-counter kitchen cabinets, the floor of the cabinet sets a little bit lower than the cabinet door opening, so that helps too.

    We use Corelle dishes, so they stack neatly and take up minimal space. We use some of that non-adhesive shelf liner which is non-slip, and grips to surfaces to holds things in place. We also cut a small square of the liner to use between different-sized bowls that are stacked together – mostly just to eliminate any rattling noise while we are driving. We haven’t found a need to do that with the plates.

    If you have breakable dinnerware, or something that stacks less compactly, you may want to use something similar between the dishes that will keep them in place and minimize the risk of chipping.

    We have stackable plastic drinking glasses and our coffee mugs are turned upside down on the gripping shelf liner.

    We also have arranged other things – like pots, pans, Pyrex and Corning Ware dishes – in stacks that make the most efficient use of the space and keep things snug. This is mostly a matter of stacking things logically – same basic shape, what fits inside something else and so on. If needed, we use a square of non-slip shelf liner between cookware.

    We do notice that sometimes things will shift in the cabinet, but since there is very little empty space, nothing can shift very far. So that’s a good rule of thumb: Use up the available space so there is nowhere for things to move to.

    When we have had a day of travel, we are a bit more careful in opening cabinets the first time after parking, just in case something has shifted and is ready to tumble out.

    Since we live in our motorhome fulltime, we need to keep our dishes and cookware ready and available. It is in use everyday.

    Well, storage needs vary with the kitchen style. Anyhow, most of the MasterChef’s and home cooks have a wide array of items to place in the kitchen cabinets. And, with such a wide variety, different styles and shapes make the kitchen cabinets organization more challenging. However, organized kitchen cabinets display your personality, discipline as well as taste.

    Moreover, well-organized cabinets help you in saving money, energy, and time. Furthermore, it all helps you a lot in cooking meals early without investing much time in planning. To organize the cabinetry in the best possible way, we are here today with the most valuable tips.

    Tips to follow in organizing Forevermark cabinetry

    • Declutter your kitchen cabinets
    • Divide and categorize the kitchen items
    • Organizing the upper cabinets
    • Suitable items for lower cabinets

    Declutter Your Kitchen Cabinets

    No doubt, this is one of the first steps in cleaning the kitchen cabinetry. Indeed, it makes your kitchen cabinets more organized. Well, you can do this before buying the new household items. Also, it can protect your time and money. Firstly, always place a trash bin in the kitchen. Of course, you can put anything in this basket. For instance, the items you will throw away or the ones that you want to sell. Well, learn about all the things in detail. Place the things you are going to throw away; read the expiry of all the products. After

    Divide and categorize the kitchen items

    After decluttering, now it’s time to organize the kitchen cabinets. Arrange all the contents. However, these are the items that you are going to place again. The main goal is to make the kitchen most functional. It also tells the people how you use your kitchen.

    Keep in mind, Forevermark cabinetry needs to be most functional rather than most aesthetic. Well, most of the homeowners prefer to put the kitchen items separately. For instance, they make sure to place the dinnerware and cookware in separate cabinets. So, this is the best idea.

    You can also divide the kitchenware into two significant groups. However, you can also divide the items into subgroup two. For example, Divide the food items such as edibles into dry ones and drinks. Also, keep the baking ingredients separate. Spare someplace for the spice rack. Moreover, make sure to place the canned items separately.

    Furthermore, you can divide the dinnerware into pots, pans, cutting boards, cooking utensils, and small items such as plates and glasses. Place one kind of item on one side. Well, you can assign the cabinets by your very own choice. But the primary purpose is to make the kitchen clutter-free.

    Organizing the upper cabinets

    To make the upper portion of Forevermark cabinetry more organized, you can follow the simple ideas. Well, in the upper cabinets, you can store food. The main goal is to make the items more accessible and readily available. By following this, you can create a lot of free space on the counters. Because if you are going to place the items on the countertop, it will affect the work activity. While making meals, you can quickly obtain them from the upper portions.

    Anyhow if you own a pantry, arrange all the items here. Ensure to place the glassware and dishes in the upper cabinet because they are most vulnerable to breakage. Moreover, you can also place the cookbooks in the cabinets above the stove. It will help in following the recipes quickly. Place the food containers in the upper cabinetry. Because they are the daily use items to store food and other edibles.

    Suitable items for lower cabinets

    In the lower Forevermark cabinetry portion, you can place the appliances. This will clear the work area. Also, it can make the place more accessible to cook food. However, if you use any appliance such as a juice maker daily, place it on the countertops. Else, you have to struggle a lot every day.

    In the lower portion, you can easily place the pans and pots too. Well, you can put all these utensils in the lower cabinets of the stove. Also, try to keep baking sheets near the cooking range. Moreover, place the pots over one another to make sure the least space is misused. This will make the cabinets more organized.

    Indeed, you can place them in a vertical position. Moreover, you can also buy a utensils rack. This will help in maximizing the space. Furthermore, these racks can easily handle lids and baking ingredients.

    Conclusion

    For the most organized forever mark cabinet, try to plan it properly. Make sure you are placing the right items in upper and lower cabinets. Moreover, prepare for decluttering the items once or twice every six months. Throw away the expired food. Place all the unnecessary items in the store. Put delicate dinnerware in the upper portions. More often, you pay attention to the cabinetry; the more functional your kitchens will be. Last but not least, until and unless you don’t put in some effort, you can never relish the uniqueness of your kitchen.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Racks to allow easy acces to baking dishes in a cabinet (via kevinandamanda)

    When it comes to the storage organization you need to think about a lot of things including organizing your baking dishes. When you plan kitchen layout ahead or already have a kitchen you should think through all its storage features. There are so many clever organizers and ideas that even small kitchen could become effective. In this post we’ve gathered some ideas showing how you can organize baking dishes and trays storage. Drawers, vertical dividers, lid organizers, pull-out solutions and other cool things could help you with that. Find out what solution works best for you.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Lid organizer from Ikea (via thepotters-place)

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Creative Using Of Budget-friendly Organizers (via budgetwisehome)

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    DIY cupboard to store casserole dishes (via ldsliving)

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Integrated baking dish storage (via bhg)

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Casserole storage in a deep lower drawer (via ths)

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Glide-Out Storage Of Baking Stuff (via houzz)

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Vertical Storage For Baking Pans (via ths)

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    A pull-out with vertical dividers (via durasupreme)

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Vertical dividers in an upper cabinet to store trays and baking pans (via durasupreme)

    Attention homemakers: it’s time to get rid of the vines above your cabinets and replace them with something more unique, dynamic, and exciting. Here are some ideas for what to put above your cabinets and how to decorate your cabinet doors.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Cultural

    Pick a cultural theme to decorate your cabinets. Choose one large piece to be the focus, then use other pieces that are related culturally or colorfully to fill in the spaces. If you’ve been somewhere cool and want to make use of all the souvenirs you brought home, this would be a good way to do it.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Antiquities

    Start a collection of similarly themed antique pieces like books, clocks, dishes, and candlesticks. Once you have enough, arrange them in a dynamic way above your cabinets.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Modern

    Create a modern look by focusing on colors and shapes. Pick pieces that are simple and complementary. Don’t use too many pieces, just a few bold ones to capture that modern style.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Small Things

    If you want to decorate with beautiful but small things, you may find it’s hard to see them because they sit too low. Fix that problem by simply using books! You can stack decorations on books because the cupboards are so high you won’t see the books!

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Beach

    Add a little tropical fun to your kitchen with beach-themed decorations above your cabinets. Not only do the colors add a splash of life, but the decorations can be anything from sand in a bottle to glass fish!

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    f you want to decorate your actual cupboard doors, here are some options:

    • Decoupage
    • Chalkboard paint
    • Tiling
    • High quality appliques
    • Mount items (dishes look especially neat) above the cabinet shelf rather than just setting everything on it. How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Nothing

    For those of you that are a “less is more” kind of person like I am, you can also opt for (wait for it) NOTHING above your cabinets. I know this drives some people crazy, and they MUST put something there. But sometimes, if you accentuate other areas of your kitchen with cute decor items, you may not need anything there at all.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Fruit

    Don’t just keep the food in the fridge and cupboards, decorate with it as well! Obviously, you won’t want to use actual fruit, but buy some fake fruit and store it above in baskets and other rustic decorations.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Words

    Go for a simple design and decorate above your cabinets with words! They can be words that describe what’s in each cabinet, or other things like your family’s initials or a cute phrase. Add some greens or small flowers to the plaques to make it look even better!

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Plants

    Add some green to your kitchen with faux grass and plants on top of the cabinets. This design goes great if you have wood in your kitchen (especially dark wood) because it gives your kitchen a very natural feel.

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    PHOTO CREDIT: RAYON RICHARDS

    Glass-front cabinets are a welcome addition to any kitchen design. Not only can they break up the monotony of repetitive solid cabinet faces, but glass doors also add both form and functional appeal. Now, let’s take a look at some glass-front door uses to help you incorporate them in a way that makes sense for your kitchen layout and style.

    As of late, glass cabinet doors have become more of a staple than a trend in kitchen design. A few of the top benefits of glass-front cabinets include:
    • Creating depth to help make smaller spaces appear larger
    • Allowing for pops of color and seasonal décor that can be displayed behind glass-front cabinets
    • Leveraging available light and adding reflective interest to the overall design

    Ultimately, glass cabinet doors offer both functional and aesthetic appeal depending on what’s housed inside. Possibly the perfect alternative to completely open-shelving, glass-front cabinets will keep your collectibles safe and sound.

    Popular Glass Front Textures for Kitchen Cabinet Doors

    While glass cabinet door fronts are available in a variety of textures, we’ve noticed three distinct trends when working with homeowners on their kitchen remodeling product selections.

    Reeded glass can elevate your design

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    There’s one tiny problem with plain glass cabinet doors; you can see right through them. So, if you’re using them in cabinets that will house decorative dishes or seasonal décor – they’re wonderful. However, some households may be intimidated by clear glass because while there is storage, there’s less places to hide a hodgepodge of household items. In cases like this, reeded textured glass panels are a savvy choice. They provide all the benefits of glass doors while simultaneously camouflaging any mix-and-match kitchenware and any “the-kids-put-the-dishes-away” results away from viewers.

    This particular style runs in vertical lines in a repetitive pattern. Keep that in mind and consider how it will work with other textures and patterns that you plan on incorporating into your kitchen design. For example, if your backsplash or floors have an element of direction in their patterns, you may want to opt for the next trend on our list.

    Add a splash of water glass

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    Water glass cabinet door panels are another popular option. They have a more complex and non-linear pattern, which works well in both contemporary and traditional kitchen designs. However, this pattern is slightly more transparent than the reeded version, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when deciding what to display behind them.

    If your floors, countertop, or backsplash also have a more complex pattern, you may prefer the more simple texture of water glass. On the other hand, a streamlined contemporary kitchen can benefit from the energy water glass patterns can provide. Consider appliances with glass doors to complement glass-front cabinets in your new kitchen, like this built-in wine cooler:

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    The clarity of clear glassHow to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    We like to keep it transparent.

    How to arrange dishes in kitchen cabinets

    If you’re in expert advice on how to use glass-front cabinet doors in your kitchen remodel, schedule a free design consultation with Kitchen Magic! Just give us a c all at 866-525-7999, or click here to schedule your free design consultation right now – it’s fun, informative and there’s absolutely no obligation.

    Looking for more inspiration? Check out our 2022 Lookbook filled with our most popular kitchen remodels for almost every design style!

    Learn how to organize kitchen cabinets with these simple tips and tricks. A step by step plan to help get your started on designing your perfect kitchen organization system.

    1. Decluttering first. Take everything out.

    It’s important to take everything out and get you a clear idea what you can toss. Besides, it’s perfect to declutter any space before organizing it. Don’t forget to DO A THOROUGH CLEANING.

    2. Tuck away rarely-used ingredients and heavy items on bottom shelf.

    There is no point wasting your time organizing and maintaining stuffs that you don’t really need. Just tuck them away.

    Most people aren’t whipping up pies on daily basis. So put the baking supplies on the top shelf.

    It’s a better idea to group the larger, heavier items on the bottom. You’ll be access to your big plates and bowls on the bottom shelf with ease.

    3. Organize by Activity

    Organizing a cabinet by splitting it into zones based on activity makes it a lot easier to hustle and bustle.

    organize cabinet by activity

    • cooking/baking zones
    • food prep zone
    • food storage zone
    • storage container zone
    • cleaning product zone
    • coffee, tea or other beverage bar

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    4. Stack pots and pans

    Stack the pots and pans on one side of the space and the lids on the other. This is a space-saving method and will make them accessible and easy to find.

    Stack pots and pans

    5. Add a Liner

    Liners provide stability to the base of the cabinet or drawer, keeping the items from slipping and falling.

    6. Group similar ingredients. By Color OR Dish

    Group ingredients that are commonly used together in the same cabinet. This way when you do a baking job, you don’t have to search for similar ingredients.

    If you’re visual, it may looks more soothing when it’s all color-coordinated.

    organize by color

    7. Label everything

    Prevent any potential mix up by labeling everything. It’s good choice that you clear tops and labels make for easy identification in the spice drawer and cabinets.

    8. Use pull-out design ideas. Pull-Out Cabinets and Pull-Out drawers

    To keep things organized, add in a pull-out drawer for easier access. Store dinnerware in pull-out drawers. This keeps your stuffs tucked away but still provides easy access.

    9. Organize utensils in drawers

    10. UTILIZE A organizer

    Place each container on a rack in your cabinet. This way you can find the correct spice by pulling them all out at once, then neatly returning the ones you don’t need.

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