Kitchen Organization Questions, Answered By an Expert

Mise en place– “Things in place.” It is the first thing a student of the cooking school learns, the first thing that a beginner learns in a restaurant in the management. You need to keep your things in place, keep your work area clean, organize your tools and ingredients. But there are so many moving parts: plates and wine glasses, cereal bowls and cutlery, spices and supplies, serving dishes and frying pans, utensils and baking accessories. Where should you start?

To get you on the road to organized bliss, IKEA interior designer Charlene Tea answered pressing questions you shared about keeping kitchens on @goodhousekeeping. The best part? Your tips and product suggestions below apply to every kitchen, no matter how big or small, and whether you rent or own it.

1. How can you best use the organization of the lower cabinet? Which strategies are to be used under the sink, pots and pans or worktop devices?

The interior organization is all about side dishes. Tea recommends using it for base cabinets UTRUSTA disconnect cable To keep items like baking trays and lids at bay, and pull-out wire baskets for pots, pans and small appliances.

“You no longer have to rummage through your closets to find things in the background,” Tea says. “Record holder or Containers with handles It’s easier to get things out of the lower cabinets, and it’s a natural way to keep and organize the items. “

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Under the sink, she advises installing one Pull-out container system to facilitate access to cleaning agents as well as waste and recycling bins. “Store your detergents in easy-to-clean containers and use shelf inserts to take advantage of the vertical height and store more items,” she says.

2. What are the best uses of wall cabinets? How do you organize them to make them as efficient as possible?

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Since the top cabinets are at eye level, use them for everyday items you want to make accessible, such as plates and glassware. “They want to give priority to frequently used items,” Tea explains, adding that cabinets should be categorized by purpose.

“Make sure to separate food from dishes, cookware, and utensils so that each cabinet is sorted by type to make it easier to distinguish,” says Tea. Things like cooking oils and spices should be in a closet near the oven, while the dishes should be near the sink or dishwasher.

If you have a smaller kitchen with limited closets, Tea says you can use the shelves to separate different types of items. “Do not forget Shelf inserts or Glass racks are very helpful to save space and maximize memory usage, ”she adds.

She also notes that you should take full advantage of the available vertical space and keep seasonal or rarely used items on the highest shelves or even on your closets.

3. My pantry is a MEAS, but we rent it out, so we don’t want to install anything. What can I do?

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According to Tea, the first step to a tenant-friendly makeover of the pantry is to readjust your shelves. “Store foods that you use more often at an easily accessible level and group foods at similar heights to maximize your space so you can keep as much as possible while wasting as little as possible,” she explains.

If you need more shelves, use Calls to create additional layers for jars and jars of different heights and sort foods by type so that items you use together are close together – or even better, grouped together basket and labeled.

Airtight plastic or Glass container are also a must for dry goods such as pasta, cereals, flour and sugar. “Storing your groceries in clear containers shows what you have and how much, which makes it easier to plan your grocery store,” says Tea. “They also make everything look neat and orderly.”

She suggests using every available angle. “Use the back of the closet door and attach small items like snacks or sauce packs so they don’t get lost,” she says.

4. What are the strategies for organizing in a small kitchen?

The first step to an organized tiny kitchen? “Purge!” says tea. “Search all of your utensils, gadgets, and small appliances, leaving only the items that you really use and need.”

And use the space on the wall: “Hang up some rails and hooks to store small cooking accessories or hanging utensils. It can free up valuable space in drawers and cupboards for other items, ”Tea explains, adding: KUNGSFORS system This option allows you to customize the smart wall storage with options such as shelves, hooks and clips that are all connected together. “

Buy transparent, stackable food storage containers to help you see what you have while saving space. If possible, add a small one dare or Kitchen cart. “It provides extra storage and work space when you need it,” says Tea.

5. What do organized drawers look like – from utensils to herbs and spices!

organized kitchen drawers


An organized drawer makes it easier to find objects. The key to this is inserts – no messy utensils, no loose spice jars and no mess of plastic containers. IKEA has more than a dozen various utensils and cutlery trays and containers as well as inserts for your most frequently used items. Mix and match to find the perfect combination for your drawers.

6. How would you reconcile closed organization with open storage?

Stainless steel kitchen


Tea likes a combination of open and closed storage space in the kitchen. “An open storage space is a good balance,” she says, noting that you can use it to present favorite items and keep everyday objects within reach. Open shelves also take up less visual space and create a more spacious appearance in the kitchen.

However, closed storage is just as important and protects your things from grease and dust. “Consider having only open storage for your daily needs,” notes Tea. Cupboard doors keep your items free of dirt and stowed away when you really need them.

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