Posted on June 4th, 2020
The kitchen is a very “high use” area of the home: It’s where we cook, eat and socialize on a daily basis; in some homes, the kitchen also serves as a laundry area. According to data from Statistica, Americans devote six hours to cooking every week and they typically spend another six hours cleaning. Over the course of the average lifetime, that amounts to approximately six years spent working in the kitchen.
This explains why kitchen organization is so important and why it’s so hard to maintain. Knowing where everything in your kitchen is located can shave hours off your weekly routine, but it’s hard to manage items that see such frequent use. It’s too easy to haphazardly shove things in the back of drawers, cabinets, etc., when you’re in a rush to tidy up, for example, only to spend hours rummaging around for those same items a week later.
At DeluxeMaid, our team of Indianapolis cleaning professionals can organize your space for you if you would prefer to relax and let us do the dirty work. To prevent these kitchen organization disasters, you’ll need to develop a consistent, effective, storage system that makes staying tidy simple – starting with your kitchen drawers. If you also need help with your fridge, check out our guide on keeping your fridge clean.
5 Essential Organization Hacks for Kitchen Drawers
Kitchen drawers are the most accessible storage area in the kitchen. Unlike high cabinets, drawers are easy to reach and the “top down” view they provide facilitates finding things easily at a glance. To efficiently use every square inch of this valuable space, try the easy organization hacks below:
Identify items in your kitchen that are broken or rarely used.
Most of us have a few chipped mugs, cracked glasses and warped utensils lying around the kitchen – not to mention small appliances that we haven’t used in literally years. (Remember the bread maker fad of the 1990s?) Clearing out broken and disused items before you start organizing can free up a lot of space around your kitchen, thereby allowing you to move items that don’t really belong in your drawers to a more appropriate location. Ideally, your kitchen drawers should be used to store items you need for cooking and washing up, not miscellaneous things like paper plates, takeout flyers, or plastic containers.
Pick a theme for each of your kitchen drawers.
Storing similar items together creates a logical, easy-to-remember organization scheme. For example, your eating utensils should all be stored in one drawer, along with related items like can and bottle openers and vegetable peelers. Another drawer should contain dish washing supplies, like rubber gloves and dish towels; another might hold plastic wrap, tinfoil and parchment paper and so on.
Organize drawers in order of use.
To speed up kitchen activities and make it easier to put things away, place the items you use most often in your top drawers and work down from there. A common organization scheme is to keep eating utensils in the top drawer, larger utensils, scissors and other tools in the second drawer, oven mitts and towels in the third drawer, plastic wrap, foil, ziplock bags and closures (e.g. elastics and twist ties) in the fourth and little-used items like candles and batteries in the bottom drawer. But, it’s important to remember that every family’s needs are different. If you have a toddler, for instance, you’ll want to put potentially dangerous items like matches and candles up high. Alternately, if you take medication, putting it in the top drawer near your utensils may be a useful way to make sure you don’t forget a dose. Ultimately, your drawer layout should reflect your individual priorities.
Use kitchen drawer dividers – but use them wisely.
Drawer dividers are a great way to keep different types of items separate, thereby preventing your kitchen drawers from becoming cluttered. They also make cleanup a breeze: When you have dividers, you can easily remove them and wash them in the sink, which is a lot less awkward than bending down to thoroughly wipe out drawers. (Though you should still take a moment to quickly wipe away dust before reinserting your clean dividers.)
There is, however, a caveat to be aware of before you rush out and buy the first set of dividers you see: If you get dividers that are smaller than your drawers, you’ll waste a lot of valuable space. Before choosing dividers, measure the inside of your kitchen drawers and note down the dimensions. Then, purchase dividers that will fit snugly in your drawers while accommodating the items you plan to store in each one.
Make sure everyone in your household uses the same organization scheme.
Even the best organization scheme is only as effective as the people who use it. After all, it only takes one person putting items away in the wrong places to disrupt your routine and put your family back on the slippery slope towards kitchen chaos.
After you’ve figured out the best possible layout for your kitchen drawers, have a “family meeting” to show everyone you live with how to use the new system. If you have kids, try removing items from your kitchen drawers and asking your kids to put them away in the right place. Practicing a few times will help them adjust to the changes you’ve made.
As you undoubtedly know, keeping drawers and cabinets neat and tidy is only one aspect of maintaining a clean, hygienic kitchen. And, if you need some extra help tackling kitchen mess, why not contact our team of professional maids in Indianapolis? Our specialists will get your kitchen gleaming in no time, leaving you free to cook and socialize with your family.