Sorting kitchen cupboards
Whether you’re sorting kitchen cupboards and drawers in your own home or a client’s home, it’s important to organise them in a user friendly manner.
You need to give plenty of thought to your cupboards and drawers when positioning items. The smoother the system you implement, the quicker it becomes to cook dinner without rushing from one side of the kitchen to the other.
Step 1 – Gather your everyday items onto the kitchen table
Start by emptying your cupboards and placing all your everyday items onto the kitchen table. These are the items that are used daily and include: plates; cups; bowls; mugs; salad bowls; pots and pans that are a good size for family cooking.
Also gather your portable appliances onto the kitchen table.
The remaining items can be condensed and stored into cupboards that are more out of reach. Think those high cupboards that you need a footstool to reach. Items stored here include: formal dinner sets; crystal glasses; large bowls and boxed cutlery sets.
Step 2 – Measure and plan your cupboards and drawers
Have a good think about the cupboards that are easiest to reach and most practical for cooking. These should become your everyday cupboards and where you store the items you use daily (as listed above).
Also remember that items should be stored close to the area in which they will be used. For example, pots and pans near the stove.
Step 3 – Consider these tips when sorting kitchen cupboards
Before you start to fill your cupboards, consider the following points:
- Place children’s cups in easy to reach places
- Keep pots and pans near the stove
- Sort spices into small containers or a spice rack near the stove
- Place glasses and breakables up high (out of kids reach)
- Place dishes in cupboards closest to the dinner table or serving area
Step 4 – Fill your cupboards carefully
When returning items to your cupboards remember to take your time and stack them neatly and evenly. By spacing items evenly, you give yourself easy access to them.
Remember not to over stack your cupboards. If you find yourself unable to remove a plate from the bottom because it’s piled so high, consider starting an additional stack.
Place your electrical appliances back into the kitchen near clear bench space and power points for easy use.
Finally, the cupboard beneath the sink should be dedicated to cleaning products such as washing detergent and sponges.