15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing

Last year I shared four posts on how we were able to create a high end looking kitchen for a low end price (Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4).  The thing I didn’t share was what sat behind those lovely white cabinets… let me fill you in, it was a LOT of craziness.  Our kitchen remodel has been done for five years now and I’m FINALLY getting around to making sense of the cabinet contents.  Today, I’m proud to share my 15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing!


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I took a quick cell phone picture before I started my cabinet organizing so you could see what I was working with.  This cabinet holds baking items of all sorts.  Nothing except what was directly in the front was easy for me to get to or see.

The top shelf had larger packaged extras (sugars, flour, etc) and when I was done using one of them, no joke at all – I would just package it back in it’s ziplock and throw it up there.  I’m only 5’3″ so there is no way I can reach up there easily.  My husband would laugh / shake his head each time I started throwing the flour and missing a few times.

The middle shelf held lots of cookie decorating items, sprinkles, cupcake liners, sugar cookie cutters, etc.

The bottom shelf held more baking ingredients, measuring spoons, my salad dressing mixer, etc.

Kitchen Cabinet BEFORE - 15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing

Here is what my cabinet looks like after spending just a few minutes really thinking about my needs and putting them to use.  Hello, why did I live with chaos for FIVE YEARS when I could have had this?  Also, notice how much room there actually is in this cabinet when things are just organized as they should be!

Ready for my 15 minute tips?  

1. Take 5 minutes to remove all items from your cabinet.
2. Take 3 minutes to purge all the expired items!  Did you know butterscotch chips expire?  Well mine did in 2012, so out they went.  It was shocking how many items I threw out simply due to being old.
3. Take 1 minute to evaluate what you have left and what you use most.  This is your new plan of action.
4. Take 6 minutes to put your remaining items in CONTAINERS and back onto the appropriate shelf per your step 3 decisions.

If you have 5 extra minutes, label your containers for extra ease.  I already had a set of these lovely Martha Stewart Chalkboard Labels on hand.  Little tip, for a chalkboard look but no worry of your labels wiping off, I always use a white colored pencil!

15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing

During step 3, I realized I had items all on the wrong shelves!  I had items I RARELY used taking up valuable middle shelf space. So the first thing I did was contain all the cookie decorating items and place them on the top shelf.  Although I do a lot of baking, I rarely need sprinkles or fancy frosting tips on a regular basis.

15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing

My middle shelf now contains items that we use on a mild to fairly common basis.  It’s surprising how much we go through chocolate chips (Saturday mornings often start with the hubs making chocolate chip pancakes.).

15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing

And the bottom shelf now contains items I use every single day, measuring cups and spoons, non-stick spray, etc.

15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing

15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing

The other side of the stove has a mirrored cabinet that was equally as chaotic.  I contained all my sauces + mixes and our plethora of herbs and spices.

I bought a set of two of these Copco 3-Tier Cabinet Organizers.  It’s amazing how many spices these guys actually can hold.  They come in 10″ and 15″ widths.  We have the 10″ size.


15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet OrganizingNow that these two cabinets are organized, it’s amazing how often I find myself just opening them, taking a peek and sighing with happiness.  Now, it’s time to tackle the two or three other “catch all” cabinets!

15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing

Have you tackled your kitchen cabinets?  Any tips or organizing secrets you’ve found to help keep things tidy?  I’d love to hear, so be sure to share in the comments below.


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24 thoughts on “15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing

  1. Thanks for inspiring me! What I loved about what you did with your cabinets was that it was very practical. I am not an OCD organizer, but needed to take back control and do something to get things back in order. Your ideas and pictures helped immensely! I felt so much better after just doing one cabinet and am now inspired to keep going.

  2. I serious love chalkboard labels. My entire craft/printing station is full of them and I’m thinking that I need to bring them to the kitchen too! Thanks for sharing!

    Best,
    Kate

  3. Isn’t it amazing that the things we neglect take so little time! Great tips Amy! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!! We love having you each week 🙂 Pinned!

  4. Usually I get as far as the “remove everything” step then the phone rings or someone needs something and I come back an hour later thinking “ops” and sling it all back in!
    We are moving house though so I have chance for a fresh start. I will try to start as I mean to go on so these tips will be handy. Confession – when packing I found gravy browning(which may be a UK thing I’m not sure if you have it) which expired in 2005 – ops!

    1. I hear you, Julie! There are always pulls to distract… sigh. But, even if it takes a bit of time, it’s so worth it in the end! And I always find SUPER old things hiding in there, so you’re not alone – ha!

  5. My kitchen desperately needs this! My kids just throw stuff in any ol’ cabinet just to make it look like their chores are done. I need to reorganize the kitchen as a whole. I’m struggling with how to decide what items should go in what cabinets? Any suggestions or tips to help the lay out of the kitchen to flow? I have plenty of kitchen cabinet space but my small appliances take up allot of it. Just can’t decide what cabinet should be dedicated to which items.
    Thx!

    1. Leslie, thank you for asking this question! I think it’s a common issue… we ALL just put stuff wherever and sometimes it makes sense and sometimes it doesn’t. Maybe I should do a post about basic cabinet layouts? Would that be helpful?

  6. Hey, stopping by from the Party Bunch Link Party!

    Looks awesome!

    Our cabinets looked like your before picture too and I finally just got around to organizing them and now they look so pretty I just want to leave them open.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Now, can you come over and organize my stuff? Only it will probably take more than 3 minutes to throw away all expired stuff. I feel like every time I reach for something in my cabinets I first pull out something that expired 5 years ago:))

    1. Well it only took me FIVE years to do two of our cabinets so at this rate I’ll be done and ready to head to your kitchen by 2025! HA.

  8. You did a lovely job! I do this once a year but it always eventually gets out of sorts! It is time to do it again! I do pretty much the same you did here but without containers. This time I think I will use them!

    1. Oh my, you are so smart to do this once a year!! As soon as I get all the cabinets under control, I may have to start a yearly clean out. And yes, containers make it so much easier!

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