The kitchen is the heart of the home. That also means it tends to be the place where things are laid down and forgotten. Don’t miss these kitchen organization tips for busy moms. By changing a few simple things in your kitchen, you can make things much easier to manage even on super busy days.
If you are anything like us, regardless of whether you actually cook dinner or not, you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The kitchen can become the catch-all for school papers, sports equipment, bags, mail, toys, all the things.
With so much happening in this one room, it’s no wonder the kitchen looks a frazzled mess. Let’s bring order back to the chaos with these organizational tips.
7 Kitchen Organization Tips For Overwhelmed Moms
1. Limit the number of utensils you have.
How many kitchen utensils do you have? Open all the drawers, check the utensil holder. Put it all in one place so you can see exactly what you have. My guess is you have lots of multiples and this is the first time some of these items have seen the light of day in a while.
What do you keep?
Every kitchen needs a good set of knives, a pair of tongs, a spatula or two, a whisk, quality cooking spoons, ladle, and kitchen shears. The rest depends on what you cook the most. I need a potato masher. I use it for ground beef as well as mashing potatoes.
2. Use multi-purpose appliances.
Kitchen appliances are my weakness.
I try to keep our counters clear, so in the bottom cabinets we have a blender, mixer, food processor, grain mill, another blender, a smoothie blender, toaster, and those are just appliances in the apartment. We still have a box or two in the garage waiting until we move.
Instead of having multiple products that do the same thing, consider investing in things like a heavy-duty blender that will chop, blend and puree. You could even purchase a food processor that has attachments to shred, chop, and blend.
Having fewer items in your kitchen means less clutter and more space so you can breathe.
3. Organize your spices.
Over the years we’ve had our spices in a spice rack on the wall, in a cabinet using a tiered organizational system, spice rack in a drawer, and even in an over the door shoe organizer that never actually held shoes.
4. Properly label all canisters.
Have you ever been rummaging through your pantry trying to find brown sugar and were sure you had it until you pulled out the canister? Me too! Never again. Another one of my favorite kitchen organization tips is to label EVERYTHING.
Chalkboard labels are one of the best ways to easily and quickly label your canisters. They are easy to change as needed and durable. Staying organized never looked so fun!
5. Arrange your kitchen for the most effective use of items.
Unless you are building and designing a new kitchen, you have to work with what you’ve got. When arranging your kitchen, consider the layout of the cabinets and appliances.
Your basic cooking utensils and cookware should be close to your stove.
The plates, silverware, and glasses are typically nearby. We have our plates in a deep drawer and it’s now my favorite thing ever. Silverware is above the plate and bowl drawer.
Consider how you use items and when so that things are laid out for easy functionality in your kitchen. When you make coffee, where do you automatically reach? As you’re cooking dinner, when you need this or that, take notice of where you are naturally inclined to reach and go to retrieve that item.
6. Keep non-kitchen items out of the kitchen.
With so many people in and out of this room, it’s no wonder the kitchen looks like a tornado rolled through.
Kitchen counters often get cluttered with kids backpacks, school work, mail, DVDs, things to return, or even recent purchases made.
Make a rule that all non-kitchen items aren’t allowed on kitchen counters.
If you see something that doesn’t belong, don’t leave it for the next person. Pick it up and immediately put it where it goes.
7. Arrange your refrigerator and pantry for family use.
Arrange the pantry and refrigerator so children can reach items easily and ingredients are easy to find.
Think about it. Are the lunch supplies at the level where your child can go to the pantry and easily make their own lunch? If they want to help you with dinner, can they get to the ingredients safely? The easier the accessibility, the more likely they are to help.
BONUS. Keep your countertops clear.
When you live with the clutter, you don’t always realize the amount of stress you are feeling is due to the amount of stuff in your home. Finding a place for everything takes time. I promise you, it will be worth it. You will be able to breathe again and not feel like a bag of bricks is sitting on your shoulders.
I hope you’ve found these kitchen organizational tips for overwhelmed moms helpful. You will be amazed at the difference having an organized kitchen will have on your stress level.