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How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

Mar 25 2011 - 5:02am

It's Spring Cleaning Week here at YumSugar! We're urging you to reconsider those foods you've had in storage forever [1], and get to cleaning your fridge [2] as well as your freezer [3]. But that's not all: whether you're planning a big apartment move, or simply in need of a kitchen overhaul, it's time to reconsider how you want to organize the kitchen. Here's how I manage to systematically arrange everything.

Tupperware and Jars

I save glass jars [4] because I find them useful for making dressings, storing sauces, or when filled with say, homemade lemon curd [5], giving as an edible gift. Since I don't use then daily, they are stored in the lowest end cabinet, almost out of the kitchen.

Pantry Items and Canned Goods

The upper-end cabinet is home to pantry items and canned goods. On the top shelf are things I rarely use like Nestea iced tea mix (it's a guilty pleasure), ginger beer, popcorn, etc. The middle shelf holds crackers, oatmeal, and couscous mix. The bottom shelf is home to food stuff I regularly employ, like canned seafood, chips, chicken broth, and beans.

Liquor Cabinet

Since I live in a studio, I don't have a bar to store my collection of spirits. However, there is a huge cabinet above the sink. It's now home to all my alcohol.

Underneath the Sink

An uglier space, this area keeps my garbage and recycling bags. Behind these bags are cleaning tools, extra sponges, and an assortment of reusable grocery totes.

Servingware

I like to keep the plates, bowls, and items I use every day above the dishwasher because it makes unloading easy. The top shelf holds special platters, the middle shelf is for bowls, and the bottom shelf plates. The food processor is my favorite, most-used kitchen gadget, so it's kept where I can access it quickly.

Pots and Pans

The pots and pans sit in a large rotating cabinet next to the stove and oven.

Glasses

I have a million glasses and luckily they all fit in the large corner cabinet — also above the dishwasher. Like with the other cabinets, everyday glasses are on the bottom and special occasion glasses are on the top.

Condiments and Sauces

When I first saw this long skinny cabinet to the above-right of the stove, I had no clue what to put in it. Then, I realized it would be perfect for vinegars, oils, honey, sauces, etc.

Baking Items

I bake about twice a month and store the baking goods (sugars, flour, chocolate, extracts, etc.) in a large cabinet above the stove. Although I have to use a step ladder to get them, it's nice to have them all in one place.

Spices

The girl who lived in the apartment before me left these wonderful spice racks. After having a horribly disorganized [6] spice cabinet at my old place, here I store the spices in alphabetical order.


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