Keeping your kitchen organized is an ongoing chore, especially if you’re not the only one using it.

The kitchen is home to dozens, if not hundreds, of little gizmos and gadgets that are supposed to make our lives easier. But when you can’t find or reach them, they’re more of a hassle than they help.

That’s why it’s crucial to set your cupboards and drawers up for functionality.

You may not have designed an orderly, organized kitchen when you first moved in, but you can fix that. These seven kitchen redesign tactics will turn your current setup into a hub of maximum efficiency!

1. Focus On Functionality

Most of us spend a lot of time getting our bedrooms and living rooms just right, but then we throw the kitchen together randomly. Whatever fits in a cupboard is what’s stored there.

But that’s not the right approach. Taking some time to plan your kitchen setup can make a world of difference.

Start by imagining or drawing up a design of your kitchen split into efficient zones. Break the room into cleaning, prepping, and cooking areas.

The cleaning area should be located around the sink. This is the section of your kitchen where you store cleaning supplies, dishes, and kitchen towels.

Your prepping area should be between the sink and the stove. Items like your seasonings, sharp knives, cutting board, and other prep necessities are stored here.

In the cooking zone, your stove is the central point. Surrounding this appliance, you should place pots, pans, bakeware, and cooking utensils.

Then, use the leftover areas like your pantry and cupboards for storing perishables.

2. Give It A Good Cleaning

Before you can organize a room, you have to clean it. This is especially true in the kitchen, the germiest room in the house.

So grab your bleach, rubber gloves, and scrubbers, and empty your cupboards. Separate everything into the zones you’ve drawn up.

One zone at a time, begin cleaning. Use your cleaning supplies and a bit of elbow grease to make everything sparkle before you start moving things into their new homes.

Shelf liners are good to use in kitchen cupboards. They provide the extra layer necessary to keep your cabinets safe from moisture and water stains.

When you’ve fully cleaned and scrubbed, you can start bringing your zoning illustrations to life.

3. Increase Your Cabinet Storage

Not all cupboards are built the same. Newer kitchens tend to focus on functionality, but older homes have a lot of awkward storage spaces.

If your home was built with cabinets that are hard to reach or waste a lot of space, don’t worry. They’re still usable, but you have to be strategic with how you organize them.

To make your kitchen more efficient, identify the wasted spaces. If the cabinets are high and narrow, use cupboard expanders to utilize the vertical space. If your cabinets are so deep that you can barely reach the back, get a lazy Susan.

It’s easy to pile cookware into your cupboards and close the door, but that only results in chaos. Pan racks and lid organizers can help you keep your cupboards orderly.

4. Organize Your Drawers

Many kitchen drawers are too wide or too narrow to use efficiently.

Your first instinct might be to use the space for whatever fits, but it needs to be functional. Keep your zones in mind when choosing what to put in each cupboard.

You can always make a drawer a little wider or narrower by investing in the right accessories.

An expandable utensil tray and other drawer dividers prevent your kitchen tools from ending up in piles. Deep drawers can be kept in order with peg organizers.

Regardless of the type of drawer you have, there’s a storage solution to make it more efficient.

5. Upgrade Your Old-School Refrigerator

Is your fridge keeping you from achieving peak efficiency? Are you still using the basic shelves and drawers that came with it when you moved in? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade.

No, you don’t have to buy a brand new appliance. You can keep your fridge but still get with the 21st century.

As with your cupboards, give your fridge a good cleanout. Toss anything that’s expired or that you know you won’t use. Then identify where space is being wasted.

It could be that you just need another shelf or two. But if your supplies are cramped together and vying for space, several additional shelves or drawers could help.

Tools as simple as stackable bins might make all the difference in separating your vegetables from your dairy products. And by rotating your perishables, always pushing the freshest to the back of the drawer, you’ll waste less food.

6. Get To Know The Newest Kitchenware Assistants

The tried-and-true kitchen accessories described above can help you restore order to your kitchen.

But these days, there are all kinds of clever new tools out there to make your kitchen even more efficient.

If you’re ready to kick up your kitchen’s organizational structure a bit, try these newer gadgets:

A quick Google search or visit to your local department store will introduce you to a world of kitchen assistants you didn’t know existed!

7. Use Hidden Storage

Kitchens are full of overlooked storage areas. For instance, the toe-kick area under the cabinets is usually ignored completely. But by adding a drawer under there, you can use this space for everything from aluminum foil and Ziploc bags to bakeware.

You can also mount cork to the inside of your cabinets, which gives you a place to hang miscellaneous objects out of sight. Cork is lightweight, so you can hang it with removable adhesive, but it’s strong enough to hold your measuring spoons, keys, and other small items.

Who needs a junk drawer, anyway?

Conclusion

It’s easy for the kitchen to become the most disorganized room in your house. Everyone passes through, and they’re often in a hurry, so it tends to gather all of the things that people don’t have time to put away.

But with the proper setup and tools in place, you can eliminate this problem. Your family or roommates will know where everything belongs, so clutter won’t have a chance to build up.

Maximum organization means minimal upkeep, and with these kitchen redesign tips, you’ve got it in the bag!

Author Bio

Working with Broadstone Market Station, Angus Flynn has more than five years of experience in the multifamily housing industry. In his free time, you will find him enjoying life on the lake and spending time with friends.