The Best Ways To Efficiently Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

food organized in a kitchen cabinet

Monday morning, the children are ready for school, and the coffee is ready to drink. You open the cabinet, but instead of finding your favorite mug, you find a mess. We all want to know about how to organize the kitchen cabinets in a way that makes the most sense?

Between the restaurant cups, Halloween plates, and the cookbook you never used stare back at you need to get this straightened out, and after the kids are at school, you are going to organize the kitchen cabinets.

“Who am I kidding? I have to get to work. I’ll call TLC Fargo to schedule my best clean for this kitchen.”

Do you want to tackle the cabinets yourself? Here are the best ways to efficiently organize the cabinets in your kitchen.

Arranging the kitchen cabinet contents comfortably and sensibly for everyone to use. Make your kitchen make sense.

What You Need To Get Started:

a bucket of cleaning supplies on a kitchen counter

-Trash can

-Multi-purpose cleaner and rag

-Cabinet liners

-Kitchen Cabinet Organizers

You can purchase an assortment of organizers to aid in your cabinet organization. There are lid, utensils, and plate organizers, to name a few. You may also use baskets to organize snacks and boxes of baggies. Canisters on top of the countertop are a superb way to store things like flour, sugar, and cornmeal. Make sure they have a tight sealing lid.

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Empty and Sort

Empty the cabinets onto your table. Any items you do not use separate into either trash, donate, or sell pile. Toss out anything that is broken and cannot be sold or given away.


a woman looking at a dirty cabinet under the sink
Clean out dust and crumbs from the corners. Thoroughly clean the cabinet shelves with your favorite cleaner. Once the cupboards are clean and dry, you can fit them with a liner. There are several types and colors of coatings to choose from. Rubber, paper, and vinyl are popular types of liner.


Separate the food from everything else. If you have a pantry, store food there. Set apart dishes, cookware, and utensils. Group the items in a way that makes sense.

Not sure where to put everything now that it is out of the cabinets? Try using sticky notes as a temporary cabinet label. Write plates on a sticky note and attach it to a cabinet door.

It is easier to move a tiny piece of paper from the cabinet to cabinet than it is to keep shifting a stack of plates. Do this for cups, pots and pans, storage containers, and so on. Now that each cabinet is labeled and you are sure this is the way your kitchen will function the best you are ready to move to the next step.


a woman looking into an organized kitchen cabinet

If you have a pantry put all the food in it, leaving the kitchen cabinets for your dishes, pots, and pans, etc.

Divide food cabinets from everything else. Break down the contents inside the cabinet, too. For example, the canned goods on the left, and the boxed goods on the right and face labels out for easier access at mealtime. Spices, for instance, should be within reach of your meal prep work space.

Your kitchen cabinets will be divided by the top and bottom as well.


Grouping item such as all of your grilling tools together and your silicone spatulas together. You can achieve this by grouping them into trays either in a drawer or on a countertop.

Top Cabinets

a girl reaching for a bowl in a cabinet

Your everyday items put at eye level. The most used items should be at the front of the cabinet. The ugly cup your mother-in-law gave you last Christmas put towards the back of the cabinet.

Use a Lazy Susan to keep your most used and favorite spices in the spice cabinet. A lazy Susan helps keep your favorites right upfront and accessible.

Plates, bowls, and cups in a top cabinet and above the drying rack or dishwasher. Your plastic and glass food storage containers should go in the cabinets above or below the countertop where you will be filling them up.

To maximize space, you can use hooks under your top kitchen cabinets to hold things like your favorite coffee mug next to the coffee maker. Hooks can also be used to hang your measuring cups and spoons, and oven mitts and potholders.

Bottom Cabinets

organized lower kitchen cabinets

Not enough drawer space in your kitchen? Use a couple of baskets inside a cabinet near the sink to store your dish-towels and dish rags.

The appliances you use most often should be put into the kitchen cabinets within your workspace for cooking meals. Bulky items like skillets store in bottom cabinets for easy lifting and stand pans on their sides to give your cabinet more room. Pots can be stacked inside one another. Lids can be placed vertically into a lid organizer.

Miscellaneous supplies—such as cutting boards, cake holders, and platters go in a bottom cabinet closest to the dishwasher or drying rack.

Cleaning supplies put under the sink with a child safety lock on it. Baskets can also be used to tidy up those cleaning supplies under the sink. Use them to separate cleaners from paper towels and other items like squeegees and latex gloves. A tension rod can be used under the sink to hang spray bottles and gloves.

a clean and organized kitchen space

Accessory tray—place one on the counter near the stove for your favorite oils. Utilize a utensil holder for your most-used cooking gadgets and implements.

Don’t have a great deal of money to invest in trays or baskets? Try re-purposing a box by cutting it down to fit your needs. Spruce up the box by decorating it with some of your leftover shelf liners. You can use an old baking sheet as a tray. Don’t know what to do with that big glass vase from Valentines Day two years ago? Turn it into your utensil holder. Dress up the vase with some paint or hot glue stones on it.

You can do all of this yourself, or call TLC Fargo and schedule our help on how to efficiently organize the cabinets in your kitchen.

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