While organizing should always begin with taking a look around the room and making a plan, you don’t have to invest a lot of time in this step, because you won’t really know exactly what you need to do until you jump in there and get started.
Just make a very general plan, to get yourself started – momentum is your friend when you’re trying to get organized, because once you start it feels great and you’ll – hopefully – want to keep going.
The best place to start depends on the amount of disorganization you’re dealing with – if clutter hoarding is a problem in the kitchen you’re cleaning, you’ll almost have to start with decluttering.
Set up a couple of boxes or plastic storage bins, and a trash can, then begin sorting things into the bins.
Stack things as neatly as possible, so more fits in the bins.
Take the trash out as soon as the trash can gets full, so it won’t get knocked over and have to be picked up a second time.
Stop to wash dishes as soon as the bins are full.
Wipe down counters, dust, and mop as soon as a surface is cleaned off.
Organize the kitchen for convenience – put items used for baking closer to the oven, put pots and pans and cooking utensils close to the cook-top.
Take advantage of labeling. Get out your P-Touch or Dymo, or just use masking tape and a marker to make note of where things belong. This makes it easier to stay organized as you get used to your new, tidy kitchen layout.
I hope these kitchen organizing ideas inspire you and you find them helpful – and I invite you to ask questions, leave a comment, and browse around the site to learn more home organization ideas.