The kitchen is the heart of the home, which means it is normally the busiest. While it is nice to see a busy and well used kitchen, it can cause havoc in the cupboards and they can become cluttered and disorganised quickly. To help save time, and your sanity on those busy mornings and hectic tea times, I have put together some ideas on how to organise these cupboards.
If you want to give this a go I highly recommend you carry out a declutter first. This will then leave you with food that is in date and used on a regular basis. For ideas and inspiration on how to declutter, check out my how to organise and declutter your kitchen post.
After decluttering all the food cupboards, look at what is left and start grouping together like for like foods. Below are some suggestions:
- breakfast items
- dry food
- desert food
- baking ingredients
- olis & other bottles
Next, take a look at the cupboard space you will be using to store your food. How could the space be used better? For example, are the shelves tall? If so, could you add extra shelfs? Could you also make use of the space on the back of the doors?
To help you with this bit, and to hopefully give you some inspiration, here is how I organise our large larder cupboard.
This four tier back of door Spice Rack has been a great addition. As you can see, it can hold a large amount of jars. I have also added a paper cup in the bottom rung which I use to hold bag clips.
So starting from the top, this shelf holds all the things we need for snacks and packed lunches. The large basket you can see holds the crisps and I have also added these two Curver baskets to hold snacks.
The bottom basket holds snacks for the kids and the top basket holds snacks for the adults. Being able to stack them means I can really make use of the height of the shelves.
The next shelf is the breakfast and desert shelf. On the left hand side are boxes for cereal. On the right, again to make use of the height of the shelves, I have added a small space saving shelf.
I have also used another Curver basket to hold all the toppings for toast. Having all of these in the basket means I can take all the jars from the cupboard to the toaster. Having this basket does also mean I can get to the cans behind it easily.
The third shelf is for dry ingredients and bottles of oil and sauces for cooking with. The jars for the pasta, spaghetti, rice etc. means there are no odd shaped bags which can make it difficult to see what there is.
A new addition this year to this shelf are the containers for the oils and sauces. I found these ones in Wilko’s. Like with the jars in the basket on the shelf above, having everything in one container really does make it easier to move things around and find things quickly.
The fourth shelf is for tins, sauces, jars and other dry foods like crackers. Again I have used a wire space saving shelf to make the most of the space.
And finally to the fifth shelf, this is our baking ingredient shelf. We as a family love baking and there is normally a lot of things in half opened packets. Like with the dry food, I have decanted a lot into Kilner jars and used Martha Stewart labels to mark them up. Again I have made use of the Curver baskets to help store all the ingredients.
And that completes the tour of our larder cupboard. I know not everyone is as lucky as I am to have one large cupboard for food, but all these ideas for storing food can be used in any kitchen cupboard.
How do you organise your food cupboards? I would love to hear about it. And if you are going to give any of these ideas a go I would love to know how you got on.