During our recent move, I was determined to get unpacked in record time. We started with the kitchen since we needed it to be functional for cooking. I had a general idea of where I wanted things, but once I started opening boxes things got overwhelming. I started second guessing the organization so I avoided putting things away completely. Here are my tips for figuring out your kitchen cabinet organization after a move.
Scope It Out
The first step is to really look at the storage you have available. Check out the number, size and location of the cupboards in the kitchen. Don’t forget about pantries and closets in the room. The tops of cabinets also work well for extra storage of things like vases and serving trays that you don’t use often.
The location of the cabinets is a good place to start when deciding where to put things. I like to put plates, bowls, cups and similar items near the sink and dishwasher. This makes it easier to unload the clean dishes from the dishwasher. Food items naturally go close to the stove so you can access them easily while cooking. Nail down some of those obvious choices first so you can see what have left for other items.
Before you fill an entire cupboard, make sure you like the arrangement. When I first started loading the cabinets I put one of each item on each shelf to represent what I planned to put there. Another option is to use sticky notes to write what you plan to put on each shelf. This gives you a visual and helps you assign different areas of the cupboard. If you decide a different arrangement would be better, you won’t have to empty the shelves and move everything. Once you’re comfortable with the arrangement you’ve created, you can start loading the shelves.
Live With It
It might take some time to get used to the new kitchen. I tried to replicate the arrangement we had at our old house, but I found I had to make some adjustments. After a few weeks, I got used to the arrangement. I did make a few tweaks as I went along to make the kitchen more efficient.