5 Steps To Organize Your Kitchen & Keep It That Way

Organize Your Kitchen For Good


It seems our kitchen are the areas of the home we want to always be clean, but yet the room is often the messiest. I’m constantly cleaning up the kitchen, but there are some systems I have put into place that have made this more simple. Here are my best ideas to help you organize your kitchen and keep it that way. 


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Clear It Out


Like tidying anything, a great first step for organizing your kitchen is having a good clear-out. Start by going through your fridge, freezer, and cupboards and throwing away any food that is expired.


Then, go through what’s left and separate anything that you know you aren’t going to use; This can then be donated to a shelter or thrown away if it’s no good.


Once you’ve tackled food, you need to sort through all of your crockery, utensils, pots, and pans, and clear out anything that is broken, duplicated, or you don’t ever use.


Lastly, don’t forget to throw out any old mail or takeout menus that you might have hidden in a drawer.


Learn more about decluttering your whole kitchen.


Group Similar Items


Before putting things back in cupboards and drawers, group similar items together. For example, you can put all of your pots and pans in the same cupboard, or hang them up together.


You can also put all of you mugs together and all of your drinking glasses together. The same goes for food too. Tins can all be stored in the same area, as can cereals, snacks, and baking ingredients.


I know this seems so simple, but sometimes we get in a hurry and things get jumbled. Have a place for everything in your kitchen and make it a habit to put things back where they go, right away.


By doing this, you will know exactly where to look if you need something.


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Create A Cleaning Routine


Once your kitchen is in a state that you are happy with, you have to ensure it stays that way. To do this, you need to create some sort of cleaning routine and work on your cleaning habits.


For example, you can make sure that you wipe down the counter-tops and load the dishwasher each night.


Loading the dishwasher each night and unloading it in the morning will set you a more clean kitchen. Start doing this and it will become a habit. Unloading the dishwasher every night is the one habit that has changed my housekeeping game


Cleaning routines are my thing. I keep my house tidy and I can do it just 15 to 20 minutes a day. 


You can read all about it in my free ebook or if you aren’t ready to sign up for the ebook then check out my simple cleaning routine.


Hide The Unsightly


There always seems to be those things on the kitchen counter that we don’t really want to be there. For me, this is mail, my planner, pencils, etc.


I use these things in the kitchen so it would be silly of me to try and keep them in another room in the house. I have found it is better to hide them in a cute basket than let them sit out on the counter.


I hung this large silver envelop on my kitchen wall to hold the mail I need to act on, such as bills. Everything else gets thrown out immediately. Make sure you have a system for incoming mail


I use this adorable basket from target to keep my planner, notebook, pens/pencils, and some essential oils in.


Just be careful and don’t let these two areas get cluttered. Make sure you declutter them regularly.


Use Kitchen Cleaning Hacks


Have some tricks up your sleeve that will help you clean up your kitchen faster. Here are a few examples:



Read more of my kitchen cleaning tips for fast clean up


I hope these tips help you get your kitchen in order. Once your kitchen is in order, it seems as if the rest of your house is too… I hope the same applies to you.


Thank you! Need More Support?


Thank you so much for stopping by. Here at KatiesKottage, I aim to help women making homemaking easier through simple systems and routines. 


I have a ton of other resources for you so make sure you check those out below. And please, come back any time. 🙂




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Read any of the following blog posts for more tips and encouragement…

Declutter Your Whole House – 101 Things To Get Rid Of Today

Find Time To Declutter When You Don’t Have The Time

Decluttering Sentimental Items – How To Let Go

Declutter Your Closet and Always Know What To Wear

Declutter Your Kitchen – Benefits Of A Minimalist Kitchen

Why Decluttering Is So Hard and How to Overcome It

Declutter and Organize Your Kids Toys



  1. Kris

    February 22, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Katie – Your blog was featured on a charming abode on youtube today. This is just what I need to start over. In Oregon we have been in lock~down for so long. I am tired of too many things in my kitchen and I have to dig though extra things to get what I want. This is so helpful and I am tackling my kitchen every night this week. Thanks! 🙂

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 22, 2021 at 5:56 pm

      Yes it was so sweet of Leslie to share my blog with you all. I’m so glad you are finding this helpful. Being in lock down really has put a lot of things into perspective when it comes to our homes. Thank you for the kind comment.

  2. Norma

    March 15, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Remember when shopping to buy only what you need.

    1. KatiesKottage

      March 16, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Great tip Norma. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Kelsey

    February 6, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I’m hoping to do a kitchen clean out next weekend! You’re so right – physical clutter = mental clutter!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Yep, and I never really realized how much mental clutter the physical clutter was causing me until I started clearing it out. Good luck with your kitchen clean out! 🙂

  4. Aditi | Raising World Children Magazine

    February 6, 2018 at 7:46 am

    These are some great tips. Cleaning and de cluttering my kitchen is something I do almost every two months.. Never ending. But this is soo good ! THanks for the tips

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Every two months?! That’s awesome! Good for you. I clean out the food that often, but not my kitchenware. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  5. Yolanda

    February 5, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    I really need to clean out my cupboards. It’s been ages and I keep putting it off. I’m sure there are probably things lurking in the bag too. Og gosh – just the thought of it! Must add this to my to do list this month!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Good luck! I hope you find time to get it done. 🙂 Thanks for reading my tips.

  6. Lisa @ Happylifeblogspot

    February 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I am due to declutter my kitchen. I try to do it once a year. This post came at the perfect time! Thanks for the tips!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      You are very welcome! Good luck with the declutter.

  7. Jennifer Espinosa

    February 5, 2018 at 11:41 am

    My kitchen organization drives me bonkers. I feel like I am always changing it around. I think the your cleaning checklist will really help me out!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! You will find something that works for you! I’ve rearranged my kitchen cabinets a couple of times and change up my cleaning routine often. You’ll get it!

  8. Megan | LoveFamilyHealth

    February 5, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I REALLY need to tackle my kitchen pantry. Like bad. So thank you for this! And lighting a fire under my butt! lol

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Haha! You are welcome! My pantry can get pretty extreme before I clear it out as well. Good luck!

  9. Keri

    February 5, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I would love to start all over again, but I think I have to wait a bit for that. I can definitely start clearing out right now though!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Right! It seems like a constant process. Where does all the stuff come from. I just cleaned out my office for about the 5th time in a year. Thanks Keri!

  10. Wendy Tomlinson

    February 5, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Clear it out is definitely the key for me. I cleared under the kitchen sink yesterday and I couldn’t believe how much stuff I had that I really never use.

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      I am always amazed at the amount of stuff I hang on to and can get rid of. I’m glad you found time to clear out under your sink. Thanks for reading Wendy!

  11. Nadene

    February 5, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Love a good kitchen clean out! Makes life easier

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Much easier! Thanks for stopping by Nadene!

  12. Miely

    February 5, 2018 at 8:06 am

    yeah. It’s a nightmare for us. But thanks for sharing hope I can do this over the weekend

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      I hope you get some time as well. It doesn’t take as long as you think! Or just start with one cabinet at a time. Thanks for reading Miely!

  13. Lucy

    February 5, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Every few months or so I have a good kitchen cleaning out. The catalyst is usually when I can’t find a lid that fits a plastic box. There will be lots of lids, but none that fit. I then know it’s time to have a clear out. Thank you for your really useful tips. Anything to make my life easier ?

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      You’re welcome Lucy! I’m having that problem right now. I’ve been thinking about throwing out all of my food containers and buying a new set. They have a great deal on a glass set at Sam’s Club right now. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  14. Olivia

    February 5, 2018 at 7:31 am

    This is super helpful! My kitchen is definitely in need of a little TLC. Great tips!
    Olivia | http://oliviadipede.com

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Olivia! Good luck in your kitchen! Your Blog is gorgeous so I’m sure your kitchen can be too!

  15. Leah

    February 5, 2018 at 7:18 am

    I so needed this! I’ve got an overflowing kitchen that needs help. Haha

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 5, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Once you get it done it is so much easier to manage. Plus, it doesn’t take as long to get it organized as you think. Good luck!

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