It’s time for some cleaning! The best place to start is with your fridge and pantries. Food storage areas tend to get messy and unorganized easily, so take some time to get them in tip top shape with these kitchen organization tips. Cooking is so much more enjoyable in a clean and organized kitchen!

Declutter and Clean

The first step to your kitchen organization journey is removing any unwanted or unneeded clutter. Take everything out of your fridge or pantry and place it on the counter. Check foods for expiration dates and toss anything that’s no longer good or is opened and won’t be used. For any non-perishable, unopened, unexpired foods, consider donating them to the local food bank.

Now is also a good time to wipe everything down. Clean all the shelves and get everything looking brand new before you put anything back in.

Sort Everything

Separate your items into different categories. This might be based on what you use them for, what type of items they are or even their size so you can see everything clearly when they are stored. Pick a sorting method that works for you! An organized pantry or fridge is one where you can find what you need easily, so make sure the method makes sense. 

Use Storage Solutions

Food storage containers and pantry organizing containers are a great way to keep things neat and tidy. The OXO containers are a great choice for affordable pantry and food storage. Place pantry food items in airtight containers to avoid dust, bugs and moisture from getting inside. For your fridge, use storage solutions that help to store things like prepped veggies, loose snack items and drinks. Clear bins and lazy susans are great to easily find and access everything you need.

Keep it Organized

The best way to have an organized kitchen is to consistently declutter and clean. This allows you to revisit your pantry and may inspire you to whip up new recipes with existing ingredients! Incorporating new organization techniques such as grouping items in sections (cooking tools for everyday use, baking, seasonal, etc is an easy fix that can create a big impact). Another tip is to adjust your items as your needs change. Using the storage solution that best fits your needs such as plastic bins for storage instead of containers with lids may be a more practical and a visually pleasing fix. Neglecting your organization system means your kitchen will be messy in no time, so keep it up!