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How to Arrange Dishes in Kitchen Cabinets
Having an organized kitchen is important to running it efficiently. Whether you're cooking a meal or just getting breakfast before work, things work more smoothly if you have your dishes well organized in your kitchen cabinets. Clear out unnecessary clutter and organize your dishes according to how you use them. If you’re using open cabinets or hanging dishware on the walls, consider grouping them by color, size, and design for an attractive display.
Clearing the Clutter
Do an inventory check.Separate your dishes into piles. Put your daily use dishes together. Group special occasion dishes separately. Pots and pans should go in another group. Separate your cups too.
Decide how many dishes you really need.Keep enough dishes in your kitchen to feed your family or a small gathering. You should have enough cups, plates (large and small), bowls, mugs, and silverware for two days of meals for your family. Carefully pack up the rest of your dishes and store them in your garage or another area of your home. Make a plan to get rid of the rest.
Discard items that you don’t use.Throw away broken items. Pack up excess pieces -- like too many coffee mugs or plastic cups, containers without lids or lids that no longer match containers, and things you will never use. This includes things that don’t work well or you just don’t like. Donate all of the things you’ve packed up.
Organizing Your Everyday Dishes
Keep your everyday dishes accessible.Put your everyday dishes near the dishwasher if you can. This will make it easier to put them away. You can also hang a decorative and strong dish drainer over the sink and store your dishes there.
- Try putting a plate rack over the sink. Don’t worry about it blocking light from a window -- the light will filter through the open rack.
Put everyday dishes on lower shelves.Keep your daily dishes within easy reach on lower shelves in your cabinets. Insert sliding shelf organizers or cabinet risers to make accessing them even easier. Or organize your plates in an upright rack so you can quickly grab them from the cabinet.
Keep your everyday dishes close at hand in pullout drawers.Organize deep drawers with pegs or dish racks to separate the dishes and keep the drawers orderly. Choose or install the drawers near the dishwasher. Store your everyday cutlery and cups in nearby drawers or cabinets.
Use open shelving.Store your everyday items in open shelving to make things easier to grab. Try installing heavy-duty kitchen racks if you don’t have open shelves. You could also build a ready-to-assemble shelving unit. Store heavier items on lower racks or shelves of the unit you’ve built.
- Opt for a tall, thin unit that won’t take up extra space in your kitchen.
Make a space for kid’s dishes.Store children’s cups, plates, bowls, and cutlery in a very low cabinet, drawer, banquette, or window seat that opens for storage. This way your children can easily access their dishes. Add napkins, placemats, and other items your children use frequently when eating.
Put pots and pans near the stove.Put heavy items, like mixing bowls and dutch ovens, in low cabinets. Don’t forget to use the drawer under your oven for bakeware. Add toe kick drawers for additional storage.
- Keep other cooking implements, like spatulas and wooden spoons in caddies near the stove.
Storing Your Drinkware
Use your wall space for mugs.Put up wire racks for hanging your tea cups and mugs. You could also install a rail (or more than one rail) and hang your mugs from S hooks. Try hanging a piece of wood on the wall and hammering in long nails as hooks for your mugs.
Arrange your mugs in or under cabinets.Keep your coffee mugs in a basket under your shelves if you don’t have much room in the cabinets. Save space in the cabinets by putting in a freestanding shelf and stacking mugs on top and dishes beneath. You can also install hooks under your cabinets or under shelves for hanging mugs.
Treat your glasses with care.Don’t set fine glasses on their rims. Keep them upright or hang them from the stem using a sliding glass hanger. Also store everyday glasses with the rims up. Put these near your everyday dishes.
- Put the sliding hanger on a higher shelf or out of the way to prevent glasses getting knocked off.
Arranging Your China
Put your china in a high or low cabinet.Keep it out of the way of the things you use on a daily basis. Also store other infrequently used items, like gravy boats, out of the way. Wrap dishes to prevent dust and grease build-up if they're left exposed, like on the top of a cupboard.
Keep your good china in a special place.Store it in a hutch with glass doors that will show it off. Put extra pieces that won’t fit in the display in the drawers or shelves of the hutch. You can also use an armoire or glass front storage cabinet for storing china.
Pack your china for storage.Put your china in dish storage cases to prevent chips and cracks. Wrap handles on tea cups, and serving and sugar bowl dish lids with cotton or newspaper to further protect them. Add pieces of felt between dishes to keep them from banging together. Don’t forget to label the cases so you can easily find pieces you need when entertaining.
QuestionIs it odd/different to store everyday glasses in the same cabinet as the plates and bowls?Community AnswerThis is not necessarily odd, it just comes down to personal preference. Storing everyday glasses with plates and bowls is perfectly acceptable, especially if it makes daily life run more smoothly.Thanks!
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