Where do you put things in kitchen cabinets and drawers to keep your kitchen organized? Follow this video guide and cheat sheet to organize your kitchen the right way.

I love organizing kitchens!

Your kitchen should be one of the most structured spaces in your home because it serves such a specific purpose. It is also the center of household activities for most families, so it’s important that you organize your kitchen for success before it’s inundated with other household clutter.

Sort your Kitchen into these 7 Categories:

  • Everyday Dishes and Utensils
  • Tools for Preparing Meals
  • Tools for Cooking
  • Baking Supplies (non-food)
  • Serving and Entertaining items
  • Food Storage
  • Cleaning Supplies

Cheat Sheet for Organizing your Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers (what goes where)

  • Everyday Dishes and Utensils
    • Where: near or to the right of the dishwasher
    • What: plates, bowls, silverware, glasses, and mugs
mDesign Metal Kitchen Pantry, Countertop Organizer Storage Shelves, Raised Cabinet Shelf Racks - for Food, Dishes, Plates, Dishes, Bowls, Mugs, Glasses Non-skid Feet - Small, 2 Pack - Graphite Gray
  • MAXIMIZE SPACE: Customize to fit your needs; These shelving units provide you with a raised surface to allow you to stack cups, glassware and coffee cups on the shelf while storing dinner dishes and serving bowls underneath; Use as a drying rack when baking; Prop up cookbooks; Raise pots/plants near the window; Maximize pantry shelves by going vertical with your storage space - these are perfect for organizing boxed and canned goods; Also great for maximizing space under sinks; Set of 2
  • CUSTOMIZE YOUR STORAGE: Use these handy shelving units side by side for longer shelving spaces, or use individually to make the most of your storage and shelves; Organize like a pro and instantly creates additional storage in crowded work areas, shelves, closets, cabinets and more; Use in kitchens as well as throughout the house, great for bathroom, craft room, garages, laundry/utility rooms, office and other shelving and closets in your home; Ideal for the home or professional organizer
  • FUNCTIONAL & VERSATILE: Create extra storage space virtually anywhere; Ideal for areas with limited shelving; Provides flexibility to frequently rearrange and organize dishes, mugs, bowls, plates, platters, cookware, mixing bowls, serving pieces, foods, herbs and spices; Ideal for under the sink storage, organize your cleaning products, and dishwashing supplies; Perfect for small space living as well as apartments, condos, campers, RVs, cabins and tiny homes
  • QUALITY CONSTRUCTION: Made of sturdy perforated steel top and steel wire legs with a durable rust-resistant finish; Features non-slip plastic feet; Easy Care - wipe clean with a damp cloth
  • THOUGHTFULLY SIZED: Each Measures 8" x 12.5" x 6".high
  • Tools for Preparing Meals
    • Where: near the largest work surface within the work triangle
    • What: Mixing bowls, measuring cups, whisks, and tools used to prepare meals
  • Tools for Cooking
    • Where: near or to the right of the stove
    • What: Pots, pans, and tools used during cooking, like stirring spoons and spatulas  
Soduku Pot Pan Rack with Solid Wood Shelf, Wall Mounted Multifunctional Kitchen Hanging Organizer with 8 Hooks for Pots Pans Lids Utensils Cookware Natural
  • Multifunctional Pan Rack: The wall-mounted rack features with a shelf made of wooden tracks and 8 swivel hooks, which not only could hang pots and pans, but also give additional storage space that can be used for cookbooks and other accessories
  • Sturdy & Well-Constructed: the pot hanger comes with solid wood tracks and two heavy duty metal braces. The braces screw into the wall at two points to distribute the weight evenly. Apart from that, metal braces are coated with black painting, which make them stylish and rust-free
  • Easy To install: no need assembly,just anchoring the screw into the wall is okay, Extra hooks available, purchase separately.
  • Moveable Swivel Hooks: the total length of this wooden track is 25.20 inch and there are 3 rails for swivel hooks. You are able to customize the hanging pattern of your cookware due to the hooks are movable along with the rail
  • Stylish Design: aside from its obvious space saving capacity, the look of a hanging pot rack in the kitchen adds style and ambience to an otherwise bland room. Besides, you can put your lids in the slots in the top and your pots/pans adjacent
  • Baking Supplies (non-food)
    • Where: near the oven
    • What: baking sheets, muffin tins, pie plates, cooling racks
YouCopia Bakeware Storemore Adjustable Rack, Standard, White
  • Organize pans, platters, and cutting boards (not included) in the lower cabinet or pantry
  • Features 7 adjustable dividers to perfectly fit items so they remain upright and easy to find; Additional StoreMore Bakeware Wire Dividers sold separately (ASIN B01M0M0VON)
  • Strong coated steel wires fit securely into base; will NOT pop out or scratch pans; One minute set-up, no tools required. Place the base on a flat surface.Insert one end of a wire divider into an open slot on the base. Squeeze the other end of the divider into the open slot on the opposite side of the base. Release to lock in place.Repeat with remaining dividers, positioning as necessary to properly fit your items. We recommend fitting the dividers as close as possible to keep everything upright and easy to remove
  • Soft non-slip feet hold everything in place inside the cabinet and round pans stay centered in base
  • No mounting or installation required for this cabinet organizer;
  • Serving and Entertaining items
    • Where: close to the dining area
    • What: serving platters, pitchers, cake stands, holiday-themed items, chip & dip trays
Haotian FKW56-N,Bar Serving Cart Home Myra Rustic Mobile Kitchen Serving cart,Industrial Vintage Style Wood Metal Serving Trolley (Brown)
  • This stylish industrial vintage serving trolley features wine rack and hanging glass storage. Holds 4 wine bottles and 6 wine glasses.
  • The top shelf is removable to be used as a food tray. 4 swivel castors (2 with brake) for easy movement.
  • Made of high quality MDF with wood effect printed and black powder coated steel frame.
  • Dimensions: W79 x D40 x H90cm. Weight: 14kg. Load capacity: 50kg.
  • Item comes in a flat pack and requires self-assembly. Detailed instructions supplied.
  • Food Storage
    • Where: near the refrigerator but away from household cleaners
    • What: Tupperware, ziplock bags, aluminum foils, plastic wrap
SimpleHouseware Wall Door Mount Kitchen Wrap Organizer Rack, White
  • Store for Bigger Paper Roll, Food Wrap and Foil
  • Wall Mounted or Door Mounted to save your space
  • Heavy Guage Steel
  • USPTO Patent Pending
  • Dimension 12''L X 4.2''D X 8.75''H (Depth 3-3/4'' is fitting for Ziploc boxes)
  • Cleaning Supplies
    • Where: Typically under the sink and additional cabinets around the sink
    • What: Towels, rags, sponges, cleaning solutions
iDesign Axis Over the Cabinet 2-Tier Kitchen Storage Basket Organizer for Aluminum Foil, Sandwich Bags, Cleaning Supplies, Garbage Bags, Bath Supplies, Chrome
  • OVER THE CABINET STORAGE: Wire over the cabinet storage basket is perfect to store all your cleaning supplies, plastic bags, garbage bags, spices, bathing supplies, dry foods, and more! Ideal for your kitchen, pantry, bathroom, office, dorm room
  • SAFE BACKING: Non absorbing foam backing to protect cabinets from scratching
  • OPTIMIZE STORAGE: Maximize bottom swing-open cabinet space with extra storage
  • EASY INSTALLATION: No hardware included. Fits over all standard kitchen cabinet doors
  • IDEAL SIZE: Measures 5.1" x 11.1" x 16.3", perfect for small cabinets

On my YouTube Channel, I’ve posted this video mapping out every zone in your kitchen and explaining where to put things in kitchen cabinets for maximum organization and efficiency.

If you have a small kitchen or not enough cabinets and drawers to fit all these categories, I recommend watching this video on the 10 Products that Maximize Space in your Kitchen.

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  • What will I name my business?
  • Where will I find clients?
  • How do I become an organizer?
  • Do I need to be certified?
  • How will I structure my business?

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Happy Organizing!