Moving with the military, I’ve organized over 20 different kitchens and have learned a few tricks principles along the way. I talked about how to set up the kitchen in a new home using the layout of my current kitchen last year. If you want to understand the principles I use in planning be sure to read last year’s post.
Here we are about to move again into a new home, so I have a whole new kitchen layout to plan.
During the home inspection I took pictures with the handy ol’ cell phone (so sorry about the quality) and took measurements of key cabinets and shelves.
On those sleepless nights when I wonder how in the world are we going to move all this stuff again, I use that energy to plan the layout of the new kitchen.
How to Organize Your Kitchen Layout
First to give you a big-picture kitchen orientation.
Starting on the left and working our way around the kitchen….
You can’t see it on the left in the picture above, but there is a pantry.
I try to put lighter items on the top shelf and heavier items on the floor. I put less frequently used items on the next lower and higher shelves, with the most commonly used items in the middle. The one change in the pantry is that I may swap the canned goods and lunch items shelves to put the canned good down lower since they are heavier.
To the right of the pantry is the desk and a set of cabinets.
You can see that I have question marks on some areas. I will have to assess these drawers once I’m actually in the kitchen. The biggest question for me is the location of the glasses, plates and bowls and silverware drawer. Usually I would want to put the glasses by the fridge, but I need the bigger cabinet for the plates and bowls (I don’t want to split them into 2 different cabinets). And the silverware would usually be in a drawer closer to the dishwasher to make it easier to put away. But the drawers by the dishwasher are smaller and I’ll have to see if my silverware tray will fit there once we’re in the house.
To the right is the refrigerator and another set of cabinets that are usually hidden by the door to the laundry room and garage.
Since these cabinets and drawers are behind the door and less easily accessed, I’ll put items I don’t use every day in that area.
Moving to the right is the oven and more cabinets.
You see that I have one entire cabinet with a question mark on it. Don’t worry I’ll fill it, I’ll just have to see what items fit and don’t fit and then use this prime real estate once I’m actually in the house with all my stuff. I’m saving this cabinet as my “ace up my sleeve” since it’s large and in a prime location.
The lower corner cabinet will have to be assessed once I’m in the kitchen. What goes in that corner cabinet is dependent on what will fit in the island.
I’d prefer to keep the pots and pans in the island, but the hoses, wires and “stuff” from the cook top take up the middle third of the space in the island. I’ll have to see if I can fit my pots and pans (I have quite a few) in the space. I’ve been looking at 2-tiered pull-out shelves online to try to make it work. If I can’t fit the pots and pans there then I’ll try the corner cabinet in the pic above.
There is enough space on the left (I think) for my cookie sheets, baking pans and cutting boards to stand vertically.
To the right of the corner cabinet is the sink and another set of cabinets.
If the silverware will fit in that top drawer (which is my first choice) then I’ll look at putting the plates and bowls in the cabinet above. I’ll just have to see how big the cabinets and drawers are when we’re actually there in the house.
In the space between the kitchen and the dining room, there’s a built-in buffet (I’m a little embarrassed to say that this is what clinched the deal on the house for me).
We have been gifted with 2 sets of Christmas dishes (which I just love!) and I’ll finally have a place in the house to store them all year long (in the past the Christmas dishes have been stored in their boxes in the basement or attic 11 months out of the year). I will probably store the coffee maker in the cabinet with the question mark. We don’t drink coffee but keep a coffee maker for when we have guests. I don’t want to use precious space in the kitchen for this seldom used appliance. But it will still be readily accessible right there around the corner from the kitchen when we have guests.
This is just the first draft of my plans for my kitchen layout. Once I’m standing in the kitchen with my stuff, my plan will change. But this gives me a logical starting point.
Am I a crazy woman, or does any one else plan their kitchens like this?