How to Set Up Your Kitchen – Part 2
4. I locate pot holders, hot pads and trivets in a drawer near the stove. The time I will need a hot pad is when I have a hot pot and that will be at the stove. In my current house, we have a cook top and a separate wall oven. They’re located 8 feet apart. I’ve chosen to put hot pads in 2 different drawers; one near the cook top and one near the oven.
5. I put pots and pans in a cabinet near the stove. There are usually 1 or 2 cabinets large enough to hold pots and pans near the stove. Place the lids in the cabinet with the pots and pans.
6. There’s usually one tall, thin cabinet near the stove where you can place cookie sheets, cooling racks and cutting boards. If there isn’t a cabinet designed for that purpose, you can often move the shelf up in a regular cabinet to accommodate the cookie sheets. If possible, store the cookie sheets, cutting boards, etc. vertically because they take up less space and are easier to access by just sliding out the one you need.
6. I prefer to store my spices on a 2-level lazy Susan in a cabinet near where I’ll prepare meals. This cabinet has been a corner cabinet on the wall with the stove in my past 3 houses. The spices are conveniently located for food prep but are not too close to the stove (having the spices too close to the stove can effect the shelf life of the spice).
7. I always locate the dish towels and dish cloths near the sink. Often there are oddly small drawers or cabinets near the sink. I put the towels and cloths there.
My goal is to be able to grab a towel when standing at the sink (usually with wet hands after I realize some one took the dish towel and didn’t put a new one out. argh!). In one house with extremely limited cabinet space, I put the towels in a basket sitting on the counter near the sink.
- Stackable Organizing Bins for Countertop
- Clear Easy-to-Wash Medium Organizing Bin
- Over Cabinet Towel Bar
Third phase items fill in around the first and second phase items. You may not have room for all of your third tier items. You’ll have to assess the “stuff” you have and the space you have and then prioritize.
I’ve had to store appliances in other rooms in the house. This isn’t ideal, but in that situation it was the only solution. (Plus, I really don’t use the waffle iron or the blender all that often, or not as often as I do cups, dishes. and pots and pans.)
- Easy-to-clean baskets in coordinating colors
- Easy-to-clean Lazy Susan
- 2-Tier Lazy Susan
- 3-Tier Can Organizer
- Expandable Can Riser
- Stackable Air-Tight Containers
- Wire Locker Baskets
- Clear Bin with Handle
- Clear Easy-to-Clean Large Organizing Bin
- Waterproof Reusable Chalkboard Labels
10. I put heavy items on the very lowest shelves. If these items fall, I want them closer to the ground to minimize damage. I also place seldom used items on awkward bottom shelves.
11. Ideally, you’d like to locate items into usable zones, e.g. the baking zone will contain bowls, mixer, flour, sugar, cookie cutter, and so on. This has been possible for me in about 50% of my kitchens. But it’s still a goal when possible.
In my current kitchen I have a pull-out designated as the lunch box zone. With 3 children and a hubby taking lunch each day, we have a whole lotta lunch box stuff. With everything located in one spot, packing 20 lunch boxes a week is just a little bit easier for everyone.
- Pull-out Cabinet Drawer you can easily install in your cabinet
- Pull-out Drawer Shelf Combo that sits in cabinet
- Easy-to-Clean Clear Large Organizing Bins
12. When my children were younger, it was important to have a craft area in the kitchen. They could color or glue while I was working in the kitchen. I wanted them doing these messy activities at the kitchen table.
When I didn’t have the luxury of a dedicated cabinet for crafts, I tucked a rolling drawer unit in a corner. Once, in a teeny tiny kitchen, a plastic dish tub with coloring books and crayons was all I could fit.
Setting up your new kitchen is simple if you approach it methodically. If you can do a puzzle (and I really don’t like puzzles much), then you’ll have no problem unpacking and setting up your kitchen.
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I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.