Looking for kitchen organization ideas? Find out some of the best tips for a kitchen remodel and organizing principles for a functional kitchen.
Thank you to KraftMaid for sponsoring this post; as always, text and opinions are my own.
The best choices in our kitchen remodel
It’s been about a year and a half since we remodeled our kitchen, and I’m thrilled to say that I still love the space. Our marble countertops and backsplash are still gorgeous (and you can see all about how I care for them here). The brass hardware still makes me smile (you can get the details on all the sources in our space here). The single basin farm sink has been perfect for both dishes and baby baths. And the space is so enormously functional as well as beautiful.
Perhaps the best decision we made (in retrospect, especially) was to reface our existing cabinetry by painting the frames and purchasing new doors. The kitchen was already outfitted with KraftMaid cabinetry that was in excellent condition, so it was a pretty easy process to simply purchase new doors (in the color and style I preferred) and paint the frames to match. Let me be clear, while KraftMaid is sponsoring this post, the kitchen remodel was not sponsored by KraftMaid. We purchased the new doors ourselves when Home Depot was having a big sale, and I’m so glad we did! The factory finish on the doors is so much more durable than anyone can achieve when repainting existing doors on site. In a year and a half with four kiddos, we haven’t chipped or scratched any of the doors. My positive experience with our kitchen cabinets made it a no brainer when KraftMaid approached me about partnering on this post.
And we love the look of the cabinets, too! White Dove on the top and Greyloft on the bottom proved to be a gorgeous, soothing combo. The two-toned cabinets have done just what I hoped, making the space feel bright but with a slightly more modern edge than an all white kitchen.
But what if you’re not ready for a full kitchen remodel right now? After living with this space for over a year, I’ve got some excellent tips for creating a functional kitchen right now.
Kitchen Organization Principles
- Custom-fit accessories
- Kid-friendly organization
- Easy-access produce
- Built-in soap dispenser
Stations – Organize your kitchen in stations: baking, cleaning, food prep, coffee… whatever your main activities are, put all the paraphernalia in one place.
Coffee is a morning ritual in our home, sometimes two and three times a day. 😉 So we have one segment of our cabinetry devote to the supplies, and it’s right by our Keurig, of course.
Custom-fit Accessories – Whenever possible, find accessories that fit the exact dimensions of your drawers or cabinets so you don’t waste valuable space.
Fortunately for me, the previous kitchen configuration already had one of KraftMaid’s pantry pull outs for spices. But if you don’t have a spot for one, or if you’re like me and have an overflow of yummy spices ;), then the spice caddy with glass bottles makes a brilliant organizer. It fits the depth of our KraftMaid cabinets perfectly, and I can lift it out to have all my favorite spices within reach while prepping at the island or – better yet – out by the grill.
Kid-friendly Organization – Make the most of your little helpers by putting safe items within their reach.
I love to encourage independence in the kitchen, and we store a step stool under the island for easy access at all times. When my now six year old was four, it became his job to empty and put away all the non-breakable dishes (all of which are stored in lower cabinets) from the dishwasher. My seven year old has now claimed the job, and he can even manage the breakable dishes with the help of the step stool… And it’s a good thing because mama needs the help. 😉
Easy-Access Produce – Store your fruits and vegetables within reach to promote healthy eating.
I remember in college once finding a rotten bag of potatoes at the back of our pantry… Never. Again. I still shiver at the memory of that smell. We store most of ours (the ones that don’t need to be refrigerated) in the baskets under the island, and they’re not only pretty but in sight so that we can be sure to eat them while they’re at their best.
Built-In Soap Dispenser – Save counter space and mess with a built-in soap pump.
I guess this one you might have to wait until your next remodel to implement, but I cannot recommend it more highly. I feel like people have moved away from these little built-in soap dispensers lately in kitchen design and tend more toward pretty bottles of soap and lotion… but I love mine! I think it has helped preserve my marble counters not to have a soap bottle leaving rings and leaves the kitchen sink area less cluttered. And since we use a mild, natural soap, it doubles for both dishes and hands, helping to promote cleanliness (and health!) in a home with four littles.
Other Kitchen Resources
If you have any other questions about our kitchen, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can read all about our experience with marble countertops here. And a full tour and source list is available here. It’s not the biggest space, but I really do find it to be beautiful and functional, and it is serving our family well.
What’s your favorite thing in your kitchen that makes it more functional?
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