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Complete Kitchen Organization Checklist

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This complete kitchen organization checklist contains how-tos, organizing ideas, and projects to help you tackle this space one thing at a time. We'll go over basic kitchen organization ideas -- including ideas for small spaces, the best kitchen organization products and then storage ideas to keep everything neat and tidy. 

Kitchen organization is already built in: frozen items go in the freezer, pans go with pans, and knives go with knives.  So kitchen organization should be a snap right?  Not so.  There are so many different types of items in one space that you really need to break it down into zones and items to tackle it, and then you need to set aside time to declutter and organize regularly to maintain good kitchen organization.

Additionally, what an organized kitchen looks like to you may not be the same as what your neighbor considers an organized kitchen, so you need to plan and customize the space for how you cook and how to live.  

Kitchen organization ideas

Readers share their kitchen organization ideas + tips
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I've broken organizing ideas for your kitchen down into a few categories for ease of use:  Ideas for your entire kitchen, ideas for kitchen zones, like cabinets and pantries, and general tips and time savers.   Many of these were supplied by Personal Organizing readers which makes them battle-tested in real kitchens:

6 Kitchen Organization Ideas
6 Kitchen Counter Organization Ideas
16 Fridge and Freezer Organization Ideas
7 Kitchen Cabinet Organization Ideas
7 Pantry Organization Ideas
Kitchen Organization on Pinterest
Small Kitchen Organization Tips
Pictures of Super Organized Kitchens
How I Organize My Kitchen
Readers Best Kitchen Time Savers

Kitchen organization products

The best kitchen organization products

I think some elbow grease and a good kitchen organization plan is best, but sometimes you need an assist.  Here are my picks for the: 

28 Best Kitchen Organizers

Kitchen clutter

Tackle kitchen clutter
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The kitchen tends to get cluttered very quickly, and then therefore, decluttering regularly is imperative to maintaining good organization.  The key is having a system in place. You need to know how long to keep things, how you'll get rid of things you no longer need (donation, recycling, trashing), and a system to declutter the space on an on-going basis. 

Declutter The Kitchen in 30 Minutes a Week
How to Declutter Kitchen Appliances
How to Declutter Kitchen Cabinets
What is Clutter
Why You Have Clutter
Where to Donate Everything A-Z
How to Recycle Everything A-Z

Kitchen storage

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Kitchen organization projects

Kitchen organization projects
Photo / The Container Store

Go through your kitchen one zone or one item at a time by tackling some kitchen organization projects.  Choose how much time you have, set the time, and start organizing.

Kitchen How-To Projects
Kitchen Organization Projects in 10 Minutes Or Less

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