Now that the kids have gone back to school you can finally get around to starting on some of those projects you’ve been putting off all summer – such as getting your kitchen cupboards organised.

If you’re anything like us tidying and keeping the clutter under control won’t have been one of your first priorities – days out to the beach and picnics would have taken that spot. But now, there’s no denying it. It’s time to get those kitchen cupboards organised. So, how do you go about it? And, more importantly, where do you start? Well, here’s some tips right here:

Clear the clutter 

Exactlyhow manyTupperware containers do you have?? Most of us have way too many, making it frustrating trying to contain them all in the one kitchen drawer or cupboard. The answer is to keep only those that you need – the ones you use on a regular basis. As for the rest? Take them to the charity shop. Someone will use them – it just won’t be you, thankfully. Meanwhile, with the tubs that you decide to keep, store the lids separately – in a drawer somewhere. That allows you to pile the containers inside one another, taking up much less space than if you store them with their individual lids on.

Any gadgets in those kitchen cupboards that you don’t use anymore? Perhaps your fad for the popcorn makers went years ago. And you know yourself you’re never going to use that breadmaker again. And while we’re on the subject of obsolete objects, is that really a popcake maker taking up so much room in that space-compromised kitchen cupboard of yours?

Like Tupperware boxes, baking trays are another item that we have all tend to have too many off. Muffin tins in particular often seem to multiply. If you’ve more than you need – or are ever likely to use at one time – then again, purge them. And as for plates…

Empty the cupboards and categorise

Once you have everything out of your kitchen cupboards, organise them into neat piles. That way you can see right away if you’ve too many of one particular item. Try to remove something from every pile ie utensils, mugs, glassware, cutlery etc. That way you’ll have far less to put back in again and you’ll have more room to do so.

When you do put them back in, put the least used items, such as kitchen scales and the blender to the back of the cupboard, to make regularly used items such as plates and cups more accessible by sitting at the front. This will definitely make you feel you have those kitchen cupboards organised.

Section your drawers 

You probably have your cutlery drawer all nicely segregated with the knives in one section, spoons in another etc. Now it’s time to do the same with the other drawers in your kitchen. These days you can buy great organisers that you simply need to place inside the drawer and voila you have specific spaces for particular items. Not only does this look neater, but you’ll now be able to find that string, those elastic bands, a pen etc at first glance. Just think of the time you’ll save not having to hunt for items, for starters!

Again, just don’t have too many of the same item. Two pens are fine, for instance, and you can only use one corkscrew at a time. The end result is that you no longer have what you once referred to as a ‘junk drawer.’ Now that it’s neat and organised it’s a drawer that merely stores ‘miscellaneous items.’

Add baskets for food 

Baskets or plastic tubs – either are great for keeping foodstuffs together. That way it doesn’t spill out all over your cupboard; packets are contained within a certain space and, again, you should be able to see right away where things are. Keep condiments in one basket or tub, packets of rice, pasta and noodles in another and spices in a third (if you don’t have a separate spice rack).

Use a home organiser to store items such as plastic bags, brushes and tin foil etc. This is like a giant peg board that hands on the inside of a cupboard door. It’s a brilliant way to utilise unused space.

So, now that we’ve inspired you, isn’t it about time you got started…?