You can find many books and magazines dedicated to teaching householders how to organize their kitchen. These guides offer valuable tips and advice that you can apply to your own kitchen. Each of the tips provided, however, will need to be adjusted to fit both your kitchen set up and the way your family works.
If there is one main cook at your house, that person will usually determine how the kitchen is organized. Other family members may be asked for input but the final decisions will lie with the person who uses the kitchen the most. Of course, the decision maker must take into account how the family is growing and changing. Families with grown or no children can take many more liberties in figuring out kitchen layout and make decisions based purely on efficiency or personal preference. Families with young and growing children will need to make more concessions.
A family with small children may need to assign unbreakable items to lower drawers and cabinets and keep glass or special dishes on higher levels of shelves. That family may want to designate lower drawers or shelves in a pantry for kid-friendly snacks so kids can help themselves. You will want to decide how to organize your kitchen to be family friendly with everyone’s needs in mind and prepare for change as the children get older. Eventually you may be able to utilize more counter or cabinet space when you are no longer storing bottles, baby food, or bibs.
Finding the ultimate layout is a difficult process that may require some trial and error. You may end up swapping the cups and plates a number of times before finding the best home for each. You may need to move the silverware drawer a couple of times before the best location is found.
Each family is different and has different needs in the kitchen; the gourmet, exotic dish family will have unique organizational needs when compared to the grab a bite before the soccer game family. Take a month to really examine how your family uses the kitchen before starting to think about kitchen organization ideas that will work best for you.