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6 Common Kitchen Organizing Mistakes and How to Solve Them

Stop hoarding pretty dinnerware!

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Are you the type who easily falls in love with cute plates in pastel colors? You’re not alone! Many homeowners are guilty of buying things that will only end up as clutter in the kitchen. Since it’s a busy space, it can be difficult to keep the cooking area clean and organized. Aside from streamlining your essentials and maximizing the storage nooks available, you also need to be aware of the common organizing mistakes we might be making in the space. “The most common mistakes I see is a combination of hoarding stuff you don’t need and using an uncoordinated container system. Homeowners need to be keen on what they are buying and they must have a habitual system of cleaning to be able to keep it clutter-free,” says interior designer Angelica Dumalus.

To help you maintain a clean and organized cooking space, Angelica mentions six common kitchen organizing mistakes and how to avoid each. Be guided by her tips below:

Mistake 1: Creating makeshift organizers

Solution: To save on cash, many of us reuse plastic containers as organizers in the kitchen. How many microwaveable bins do you have inside your cabinets? While doing so does save on cash, it can give your kitchen a messy look. As much as possible, avoid using makeshift containers. “These aren’t made well for your kitchen. It’s the easiest way to make your kitchen look cluttered and disorganized,” says Angelica. If you’re looking for organizers, consider buying cookware racks, shelf risers for dinnerware and canned goods, and stackable baskets. These are readily available in stores like The Landmark, Robinsons Department Store, and True Value. For affordable finds, visit Daiso, Mumuso, and Miniso.


Mistake 2: Stockpiling food and supplies inside one cabinet

Solution: You don’t want to rummage through a cabinet full of grocery items each time you cook, right? “Most homeowners forget the contents of their pantry since it’s all pushed back or confined in one space. A good way to combat this is buying cabinet organizers that can help you maximize your kitchen cupboard. This also helps in visually identifying the items you have inside the pantry faster,” explains the designer.

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Mistake 3: Keeping all kitchen tools and utensils in one drawer

Solution: Drawers are like catchalls where we keep everything—from receipts and tiny baubles to can openers and delivery menus. Keep in mind that your drawers are important storage nooks. “Use kitchen tray organizers or dividers that you can customize to fit your drawer needs. Having a storage within your storage is a good way of creating a streamlined kitchen setup,” Angelica adds.


Mistake 4: Using uncoordinated bins, baskets, and kitchenware

Solution: While bins and kitchenware in different styles can help achieve a quirky look, it can instantly turn into eyesores—especially if your chosen pieces do not complement your theme or color scheme. “Try to keep within a theme, whether it’s a color or a style. This will help in creating a cohesive look in your kitchen,” the designer shares.

Mistake 5: Displaying kitchen appliances on the countertop

Solution: It’s inevitable to keep tiny appliances like coffeemakers and toasters on the countertop if you have a small space to work with. If you don’t use these often, it might be best to keep them inside cabinets. “Treat your kitchen countertop as prime real estate. Every inch is precious, especially if you live in a small place. If you rarely use your blender, mixer, or coffeemaker, keep these in your cabinets or consider giving it to family/friends who will have better use for it,” suggests Angelica.


Mistake 6: Collecting too much of the same kitchenware

Solution: Cute plates, pastel utensils, and affordable dinnerware are irresistible. But if you have too many of the same pots, pans, and bowls, where will you store them? Angelica suggests downsizing on these items. “Ask yourself if you’ll be able to use them daily or if they will just gather dust on the shelf,” she shares.

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Ready for your home makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Angelica Dumalus through email at angelicadumalus[at]gmail.com.

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