RL Tips: Organizing the Kitchen

Decluttering ideas for one of the most used areas at home


The kitchen is one of the most used areas, and it has the most items, too. Take stock of what you have and get things under control. Remove everything from your cabinets and evaluate each item. Sort things then keep the essentials: unexpired food, a set of eight plates as opposed to 30, and utensils that you really use.

Styling by Issa Villar. Assisted by Paula de Guzman. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article (“3 Cluttered Zones, Controlled!") in the June 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Getting Started:

Clear your counters. When you get used to just placing things on countertops, you’ll eventually be left with no area to work on. Instead, make use of your cabinets. Place only the most-used items on the countertop, like knives in a knife block or utensils in a cylinder. Essential dry goods can also be placed on the counter—transfer them into matching glass jars for a streamlined look.

Glass Jars, P600 (set of four), True Value

Use all available space. You’ll be surprised how much extra space there is inside your cabinets. Because only a number of dishes can be stacked together without worry of breaking, you’re left with about half a shelf that does not get used. This Shelf Helper (P249.75, Howards Storage World) lets you stack more items together. Use it for dishes or to elevate pantry items.

Hide the eyesores. Once organized, your kitchen will look clean. Don't ruin it by displaying ugly things out in the open. Keep dirty rags within reach, but hidden from plain sight. Pour dishwashing liquid into a nice bottle, and hang sponges in a rack that can be attached to the inside of the sink.

Follow the FIFO rule. Never worry about expiration dates again! When you follow the First-In-First-Out rule, you’ll be sure to use up items as you buy them. To do this, line items in rows and by type. Place older items in the front and newer items at the back. 

Here are some handy picks that may help you:

Expandable Bamboo Cutlery Organizer, P1,699.75 

Bamboo Dish Rack, P1,499.75 

Expandable Shelf, P699.75 

Two-tier Sliding Basket, price unavailable

Chef Classics Container, P449.75

Coffee Canister, P599.75

*All items from Howard's Storage World

*Prices are subject to change. 


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