Let’s face it, when your kitchen isn’t in order, you waste a lot of time and energy in meal preparation. But, there’s a simple and easy secret to an organized kitchen: Workstations.
This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my disclosure policy for more information.
Dividing Your Kitchen Into Workstations
Years ago I read Confessions of an Organized Homemaker by Deniece Schofield. It remains my favorite book on organizing your home. Her book forever changed the way I organize my kitchen. Deniece suggests you divide your kitchen space into areas or “centers”. I call them my workstations. These centers are where you place like items together in an area where they are most likely to be used.
It makes sense. Doesn’t it? Why not have everything in the nearest space possible to where you actually use it?
Just think about it. Organizing your kitchen in
Here are some workstations I have in my kitchen and how I’ve adapted them to work for me:
This is the area I use to cut and prepare food for cooking. Knives, cutting boards, chopping/grating utensils, and the food processor are stored in this area. My cutting center is placed next to the sink so I can rinse the vegetables and begin cutting them without ever taking a step.
Between the refrigerator and the cutting center is the mixing center. In this space, I have everything needed to mix ingredients for baked goods, smoothies, etc. The blender, mixer, rubber spatulas, measuring spoons, measuring cups, and mixing bowls are housed here.
I also store spices near this area since it is usually at the mixing stage that I use them most often. I don’t like to store spices near the stove. They get too warm and lose their quality and flavor quickly. The area of your kitchen with the most counter space is often the best choice for the mixing station.
Here is where I place the pots and pans, baking dishes, cookie sheets, large spoons, spatulas, and pot holders. My Instant Pot, Air-Fryer, and toaster oven are on the counter because I use them daily. Logically this is the space closet to the stove/oven.
There are really two places you could choose to put your dinner plates and bowls: in a cabinet closest to the dining table or a cabinet near the dishwasher. I choose the cabinet near the dishwasher. Now that it’s just my husband and me, we usually fill our plates in the kitchen and take them to the table. The cabinet we use for dishes and bowls is between the dishwasher and stove for easy access in retrieving them and putting them away after cleaning.
Our drinking glasses are placed in a separate area next to the refrigerator near the ice and drinks. After all, there’s no rule that says glasses have to be placed next to the plates and bowls. Why walk across the room just to fill your glass?
My cleaning supplies are under the sink. I place them in plastic dishpans. There are two reasons I do this. One, it keeps everything together and
In my current kitchen, the dishcloths and towels are in a drawer next to the sink. In the past, when I haven’t had a drawer available, I folded and placed them in a dishpan under the counter.
So that’s the way my kitchen is currently organized. Since each kitchen is different, any time I move, my centers change a little. The way you organize your centers will depend on your kitchen and your needs. Just remember to keep it simple for you.
How to organize your kitchen with work centers.
Since each kitchen is different, there is no right or wrong place to have your centers. You have to decide what works for you. How do you decide? By thinking of the way you use your kitchen and placing items closest to the area they will be used.
Your first step is to decide which centers you need to include and where each area will be located in your kitchen. If it helps, jot down notes to yourself or draw a diagram of your kitchen. Some of your centers may be small, using only a single drawer or cabinet, while other stations may occupy several feet of kitchen space. Where will you do your baking? In which area will you serve the meal?
Once you have your plan, you are ready to reorganize your kitchen according to your plan. You’ll be amazed at the number of steps you eliminate and the amount of time you save each day with your new organized kitchen.
Want to save even more time in the kitchen? Check out Quick Tips to Save You Time in the Kitchen.
Do you divide