Are you overwhelmed by the clutter in your kitchen pantry? Do small appliances take up precious counter space and never seem to have a place to call home? If so, you’re not alone.
But good news, I am going to help make sense of it all with these easy tips to organize kitchen appliances in a pantry – from storing larger items to finding space for those smaller essentials.
Having an organized setup is an important part of pantry organization. A setup that is easy for not only you to keep up with but your entire family as well.
Have you ever spent a head-scratching evening trying to organize your kitchen counters?
We all have felt the hassle of squeezing every appliance, gadget and tool into cabinets, drawers, and shelves. We only have so much room and usually that means things tend to spill out onto our counters making them cluttered and messy.
Kitchen appliances come in all shapes and sizes making it more complicated to organize them properly. For most of us, lining up those appliances along the wall of our kitchen is usually the way we approach organizing these items.
But that means the more we have out the less room we have to work.
Our goal today is to find a happy medium.
To keep out the essential and to find an easier way to organize the things we use sporadically.
How to Organize Kitchen Appliances in the Pantry
Let’s face it, sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to organize your kitchen appliances and your pantry — but the good news is, with a little bit of work comes a lot of reward.
A room that we truly love to cook in.
Not only will an organized setup help you to find the things you need quickly, it will make it easy for us to put our things all the way away. And that is the secret to a neat and organized home.
The key to streamlining a kitchen that is easy to cook in, is to keep close the items you use daily and put away the items you do not.
Keep this in mind as you read the rest of this article so when you start putting these tips into action you will have a basic idea of what you plan to store in your pantry and what you plan to keep out on your kitchen counters.
Tips on Organizing Kitchen Appliances in a Pantry
When setting up your kitchen pantry it’s not just about storing the food your family eats – it’s also a great space for other supplies, tools, gadgets, and yes, appliances.
Most pantries consist of shelving that span the entire space from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. Most of your food will be in the middle where it is easy to reach, the harder to reach areas are great for keeping things you use less frequently, namely small kitchen appliances.
I like to use the top shelf and the floor for these items but please keep this tip in mind when deciding for yourself: Keep in mind the size and weight of each item. If it’s heavy keep it low, if it’s light you can go high.
1. Organize based on your needs.
Cooking can be much more enjoyable when the right tools are in the right place. To do this, I find it helpful to do a bit or sorting first.
You can sort them into three categories:
- Daily Appliances
- Weekly/Monthly Appliances
- Occasionally-used Appliances
By doing this, you will be able to determine what appliances need to be closer to you and what appliances can be tucked away for storage.
For appliances you use daily, you can consider placing them out on your counter. To better use your countertop space, create designated zones for each type of appliance, so they are easy to access when needed.
You can also use these great sliders to make using your heavier appliances easier for you and your family.
Here is a friendly reminder: an open clutter free counter is better than one that is messy and chaotic with all the appliances you own sitting out on it.
The more appliances on the counter, the more cluttered it looks. So choose the appliances you will keep on the counter wisely.
A few options for appliances you can keep out on your counter at all times are:
- Coffee maker
- Toaster oven
- Can Opener
Items used more often should stay close by on the counter, while less-used items could be better stored and tucked away inside pantry shelves or drawers.
2. Store appliances accordingly.
If you have a ton of small appliances in your kitchen and your pantry doesn’t have enough room to hold them all, you can consider investing in shelves or cabinets designed specifically to organize them.
If you use wire shelving on your pantry to store your kitchen appliances, make sure that you organize accordingly based on how heavy or light the appliance is to keep yourself safe when you need to retrieve it.
Best areas in a pantry for kitchen appliances:
- A lower pantry shelf – great for more frequently used items.
- The pantry floor – good for heavy items.
- A deep corner – use a lazy Susan for easier access.
- An upper shelf – be sure to only keep lighter items here.
Remember, the general rule is to store the lighter appliances on the higher part of your pantry shelf, and the heaviest ones can be stored on the pantry floor, but make sure there is enough clearance so you can easily access them.
If it’s too heavy for you to lift, keep it where it is easiest to pick up. Don’t worry about the lighter and smaller kitchen appliances, as you have more options on where to store them.
Additional storage solutions:
- Appliance caddy
- Pull-out shelf
- Pantry Shelf
- Corner shelving unit, and more.
With these pantry organizers, you’ll be able to ensure all your small kitchen appliances are conveniently accessible and neatly tucked away when not in use – plus, you don’t have to worry about digging through drawers!
Where can you store kitchen appliances?
When it comes to storing kitchen appliances, there are a few different factors to consider. Firstly, the size of your kitchen – this will help you determine how much space you have available and what type of storage options might be suitable.
Secondly, the placement of any major appliance – if it is placed in an area that may get too hot or cold, then this could potentially cause damage over time.
Thirdly, the function of your kitchen – do you need to keep some appliances on a countertop for easy access?
Here are a few other storage ideas for your kitchen appliances:
- Lazy Susans
- Island cart or rolling carts
3. Keep like items together.
Remember just moving appliances off of your counters is just part of the project, let’s stream line things a bit more and really create the perfect setup for you!
Keep things together that are similar or used together.
Having them grouped together will make it easier to find what you need quickly when cooking and cleaning up after a meal. Not only is this useful, but it also helps keep your space looking neat and tidy when you’re finished using something.
First off, assess what types of appliances you will be storing in the pantry so that you can choose the best way to organize them.
For example, pots and pans should go in separate groups (ex: lids with their corresponding pot or pan), plates could be stored according to size or grouped by common usage (ex: lunch vs. dinner plates), cups could also be sorted according to type (coffee cups over mugs), etc.
Once you’ve identified how each appliance needs sorting into categories, start by determining which shelves they should go on – usually heavier items like pots and pans go at the bottom while lighter items like dishes would stay at the top.
This allows for easy accessibility while keeping everything neat and organized.
4. Label everthing.
I always use labels whenever I create a new setyup. I have learned over the years that I forget how I have things when I go to put them away. Labels are my reminder of what belongs where and really help me to keep a new system set into place.
When it comes to labeling your shelves or cabinets, there are several different approaches you can take.
The most important factor is that the labels should be clear and easy to read – they do not need to be expensive or fancy especially in the beginning. Sticky notes work just fine!
Here are some key tips for labeling your shelves or cabinets:
- Use sticky label or label maker.
- Make sure the lettering is large enough
- Stick them on straight
- Don’t hesitate to get creative! (use pictures as labels, adhesive, etc.)
Following these tips should ensure that everything remains well-labeled, organized, and accessible.
Also, labeled shelves help make finding items easy and quick, ultimately allowing you to keep appliances tidy while having some fun doing it along the way.
By following this simple guide, you can be sure to organize your kitchen appliances in a pantry in a way that works best for you and your family.
You’ll save time and energy by finding what you need quickly and easily. Do you have any other tips for organizing kitchen appliances? Share them with us in the comments below!