I Sent a Pro Organizer a Photo of My Disorganized Kitchen Cabinet
The kitchen cabinet to the left of my refrigerator has always been a mix of items I can’t quite keep organized. In it, you will find a variety of batteries in all different sizes, OTC pain medicines and thermometers, as well as a mix of my kids’ school papers and smaller items like a broken watch, headphones, and small keepsakes. It’s not the organized space I want it to be, and it tends to be the catch-all spot.
Step 1: Do a shelf audit.
For my first task, Prominski instructed me to go through every part of the shelves to determine if I wanted what was there. Were there medications that expired and needed to be thrown away? Was that Gorilla glue still good or did it need a toss? It turns out I had a few expired vitamins and medicines I needed to ditch. And as for all those papers? Most of them got thrown away or filed appropriately.
Step 2: Align on the best location for the remaining items.
After my shelf audit, Prominski asked an important question: Were these leftover items really in the best possible place based on how and when we used them? I need a consistent spot for the batteries and the cabinet is a central location in our home to store them, so they stayed. As for the medicines and vitamins, I felt most comfortable leaving them where they were instead of in the bathrooms. My kids are still young and I like to have medicines in one central (and out-of-reach) spot. Evaluating whether the items made sense where they were helped me with my next task as well.
Step 3: Sort like items on each shelf.
Once I did my audit and returned certain items to their original homes or disposed of things, it made it much easier to sort and organize. I grabbed a basket from the basement I wasn’t using for anything else to hold all the batteries. Items for health prevention and care have their own shelf now, and the bottom shelf is surprisingly clear. After tossing a lot of the papers and refiling items, all that’s left is a container for extra sunglasses and a single folder for relevant documents I can get to easily.
What’s helpful is I didn’t have to buy anything fancy to organize this space. All it required was carving out dedicated time to go through items shelf by shelf, adhering to Prominski’s advice. Once I did that, a neater and more functional space emerged pretty easily with no impact on my budget.