Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen: Mrs. Hines' Class

To me, my house feels most like a home when I’m cooking. If you love to cook like I do, then you know how important it is to have your kitchen organized.

We’ve lived in this house for a little over five years now, and I’m finally getting things situated.  Of course, Mr. Hines doubts that.  He’s so used to going to the silverware drawer only to find the silverware is not there anymore.  😉

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen: Mrs. Hines' Class

Now that  I’ve found a permanent home for the forks and knives, everything is stored in a logical place. I think that’s the key to kitchen organization….store it where you use it.

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen: Mrs. Hines' Class
The bakeware, pots and pans, pot holders and trivets, all have a home on either side of the stove.

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen: Mrs. Hines' Class

My island serves as my food prep area, so it’s stocked with cutlery, cutting boards and mixing bowls. I even have a little baking drawer.

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen: Mrs. Hines' Class
Small appliances are tucked away in the island cabinets.

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen: Mrs. Hines' Class

Dishes are above the dishwasher for easy unloading, and kitchen linens are next to the sink.

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen: Mrs. Hines' Class
I like to keep cups and glasses in the cupboard (I just wanted to use that word) next to the fridge.

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen: Mrs. Hines' Class

Kitchen utensils are stored in a wire basket on the counter.  I love the idea of functional decor.

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen: Mrs. Hines' Class
Slowly but surely I’m getting my spices organized, but I still have some work to do.  I felt like I struck gold when I found this (affiliate link) rotating spice organizer at Ross. I keep Italian spices on one side and Mexican spices on the other. And, all my specialty rubs are on the back row.

Altogether, the kitchen is functioning really well, and it makes cooking that much more fun.

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen: Mrs. Hines' Class

I encourage you to live with your kitchen for a while to learn what organization system will work best for you. You can make necessary purchases as you go, which will be easier on the pocket book than one big shopping spree.

Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowes and Home Depot have a great selection. There are also great online sources like (affiliate link) organizeit.com.

Organize It Kitchen


See you in class,

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  1. My ex and children both were driven nuts by my moving where I stored everything in the kitchen. When I clean everything comes out and why not rearrange things to make it fresh? 🙂 They were good sports about it though, I am so lucky.

  2. Me too, I love to keep cups and glasses in the cupboard.

  3. 😉 Thanks Emma. Glad to know I’m in good company.

  4. Lois, It’s a good thing when our families go along with our whims, isn’t it?

  5. I was fortunate, but there was an added bonus to my OCD tendencies…now that my boys are married they are very easy going about what their wives do around their homes. When I remarked to my youngest about some changes in his home he laughed and said his wife was nesting (she was in the end stages of her first pregnancy) and said it didn’t bother him in the least because he was used to my doing things like that. Both my daughters-in-law are happy not to have to ask to make changes to their homes, oh and they also thank me for raising boys who put the seat down:-)

  6. Your daughters-in-law are lucky, indeed. I know that I’m so glad I’m married to a man who just lets me do my thing. It wouldn’t go so well if I had to ask his opinion before I did anything. #independentstreak

  7. Over from Hometalk … I love your organized kitchen!

  8. Thank you! Organization is one of my favorite things.

  9. Hi Sharon,
    I stopped by from visiting your home at Debbiedoo’s. Beautiful!! I would love to have a kitchen like yours….mine is like a small hallway. :/ You’re welcome to come visit anytime and organize until you can’t. 🙂 I look forward to getting to know you.


  10. Welcome, Pat. Thank you for taking time to come visit me here at the blog. I am beyond grateful for this home and my kitchen. Never did I imagine that I’d have anything like it. I love organizing and it would be so fun to come over and organize til I couldn’t.

  11. No can you come do mine Sharon. Seriously, I am so not organized like I use to be!

  12. I love organizing, Debbie. I’ll be right over. 😉 (if only)

  13. Oh Sharon I wish you would come over my house my kitchen really wants to meet you!!! Wonderful job 🙂

  14. Thank you, Dria! I would love it if I could come to your house and meet your kitchen. 🙂

  15. Hi, Where did you get the cup holders from please?

  16. Hi Gail. A friend gave them to me as a housewarming gift. But I believe she ordered them from organizeit.com. I found a couple of similar options at this link: http://www.organizeit.com/under-shelf-storage-racks.asp

    good luck!

  17. Barb Hudson says:

    When I looked at the first picture I thought the watermark with your name was “Mrs Shines Class” and loved it. It is very early in the morning here on the west coast of Canada so please excuse me, Mrs. Hines! I too am someone who wants a place for everything and everything in its place. Unfortunately, that cute guy I married (50 years in December this year) could care less and puts nothing away or if he does it will be in the most obscure place! What’s a woman to do? He says I have “over organized” I say there is no such thing. I already have some of your ideas on the go but found a few more that I will add. You have a new fan and a follower from the southern tip of Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. Cheers …barby

  18. Sharon this is perfect for me today…I’m starting a little spring cleaning in my kitchen cabinets! Thanks so much friend xo

  19. my organizing gene seems to have gone totally defective. Cannot pinpoint when it happened but the me of today is not the me of yesteryear. Just do not seem to be able to master any juggling at all.

  20. I can relate. The me of today compared to the me of yesteryear doesn’t have the energy and “get up and go” that I once had. But, for both of us, I think we can still accomplish our goals…just in smaller, simpler steps. If we lived close, I’d come help you!

  21. Aw, so nice to meet you Barby! And welcome to Mrs. Hines Class. I’ve had others tell me the that they read it Mrs. Shines….that’s alright by me. I like the idea of shining. 😉

    My husband also gets frustrated with my organizing. He feels just when he gets used to where I’ve put something I change it. I’ve left the kitchen as is for a long time, but am planning on making a few tweaks. I haven’t told Mr. Hines yet. LOL.

    And I agree with you, there’s no such thing as over organizing. Cheers!

  22. Amanda H. says:

    Could you please tell me more about your plate rack? The idea of having them out like that intrigues me. Thanks!

  23. Hi Amanda. I bought the plate rack at either HomeGoods or Ross. I might even be a drying rack rather than a plate rack, but I love having the plates out to add a little color and function to the kitchen. I’m so glad you like it! Send me a picture if you decide to get one!

  24. How is your Spring cleaning coming along?

  25. Where can I find the chrome rack with drawer that you used for your mixing bowls?

  26. Hi Sara,

    I’ve had mine for many years, but I think I got it at either Bed, Bath and Beyond. Lowes and Home Depot also have these types of organizers. There’s also an online store called Organize It that has some similar organizers. Feel free to use my affiliate link to Organize It’s pull out baskets… http://shrsl.com/?~bf4q (no extra cost to you…) or you can browse their pull out baskets here… http://www.organizeit.com/pull-out-baskets.asp

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