Nate Mell knows his way around a kitchen after working in restaurants for almost eight years and building his own ceramic design and manufacturing studio producing custom tableware for both professional chefs and at-home cooks. He served in restaurants where chefs held organization and cleanliness at a high standard for success.
However, Mell understands that a restaurant setting is much different from the average kitchen at home, where pots and pans can quickly fill small drawers or cabinets. Oftentimes, life gets busy enough that it takes a sea of kitchen gadgetry falling from above or jamming drawers to finally say, “Okay, it is time to organize.” He suggests these five simple moves to get kitchen cabinets organized and under control.
- Start with a Clean Slate
It is best to clear the clutter and give all cabinets, drawers, and other storage spaces a good clean when it comes to getting organized. Most people will find this beneficial as they can see how much space they have for storage and how much stuff they previously stored in that space.
- Out with the Old and in with the New
Taking everything out of clustered cabinets and setting it all in the same location will give a good image of what kitchen tools are being shoved away versus used regularly. The things used the most in the kitchen are what needs to be the most accessible—no more battling with the unused kitchenware blocking the way. For those looking for a gadget upgrade, this is the perfect time to give away unneeded kitchen things that do not fit in the kitchen storage space available. Then the hunt can start for new kitchenware that best fits in style and size.
According to Nate Mell, “When starting fresh and reorganizing your kitchen, this is a perfect time to rethink space and kitchen tools. You want to enjoy what you reach for and also be able to use your kitchenware for multiple purposes, both daily and for special occasions, to truly utilize your space.”
Felt+Fat offers a vibrant and unique choice of plates, bowls, and serving trays that store well and can easily make an appearance during a night of hosting friends and family or sitting down for lunch for one.
- Measure the Storage Space
To grasp how much space a kitchen has for storage, it helps to get out a tape measurer and takedown width, depth, and height measurements. That way, when it is time to add organizers or pull-out shelves, the measurements are there to avoid the mistake of buying the wrong fit.
- Research Organizers
There are all kinds of organizers available that make organizing a kitchen easily maintainable. If space prevails, it is always a bright idea to use as much vertical space as possible.
From the perspective of Nate Mell, “When adding in organizers to enhance kitchenware access, take your time and think about what set up would best allow you to maneuver your kitchen both with guests and alone easily. Also, use this time to get creative!”
- Consider Other Storage Options
There is no one perfect way to organize, as organizing to serve functionality comes down to a personal preference and the kitchen’s layout. Some people might find themselves organizing in several phases to find their perfect kitchen flow. After all, there are all types of kitchen layouts: one-wall, corridor, galley, L-shaped, double-L design, U-shaped, and more.
About Nate Mell
Nate Mell is the founder and CEO of Felt+Fat, a ceramic design and manufacturing studio serving both professional and at-home chefs. Mell started the Philadelphia-based company in 2014 after graduating from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and working at the world-renowned Philadelphia Clay Studio.