I am fortunate to have a husband with the same organizing ideas for our kitchen. When we moved into our home, we unpacked our dishes into the cabinets and they have pretty much stayed exactly the same way ever since.
You’ll have to excuse this horrible picture, our dishwasher is going so the dishes are running low. We organized each shelf in a way to maximize the space while still keeping all like items together. It might not be perfect but it makes sense to us and has worked for us…going on 5 years now. Everything has a place. Nothing else gets stuffed in here and putting away dishes from the dishwasher is super easy.
If someone isn’t as fortunate and their kitchen seems disorganized and completely out of their control, then searching for a particular dish may feel like looking for the lost ark.
We all need to start somewhere. My suggestion..just get started. Pick an item; plates, bowls, glasses, flatware, whatever you want to organize in that moment and gather all those things in one place. I often use my dining room table since its a nice large area that is usually clutter free.
The first step is to decide where that item you’ve selected is going to reside from now on. It might be in a spot that is currently occupied. In that case, those items will need to be moved as well. The idea is just to get to a starting point. Worry about the other stuff later. It’s helpful if everybody is consulted. When you put your heads together, its amazing what wonderful ideas you can come up with! If everyone can agree on a spot that makes sense, that spot is a lot more likely to stay organized over time.
Clean off the shelf or area with a wet rag and disinfect if needed. The items you are putting away may need to be cleaned again. This is also a fabulous time to toss out items that are rarely used or broken or unusable. Place the collection in their new spot and stand back and marvel at your renewed space! You will be amazed at how much a simple organized spot can inspire you. Having things in one singular spot where they are easier to find also saves time. Lots and lots of time.