Org Chart: Kitchens

As the heart of the home, kitchens are magnets for clutter. The trick to creating a streamlined kitchen is knowing where to store appliances, dishware and gadgets in a way that fits in with the way you move about the kitchen, says organizer June Bell of Organize SF. In fact, she’s teaching a one-day class on the subject entitled “Kitchen SOS: How to Get Your Kitchen Really Cooking” at the College of San Mateo on April 21. For more information, visit


Safety first

This is of paramount importance, especially with kids around. Store sharp knives, anything with blades (such as blenders), breakables and cleaning products out of reach or in a drawer or cabinet secured with a child-safety lock.


Think kid-friendly

Devoting space for snacks, drinks, cups and anything else children are allowed access to without supervision gives them independence in the kitchen and reduces your role as a waitress.


Counter freedom

Avoid storing appliances out on the counter. Not only is this a sign that you aren’t making the most of your cabinets, but you’re eliminating valuable workspace and creating visual clutter.


Save yourself a trip

Store dishes and glassware near the dishwasher and pots and pans near the stove. Keep breakfast or lunch supplies close together (baggies, lunch boxes, fruit) so they can be easily assembled during the morning rush to school.


Weed out excess

Store or donate single-task equipment or items that are rarely used. The same goes for bulging utensil drawers. A good rule of thumb is to get rid of anything of which you have more than two.


Next month: Grocery shopping and food storage


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