The best chefs have a highly organized kitchen. After all, if they can't find what they need exactly when they need it, the food will suffer. If you put "Organize the kitchen" at the top of your to-do list but have yet to do so because of a lack of direction, get started with these five ways to organize your kitchen cabinets.

1. Edit your kitchen.

Empty every single storage space, pulling out and placing items on the countertops or kitchen table. Go through everything and decide whether you really need it or not. That juicer or panini grill you got as a wedding gift? Consider donating it to a local charity shop so that it may be sold to someone who might actually use it, with proceeds benefitting someone in need.

2. Create zones in your kitchen.

If you haven't already, store items in cabinets where it makes the most sense. Pots, pans, and other cookware and utensils should live in the spaces surrounding the stove and oven. Dishes and glassware go within easy reach of the dishwasher. Think about how you use the items and place them with convenience.

Within the zones, store according to frequency of use. So, that lobster pot you pull out once a year can go at the very back or top of a cabinet, but the pot that cooks pasta weekly goes within easy reach. The same goes for everyday dishes and special occasion china.

3. Install organizers to make the most of your space.

Not only do organizers hold kitchen items neatly, they can significantly increase the amount of storage space you have. Add shelves to cabinets to double what you can place in each cabinet. Add racks to doors throughout the kitchen. You won't need to dig through your dozens of spice jars while cooking if they are labeled and sit in a rack on the cabinet door, or doors, next to your cooking zone.

The pantry door can also serve as additional storage space. Racks can hold everything from plastic bags and wraps to easily grabbable snacks for the kids. Wire baskets also make an excellent addition to the pantry, allowing you to group like items and reduce clutter on the shelves but also still see what each contains.

4. Create zones in your pantry.

Once you have made the most of your pantry space by adding organizers, create zones in this area as well. Categorize food by meal. So, all cereals and breakfast items go together. The same goes for lunch fixings. You can even store all of the non-perishable items for a specific recipe together so you can pull ingredients quickly and be cooking in no time.

Also remember to make use of floor space. Tuck your step stool and mini-vac underneath the lowest shelf. Just don't store anything there that any little ones or pets in the home should not have access to for safety reasons.

5. Hang what you can.

An over-the-island rack not only frees up cabinet space for other items, it also can serve as a design element in your kitchen. Copper pots and pans, or ones with colorful finishes, make an attractive display in a kitchen that has the room.

You can also do the same with smaller items, such as coffee cups. Install a hanging board or shelf and show off your collection of mugs.

Once you get your kitchen cabinets organized, add a note to your calendar to revisit the task every few months. It's a great way to maintain organization and also to check expiration dates on items in your pantry.

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