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10 Tips to Organize Food & Cupboards in the Kitchen

Cupboards tidied by Style Organization in Windsor
Cupboards tidied by Style Organization in Windsor
Organizing your kitchen cupboards will help you save time and money, no more wasted food!

Take a day or tackle one cupboard or drawer at a time on a daily basis until it is done, pencil it in your calender so you don’t forget.

  1. Use an airtight box(s) to store opened cookies and crackers, taking note of expiry dates so they don’t go stale. Reheat in oven if they seem a bit soggy to crisp them up again.
  2. Use clips on cereal bags or use tall airtight boxes which allow for pouring easily.
  3. Older in front, newer at the back when unpacking groceries.
  4. Use a magazine holder or a large empty cereal box to store boxes of parchment paper, aluminium foil etc that take up less space and not fall over unless you have a lot of drawers that you can designate one drawer for these supplies.
  5. Use trays with sides in cupboards to corral small items like herbs and spices for easy access.
  6. Get rid of any plastic containers that have no lids to free up space.
  7. Use glass jars and mason jars to store dry foods that also clean easily. It is also trendy to have some on display with pasta or orange lentils for colour and appeal. FYI Small mason jars are trending as individual serving containers for desserts and drinks with the larger ones as salad in a jar for picnics. If you want to buy there are two sizes standard and wide mouth. For preserving use with metal rings and lids and for storing foods use with the white plastic screw on tops that are sold separately in the grocers or hardware stores.
  8. Zip top bags take up less space in fridge and freezer. Also good if you are portioning up single meals.
  9. When purchasing boxes for storage buy square as they take up less space and try to find ones where the lid is stored on the base like Rubbermaid.
  10. Throw out anything that you are unsure of or won’t use again.  

Tweak or correct anything that does not work for you. Now keep it going for 21 days and you will be organized.


The work version I am a versatile client-focused professional with wide-ranging experience in organizing, coaching and motivating with the ability to multi-task whatever the situation. My company, Style Organization is committed to helping people through strategies that assist in moving them forward positively with humour and energy. The Social Version is the same just substitute family & friends for clients and colleagues. I enjoy all the fine things in life, reading, theater, opera, gardening, cooking, entertaining, fashion, travel, anything vintage and adores good company. I am presently still restoring and renovating a 1928 Tudor Revival house.

2 thoughts on “10 Tips to Organize Food & Cupboards in the Kitchen

  1. Good tips here! I do need to remember to store newer items behind older when I unpack my groceries. Somehow I always seem to forget in my haste to get my shopping trip behind me.

    One more thing: Pyrex is my favorite method for storing leftovers, but the lids don’t attach to the container the way my Rubbermaid lids do. So I bought a small bin at Dollar Tree to hold all of those lids and all of my plastic one-piece Ball jar lids. The bin takes up a little space, but it corrals all those lids perfectly!

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