Our Home : The Kids Kitchen Cabinet - Mika Perry

Our Home : The Kids Kitchen Cabinet

 

I’m sharing a smaller corner of our home with you today, and it’s a super simple organizing tip that’s especially helpful for moms…

How to Create and Organize a kids’ kitchen drawer or cabinet

I love having a designated and organized kitchen space for all the kids items like bowls, cups, plates, water bottles and lunch boxes and having it be accessible to them. It makes finding things and putting things away much easier for all of us, and it also gives my kids independence (meaning: get it yourself, kids!). If you have smaller babies and toddlers that get into and destroy every organizational system in two seconds, you may want to create a space like this just for your own personal use in a cabinet or drawer higher up out of reach, then transition it lower for them to access later on. But either way, the benefit of having a well-organized kid’s kitchen cabinet is really beneficial for maintaining your sanity as a mom during daily lunch-packing and busy mealtimes.

 

 

This space combines many different organizing tips and strategies. So even if you don’t have kids, the ideas can be applied for any area of your home. I would also suggest listening to this episode for more tips on organizing on my podcast, Good To Be Home: Tips For Home Organization.

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Waterbottles and Lunchboxes

 

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Organizing Tips/Strategies To Consider For Any Area In Your Home:

Accessibility: Like I mentioned before, considering who uses a space, their height (s), what is most-often used and make those items easier to grab, and reserving higher or further back areas for less-used items is super key to a functional space. This can be applied to a closet, playroom, garage, pantry, etc. Know what’s used most and make that the easiest to reach.

Sort, consolidate, and weed out: Even the most organized person is invariably going to find a random mix of water bottles WITH MISSING STRAWS (right? they’re like socks!) cups from events and parties, mismatched tupperware, plates of various sizes collected through the years, etc. Over time, it’s going to just become a hot mess. So it’s super important to sort things, match up items, see what you don’t need anymore, get rid of those mismatched pieces, and streamline your items.

Labeling: You don’t have to always label the bin or container but can also use the shelf or drawer itself as the space for labeling. In this area, I labeled the interior roll-out drawers because we would be seeing everything from standing above, so a surface that faced upwards made the most sense. Labeling creates PURPOSE in a space so that you and those using the space will be less likely to put things away in the wrong spot. And when they do end up in the wrong spot, but you can easily and quickly adjust back to how you originally intended it to be.

Containers that fit the space well:  It’s so important to have your organizational system like bins, dividers, baskets, etc. fit the space well. Make sure it takes advantage of the full length, width, and height of a space. For this cabinet the drawers are long so I used deep long bins that kept things from toppling over and in nice neat rows. Also, vertical space is often wasted in spaces, so see how you can use it to your benefit with stacking or narrow-but-taller solutions.

 

 

These are custom roll-outs we had made when we built the house which I love and recommend to everyone if they’re building or remodeling a kitchen – they’re a game-changer. But you can do this in a cabinet without rollout drawers (which is what I had for our kids cabinet in our previous kitchen, which was much, much smaller). You can buy and install pre-made roll-out drawers like these ones but if you don’t have rollout drawers, bins and baskets are ESPECIALLY helpful to pull things in and out.

 

kids kitchen drawer

 

How to create and organize a kids drawer or cabinet in your kitchen:

  1. Take everything out.
    • Whether your kids’ items are found in various places in the kitchen or are freakishly jam-packed into one cabinet, take everything out and lay it all out in one spot so you can see everything.
  2. Categorize and weed out missing, worn-out, mismatched, or items no longer needed.
    • Be judicial. Clutter in kitchens really ADDS UP. Especially with kids stuff. Keep only what you like, toss or donate the rest.
  3.  Decide the best spot for items, and adjust shelving if needed.
    • One thing that’s super helpful to think about is that most kitchen cabinet shelving is adjustable. So if there’s a spot that would be perfect for a kids cabinet but things just didn’t fit in there quite right, see if simply adjusting the shelving would help to make things fit.
  4.  Place items back in a way that makes sense to you.
    • No hard rules on this one; make it work for you. Play with how things are lined up and grouped together in a space – it’s like a puzzle!
  5.  Measure and shop for dividers.
    • Now that your items are in their designated space, it’s time to decide if organizational products can be implemented to help keep things nice and neat. Spring-loaded dividers like these can help separate and divide out spaces or you can use bins or baskets like these. Make sure to measure so what you buy fits the space.
  6.  Label the containers or the drawer/shelf.
    • You can use chalkboard stickers like these or these, bin clips like these or these, or a label maker is practical especially for labeling the inner lip or top part of a drawer. I like to use a chalk marker (erasable) and this sharpie (permanent.)

One thing to note and you might wonder: the kids silverware is in our regular silverware drawer opposite this cabinet which they can reach. So they just turn around and grab their silverware.

I linked everything I used to organize the space plus all the water bottles, cups and plates, and lunchbox items below. And the labels on the kid’s items are by Namebubbles and I stick them on everything.

This kid’s kitchen cabinet makes life easier and makes me happy every time I see it. If you don’t have a designated kids cabinet or drawer in your kitchen for their utensils and products, I hope you’ll try it!

If you loved this post, check out my other helpful Mom-hack posts like: Creating a Hair Caddy, How I “Berry Prep”, and how to create Chore Boards.

Happy organizing!

xo

Mika

 

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  • Haley
    January 1, 2019

    I just love your organizing posts! I have those Ikea drawer cabinets and I need to find ways to fit everything in them especially since we have a smaller kitchen! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • kristen
    September 2, 2019

    love the use of that space for your kids! i did something similar in our kitchen and it was life changing! crazy how much the small things matter

  • Elisa Petit Dolan
    September 16, 2020

    Love this! Mika – I can’t find the link the the older version of this you did without built-ins…. can you please tag here?

    We’re in a rental and I don’t have any interest in doing upgrades for them as I’ve done a lot already. And my main goal is to get my tupperware (and also my kiddo kitchen stuff, which honestly is what I use most of the Tupperware for,) organized and easy to access and put away as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

    One note is that I do use older, solid glass plates,bowls, and cups for my daughter, which don’t think will make a difference but just wanted to note it in case you have different ideas based on that.

    I also have my 7 year old daughter helping to unload the dishwasher, but she just wants to get it done and just tosses things into the cabinet instead of stacking up neatly like I have them.

    P.S. She just saw me typing this and when I showed her the picture she loved it and said she would definitely keep her things organized if it looked like that lol!

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