Behind your kitchen cabinets, there’s a good chance that your plates and bowls are stacked together clumsily. This leads to excess clutter you’ll eventually have to deal with later.
If you having difficulty finding and retrieving a specific plate, here are some organizational tips to declutter and re-organize them.
1. Categorise Your Dinnerware
Ft. Store&Slide™ Dinnerware Cabinet Organizer
The first easy step is to divide your dinnerware into categories. Chances are that you have a variety of plates that you use (eg. plates for common use versus plates for parties/gatherings).
Here are some ways you can divide your dinnerware:
- Occasion — Eg. casual, fine dining
- Plate type — Eg. salad, dinner and dessert.
- Bowl type — Eg. soup, salad, dip.
- Type of cup/mug — Eg. teacup
While categorising dinnerware, simultaneously declutter and sort through old pieces. It’s good to empty out your cabinets first and wipe them down with a multipurpose cleaner.
If you have old dishes that are still intact and in good condition, you can donate to local charities like:
Also check out on StyleMag: Ultimate List of Places To Donate Your Old Items & Items in Singapore
2. Increase Accessibility With Organizers
Creating a well-planned organizing system helps maximise your storage space, and makes finding less of a hassle.
Ft. Clarity Dinnerware Organizer
The key to organizing plates in drawers is not to stack them up. That will make items hard to retrieve, plus it takes up loads of space.
Instead, file them upright. With the help of our Scandinavian Dinnerware Organizer, which has anti-slip paddings at the bottom it makes it easy for you to categorise different plates.
For bowls, either stack them up and corral them together with a organizer specially for bowls to prevent topples. Watch how we organize a real-life kitchen drawer below.
For Front Kitchen Cabinet
Store&Slide™ Dinnerware Cabinet Organizer$35.00 – $68.00
Extendable Kitchen Rack Organizer$17.80 – $34.80
Extendable Storage Organizer Bin$25.80 – $96.90
Clarity Dinnerware Organizer$5.50 – $28.20
Use sliding organizers to have plates and bowls easily accessible even at deep ends.
For large dinnerware, tiered extendable racks are great to maximise space cabinet height space. Watch how we organize a real-life kitchen cabinet below.
3. Use A Kitchen Utensil Box For Portability
Ft. Utensils & Cutlery Drawer Box (With Lid & Drainer)
Afraid of creepy crawlies sliding by your cutlery in drawers?
With a utensils box that comes with a flap lid, it will solve this issue, while making it easy to grab utensils while setting up the dining table.
4. Organize Utensils With Drawer Dividers
Ft. Clarity Customisable Drawer Organizer
Use a drawer organizer to create a system for your kitchen, and baking tools. A drawer organizer can help outfit your kitchen drawer with an accessible pull-out drawer for all your cutlery and tools.
Customize how each utensil is stored, be it vertically or horizontally, instead of mixed in and piled with other items.
Clarity Customisable Drawer Organizer$2.90 – $32.10
Coloured Storage Drawer Organizer$1.90 – $6.50
Easy Extendable Drawer Organizer$15.90
Adjustable Drawer Divider Organizer$6.90 – $7.90
5. Display Decorative Dishes
Display your favourite decorative dishes on an open wall shelf in your kitchen instead of keeping them inside a drawer. Use this method as a way to turn your dining plates into decorative pieces to liven up your walls.
Tip: Choose single-colour plates or decorate with different patterns/designs for more visual appeal.
6. Use Under Shelf Storage
Ft. Grande Under Shelf Basket Organizer
Not enough space in your upper cabinets? Then it’s time to use under-shelf storage. Utilise underused space in your lower cabinet shelves to store smaller items like mugs, kitchen lining and table mats.
Under shelf hanging baskets that require no drilling are a great example of this, as they help fully maximise the space in your cupboards.
Grande Under Shelf Basket Organizer$10.90 – $33.90
Rustic Multi Stackable & Hangable Basket$25.80 – $49.90
7. Install Hooks
Add S-hooks in your kitchen cabinets to create a mini-hanging space for unused mugs and cups.
Tip: If you are afraid of hooking, consider a countertop organizer rack with pull-out drawers. You can even create a cosy breakfast drink station nook with it!
Store&Slide™ Countertop Storage Organizer$48.00 – $98.00
Easy Under Cabinet Hanging Hooks$5.90 – $16.60
8. Use A Cup Stand Holder For Daily Mugs
Style up your kitchen counters and breakfast stations with a simple and durable cup stand holder.
In addition, cup stand holders can help in displaying tall glass cups and decorative mugs on your dinner table and pair well next to dinnerware organizers for larger items like plates.
Luxe Cups & Mugs Holder Dryer$16.90
Oishii Wooden Mug Stand$14.80
While organizing a large collection of plates, bowls and mugs may seem a little daunting, tackle each area little by little.
Tell us down below if you tried out any of these nifty organizing tricks. Do your shelves look a little neater?