Julia Stephan

Senior Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

Imagine the following scenario: You're in the middle of cooking, the meat is roasting in the oven, the vegetables are still crisp—all that's missing is the sauce. Butter is melting away in a pan, ready for the roux, and you quickly reach up to take the large flour jar from the shelf—whoops, almost dropped it!

You rummage around in the back drawer for a spoon, in goes the flour—oh great, now where has the whisk gone to? Where is it, is it over here? No—darn, now the flour is too brown and the sauce is ruined.

We’ve all been in these situations, realizing too late that our kitchen should probably be better organized—that this would help us to be better cooks. So, we'll show you just how easy it can be to set up an organized storage system for everything from flatware, pans, and glasses to spices, baking equipment, and preparation resources.

But first, here are our 5 golden rules:

1. Find the right place: Store things where you will use them. Pots, pans, and spices, for example, should be kept near the stove. Knives and cutting boards are best stored near your working surface.

2. Find the right height: Storing utensils above head height can be dangerous. There is a reason why most accidents happen in the home.

3. Inventory check: Before reorganizing your kitchen, we advise sorting through all your utensils and pantry items: What do you really need? Do you have more than one of the same item? What can you do without? You should always keep items you frequently use close at hand.

4. Label it up: It's all very well having a beautiful collection of 100 storage jars, but they are useless if at the end of the day you don't even know where to find which flour. So, it's a good idea to label everything, and an even better one to include cooking instructions and use-by dates.

5. It's all in the makeup: Store groceries or cooking utensils with similar uses in the same place—for example, why not create a baking drawer?

In the following 5 videos, we’ll show you how to reorganize and restructure various areas of your kitchen:

Cutlery, knives & small items

Cutlery, knives & small items

  • 0:46 min.

Nothing can be as chaotic as all those little bits and pieces you have in your kitchen. To maintain a good overview, each item should have its own place. Store items you need most frequently at the front. Watch the video for more tips and tricks.

Spices & other pantry items

Spices & other pantry items

  • 0:50 min.

You should store all spices in airtight containers, and ones that are sensitive to light, such as turmeric, in opaque jars. We’ve found it to be very helpful to keep small amounts of ingredients you use frequently, such as sugar and flour, close at hand at all times. You can find all other tips in our video.

Pots, pans & utensils

Pots, pans & utensils

  • 0:53 min.

Should pots and pans be stacked, what is the best way to store lids, and where should I keep the mixer? You can find answers to all these questions, as well as to why it is worth sorting drawers thematically, in our video.

Dishware & glasses

Dishware & glasses

  • 0:43 min.

Pile it up! Many people prefer to keep their plates and glasses on the top shelf, but this can be a dangerous storage method. We believe it’s better to use drawers. In the following video, we'll show you the best way to store glasses and crockery. 

bulthaup b solitaire

bulthaup b solitaire

  • 0:34 min.

Our b solitaire is the ideal preparation station for any kitchen, allowing you to keep everything you need for each culinary creation close at hand and giving you an extra work surface. In our video, we'll show you how to equip the b solitaire according to your needs and ideas and just how adaptable it is.

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