Organize your cabinets into several categories, such as plates, glasses, plastic containers, kid plates and sippy cups. Place the plates on one shelf, the glasses on another, and so on. This way, when you empty the dishwasher, you or other family members will always know where everything goes.
Group your foods together in the pantry — keeping like items together — for easy access and inventory assessment.
Put all those mix packets (gravy, Jell-O, sauces) in a basket on a shelf.
Buy a pretty spice rack that works best for your kitchen cabinets. Place frequently used spices on the front of the rack and all others toward the back — and alphabetize each set.
Dedicate one cabinet or drawer to all of those plastic and Tupperware containers. Purchase stackable containers to maximize your space.
Save your countertop space for items you use daily. Display only the cookbooks that you really use, and if possible, store your mixer/food processor, utensil holder, canister set, knife block, etc. in your pantry instead of on the counter.
If you have a collection of clipped recipes that are filling drawers and taking up countertop space, purchase a three-ring binder in a color that matches your decor, plastic sheet protectors (to protect your recipes), paper and a set of dividers with tabs. Glue each recipe onto a piece of paper (use the front and back of each piece of paper) and then place into a sheet protector. Categorize recipes (breakfast, dessert, etc.), label the tabs, and place the recipes in the binder. An additional tip: If you buy a binder that has pockets, store clipped recipes that you want to try in the pockets before adding them to your collection. If you’re willing to bring tech into your kitchen, you also might buy a recipe collection app (or even just notation apps like Evernote) and transfer your recipes to that.
Reuse those mounds of plastic grocery bags at the market. You might save a nickel or so each at some stores, plus you’ll cut down on waste. Better yet, try out some hip and handy reusable bags.
Get into the habit of cleaning out your refrigerator every time you bring home groceries. Dispose of old or inedible food and anything your family’s just not going to eat.