Creating order in the kitchen is the most important way to have an organized kitchen. Everything should have a place. Kitchen items should be stored by similarity or by use.
If you have a baking center then keep all the baking items stored nearby all in one place. If you can, also keep flour sugar and other ingredients in the same area. Organizing and older kitchen can often be difficult because we do not have the fancy new options someone does with a remodeled or newly built kitchen.
I have one of those minds that drowns in chaos and thrives in order. Now, I am not an organized person by nature and I have to work at it everyday to keep things in order. I love to open my cupboards and see exactly what I need right where it should be. That isn't easy with kids in the house. My simple old cupboards are a time warp. So many of the items I own are from my mother and hubby's grandmother. She was the original owner of this house and every cupboard is lined exactly in heavy vinyl. Makes it so easy to keep clean. Why would I ever get rid of them. I can just see her taking exact measurements and cutting these all out with precision.
I have really purged the items in my drawers as I don't have a lot of them. People in the 50's just did not have all the gadgets we have now. So first when you set to organize your kitchen, throw away or donate duplicate items you do not need. One or two of many items is all you could ever use.
I always had spice bottles all over in my cupboard so I decided to contain them in labeled little baskets from the dollar store. It has worked wonderfully.
Hands down five years later the basket organizers in my spice cabinet is the best way to organized spice bottles I have ever used. We still use it and and it prevents the little bottles going everywhere as well as it is a cheap way to organize your spices.
Let me know of any good secrets to organizing your kitchen. I am always looking for good ideas to make life easier.