10 Practical Kitchen Organization TipsJuly 19, 2017
With so much to keep track of in life, maintaining your kitchen can be a daunting task. If your kitchen is large or small it can be difficult to organize if you don’t have any idea where to start. Fortunately, as this is a task everyone must face, there are plenty of tips available! Here are a few kitchen organization tips to help you put your kitchen together so you will know where everything is:
Over the Sink
Keep an over-the-sink cutting board. These are very cheap to obtain and setting them over the sink saves space. In doing so, you free up some cabinet space and you can expand your counter area. You can also purchase over-the-sink shelving to increase your counter space and let you store more cleaning items that can easily be reached.
Under The Sink
To keep all of your cleaning products under the sink organized, use a small shower curtain rod. You can hang all of your cleaning chemicals as well as towels, dish rags, and other miscellaneous items on the rod, which leaves the bottom of the cabinets free for other items. You can also hang a basket inside the cabinet door or in the cabinet interior to hold magic erasers and other small items. Everything will have a place and you won’t have to tear the kitchen apart every time you need something.
For storing pots and pans neatly, try using a dish drying rack. You’ll be able to store all your pots with their matching lids inside a cabinet or on a counter while also taking up less space. You can also do this with Tupperware and other types of plastic storage containers to easily store them and organize lids. This makes it easy to do meal prep for a large meal because you can take the whole rack out instead of each piece individually.
Pocket organizers are plastic sheets with pockets in which you can store various objects such as gloves and cleaning supplies. You can also use them to store spices or other small objects. These can be hung inside cabinet doors or on the side of the refrigerator for easy access to items stored in them.
Shelves and Hangers
Rolling shelves will help you make the best of your storage space. You can also think vertically. Shelves can be stacked above more shelves, and you can add extra racks beneath them to make the most out of your space.
Any bare walls, or ceilings, are an opportunity for hangers. Consider the sides of any ceiling cabinets that you may have. From these installations, you can hang your larger cooking utensils, pot holders, or dish towels. Installing new shelves is another option, especially if you need more space for ingredients and pots. Creating racks for your cabinet serves a similar purpose as well.
Baskets and Bins
Baskets and bins will be your best friends when it comes to making the most of your kitchen space. The best thing about these is that they are very simple to make. They can be easily made out of recycled items or can be bought inexpensively. Baskets and bins can fit in pretty much any place and increase your storage percentage by a significant amount. They can also help in keeping everything organized as you can store specific items in specific bins. You won’t have to shove different items aside to find what you need.
Your freezer is a great resource to preserve fresh produce, herbs, meats, and cheeses. It is a wonderful way to stretch your grocery bill and avoid wasting food. For frozen veggies, use a binder clip to hang them on the freezer rack. There is still plenty of room on top of the rack as well as the bottom. For herbs, you can grind them in a food processor and then put them in ice trays. You can stack those on top of each other to save space. For meats and cheeses, use vacuum-sealed packs so they are less likely to get freezer burn and will keep until you’re ready to use them.
Above The Fridge
If your fridge has a cover over it or is bare, there are plenty of ways you can use that storage space. Use magazine holders on top to store staples like sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt. Place the magazine racks facing the wall and then label the back of the rack for easy identification. You can also store baskets and bins on top of the fridge or install shelving if there is space available.
Magnetic Spice Rack
Magnetic spice racks have gotten really popular in the last few years. Often, it’s easy and affordable to purchase magnetic tea tins and then relabel them for your spices. This is a great way to have all your spices on hand without taking up a lot of room. Putting them on the fridge away from the oven will keep them from drying out or discoloring over time while also freeing up space and keeping them within easy reach.
Keep it Clean
Most important of all is to simply keep your kitchen clean. Kitchens are very easy to get messy, and quick! If you allow the mess to pile up, it will become that much more cluttered. Keep everything in its place and off the tables once you are finished cooking and your kitchen will never feel cluttered.
Get creative with your ideas. There will always be many methods for keeping your kitchen looking beautiful and organized.