With the holiday season approaching, we know you’ll soon be spending lots of time in your kitchen. Since it’s basically the heart of the house, being organized is key. We’ve gathered some of our favorite kitchen organizing tips that will keep you out of the disaster zone and help you transform the way you use the family’s favorite space. Scroll down to see them all.
1. Have a dedicated kitchen tablet.
Cut down on all the clutter that gathers in a kitchen by dedicating a tablet to the workspace. The family calendar, recipes, shopping lists and bills are just a few of the things you can take digital to cut back on clutter.
2. Clean out the fridge once and for all.
From where to store your milk to the best inserts to keep it all straight, check out The Kitchn's easy tricks to keeping your fridge clean.
3. Hang pots and pans.
Give yourself extra storage space for things that don't have handles by installing a pot rack on the wall or overhead.
4. Make a can organizer.
Pantry storage can be a doozy! Something that can take up a lot of room is canned goods. From soup to fruit, veggies and stews, you need an efficient way to keep them all organized. An easy way to do this is using a magazine holder or a soda box to create the perfect DIY can dispenser. We love the one spotted over at Perfection Gone Astray.
5. Craft a chalkboard cabinet.
When you combine the kitchen organization with helpful notes, you get a chalkboard cabinet. How do you create this fantastic concept, you ask? Use this cool tutorial from Tid Bits from The Tremaynes to paint the inside of your cabinet with chalkboard paint, and then add extra hooks inside for measuring cups or other goodies. See the tutorial here.
6. Add a lazy susan to the fridge.
Another useful fridge hack: for easy access to all of your favorite jams and condiments, try using a lazy Susan in your fridge. The perfect swiveling action will give you constant access to all of your favorite sauces without having to take everything out of your fridge to get to them.
7. Put a shoe organizer in your pantry.
We know you love using that awesome shoe organizer in your bedroom. Have you ever considered using it in your kitchen? One of the coolest kitchen organizing tips we found is to put a hanging shoe organizer in your pantry. The endless pockets can be used to store food or must-haves like plastic bags, trash bags and foil.
8. Magnetize your spices.
Organizing your spices is a challenge because they’re so small, and you can’t stack anything on top of them. But, what if you didn’t have to store them in a cabinet? This inventive hack from Davison will show you how to magnetize each jar of spices and stick them to the side of your fridge. This gives you easy access to your spices without the wasted storage space. See how it's done by clicking here.
9. Use labels in the pantry.
We know you’re committed to having an organized pantry, but it’s not enough to just put everything in boxes or containers. To create your dream pantry, what you really need are labels. Whether you use adhesive labels or notecards, labeling all of the containers will make it easier to store, stock and find everything.
10. Properly store your cords.
When it comes to kitchen organization, one of the most important things to have is counter space. And the biggest challenge is all those appliances and their cords. (and can be pretty dangerous for the little ones). But, what if you didn’t have to worry about them? Try this awesome hack from Dreaming in DIY. All you need to do is attach Command hooks to your appliances, and you have instant cord storage.
11. Install a shower rod under the sink.
You might think a shower rod is only useful for your bathroom, but think again! One awesome way to incorporate a shower rod into your kitchen is by sticking it under your sink, like Crystal from Little Bit Funky has done. The rod acts as a hanging storage rod where you can put all of those pesky spray bottles. See how it's done by clicking here.
12. Use a tissue box for plastic bags.
You can never have enough plastic bags, but storing them is a bit of a mess. You can always bundle them together and create a bag full of bags, but that’s not the most efficient choice. One of our favorite kitchen organizing tips is to fold the bags neatly and place them in a tissue box, and voila! You’ve got a plastic bag dispenser.
13. Organize your pot lids on the cabinet door.
Pot lids are so difficult to store because they're fragile, and you need easy access to all of them. Check out this genius idea from Jayefuu on Instructables. All you’ll need to do is use Command hooks inside your cabinets to support each lid: It gets them out of the way and makes them accessible in a snap.
— Natasha Davis