Can you imagine having a clutter-free kitchen? With an eye towards the streamlined and simple, these kitchen organizers can help you to organize your kitchen and guard against clutter creep. And many can be re-purposed to fit your kitchen no matter how large or small.
Here are the best organization tips and tools that will restore order in your kitchen.
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Use baskets in your pantry, fridge and freezer.
I love these storage baskets because they are specifically designed for kitchen storage... and they have handles, making them easier to move around.
How great for grouping similar items in the pantry, fridge and freezer?
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Move your linens out of the kitchen.
Table cloths, cloth napkins that are not used daily or weekly, and the leaf for your table can be stored outside of the kitchen, either in the linen closet or in your kitchen storage space.
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Move flour, sugar, and grains into food storage containers.
Place the grains you cook with the most at eye-level in the pantry. Overflow can be stored in their original bags in a plastic storage container that is easy-to-retrieve but not taking up valuable space. Try the back of the cabinet or pantry. I like these Pop Containers from The Container Store:
- You can buy the whole set, or go for individual containers that fit your food:
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Use as much vertical storage as you can, especially in a small kitchen.
I know what I'm talking about here: I once lived in an apartment with literally only 12 inches of counter space. I stored appliances in large basket above my cabinets. It didn't look quite as nice as this, but it was very effective. I used my trusty step stool to retrieve what I needed and put it back as soon as I was done so it didn't clutter up my tiny space.
Here are 4 attractive options:
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- Date leaf rectangle basket
- Harvest basket
- Hogla bin
- Jumbo dot bin
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Roll out storage for the win!
Roll-out storage is so effective at creating additional space and making things easier to reach, it's my number one kitchen storage solution. The winning element is that rollout drawers allow you to use back-of-the-cabinet space more efficiently because it's easier to reach. This is a worthy time and monetary investment to install.
These roll-out cabinet organizers are the gold standard. They slide out easily and will fit several different cabinet widths:
- 11" Roll-Out Cabinet Drawer Chrome at 11" x 21" x 4" h
- 14" Roll-Out Cabinet Drawer Chrome at 14" x 21" x 4" h
- 17" Roll-Out Cabinet Drawer Chrome at 17" x 21" x 4" h
- 20" Roll-Out Cabinet Drawer Chrome at 20" x 21" x 4" h
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Move your appliances around according to use.
Move your most-used appliances directly onto your counter top, or into the cabinet just above or below the counter top you use them on.Continue to 9 of 35 below.
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Create a kitchen storage space inside your home, but outside the kitchen.
Use a simple shelving unit (something like this Workforce Shelving Unit from Home Depot) to store out-of-season or rarely-used kitchen items in the basement or attic, all stored together on a shelving unit.
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Keep your shopping list on a clipboard.
Keep a clipboard and pen attached to the fridge to jot down things you need as you are working in the kitchen: decluttering, tidying, and doing the dishes, cooking. This helps everyone in your household know exactly where the list is at all times, which means no one will tell you in passing "I need this."
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Establish a user manual file box.
No need to organize any further than throwing all user manuals for kitchen appliances into the same box. Think about it: do you really need to establish a file for each appliance? No, you don’t! So just toss them all into the same box and forget about them until you need them to fix something, order a new part or use your warranty.
This way you only have to know where one box is and not 15-20 different user manuals. I keep this in my Household File.Continue to 13 of 35 below.
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Store pans, baking sheets and cutting boards on their sides.
This one is such a no-brainer: use these dividers from The Container Store to both save space and make everything easier to reach in your kitchen cabinets:
- Large 4-Sort Divider 10-3/4" x 10-1/4" x 7-1/2" h
- Medium 4-Sort Divider 8-1/2" x 10-1/4" x 5-3/4" h
- Small 4-Sort Divider 6-1/2" x 10-1/4" x 3-1/4" h
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Utilize every nook and cranny.
You are probably giving up 8-10 inches of storage space under your cabinets. Keep the space between the bottom of your cabinet and your counter tops clear in your work areas (the spaces you use to chop, knead and mix) but utilize the other areas for things like an under-cabinet clock radio, mugs on command hooks or this under cabinet stemware rack.Continue to 17 of 35 below.
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Move rarely-used appliances into storage.
When I say "storage" I don't' mean a storage unit outside of your home, I mean a space like the basement or attic so your items can be quickly located, cleaned and set up for the task at hand. (See #1 on this list: Establishing a kitchen stuff storage space in your home".)
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Store seasonal and specialty items in your kitchen storage space.
Move large serving platters, special-occasion china, and dinnerware that you only use once or twice a year into your kitchen storage space. This way they can be easily retrieved when you need them for Thanksgiving or another holiday party.
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Store small things together.
Twist ties, rubber bands, paper clips, bag clips, batteries for tiny kitchen appliances: these should be stored together either in drawer dividers in your junk drawer, or, try these Magnetic Clear Top Canfrom Stacks and Stacks. I have these on the fridge to hold the above-mentioned items and other "smalls."Continue to 21 of 35 below.
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Buy same-sized and same-colored dish ware.
If you have open shelving, or glass door on your kitchen cabinet, you need to keep glasses, bowls and dishes very, very neat. The best way to do this si to purchase glass and china that:
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- Nest together in neat stacks.
- Are the same color or in the same color palette so that they match.
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Install a kitchen pinboard to hang recipes, shopping lists, coupons and more.
I like this cork board from The Container Store, because the size and scale (15-1/2" x 3/8" x 17-3/4" h) is large enough to hold a week’s worth of recipes, shopping list and coupons, but small enough that you won’t be tempted to use it to hoard clutter.
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Install simple utility shelves.
These shelves in jumbo and small from The Container Store are great for corralling items like cookbooks, potholders, vases and jars. They are simple enough to fade into the background and attractive enough to display things without looking like your college dorm room.
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Every six months, organize your cabinets and pantry.
By following the Month-by-Month Home Organization Routine, you will organize your kitchen in February, July and November. Or, you could do your own plan based on your schedule and lifestyle, but make sure you organize these ares at least every six months to give the spaces a good cleaning and declutteringContinue to 33 of 35 below.
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Hang pots and kitchen tools.
A pot rack not only frees up drawer space, it makes pots and pans easier to retrieve on the fly. If you don't have the space for an entire pot rack, try hooks hanging from a grid system (see #14 below.)
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