Your soup-to-nuts guide to how to store everything in your kitchen.
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Like most items, deciding how to store kitchen appliances is a decision made based on their size and shape, but also how often you use them. My advice:
- Store appliances you use daily on the counter
- Store appliances you use weekly in bottom cabinets
- Store appliances you rarely use in a storage space.
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There are two options for storing baking sheets.
1. If you have enough height in your lower kitchen cabinets, store them upright. This means storing them on their side to maximize space in your cabinet or pantry. A few options:
2. You can also store them on top of each other in the pantry which will make them harder to retrieve, but easier to put away.
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Hands down the best way to store these heavy items is in the lower kitchen cabinets. You can either nest them together with the pot lids removed, or you can store them with the lids on lined up next to each other.
The third option is to use roll-out storage. This makes it easier to grab an individual dish because you can visualize the entire cabinet drawer.Continue to 5 of 26 below.
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I have 4 different-sized colanders and here's how I store them:
- I nest them together in the same cabinet as my cutting boards, right under the drawer where I store knives.
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Sort your cookbooks into two piles: frequently used and rarely used. Store the frequently used cookbooks on a kitchen shelf or in a cabinet so you can easily retrieve them. The others can go on a bookcase outside of the kitchen. Just make sure you know where they are, meaning, keep cookbooks together so you're not hunting and pecking for them when it's time to cook Thanksgiving dinner.
Related: How to Organize Your Book Collection
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Cooking tools + utensils
Spatulas, tongs, slotted spoons -- these should be stored very close to the stove in an upright, topless container. That sounds more complicated than it needs to be: Put them in a jar or similar (like the image to the left), on the counter top, near the stove, so you can easily grab them. Here are some options:
Tip: Consider getting a dishwasher safe container so you can throw it in the dishwasher once a week.
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Two things to look for in a coupon organizer: one, make sure it's functional enough to use in the kitchen (i.e. when you're clipping coupons, it's easy to slip the coupons into and has a pockets for built-in organization), and make sure it's light enough to travel well (since you'll be using coupons outside of your home).
Try this simple 13 Pocket Coupon OrganizerContinue to 9 of 26 below.
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Store cutting boards vertically. I've seen people use a bakeware holder (pictured left), a file folder rack, and a dish rack, but the best and simplest method is to just prop it against the cabinet wall for easy retrieval.
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Food storage and food storage containers (see also: Tupperware)
There are so many options for storing food, and this is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are the products I recommend because they are 1) square, and therefore maximize space and 2) the right size.
There's even an organizer to organize your food storage containers: Mesh Food Storage Container
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These may be the easiest thing to store in the kitchen. Three words: on a shelf. If you have open shelving, make this they aren't too miss-matched. (I know wine glass can be trickier and I will get into more detail on them later in this list.) You can also fit more glasses into a smaller space by installing an extra shelf
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KnivesContinue to 13 of 26 below.
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Measuring cupsMeasuring cups are usually designed to nest together. If that's the case with yours, then place them in a drawer directly under where you do your prep work. Some people like to hand them on the wall - great - again, place them above the counter you use to do your prep work.
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Mixing bowlsThe best way to store mixing bowls is to store them together, nested, in the cabinet closets to where you do your prep work.
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NapkinsI recommend storing everyday napkins directly on your kitchen table in a tray or napkin holder. You can get a little creative here by making your napkin holder part of your kitchen decor. Formal napkins should be stored in a drawer.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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PlacematsStore place mats either folded in a drawer, or in the center of the kitchen table when not in use.
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Plates and dishes
Plates and dishes may seem like a no-brainer--cabinets are built to hold them--but, you can squeeze in my room. By using cabinet shelves, you can double the stacking space in each cabinet.
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You can always store pots on a pot rack. The best option--if you don't want to display them on a rack--it to store them in a low cabinet in your deepest drawer. I like to store pots with the lids on, even though it takes up more space, and I highly recommend installing a slide-out drawer so pots are easier to reach.
- Pull-out cabinet organizer may make it easy to reach your pots.
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I have a whole guide to the best way to organize your recipes.
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Roasting pansYou can either store your roasting pans in lower kitchen cabinets, or if you are light on space, in a storage space in your home (I like to keep a kitchen staging area in my basement with less-used items like the ice cream maker, the bread maker, and the big roasting pan used for holiday gatherings). If you choose to store them in a cabinet, store them upright similar to how we stored baking sheets, and remove the grid inside and store that separately (but nearby!).
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You must have a drawer organizer for your silverware. It just doesn't make sense to throw things into a drawer without a divider. Another option, which can be very chic, is to store silverware in a decorative cup.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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Tupperware and other food storage containers
Here's my trick for storing Tupperware (or really, any food storage container):
- I never buy sets, I always buy several of the same-sized containers.
- I nest/stack them together
- I stack the lids on the same shelf, in the same cabinet, vertically in a big container.
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