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Kitchen Organizing 101

I don’t know about you, but the kitchen is the last place I want to organize.  After cooking and cleaning, I want to run out of there!  Here are some quick and easy ideas that you can gradually introduce into your kitchen space.

  • Add a Lazy Susan
  • Keep your cookbooks out where you can see them
  • Install a retractable book holder under your cabinet – great thing to keep your cookbooks clean and out of your way
  • Think about installing additional lighting under your cabinets. IKEA has cheap and easy install track lighting.
  • Gain space by hanging items such as potholders, spices, pots and pans
  • Arrange drawers and cabinets by use – I have my dishes and glassware on the 1st and 2nd shelves of cabinets close to the dishwasher and sink.
  • Use a large utensil holder for all cooking utensils and keep near your stove
  • Keep your plastic containers contained.  Match lids to their containers and recycle the odd balls.
  • Lid storage – one of the greater storage inventions. The Container Store has wonderful pull out storage for all your pots and pans lids.
  • Swap out old storage containers for clear containers.  I have clear glass and plastic containers that I store rice, sugar, flour, dog treats, etc.  It is very helpful in locating items.
  • Baskets are the Best!  I like to keep snacks and fruits in baskets.  I think it adds character as well as storage space.
  • Display your fun and colorful dishes in your dining room hutch or in open or glass door cabinets.
  • Organize your food by category.  My pantry has breakfast items on the top shelf such as cereal, oatmeal, granola, breakfast bars, etc.  My second shelf has canned goods separate from my pasta area – which is extensive.  I keep boxed pasta, sauces and canned tomatoes together.  My third shelf houses mostly snacks, chips, crackers, cookies, etc.  I keep drinks and other heavy items on the floor of my pantry.
  • A couple other useful items to have to jot things down when you’re in a hurry are: cork board, white board, pens, post-its and a calendar.

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