This is the beginning of a new monthly series called, “Organizing Essentials”. This series will cover different areas of the home and what is needed to keep these areas organized. The first problem area will be the Kitchen. It is a little longer because there are lots of zones in the kitchen so please stay till the end.
How does your kitchen look? Are all the areas organized? Do you feel like you are losing out on the kitchen clutter battle? Here are 10 kitchen organizing essentials that will help with the clutter.
1st Kitchen Organizing Essential: Knives and cooking tools need to have a proper space. Not sure for neatness but for safety. Knives should never just be left out on counters – never. Here are some examples of wonderful organizing essentials for knives and cooking tools:
2nd Kitchen Organizing Essential: Now it’s refrigeration organization. This helps with daily cooking and using up all the supplies you have without waste. Here are some refrigerator organizing essentials.
I use the first bin in my freezer for frozen fruits and vegetables. I also use the next image in the fridge that I use for yogurt and individual hummus containers.
Read more about refrigerator organization here: Refrigerator Organization
3rd Kitchen Organizing Essential: Lids organization. I bet you were thinking I would say Pots and pans. While pots and pans are important, lids are the ones that tend to clutter the cabinet because without a system for them, they will not stay clutter free. Here are some essentials for your lids:
This lid holder has a cut out for the handles. Great idea.
This one slides out so you can reach the larger lids in the back.
This one can be hung on the back of the cabinet door.
4th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Storage for bags. We all have storage containers and bags in our kitchen to keep our leftovers in. My most recent post talks about how to make your own DIY Food Storage Bag Holders. Check it out by clicking on the image below.
5th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Silverware organization. We all have a silverware drawer. Some have large drawers, other have small ones. The image below to the left is for a large drawer and the image to the right is dividers that can be customized for smaller drawers. I find that it’s easier to fit dividers in smaller drawers when you can add individual divider pieces to the drawer.
6th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Aluminum can organization We all have some variety of cans in our pantry. Some store more cans than others. Many can organizers can only fit in 15 inch deep cabinets. So, to add cans to upper 12 inch deep cabinets, you will need to use items like tier shelves.
7th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Baking pans To help keep your baking pans at bay, I like these dividers that you can place inside your cabinets. They are wonderful and help keep my baking supplies upright. And, when I need, say a cookie sheet, I just need to pull out the cookie sheet and don’t have to worry about the rest. Easy, right?
8th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Junk Drawer Aw, the infamous junk drawer! This one needs a really good organizer to manage. I particularly like this one below. I bought it for my kitchen, then realized there was a lip on the edge so it just didn’t fit in my drawer. Darn. I ended up getting dollar store wire drawer bins similar to the ones below.
To help you manage your junk drawer, here is my what to Keep in the junk drawer post.
9th Kitchen Organizing Essential: spices and herbs Spices and herbs are my favorite. I think I have almost every one of them. I like to organize them in a few away. I have a drawer that holds most frequently used spices and herbs, then I have a cabinet
Here is my post about Organizing Spices and Herbs. Feel free to check it out.
10th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Paper Management Now, the dreaded paper! We all have an area of the kitchen that holds paper. It could be a place for bills, or kids activities. I preferred to make a customized paper sorter. Here are my posts below. I hope you visit them and leave a comment if you have time.
Creating a Current Week Paper Sorter
DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Weekly Paper Sorter
Organizing Your Paperwork in Your Home!
I hope this inspires you to get your kitchen organized. I know there is a lot of essential tools in the kitchen but it can be organized a bit at a time.
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Now it is your turn, what is your favorite kitchen organizing tool that you can’t live without? Please leave a comment below.