14 Ideas to Organize Your Kitchen
It sure feels good to organize your kitchen. We have 14 ideas for items that will help get your culinary supplies in order. Maybe you have plenty of space and just need ways to make it more usable, or perhaps you’re a little cramped in the kitchen and need some space-saving ideas. Either way, read on for some helpful suggestions!
1. Organize Your Kitchen Knives
There are several options when it comes to effectively organizing kitchen knives. If you have the countertop space, a knife block is a no-brainer for safely and attractively storing your knives. If what you have is drawer space, a knife drawer organizer will work great. One of our FAVORITE kitchen hacks, however, is to use a knife magnet bar! You can put a knife bar above the sink, on the side of the fridge, on your backsplash, at the end of a cabinet, in the pantry–anywhere you have a bit of wall space. Plus they come in a variety of sizes to fit your space and your knife collection.
2. Organize the Kitchen with Clear Containers
Clear containers are both useful and attractive. You always know how much product is inside. You can label them in whatever way suits your style. They’re stackable, unlike most food packaging, and that helps maximize your space. They’re airtight, keeping your foods fresh longer. Plus, clear containers are attractive!
3. Organize Your Spices & Seasonings
Your spices may live in a cabinet, on the counter, in a drawer, on the wall, or on a shelf in the pantry. Wherever you put them, they need to be well-organized and accessible. Some people find it helpful to put their spices and seasonings in attractive matching containers with labels. An even more economical version can be found here. You’ll get a sense of satisfaction by looking at your neatly arranged spice collection every time you cook.
4. Organize with a Turntable or Lazy Susan
Turntables and Lazy Susans can be a great organizing tool in your kitchen! They can help you maximize space in corners and other spaces that can be hard to reach. Use them for spices, dishes, canned goods, oils and vinegars, etc. Choose economical ones for inside cabinets or try this marble turntable for displaying. For a great video from a home organizing professional on how to use lazy Susans in your kitchen, click here.
5. Organize with Attractive Dispensers
Sometimes the kitchen gets low on drawer and cabinet space, so we need items handy that don’t have to be hidden! These beautiful parchment, foil, and cling wrap dispensers can be set on your counter, mounted under the cabinets, or even mounted against the wall. Your foil, cling wrap, and parchment will be handy, and that drawer space will be available for something else!
6. Organize Kitchen Drawers
Drawers can become a catch all for junk unless you provide a place for everything (so everything can stay in its place). Attractive bamboo drawer organizers are the perfect solution for maximizing storage in kitchen drawers. This product expands to fit tightly in almost any size drawer, which keeps it in place and allows you to use every square inch. It’s perfect for flatware, kitchen tools, seasonings, and even small pantry items.
7. Organize with Food Service Containers
Food service containers can be a fantastic option for organizing home kitchens as well as commercial kitchens! We recommend the clear plastic ones so you can see the contents. They can be purchased in almost any size, they’re nestable, they’re stackable, they’re food safe, and you can purchase lids to fit them, as well. Use these on shelves, in your cabinets, in the refrigerator and freezer, in the pantry, and even on the counter.
8. Organize with Kitchen Clips
Kitchen clips will, of course, keep your food fresher. But they’re great for organizing, as well! Clip bags, then hang the clips from hooks inside cabinet doors, from wire shelving, from hooks on the back of the pantry door, or from hooks on a wall. You can organize clipped bags in rows inside a basket or box to keep them neat but accessible. Clips with magnets can even be hung on the refrigerator or other metal surface! Clips are also great for hanging recipes, grocery lists, conversion charts, and other helpful kitchen info.
9. Organize with Pan/Lid Stackers
Pans, casserole dishes, lids, and the like can be tough to store in a space-friendly way while still having them easily accessible. Pan and lid organizers are a game changer when it comes to this problem! This one by Lodge is designed to handle heavy cast iron pans, and it can be used vertically or horizontally. This one is adjustable and designed to allow several to attach end to end, providing storage for as many items as you need. These can really help you make good use of a tall space, a wide space, or an awkwardly shaped space. They’re a safer way to store your pans and bakeware since you don’t have to nest them, which can cause damage.
10. Organize with a Cutting Board Rack
This cutting board rack is great for organizing cutting boards, sheet pans, cookie sheets, drying racks, and more. Anything that’s fairly slim will slide perfectly into the handy slots. And there are hooks on either side to maximize your space saving options! This rack will help you use skinny and/or tall spaces in your kitchen and pantry.
11. Organize with a Utensil Crock
Use an attractive container to keep kitchen utensils handy while freeing up drawer space. A ceramic crock works great. You can even purchase a container that comes with the utensils! A utensil crock sits nicely on a shelf or on the counter next to the stove. You may want a second one near the sink to hold your scrub brushes and other cleaning tools.
12. Organize with Recipe Boxes
You can use recipe boxes conventionally, to store your recipes. Or you can use them in more unique ways like storing kitchen clips, small kitchen gadgets, twist ties, medicines or vitamins, preportioned snacks, ziplock bags, measuring spoons, tea bags, coupons, or items that would traditionally go in a junk drawer. They’re attractive, stylish, stackable, and handy for hiding stuff you need close at hand but don’t want to show.
13. Paper Towel Holder
Get that paper towel off your counter with a good paper towel holder! We love this one because it can mount vertically or horizontally, and it allows you to tear just one sheet at a time! That unique feature cuts down on waste and allows you to grab a paper towel with just one hand, which can be super helpful when your other hand is busy cooking.
14. Hanging Pot Rack
Another option for organizing cooking pots and pans is to use a hanging pot rack. It keeps your pots and pans handy to the stove top without using any cabinet or drawer space. If you’ve got ceiling space in your kitchen, especially over an island or bar, this might be the perfect storage option for you!
We hope these ideas and products prove helpful as you work on getting your kitchen organized. We have lots more ideas where these came from, so come visit us or browse our website to see all we have to offer!