Wanting to re-organize your kitchen but hesitant to do so? Follow these 10 tips, and you’ll see how easy it is to organize your kitchen without spending too much.
Do you often find yourself looking for the right knife to cut meat or vegetables? Do you have to go back and forth to the fridge to get ingredients for the recipe you are following? Then it may be time for you to re-organize your kitchen. Don’t worry as I will be sharing 10 creative ways to organize your kitchen in this post.
- Make good use of a cake stand
You can make good use of a cake stand by using it to hold frequently-used seasonings like salt, pepper and olive oil. Place the cake stand on your countertop and then put all the seasonings which you frequently use. You can also put other herbs and spices around its base.
The cake stand is so versatile that you can also use it for other purposes. Aside from holding frequently used seasoning, you can use a cake stand for housing soap and sponge.
- Cheap way of filing your recipes
Remember those old photo protectors that have been languishing in your storage room? Well, you can use them for organizing your recipe cards. Choose photo protectors big enough to accommodate recipe cards that you get from friends or taken from magazines.
- Hang a whiteboard near the fridge
Are you often clueless on how long those shrimps have stayed in the freezer? One good way to keep track of the food store in the freezer is to hang a whiteboard near the fridge. Then write down the foods you store in the freezer with the date. When you use something, simply erase it from the list.
- Storing onions and garlic in a bamboo steamer
Bamboo steamers are an inexpensive and clever way of storing onions and garlic which need ventilation but not suited for refrigeration. You can also store shallots here. Simply place all three in a bamboo steamer and then place it on the counter for easy access.
- Using a serving tray to increase cupboard space
Do you wish to maximize the space in your cupboard? Here’s a very creative way to do so. Find a serving tray that is almost as wide as the depth of the cupboard. Slice a piece of nonskid shelf liner to fit the tray to protect the rims and keep the glasses in place.
Then place the big glasses upside down on the shelf. Put the tray on top of the big glasses and then place the smaller glasses upside down on top of the tray.
- Hang pots and pans above the stove
One of the things I dislike when I am cooking is digging around in cabinets to find pots and pans. But I’ve learned that I can save a lot of time by just hanging the pots and pans above the stove. Simply place hooks that are strong enough to hold the pots and pans, and then voila—you have a clever way of storing those kitchen essentials.
- Hang knives for quick and easy access
You don’t need to have a sharps drawer for storing your knives. Simply place a few magnetic strips to the kitchen walls, and make sure it is high enough so that the kids won’t be able to reach for it. I also put mine near the dishwasher so that I can easily put away the knives after washing them.
- Storing aluminum foil and plastic wrap
Aluminum foil and plastic wrap are indispensable items in the kitchen, especially when baking and freezing food. But you may find them very difficult to store because of the size of their packages.
One way to store these kitchen essentials is to get an old file holder then attach it to the side of your fridge with the use of a masking tape. You can even use a magazine holder instead of a file holder.
- Store spices in a drawer
Other people may recommend that you put spices in a wall-mounted rack for easy access, but I disagree. Spices can lose their delicate flavor when they are exposed to sunlight and moisture.
I’d rather store spices like coriander and chipotle powder in a drawer. Doing so not only preserves the delicate flavor of spices but also keeps them handy for cooking.
- Label everything
Finally, an easy and clever way to cut down the time you spend looking for kitchen tools and ingredients is to label everything. You can label containers and holders of foods and even kitchen items that are up for recycling. Believe me, this simple trick will make it a lot easier for you to spot whatever you need in the kitchen.
Do you have any tips that you want to share with our readers? Feel free to comment on the section below. I would like to hear it from you!
Author: Susan Conley