The Ultimate Guide To Organizing Your Kitchen
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1. Hang your trash bags on dowels under your sink, and your foil and parchment paper on dowels inside one of your cabinets for quick access *and* storage that's out of the way.
2. Mount pot lids on the inside of your cabinets and cabinet doors using two or three Command Hooks so they're out of the way *and* you can grab the right one quickly.
3. Then stack your pots and pans on an organizer rack either vertically or horizontally to take full advantage of the space available in your cabinets.
4. Transform the inside door of your baking cabinet into a measuring equivalents chart, and hang up your measuring cups and spoons so you can simply grab the one you need.
5. If you have a spare drawer, turn it into an easy-access spice rack with these customizable drawer organizers.
7. ...or that has magnets so your spices can hang on the side of your fridge, freeing up cabinet AND counter space.
8. Keep your knives from damaging the bottom of your drawer, slowly dulling themselves in the process, by protecting them with a knife block.
9. Or leave 'em out on the counter but still know which knife you're about to pull with this transparent knife "block".
10. Repurpose an old paper file organizer from the office supply store to sort out your baking sheets and cooling racks.
11. And for bigger or heavier-duty pans where the thin wire doesn't quite cut it, try a rack made especially to sort cutting boards, muffin pans, and casserole pans.
12. Divide your drawers both large and small however works best for your kitchen with expandable dividers. Besides keeping everything in its place, they'll give you the flexibility to easily reorganize and adapt if and when you buy new gadgets or move somewhere new.
13. And of course, if you don't have one already, an expandable silverware organizer will make your most reached for–drawer both incredibly functional and just really nice to look at.
14. For your tallest, bulkiest items, small tension rods can turn ten inches of two shelves into a sturdy custom storage spot.
15. Or use a several tension rods to divvy up the space above your fridge into the ultimate baking cabinet.
16. Put a Lazy Susan anywhere you need to corral a bunch of bottles, so you can quickly reach the ones in the back without pulling everything down.
17. Tame your cluttered leftover containers by storing them in a drawer — you'll use every inch of cabinet depth, but still be able to pull it forward to reach what you need.
18. Or sort them all into a shallow plastic bin you already own that can act like a drawer, and use a shoebox to separate and stack the lids.
19. Condense the amount of space your tea collection claims with a handy storage rack that can hold up to 100 tea bags at once.
20. Quit endlessly stacking and unstacking your salad plates, dinner plates, and bowls once and for all — instead, slide in a set of corner shelves to separate everything so it's easy to grab *and* put away.
21. Neatly store your soap, sponge, brushes, and other favorite dish-washing supplies on a suction-cup organizer that drains any excess water directly into your sink.
22. Designate an "eat me first" bin, and use it to keep anything that's close to expiring. That way, when you need a snack or want to improvise some at dinner, you know exactly where to look first.
23. And, whether you have kids or just want to snack a little healthier yourself, keep pre-portioned snacks in another easy-access bin.
24. Pick up a Lazy Susan or two for your fridge, too, so you never lose your favorite jar of olives to the back corner again.
25. Or opt for a set of pull-out storage bins, which let you easily pull everything stored in the back corner up to the front where you can actually reach it.
26. If you have a particularly narrow shelf or a tiny fridge, a dual-sided bin can work wonders to make every last square inch of storage space accessible and functional.
27. To make everything even ~fancier~, apply decals to your most-used bins so anyone who opens your fridge can immediately find what they're looking for — and so you can easily keep track if you start to run low on something.
28. Package all your meal prep or last night's leftovers in super transparent, shatter-resistant, leak-proof, air-tight containers so you know exactly what you have on hand in a single glance.
29. If you have wire shelves, a binder clip can help store a stack of beers so it doesn't roll away.
30. Turn one corner of your fridge into a mini wine chiller with this sturdy, stackable plastic rack.
31. And close up partly-finished wine bottles with a vacuum sealer that both keeps your wine fresh and makes it easy to stash that bottle on its side in your fridge.
32. Install expandable drawer organizers in your produce drawer too, so you can kiss your days of digging for the parsley goodbye.
33. Store any fruits and vegetables that you're worried might start to go bad before you have time to eat them in produce savers that keep everything fresh for almost two weeks.
34. Consider keeping a separate plastic bin or drawer just for uncooked meat and fish. That way, if any of it leaks, the germy juices won't end up on your produce.
35. Stack two magazine files on top of each other to actually find that bag of frozen corn without digging through a whole pile of other bags.
36. Hang an over-door shoe organizer to make an easy-access spot for all the small things that tend to get lost in the back of your pantry.
37. Or make even more space for extra condiments, drinks, snacks, and all the little things with an over-door wire rack.
39. And yes, those Lazy Susans are back again to help you make the most of your shelf corners: they give you instant access to all the sauces, dressings, and whatever else you want to store back there.
40. Keep track of all your seasoning packets by hanging them from a humble binder clip and one of those small wire Command Hooks.
41. File away your potatoes so they take up hardly any space but it's still quick to pull out the file and grab the few you need for dinner.
42. Decant all your pantry staples (rice, dry beans, flour, crackers, etc.) into airtight containers to keep them fresh for longer than the original packaging ever possibly could, all while making everything easy to find.
43. Stack your canned goods on a three-tier rack and the next one in the row will always roll forward the moment you pull one out.
44. Or if you usually don't keep quite so many cans around, a three-step shelf will put everything on display, so you can actually see what you have in stock.
45. If you want to sort basically everything into labeled containers, go for transparent bins that actually let you see what's inside.
46. Put the extra spaces at the top of your shelves to work storing foil, chips, coffee, or other narrow things with slide-on trays that neatly fill that gap.
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