Our kitchen has a lot more counter and cabinet space than in our old apartment, but it wasn’t quite enough for me to be able to keep everything from getting cluttered. Now that I finally have the kitchen set up the way I like it, I thought I’d share my kitchen organization tips and tricks with you.
We set this microwave cart ($30, from Target) in between the sink and oven, and keep our most-used appliances and cutting boards there (excuse the poor lighting…the cart sits right in front of the window!). The cart is near an outlet, so it is easy to pull out what I need and use it right there. There are hooks on the far side of the cart that hold our pot holders, etc. I highly recommend putting some hooks up in your kitchen enough for towel and pot holder storage!
We also ordered this island from Target’s website. The bar at the end conveniently holds our dish towels.
The right drawer of the island is reserved for tea (yes, I have a tea problem )
and the left drawer holds things like plastic baggies, aluminum foil and our reusable snack bags. It also holds the labels and pen I use to label…
my bulk containers! I use assorted plastic containers and Ball canning jars to hold everything I buy in bulk (which is most dry goods). Since they are all transparent and well-labeled, I can have multiple ‘layers’ of containers behind one another and still find things easily. It saves a lot of space!
I use this wire basket to corral all of my dried spices, and have another basket on the island for all the small bags of things like chocolate chips and dried fruit.
We got these great cutlery organizers using some of our Crate & Barrel gift cards from the wedding. One holds all our spatulas, measuring cups & spoons, etc, while the other holds our silverware and the stand mixer attachments.
And finally, we have our cabinet ($50, from Target), which serves as our pantry. I divide the food up by category to make things easier to find: cooking (oils, bread crumbs, etc), baking, snacks, and canned goods. I use a cheap canvas tote to store the loose granola bars, etc on the snack shelf.
One of my favorite pieces we own is this stellar Craigslist find. We keep it in our entryway and use it to display some of our favorite dishes.
I thought it would be annoying to keep some of our dishes outside of the kitchen, but it really hasn’t been a problem. And I love being able to display our pretty bowls and platters!
What are your best kitchen organization tips and tricks?
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