10 Quick Kitchen Organizing Tips

Hello, creative home makers!

This is my first post here at Pennies and Blessings! I’ll be here writing for the At Home column. I pray I can be of encouragement to you as you make your home and I hope we all become good friends!

As a professional organizer, I am excited that I get to share both my love of organizing with you today, as well as the tidy, frugal ideas that I use to simply keep my sanity in my own kitchen. Maybe you can use some of these solutions, too.

Here we go!

1.  To save drawer space, hang your oven mitts in a hook inside a cabinet door near the oven, and hang your aprons on the pantry door or a wall hook.

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apron2.  Store like items together in zones. A common space for small appliances makes their access handy and easy for your dishwasher-emptier to put the accessories that belong to each appliance with its mate.

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3. Store your utensils out in the open, in an urn, crock or ceramic pitcher, so that they will be easier to find and to use and to be returned after being cleaned.

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4. If you can afford to do so, buy matching storage containers, like these jars from Ikea, and label them.

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5. Remove a few cabinet doors to have easy access to dishes. Contrary to what you might think, these dishes don’t get dirty simply because they are out in the open. They are frequently used and don’t sit still long enough to gather dust.

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6. Use baskets INSIDE the refrigerator to group like items. They keep those science experiments out of the rear of the fridge, make the good foods easier to grab, and shelves stay cleaner longer.

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7. Use an ordinary plate easel as a cookbook stand. It keeps your book open, clean, and in view while you are creating your newest culinary masterpiece.

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8. Keep daily-use supplies handy and corralled. This is my coffee station, resting on a marble cutting board.

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9. Keep only the best of your kitchen helpers. These are literally all of my casserole dishes and pie plates. I never need more than a few of these at a time.

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10. If you notice a “theme” in my kitchen’s gadgets, it is that of white, glass and silver. A simple, complimentary color scheme brings unity and harmony to the space and is easy on the eyes. This is the easiest way to “organize”.

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May you be blessed as you make your home!

For more ideas on home staging, organizing, or redesign, please come visit me at my place Goodbye, House! Hello, HOME!

This post will be linked to Top 10 Tuesday at Oh Amanda and Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.

Comments

  1. says

    Great post, Leslie! I was reading and had a few DUH moments such as saving space by hanging my oven mits. I actually have a drawer just for my two oven mitts and the bazillion hand-knit wash cloths. I can hang my mitts and figure out another spot for my cloths and then I’ll have a whole free drawer!

    I have edited, but I still have WAY too many baking dishes. I need to edit again, I think.

    Thanks for the tips!

  2. says

    Love the refrigerator idea with the plastic baskets to hold things used in groups/like items together. Fridges here in Thailand are much smaller than American ones. That will be a lot of help! :)

  3. Rachel says

    Love the ideas…especially the plastic baskets in the refrigerator. I’m going to us this idea right away. Thanks for posting. Can’t wait for the next tips. I need them!

  4. says

    Oh I like it! I’m encouraged to find that I already do a few of these things, but I never would have thought of using baskets in the fridge! That’s a great idea! You’re so good at what you do!

  5. says

    I love this post — especially the idea of white, glass, and silver for a clean look in the kitchen! The everyday dishes that we received as a wedding gift 18+ yrs. ago are scratched, faded, and well – many of them have broken over the years. I’m sort of left with a skeleton crew of dishes. I’ve been thinking about WHITE replacements, and after reading your post, I’m pretty sure I’ll go that way. Thanks for all of the great ideas! ~Sally

  6. says

    Baskets in the fridge! That is genius! I hate visual clutter, so even when my fridge is clean, it doesn’t always look clean. This is a perfect solution.

  7. Bette says

    Love the idea of baskets in the fridge and also the IKEA jars! However, there is one thing you need to change in your fridge……milk should never be stored in the door because it doesn’t stay as cold! Milk should always be stored on the top shelf!! Hope this safety tip will help!

  8. Bette says

    Love the idea of baskets in the fridge and also the IKEA jars! However, there is one thing you need to change in your fridge……milk should never be stored in the door because it doesn’t stay as cold! Milk should always be stored on the top shelf!

  9. says

    I can’t wait to clean my kitchen again…for the million and 1 time this year alone. But I would have to say..for the baskets in the fridge, EVERYONE has to be on board with that idea. I put everything in bins last year, and well it worked until the kids couldn’t find the sandwich meat, or my dear husband couldn’t find his summer sausage. After I explained and put pictures on the bins…even though they were see though. So think that one out for your family first. I mean I wasted $20 or more on bins and supplies.

    • says

      Lol! That sounds so much like my family! It’s been over 6 months since I added various baskets to our pantry here, and everyone is still struggling… gradually improving, but still struggling! ha For my little OCD mind though, it’s worth the trouble just to be able to have a somewhat more organized pantry! ;)

    • says

      Bridget, I’m thinking I have seen those baskets at Wal-Mart before. They stack a bit differently than some of the other baskets too – more room in between (when stacked), which I like! :)

  10. Rosario says

    Love your style and organization ideas. I have darker colors in my kitchen but I am sure I can still follow some of your tips, thanks.

  11. Jen says

    Hi- I also wanted to repeat that Milk should never be stored in the fridge door… it’s a couple of degrees warmer there. Always store dairy products in the main part of the fridge.

    That said? LOVE your ideas and I look forward to implementing them!!! Thanks!

  12. Ani says

    Hi, Your ideas are brilliant, especially the storage boxes in the refrigerator. I love the last few lines of your ‘about me’ column too.

  13. Lynna says

    I love what you said above “(she) “loves turning ugly and unwanted things into beautiful ones: for this is what Jesus’ love did to me”. Great comment. Good ideas about baskets in the fridge. I have done that with my pickle & relish jars for awhile now. Works great.

  14. patsy says

    Love the small crates in the refrigerator. What a good idea! Dollar General has a nice selection of those and at rock-bottom prices. WILL do this!

  15. says

    Hi there! I have a suggestion for matching spice jars–I currently use the exact Ikea jars as pictured above, but will soon be switching to pint and half-pint sized Mason jars. The lids on the Ikea jars are plastic, which tends to crack after a while. Plus, the little mason jars are super easy to find and inexpensive, so when you expand your spice collection, you can very easily pick up more jars. (My nearest Ikea is two hours away, so it’s been a problem for me :o)

    Great post!

    • says

      Thank you, Michelle, for the info!
      I have seen those tiny mason jar…AND I’m going to IKEA on the 17th–down to Atlanta… EEEEEEEeeeeeeeeee!!!
      Shall I pick up some for you? (I’m not joking :)
      HUGS, me

      • says

        Thanks for the follow-up Leslie, I just sent you an email :o)

        Also, I just checked out your boards on Pinterest and left a few comments–I think you and I have similar taste in a lot of things, particularly at Ikea!

    • says

      I hope you get this info, Kris…
      I found the handled baskets at, of all places, Walmart.
      I hear tell that Target now has them in their $1.00 and $2.50 section in the front of their stores.
      Blessings as you make your home!
      ~me

  16. Kristen says

    Thanks for telling me where to find these baskets! I got them at Target and just love them!! I want to go get a couple more!

  17. Candiss says

    We are kindred spirits! Your kitchen is like a carbon copy of mine and I only use white and glass as well! Our fridges are organized in the same manner too. I never even let people help me clean up after a party because I cannot stand things going back into the fridge in the wrong place.

  18. says

    Love those baskets in the refrigerator I wish I knew where to find those exact ones because of those handles…awesome. The IKEA jars are nice and matchy but I don’t know how that would help with organization because how do you tell them apart?

  19. Katie says

    Im totally getting those Baskets from the fridge if wmart still has them. I’ve been looking for something forever so thank you! Do you have an inexpensive way to organize the freezer?

    • says

      You can actually use some of the same baskets in the freezer as well, maybe just a bit smaller version, depending on your freezer size. I do a lot of freezer cooking and store things in freezer bags – the trick is to lay each bag flat while it freezes so that they can be neatly stacked together. We use stackable baskets in our large chest freezer as well.

  20. Brooke Abney says

    Baskets in the fridge…brilliant. I am going to done with all my sandwich fixings in it. Hurrah! Making lunches just got easier.

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