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Best Ideas and Products to Keep Your Kitchen Organized by Eden Godsoe

by Eden Godsoe, posted to Home

After the success to my "Favorite Organizing Products and Decluttering Tips" list, I thought I would dive deeper into kitchen organization. Kitchens can get cluttered and disorganized like no other room. So here are smart ideas and great products to keep your kitchen looking great.


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KitchenAttendant

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Keep track of all the food in your kitchen, get alerted if there is a...more

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KitchenAttendant (www.kitchenattendant.com) is one you could add

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Declutter the Counter

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Resist the urge to keep lots of bowls, baskets and other things on your counter tops. Clutter is not your friend! This blog lists the 10 things you should keep easily accessible. The rest should be in drawers, cabinets or hung somewhere.

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Use Vertical Space Effectively

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I give HGTV credit for this example of how to use vertical space. Mount rails on the wall and hang just about anything on them - coffee mugs, dish towels, utensils - to free up space in drawers and remove clutter from the counter.

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Hang Pots & Pans

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Hang your pots and pans to free up drawer space and create a nice visual. Don't go overboard and ensure your pots and pans are in good condition. Thank you Martha Stewart for making it look so easy and beautiful.

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Utilize Cabinet Door Space

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Use the inside of a cabinet to store smaller things like measuring cups and spoons. Love how this blogger added a conversion table.

Kelli: Great tips! I also tape my go-to recipes inside of my kitchen cabinets so that when I'm cooking, I can reference them easily without having a book or laptop taking up counter space! I do the same in the laundry room with stain removal / laundry care tips!

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Keep the Fridge Clean

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Read this blog post for tips on keeping your fridge clean. She has some great advice on how to clean and organize your fridge.

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Baskets Inside the Fridge

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This blog has lot of great tips including this one - 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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Kitchen Drawer Dividers

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You can buy these at places like Bed, Bath & Beyond or have a carpenter build them in. Either way, invest in drawer dividers for the kitchen and other rooms.

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Stow Kitchen Tools

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Create a bouquet of similar kitchen utensils and tools by putting them in stylish containers. I love this example from That Kind of Woman blog.

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File Plastic Containers

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Another great idea from Real Simple that I use in my kitchen. File all your Tupperware containers and tops in an orderly fashion in one dedicated drawer.

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Lazy Susan

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As Real Simple puts it, "contain messes by housing sticky or spillable food items on an easy-to-clean lazy Susan."

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Kitchen Gear that Nests

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If you have a small kitchen, then every inch of those cupboards have to work. I love this nesting bowl set that even has a colander and measuring cups as part of the stack. There are also other smart and collapsible tools in the same collection.

Eden Godsoe: So true. Thank you for the addition to the list!

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OXO Bins For The Pantry

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I hate having half used bags of sugar or mismatching boxes of cereal, pretzels, etc. So I bought matching OXO bins and then stack them together. Then you can toss or recycle the boxes and/or buy in bulk next time.

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Shoe Holder for Pantry Storage

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This is one easy and cheap tip. Buy a bag holder and hang on the inside of the pantry door to store all sorts of things. Thank you MoneySavingQueen.com for this idea!

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Magnetic Primer + Spice Jars = Spice Organization

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I've been looking for a better way to organize my spices & found it on this blog. She found magnetic primer at Home Depot and combined that with magnetic spice jars from Bed Bath and Beyond. Beautiful!

Lisa: I love this idea and tried variations of it in my kitchens for years -- I have almost forty spices and I use them a lot and wanted them handy. But the configuration described here won't work. I've used this magnetic primer in the past, and it won't even hold up my daughter's plastic alphabet magnets. No way a spice jar with, say, whole nutmeg will stay on it -- in fact, I just stuck my nutmeg jar on the wall I painted for her magnets (with five coats of magnetic primer), and it won't stick.

Lisa: What I meant to add, though, before hitting return posted my comment, is that you can have a metal shop cut steel sheets (not stainless steel -- which isn't magnetic) to any size you need, and the sheet(s) will cost you under $20. And then this idea works beautifully!

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Cookbook Organization

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This blogger listed 5 great tips to organizing your kitchen. I particularly like the use of a basket to store cookbooks

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Pottery Barn Daily System

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Love this Pottery Barn organization item. So great to keep organized around the kitchen (or other places like the home office or children's room.) A Pottery Barn insider told me it's their #1 organization item.

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Chalkboard It

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Use painted on chalkboard to plan your meals, keep track of your grocery list or other such things.

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Under the Sink Makeover

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Some DIY ideas to make the most of your under the sink space from this blogger. Just because no one sees it, doesn't mean it should be a mess. I particularly like the tin she spray painted white and labeled "bags".

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