20 Storage Tips In The Kitchen

These Tips Will Help You Customize Your Kitchen Storage




(1). USE DISH DRYING RACKS TO STORE YOUR PLASTIC STORAGE CONTAINERS

  • Plastic storage containers—like Tupperware and leftover dishes--have a nasty habit of getting all over the place! Most of us store them in a cupboard or on a shelf, but they’re hard to see, the one you need is usually behind something, and you have to move them around to grab one— the next thing you know, they’re a disorganized mess. A great solution for this is to organize them in a dish drying rack. You can easily pull out the entire rack and grab exactly what you need. Plastic storage containers have never been so easily managed!

(2). USE VELCRO TO SECURE ITEMS TO CABINET DOORS

  • Kitchen utensils seem destined to be a mess. Either you put them in a drawer, where you can never find the one you want and you forget where they are, or you put them upright in a can or jar, and the shorter ones are hidden. But there’s no need for either of these imperfect solutions, when the perfect storage spot is hidden in plain sight—cabinet doors.
  • Velcro is a great way to store kitchen utensils because this allows you to see all of them at once. You can buy Velcro in a box of strips with adhesive pre-applied; just put one side of the Velcro on the inside of your cupboard or cabinet door, and attach the other to the handles of items like can openers, kitchen scissors and pizza cutters. Every item is easy to find, with no need to take up counter space.

(3). USE WIRE CLOSET RACKS TO STORE CANNED FOOD 

  • Canned food is made to last a long time. But many of us are keeping cans around for years for the wrong reason—because they’ve been pushed to the back of the pantry and forgotten about. Placing cans on pantry shelves is a poor use of space because they tend to get hidden by taller items, but there is a better way. 
  • Just place a wire rack in the pantry and you have instant storage for cans of all sizes. Now you can see the cans you’ve placed on the rack—and actually use that can of black olives hiding in the corner.

(4). USE THE TENSION ROD UNDER YOUR SINK TO STORE CLEANERS 

  • Cleaning products can be toxic, so we usually want to limit them to one storage space—out of sight and away from food. Three’s not always enough room under the sink to store them all, but now there can be.
  • Just set up a tension rod and place it sideways under your sink. Use the handle of the cleaner bottle to hang on the rod. It’s ingenious! With this quick adjustment, you’ll have double the space in your cabinet. You can also hang little clips or containers from the rod to hold sponges, too.

(5). USE A BAMBOO STEAMER BASKET TO STORE ONIONS AND GARLIC

  • Onions and garlic can last a long time stored unrefrigerated in a dry, dark place. But we often aren’t sure just what to store them in. Letting them roll around in a drawer seems disorganized, but putting them in a box or bin makes them get damp and moldy faster. A bamboo steamer basket is a really cute way to store these items that will also preserve freshness. It will keep your onions contained, dry and easy to spot.

(6). STORE CONDIMENTS IN AN EGG CARTON

  • In past years, some companies have gotten smart and started packaging condiments the right way—with the nozzle you serve them from at the bottom, not the top. This puts gravity on your side. For those condiments still sold in traditional bottles, there is a solution. If you’re sick of hitting that ketchup bottle over the head, just store bottles upside down in an empty egg carton. You’ll save unnecessary effort and cut down on waste.

(7). STORE DOG OR CAT FOOD IN CEREAL CONTAINERS

  • Just who decides what products come in what type of container? When it comes to pet food, they may have made the wrong choice—the bags it’s usually sold in are sloppy-looking, hard to pour from and prone to tipping over. Get rid of those ugly, clunky bags and opt for cereal containers instead. They’re so much easier to store and are way less likely to spill all over the place. This also makes measuring and pouring out food much easier.

(8). USE FOOD BASKETS TO ORGANIZE FOOD GROUPS 

  • For a fast smoothie or cereal station, glue magnets to the bottom of reusable containers and stick them to the side of your refrigerator. 

(9). ORGANIZE FOOD ITEMS IN REUSABLE FOOD BAGS

  • A chest freezer is a convenient and money-saving item that lets you stock up and store food to defrost whenever you want. But the same rules apply to freezers as for all containers: The larger it is, the harder it is to find whatever you’re looking for. So how do you keep your items organized? Reusable shopping bags are the perfect solution. They’re strong enough to hold heavy items in easy to pick up, and you can pick different colored bags for different item types for easy retrieval.

ORGANIZING YOUR KITCHEN 

Most of us aren’t blessed with a kitchen like the ones you see on TV—a palatial room with a roomy kitchen island, yard after yard of marble counters, and seemingly endless cupboard space. Most of us struggle to get our kitchens organized so as to store everything, keep the room looking attractive, and have some space to actually cook.

A kitchen renovation project can cost thousands of dollars, but if you don’t have that kind of cash, you can still give this important room a complete makeover! Check out these awesome kitchen hacks to amp up your kitchen in an affordable way.


(10). GLUE MAGNETS TO PLASTIC BINS FOR EVEN MORE STORAGE 

Kitchen storage is one of those things where there never seems to be quite enough—you’re always left wishing you had just one more drawer or spice shelf. But what about the fridge—the outside of the fridge? A refrigerator’s magnetized surface makes it the perfect spot for troublefree storage. Glue magnets to little racks and other containers, and stick them to the side of your fridge for additional storage. This works for spices and sprinkles as well as measuring cups, spoons and anything else you can think of. You can also hang potholders and hand towels from magnetic hooks.


(11). USE A KITCHEN CART FOR MORE COUNTER SPACE

  • Ever wish you had a kitchen island you could put wherever you want, then put away when you’re done with it? Actually, you can, with a wheeled kitchen cart. These carts are made of wire or metal (some have drawers and wooden shelves), and can be very affordable.
  • With a cart, not only will you have more counter space, you’ll also have a very versatile area to store things. A kitchen cart can be rolled all over the kitchen with ease. They can also be stored away in tight corners or even rolled into a pantry. This is the perfect place to store things that you don’t use every day. 

(12). USE DESK ORGANIZERS TO KEEP YOUR SPONGES OUT OF THE SINK

  • What do you do with sponges when they’re not in use? The question can be a vexing one. Put them in the sink, and they get wet and moldy. Put them next to it, and they look sloppy and fall in anyway. Solve this problem with desk organization containers—the kind that are made to attach to the bottom of a flat surface. Use Velcro or command strips to secure the containers to the cabinets above your sink. Not only will your sponges dry faster, they’ll be out of the way, leaving your sink clutter-free and sleek. You can also store dish soap in these containers.

(13). USE TISSUE BOXES TO STORE PLASTIC BAGS

  • Bags have always posed a kitchen storage problem. You have to put them somewhere, but they tend to pile up and take whatever space you dedicate to them. And the time-tested solution of stuffing bags into another bag isn’t exactly attractive. What about a tissue box? Tissue boxes come in so many designs, you can find one that matches any décor style you have in mind. You may even have one lying around already. Stuff all of those extra plastic bags in an old tissue box, and you have a stylish dispenser. Plus, this will help you limit all of those plastic bags that you’ve been hoarding—when the box is full, you have enough!

(14). DIY FREEZER SHELVES

  • The freezer can be one of the most disorganized spaces in the entire kitchen. With no shelving or dividers, you end up with ice cream cartons, bags of peas and ice cube trays stuffed in haphazardly and in danger of an avalanche.
  • Add some organization of your own with magazine holders. They’re designed to hold magazines upright, so they’re basically just hard rectangular containers a few inches or so wide. Place them sideways, and they’re the perfect DIY containers for trays, boxes and bags. Reduce any unwanted frozen clutter with this tip.

(15). USE CURTAIN RODS AS SHELF DIVIDERS

  • Most of us have a place in one of our cupboards where multiple pans are piled up in a precarious stack. To get at the one at the bottom, you have to pick up (or knock over) all the other ones.
  • This is a terrible use of space, but there’s a much better way you can organize your cupboards— with curtain rods inserted vertically. Just place the pans upright resting against the rods. This is a great way to prevent pans from falling all over the place. It will conserve space as well as aid you in finding pans easily. This hack also works well with baking sheets, plastic storage containers, and plates. 

(16). USE EXTRA BASKETS

  • A fridge may come with some nifty features, like a crisper drawer and shelf for egg cartons, but most fridge designs fall far short of being the best way to store food. Think of your fridge as a starting point that can be improved on. That produce drawer is a case in point, fruits and vegetables can easily become squashed and lost in the bottom of your refrigerator.
  • Keep things organized with a basket or two in your produce drawers. You can find plastic baskets of many sizes at any home organizing store, and they’ll keep those cantaloupes from rolling over your kale. 

(17). USE SCRAPBOOKING STICKERS TO LABEL

  • Labeling in the kitchen is a lifesaver—it can help you remember where the can opener is, which is sugar and which is salt, and which of those two dozen spice bottles is the cinnamon. But with stickers all over the place in plain view, we’d like them to reflect our personal style. Local craft stores are never short of stylish labels; the trick is that they’re hiding in the scrapbooking department. This is such a cute idea—utilize these to add a little pizazz to your kitchen. 

(18). USE BREAD CLIPS TO LABEL CORDS

  • With items like coffeemakers, blenders, food processors, rice cookers and microwaves vying for space, the kitchen is a central spot for electrical cords. Often these small appliances all end up plugged into the same surge protectors. What happens when you have to unplug one to put it away? It can be frustrating to try to figure out which cord is attached to which item. Often you end up unplugging the wrong one (and having to reset the clock on the coffeemaker).
  • There’s an easy fix for this. Avoid mixups by labeling on bread clips with a permanent marker, and placing the clip on the cord just next to the plug. This tip works great for any room where multiple plugs are sharing one outlet.

(19). USE A LAZY SUSAN FOR INSTANT REACH 

  • If there’s one problem that’s universal to all forms of storage, it’s how you reach the items in the back. This problem was solved decades ago with the invention of the Lazy Suzan—but we’re still not all using it to its potential.
  • Everything is easier with a Lazy Susan, and refrigerators are no exception. Keep items in easy reach, stop knocking things over, and prevent the problem of forgetting about the stuff in the back. This is great for smaller items like condiments, cheeses and leftover containers.

(20). SQUEEZE BOTTLES FOR CONDIMENTS 

  • For some reason, condiment makers have decided that every type of condiment needs its own type of container: ketchup in bottles, mayonnaise in big jars, mustard in small jars, and so on. The containers aren’t always convenient to use, and they look sloppy when they’re out on the table at a formal meal. Sick of visual clutter? Distribute condiments into matching squeeze bottles to keep a uniform look.

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