If your kitchen looks anything like my mom’s, you don’t need to read this article. Because my mom’s kitchen? It’s amazing. It’s organized and creative and full of delicious food that I didn’t pay for. (Pause to think about the things you start to really appreciate in college).
But if you’re more like me, you’re going to need this article. Because I didn’t realize all the super cool ways my mom organized the kitchen until I tried to make my own kitchen look like a Pinterest board.
Surprisingly, organizing your kitchen is a lot easier (and a lot less expensive) than it may seem. Pinterest has a lot of great ideas, but those can get super pricey once you get a little too excited about being a little more crafty than you’re capable of. So, here are a few easy ways to be super crafty without actually having to be super crafty. Here are some kitchen organization hacks.
Sometimes, soup goes on sale, and before you know it, you’ve got like 20 cans of soup in your cart. And you get home all excited because you only spent like thirty bucks in total, but then you go to put the soup away. And you walk into your pantry, and even if you do have the space, it looks like you’re preparing for the apocalypse.
When you need a way to store all of the soup cans in your pantry, try using can-sized drawers! You can store a lot of cans in the drawers, and the drawers take up minimal space. You can also set these drawers to rollers so that you can pull them in and out and take up even less space in your pantry.
Boxes are not creative looking. And when you add up all the snacks, cereals, and 12 packs of pop, you’ve got a pantry full of nonsense. Instead of keeping all those boxes in your pantry, buy some inexpensive Tupperware containers. They look so much more creative than boxes, and bonus points for chalk labels on the outside!
Even well-organized kitchens might need more space. When you run out of places to store your spices, pick up a spice rack to put on the back of your cabinet door. If you need even more storage space, think about getting a large storage space, or even getting a few of them, and put them on your pantry door. More than just spices, you can put whatever you want in there! Or at least whatever will fit.
Hanging things saves a lot of space in the kitchen, and there are many ways you can do it in your own kitchen. Many creative kitchens use hooks from the ceiling to hang pots, pans, spatulas, and anything else with a small hole in the handle.
Another alternative is to make use of those weird tiny cabinets that are only big enough for sheet cake pans. Put in a sliding out wall of hooks, and store cooking utensils there.
Another way to save space is to put hooks on the bottom of cabinets or ledges, and hang your tea and coffee cups. It’s a great way to save cabinet space and to display all your cool cups!
Lazy Susans are those things that spin in the middle of tables. But they can also be used inside of cabinets to store things. When you have those deep cabinets that never get full use because you can’t reach the back, install a lazy Susan inside to get maximum storage space.