Keep the heart of the house running like a well-oiled machine
We’ve all put in enough time trying to figure out what’s for dinner, making lunches, and dishing out an unknown number of snacks to know that the kitchen is the heart of the house. Having a space that’s organized and enjoyable doesn’t have to be stuck in your social media feed; with a little help, it’s something you have IRL. We’ve gathered some of our favorite kitchen organization hacks that will keep you out of the disaster zone and help you transform the way you use the family’s favorite space.
Have a Dedicated Kitchen Tablet
Cut down on all the clutter that gathers in a kitchen by dedicating a tablet to the workspace. The family calendar, recipes, shopping lists, and bills are just a few of the things you can digitize to cut back on clutter with this kitchen organization hack.
Clean Out the Fridge
From where to store your milk to the best inserts to keep it all straight, check out The Kitchn's easy tricks to keeping your fridge clean.
Hang Kitchen Utensils
Give larger kitchen items (or items without handles) the spot in the cupboard by hanging saute pans and cooking utensils on a wall rack.
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Organize Things Where You Can See Them
When organizing your pantry (or anything, really!), it’s a good idea to put things in clear containers or to set them up in a way where you can see what they are or how much you have left. That way, you can easily access them and know when to put them on the grocery list.
Use Air-Tight Sealing Jars
Pantries can get overrun quickly, especially when you can’t see what you have. If you put all of your pantry foods into clear jars, you’ll be able to see what you have. Make sure to use jars that have tops with a tight seal so that you don’t have any unwanted visitors!
Add a Lazy Susan to the Fridge
Another useful kitchen organization hack: for easy access to all of your favorite jams and condiments, try using a lazy Susan turntable in your fridge. The perfect swiveling action will give you constant access to all of your favorite sauces without having to take everything out of your fridge to get to them.
Use Wine Racks and Plastic Bins to Organize Water Bottles and Kid Cups
When it comes to keeping all the moving parts of a sippy cup or a water bottle organized, the struggle is real. This kitchen organization hack uses wine racks, shelves, and plastic bins to give each one a home.
Use Labels in the Pantry
If you’re committed to having an organized pantry, it’s not enough to just put everything in boxes or containers. To create your dream pantry, what you really need are labels. Whether you use adhesive labels or notecards, labeling all of the containers will make it easier to store, stock, and find everything.
Properly Store your Cords
When it comes to kitchen organization, one of the most important things to have is counter space. And the biggest challenge is all those appliances and their cords. (and can be pretty dangerous for the little ones). But what if you didn’t have to worry about them? Try this awesome hack from Dreaming in DIY. All you need to do is attach Command hooks to your appliances, and you have instant cord storage.
Organize Your Pot Lids with a Towel Bar
This kitchen organization hack falls into the “why didn’t we think of that” category. By putting them on the cabinet door with a towel rack you’ll save room for the actual pots and pans.
—with additional reporting by Taylor Clifton