It’s time to get your organizational act together. Here's how to restore order in your kitchen (without busting your wallet) with these top products from popular retailers.
From underutilized corners to overcrowded cabinets, many kitchens have problem areas that need a little love. If you’re working with a tight space, finding a rightful spot for each and every item can be an intimidating task. Organizing is an easy job to put off, but now is the perfect time to tackle your kitchen checklist. Summer vacation is over and the school year is starting, so why wait any longer? No need to spend a grand on remodeling—just a few small organizational tweaks can vastly improve your quality of (kitchen) life. Below, find 10 smart organizational items assured to restore order in your kitchen. The catch? You don’t have to spend more than $20 on each one.
Knife blocks are bulky and can be tough to clean—free up counter space by installing a magnetic knife strip on your kitchen wall. Find a strip with a strong magnet that will stand up to heavier knives. Wondering where exactly to display it? Consider where you spend the most time prepping ingredients. This could be above your sink, on the backsplash near your stove, or even on the inside of your cabinet door.
Mason jars are easy to clean, fun to use, and aesthetically pleasing. We much prefer them to plastic storage containers, which are not always microwave-safe and can alter the flavor of your food. Stock a variety of Mason jar shapes and sizes for transporting and storing oatmeal, soups, homemade vinaigrette, whole grain or green salads, granola, chocolate chips, toasted nuts, spices, fresh fruit—anything your organizational heart desires.
While storing your everyday essentials in Mason jars, glass canisters, or plastic bins makes your pantry appear orderly, keeping track of what’s inside what can make you a bit nutty. Create DIY labels for each container to stay on top of your organizational game. To add a personal touch, handwrite the labels using a chalk marker or paint pen, instead of printing them from your computer.
A messy, disheveled stack of saute pans is a frustrating scenario—especially when pulling one out of the cabinet sends the others crashing onto the floor. A skillet organizer is the perfect solution—place one inside your cabinet to separate your pans, prevent scratched surfaces, and free up space to store other items. Look for a sturdy, durable rack that can support a variety of pans from stainless steel to cast-iron to carbon steel.
Many of us cook using recipes or videos straight from our phones or tablets. While this is great, placing them on the counter is an open invitation for water damage or a food-caked screen. Save your precious hardware by elevating it to eye level with an adjustable tablet stand. This will also free up your hands (and add counter space!) so you can focus on the real task at hand–getting dinner on the table. The Nuxlaxy stand is durable and adjustable to fit a variety of sizes and shapes.
The kitchen turntable—better known as a Lazy Susan—is traditionally used to pass dishes and condiments around the table with ease. However, this handy holder can also work wonders in your cabinet or on your countertop. The double-decker version from Bed, Bath, and Beyond allows for clever space-saving consolidation. Use it for storing spices, olive oils, and vinegars, or for stacking canned goods.
Plastic grocery store bags are a lot like kudzu—an overabundance lives in your cabinet, and no matter how hard you try to purge your supply, it only increases. A grocery bag dispenser is a brilliant solution—it fits neatly inside your cabinet and keeps your bags contained in one place.
If you suffer from a refrigerator that’s over-cluttered with LaCroix cans like we do, don’t fret—there is a solution. A refrigerator organization bin lets you group like items together so you can find exactly what you need, when you need it. Best of all, Fridge Binz's versions are stackable, so no space is wasted. For all the other loose items in your fridge (we're looking at you, Greek yogurt), The Container Store offers organizer trays in even more shapes and sizes.
A wisely-placed adhesive hook can unlock loads of space-saving potential in your kitchen. Consider the area on the inside of your cabinet door, the side of your refrigerator, and against your kitchen backsplash. When deciding what to hang, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility—measuring cups and spoons, cleaning brushes, hot pads, rubber gloves, aprons, kitchen towels, and more.