Non-Glamorous Ways to Organize in the Kitchen
Last year I was chatting with my friend Lindi from Love Create Celebrate about how we needed to do more quick and easy DIYs since people don’t always have time for super long and in-depth DIY tutorials. It was her great idea, and I told her I was down. That’s how this monthly 10-Minute DIYs series started—and even better, now it’s a group of us participating!
We decided to come up with a theme that we’d each post about every month, and January’s is organization. This theme works especially well for me because I spent New Year’s Day (well, after I slept off all the booze) organizing our entire kitchen.
You’d think that since we just moved in in September that it wouldn’t be that bad, but we didn’t really go through our things before the move, and we just kind of threw everything into cabinets and drawers during the move-in fog. So for today’s 10-Minute DIY post, I’m going to be sharing 7 things I did to organize our kitchen. They aren’t all exactly DIY projects…they are more like tips. And I’m calling them non-glamorous because they involve old soda boxes, trash, and appliance manuals…we’re not talking about fancy things today. We’re talking about quick and easy ways to whip your kitchen in to shape now.
1. Use an old soda box to store plastic baggies.
Have you ever seen that Clickhole article, “Finally! This Realistic Barbie Comes With a Cabinet Full of Plastic Bags.”
Yeah, we had that cabinet. Although we try to use reusable bags as often as we can, we somehow always end up with plastic bags, and they build up fast. I actually like having them on hand for small trash cans and painting projects, though, so I don’t throw them out until I’ve used them for something else. To organize them, I put them all into this old seltzer water box and pull them out as I need them.
2. Install a pullout trashcan.
This isn’t a revolutionary idea, but it really helped to free up space in the kitchen and help us keep things clutter-free. We had our trashcan sitting out at the end of the island for a while, and it was just constantly getting in the way. A pullout trashcan is out of sight when it’s not in use, but it is convenient when you need it. And it was simple to install.
3. Use Command Hooks for just about anything.
We don’t have a closet or pantry anywhere on our main floor. I put some of the cleaning supplies under the sink and some things in the small storage closet downstairs (I’m sharing the makeover of that space in a few weeks), but I needed a place to hang rags, oven mitts, the Swiffer, and the broom. I spray painted a few Command Hooks and hung them on the side of our cabinets—they are the perfect solution.
4. Build a plate shelf.
This easy project helps to maximize your cabinet space, and it can be built quickly! I used pieces of scrap wood for mine. See the full tutorial here.
5. Use plastic drawers for spices.
I can’t take credit for this idea—it was all Mike. We have tried many approaches to spice storage, and it always falls apart quickly. We have a lot of spices, so Mike decided to put them in plastic drawers so that when we’re (he’s) cooking, we can just put the entire thing on the counter and quickly find what we need. Plus they don’t roll around in cabinets or drawers and aren’t stacked on top of each other, making it difficult to pull out a spice on the bottom.
6. Grab an old tray for oils and other sticky items.
Ah, the cat tray. I think my mom gave this to us, and I’ve always loved it. It now has the distinct honor of protecting our cabinets from oils and other sticky substances, because no matter how clean you think a jar of raw honey is, it’s still going to leak on your cabinet shelving and create a ring you can’t remove. Cat tray to the rescue.
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