One of the most frequently mentioned resolutions? Get organized! Taking the time and steps to organize your life and your work and living spaces is one of the most positive and productive ways to clear your mind and your environment. Eliminating clutter and disarray will open up the opportunity for you to spend your time doing things you enjoy and being more creative. If you need help with your workspace, take a look at this post.
The kitchen is often not only disorganized but just plain dirty. Taking the time to take everything out of your cabinets and give the shelves a good cleaning will also allow you to reorganize your supplies (be sure to check expiration dates on canned goods and spices). Here are some tools that can save you time, money and energy in an organized kitchen.
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These are my favorite things in my kitchen. I’ve labeled them and I’ve also purchased a scoop for each large canister, making it easy to measure out the amounts needed of flour, sugar and more. If I had small children I’d use these for cereal and snacks. Actually, if I had the time I’d put everything in my kitchen in one of these – they’re that good.
I used a label maker to label my OXO containers, but these labels are so cute.
Don’t waste your pantry space and the canned goods you store in it. This is a good way to see beyond that first row of canned tomatoes and black beans and keep on top of what you have or what you may need for a recipe.
There’s no simple way to store large platters, cutting boards and baking dishes, but this is a good start.
If you have the room for one of these, get one – especially in a small kitchen. Using every inch of space in your kitchen is essential when it’s on the small side (like mine).
Another good way to store canned goods.
Keep a running list of the things you need by mounting this on your refrigerator – then just take a photo of your list with your smartphone and head to the store.
As much as I like OXO products, I also adore simplehuman. Beautifully designed and well-made, these aren’t inexpensive – but they’re worth it. In addition to this and other soap dispensers, I love their trash cans. They never, ever break.
Keurigs are becoming a staple in so many homes, but storing the pods can take up valuable counter space. This drawer is an efficient way to keep your supply on hand, and I really like the double-duty of this product with its stand for the coffee maker.
Whenever I entertain I serve cheese, and these cute little flags are on their way to my house.
Another brilliant simplehuman product. Most paper towel holders that sit on the counter don’t stay put when you pull a sheet off of the roll. This one doesn’t move. I love this!
Keep your sponges sanitary with this little item. Also, be sure to run your sponges through the dishwasher every week.
I have a cabinet that’s high and cavernous. Instead of having to get out my step stool every time I need something, this turntable is so helpful. Plus, it’s fun to swivel it around and around.
Just like the over-the-door shelves mentioned above, these hooks are a handy way to utilize the inside of cabinet doors. I use them to hand my aprons and extra oven mitts.
Not exactly an organizational tool, the CumulusPRO Commercial Grade Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat is a lifesaver for those of us with back or foot problems. I’d seriously like to redo the floor in my kitchen in these!