At the beginning of every year, I like to take a weekend to address the state of my kitchen. We entertain, cook, make messes, stock and re-stock the shelves, and the kitchen inevitably suffers a bit of wear and tear from all this activity. Clutter slowly builds, and if I don’t take time to reassess the situation every once in a while, my kitchen can become a real disaster. Today I’m sharing some of my tips for shaping up your own kitchen, including a roundup of apps, gadgets, and accessories that should help you with the tasks at hand. A well organized and well prepped food area can make a huge impact on your whole year of eating, cooking, and budgeting, so hopefully some of these ideas will help you maximize the efficiency and enjoyment of your kitchen. Enjoy!
One great way to minimize clutter is to put things out in the open. You’re far less likely to hoard useless items or pile miscellaneous bits and pieces if you have to stare them in the face. Open shelving is not only a great way to organize cleanly, but it can make great use of the odd spaces in your kitchen–up high, over counters, above the fridge–these can be great places for storage. Find some baskets and air-tight jars you love and buy a bunch–including a few extras–for a unified look. When planning out your shelves, keep everything you use frequently within easy reach, and the lesser used items up above or down below.
- 1. Braided storage, $19 – $59
- 2. Round glass storage, $3 – $8
- 3. Paxton Wall Shelf, $29 – $69
- 4. Stenstorp plate shelf, $60
- 5. Oxo Pop square container, $12
- 6. Maple ceiling pot rack, $130
- 7. Celeber jar with lid, $8
- 8. Komplement baskets, $40 for 3
- 9. Recycled glass jars with cork lid, $14 – $24
- 10. Slat bamboo dish rack, $30
- 11. Bristol wall shelf, $199
- 12. Wire basket, $16