7 Genius Tips And Tricks For Kitchen Organization
Sometimes the simplest tips & tricks are the ones that end up making life the easiest and reduce stress the most. Being neat and getting yourself organized is a great way to start, but one of the hardest places to make that happen is in the kitchen. Keeping work surfaces clean and cabinets organized can be nearly impossible if you're someone who spends a lot of time cooking. We're going to help you get the ball rolling and show you 7 simple, efficient tricks that will get your kitchen looking spick & span. You'll be able to easily display new recipes, organize all of those messy drawers and cabinets, and find exactly what you're looking for in no time at all!
1. Tablet Stand
- 1 cutting board
- circular saw
- wood glue
1.1 Place the cutting board horizontally on your work surface and draw 2 vertical lines using the edge of a ruler or tablet to keep the lines straight. The first line should be about ½ inch from the right-hand edge of the cutting board, and the second line should be about 5 inches away.
1.2 Use a circular saw to cut the cutting board where your drew the lines.
1.3 Use wood glue to secure the small, thin piece of wood you cut off to the back of the cutting board so that it lines up with the bottom of the cutting board and rests perpendicular to it.
1.4 Flip over the cutting board and glue the larger piece of wood about ¾ of an inch from the bottom of the cutting board so that it's also positioned perpendicular to it.
1.5 Let the wood glue dry and prop your new tablet holder up on the large piece of wood glued to the back. Now you have a convenient spot to display recipes or watch cooking videos while you're preparing a meal!
2. Transform The Sink Into A Work Surface
- 1 large cutting board
- 2 wooden strips of equal length
- wood glue
Flip a large cutting board over and position it vertically on your work surface. Use wood glue to secure 2 wooden strips to the back of the cutting board – 1 at the top and 1 at the bottom. Flip the cutting board over and place it on your sink. The wooden strips will hold the cutting board in place so that you can use your sink as an additional slip-free work surface.
3. Organize Cutting Boards
- 3–4 tension rods
Remove all of the cutting boards from inside your cabinet and insert 3–4 vertical tension rods inside. Slide your cutting boards back into the cabinet, and now they'll be easily accesible and stay upright!
4. Organize Cleaning Products
- 1 large tension rod
Remove all of the cleaning products from your cabinet and insert 1 large horizontal tension rod inside near the top of the cabinet. Hang the cleaning supplies up by their handles and you'll have neatly organized cleaning products and some extra space!
5. Organize Food Storage Containers
- 2 wooden strips
- 1 pegboard
- 2–3 thick wooden dowels
- 1 thin wooden dowel
- wood glue
5.1 Cut the pegboard so that it fits into the drawer you'd like to organize. Lay the 2 wooden strips down in the drawer parallel to one another so that the pegboard doesn't rest directly on the bottom of the drawer. Place the pegboard in the drawer on top of the wooden strips.
5.2 Saw the thick wooden dowel into equally large segments, each slightly smaller than the height of your drawer.
5.3 Saw the thin wooden dowel into very small segments. Use wood glue to glue 1 small segment onto the end of each of the large wooden dowel segments to create dividers for the drawer.
5.4 Insert the wooden dividers into the pegboard and arrange your food storage containers in a neat, organized way!
6. Convenient Kitchen Essentials
- 1 Lazy Susan
To free up some extra space and keep all of your kitchen utensils right where you want them, place all of the items you use frequently on a Lazy Susan close to your work surface. Now all of your kitchen essentials will be in one place and you can just spin the Lazy Susan to grab whatever you need!
7. Bag Dispenser
- 1 large plastic water bottle
- box cutter
- plastic bags
- double-sided tape
7.1 Cut the bottom off of a large plastic water bottle using a box cutter.
7.2 Loosely tie your plastic bags to one another using the technique shown in the video, then insert them into the plastic bottle.
7.3 Attach the bag dispenser to your kitchen wall using double-sided tape, making sure the opening you cut is facing upwards. Remove the cap from the water bottle, and you have a handy bag dispenser right on your kitchen wall!
There are few things as satisfying as a tidy kitchen. Planning meals, clean up, and family dinners will be so much more pleasant once you start using these tips & tricks! With just a little bit of effort upfront, your kitchen will be a source of pride, not of stress!