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6 Ideas to Keep Your Kitchen Cabinets and Pantry Organized

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Does keeping your kitchen neat and organized help you feel like you have your life under control?  One thing’s for sure. These kitchen organization ideas will make your meal planning and prep easier and more enjoyable.

1. Cabinet Inserts to Double Space

This is perhaps one of my favorite tips and is at the top of my list of kitchen organization ideas for a good reason.  It seems one can never have enough space, especially in a small apartment like ours.  But, never fear! I’ve found an inexpensive and easy solution. These tiered shelving inserts double your space. Literally!

They are easy to put together and use. I think it took me longer to get the screwdriver from the toolbox than to actually screw the four little screws. (By the way, every woman should have her own basic toolbox. I keep mine under my bed, so I always know where it is and it is always handy when I need to make a quick fix. But that’s for another post!).

When ready, just stick them in the cabinet, and voila! You have twice as much space in your kitchen cabinet. I love them for my water glasses and coffee mugs, like pictured here. As an added benefit in my dishes cabinet, I use the space between the insert and the interior wall of the cabinet to stand up items like cake platters and other items that don’t stack well.

                       

2. Ball Mason Jars aren’t Just Beautiful

One could almost say that iconic Ball jars have come into fashion. The company has been making them since the late 1800’s and their brand has become a proprietary eponym, hence people referring to most mason jars by their name.  

Decades ago, they were commonly used for preserving foods in the Summer for use in the Winter when crops weren’t as abundant. I’ve been using them for many years because they serve so many purposes.  (Jarring your own preserves or marinara sauce is easier than you’d think). 

The inner ring and reclosable lid keep your food fresh because of their air tight seal.  Do you know how you can check to make sure they are sealed?  Press your thumb down in the center of the lid.  If the lid pops backs up, then your jar isn’t properly sealed. Do you know who patented these jars? Give a guess in the comments!

3. Wicker Baskets for Kitchen Organization

Wicker baskets are great for keeping things neat and tidy because they come in all shapes and sizes.  The feature I love most is that they have holes to let air pass through, so my root vegetables, onions and potatoes stay fresher longer.

I also like to keep small baking ingredients in a wicker basket. I keep packets of baking powder, bottles of flavored extracts and jars of baking soda together, so I can easily grab it down from the cabinet while I’m baking.

                       

4. Tupperware Everywhere!

Did you grow up with Tupperware in the house?  I sure did!  From the kitchen to the playroom, Tupperware products help keep your home sweet home organized and helps keep your kitchen and pantry items fresh.  There are some other reliable companies like Rubbermaid who make high quality products too.

When I am bringing a home-baked gift to a friend, I love to bring it in a Tupperware container wrapped with a bow.  The airtight container keeps my gift in one piece during transport and then it becomes a part of the gift itself.  Your friend will be grateful to have a new durable piece in the kitchen.  

Some of my favorite storage organization pieces are:

Premier Set, Bento Box, Multi Color Glass Set, Cereal Container and the Cake Server with a Handle.

                       

5. Reaching the Greatest Heights

Keeping things organized is easier when you can see what you’ve got.  And, keeping the tallest items toward the back of a cabinet will help.  

Not everyone in your home will be as neat and tidy as you, so once in a while, you’ll have to reorganize things a bit.  It doesn’t have to be all at once.  When you go to grab a box of breakfast cereal, straighten up that particular shelf.  These quick fixes can often can be done in under a minute. In fact, when I’m faced with a task that I rather not do, I think about how long the actual task will take.  Oftentimes, it’s pretty quick from start to finish.

6. No Laziness Here!

Let’s finish up my kitchen organization ideas with something for spices and other small items. A lazy Susan, a circular tray that rotates, helps keep everything within reach.  It will also help you keep things neat and clean.  You can just lift it up in one fell swoop and wipe down the cabinet, instead of having to take out (and put back!) many tiny bottles.

What are some tips and ideas that work in your kitchen?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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1 Comment

  1. Shari@bmginc.net Berger Reply

    You always are such a great resource for how to be better and do better. Such a wealth of knowledge you are, we are all so grateful that you share so much with us 💛💛

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