Now Is the Time: 19 Tips for Cleaning & Organizing Your Kitchen

The Kitchn's Best of 2012

The end of December is the perfect time to take a long look around your kitchen and decide how you can make it a cleaner, better-organized, happier place to cook in the year ahead. To give you a little help, here are the best cleaning and kitchen organization tips we shared in 2012, including the proper way to use your refrigerator's humidity drawers, a smart way to store olive oil, a surprising use for address books, and the "one soapy sponge" trick to motivate even those who hate washing dishes to tackle the dreaded task.

PICTURED ABOVE
• 1 Professional Kitchen Tip: Use Masking Tape to Label Containers
• 2 Tip: Store Cookie Cutters on a Paper Towel Holder
• 3 Store Your Sponges in the Dishwasher!
• 4 Tips on Getting an Integrated Cutting Board for Your Sink
• 5 The Proper Way to Use Your Refrigerator Humidity Drawers
• 6 Smart Tip: Use an Address Book for Your Most Referenced Recipes
• 7 Tip: Use Plastic Tubing to Seal the Gap Between the Fridge and the Counter
• 8 Tip: Use a Bull Clip to Hold Your Recipes
• 9 Tip: Repel House Flies with Cloves

MORE STORAGE & ORGANIZATION TIPS
• 10 The Best Way to Store Cucumbers: Oops — We've Been Doing It Wrong!
• 11 The Best Way to Store Celery
• 12 The Best Way to Store Eggplant
• 13 Tip: Store Canned Jars Without the Rings
• 14 Storage Tip: Use an Enamel Coffee Can for Olive Oil

MORE CLEANING TIPS
• 15 Tip: Clean Spotty Knives with Lemon Juice
• 16 Spring Clean Your Pantry: 5 Great Tips
• 17 Cleaning Tip: Use Flour to Clean Stained Stone Countertops
• 18 Smelly Hands? Remove Food Odors with Coffee Beans
• 19 Hate Washing Dishes? Try the "One Soapy Sponge" Trick

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Welcome to The Kitchn's Best of 2012 roundup! From December 17 through January 1 we are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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