Here's a small tip from my own kitchen, on the topic of cake and cookie decorating tools and paraphernalia. I have quite a collection of cake decorating tips and bags, as well sprinkles, coloring gels, and other specialty ingredients. These things were practically falling out of my baking cupboard, knocking around and hard to find when I needed them. And then, plastic shoebox to the rescue!
I decided to box up everything that had to do with cake and cookie decorating. The food colors, pastry bags and tips, and all the sprinkles went into one big box that only comes down when I need to do a decorating project.
As you can see, this box is messy and unorganized, but it's not easy to wrangle all those little jars of sprinkles and gels into orderliness, and the tips just bang around and do their own thing. But that's the beauty of this system; I don't need to keep it organized at all. Everything stays contained in this one box, and it's easy to take down and put back up again when I'm done. I don't have to wonder whether I have pink sprinkles; I know exactly where they'll be.
I was surprised by how relieved I was by my freshly uncluttered baking cupboard, too! No more accidental spills of yellow food coloring, smeared over the flour container. And no more nonpareils scattered on the floor of the cupboard. It's all safely tucked away.
I'm a big fan of using shoeboxes like this one to contain kitchen items (I use another one for my cookie cutters). But given how small most decorating tools and ingredients are, and how much I like to accumulate new colors of sprinkles and other goodies, I think that this system is perhaps most ideally suited to this kind of paraphernalia.
Do you have decorating tips and bags and other tools in your cupboard? How do you keep them organized?
(Images: Faith Durand)