Storing cooking utensils is challenging: You want them within easy reach, but you have a lot of them so finding a spot is an issue, and getting them into any kind of order is another. Luckily there are a bunch of brilliant people out there spending lots of time thinking about this — and then posting their solutions on the internet!
Here are the smartest ways to organize your cooking utensils that we could find online.
1. On a towel rack.
Use S-hooks to hang utensils from wall-mounted towel racks to turn them into an evolving display, like Niki from My Scandinavian Home did.
See the rest of the space: The Calm, Natural Kitchen at My Scandinavian Home
2. On a pegboard.
Commonly used for tools in a garage or workshop, a pegboard is just as handy for storing kitchen utensils. After all, Julia Child had one hung in her kitchen.
See more: Use a Pegboard as Gadget Keeper
3. On a rake.
Hear us out! The idea seems a little out there, but when we saw this picture from Love in a Mason Jar, we were sold. The tines of an old rake are the perfect hooks for utensils.
See more: New Uses for Old Things - Rake at Love in a Mason Jar
4. In a pitcher.
Anyone can put a bunch of tools in a regular ol' crock, but we love this idea from Anita at Cedar Hill Farmhouse: She put her tools in a stainless steel pitcher. Another idea? A vintage Champagne bucket would work just as well.
See more: Cedar Hill Ranch Kitchen Tour and Confessions at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
5. In a DIY rack.
This DIY storage trick makes smart use of an usual source: plumbing supplies. Medina at Grillo Designs mounted plumbing pipe clips on a piece of wood, which she then hung on her wall to create a rustic and handy utensil hanging rack.
See the steps: Make a DIY Utensil Hanging Rack at Grillo Designs
6. On the side of cabinets.
Even if you lack wall space, you still probably have room to hang your utensils, as this Chicago home proves. Just hang a bar or individual hooks on the side of your cabinets and there you go — instant storage!
Tour the rest of the space: Rachel & Brian's Spacious Place in Chicago at Apartment Therapy
7. In a pull-out drawer.
Instead of storing your containers on the countertop, put them in bins that slide into a pull-out cabinet. It'll save space and amaze dinner guests who happen to be hanging out in the kitchen while you cook.
See more: Storage Solutions for Your Kitchen Makeover at The Home Depot
8. Inside a cabinet door.
Attach hooks to the inside of your cabinet doors and store utensils in an inconspicuous spot. Just set the hooks up in two rows, as seen here on Tara Dennis' site, so that the door can close properly.
Get more ideas: Storage Solutions at Tara Dennis
9. Under your upper cabinets.
New from Umbra, this guy mounts underneath your upper cabinets and has flexible grippers inside that grab and hold onto utensil handles.
Buy: Float Utensil Holder, $15 at Umbra
10. Diagonally in a drawer.
Storing long utensils diagonally makes smarter, more efficient use of drawer space. So simple, yet so brilliant.
12. In a container made of Legos!
Feel like playing? Try building a cheerful and totally customizable container made out of Legos, like homeowners Anna and Richard Wright.
See more: A DIY Utensil Holder Made Out of LEGOs!
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