Organizing Storage
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The IKEA RÅSKOG Cart as Mobile Kitchen Tool Box
One of my favorite ways to make the most of the incredibly versatile IKEA RÅSKOG cart is as a mobile tool box. With its compact size, rotating wheels, and deep shelving with plenty of space in between, this cart can definitely hold its own as you toss your spatula in, while pulling out your tongs all in one fell swoop! Put your tool VIPs on the top shelf: We all have the tools that we turn to again and again.
Oct 4, 2016
The IKEA RÅSKOG Cart as Spice Rack
Variety is the spice of life — so they say — but even a few good spices can make a difference, turning that ho-hum bowl of chili into a sweat-inducing zinger. Still, whether your spice collection is comprehensive and abundant or small and selective, there is the question of how and where to store them. May we suggest the IKEA RÅSKOG cart?
Oct 3, 2016
The IKEA RÅSKOG Cart as Home Bar
A bar cart should never be a luxury — we’ll drink to that! But wait, where are you going to fit it? The crowd-favorite, small-scale RÅSKOG cart from IKEA comes to the rescue again. It’s the perfect size for any space, whether that’s a tiny apartment or not-so-noticeable nook in the corner of your dining room. Ready to turn the RÅSKOG cart into a home for all your tipsy treasures? Here are a few tips.
Oct 3, 2016
A Neat Freak Shares Her Top Tips for Organizing the Fridge
I have a bit of a problem that I’ve long since known about: I am very enthusiastic about fridge organization. When I visit my dad, I spend more time pulling out items and rearranging things in his fridge than what may be deemed normal. When I lived with a whole slew of interns on a farm in Italy for the summer, I’d slip away after lunch to get things in our communal fridge in order. Call me anxious, call me crazy — but a messy fridge is just something I can’t do.
Aug 27, 2016
Why You Should Just Relax About Your Cluttered Countertops
This is one of my kitchen countertops. You’ll notice that it is not clutter-free. Or actually, it is clutter-free, if you define clutter as piles of untidy and useless items. If that’s the case, then this counter is totally free from clutter because everything you see here is used either daily or weekly or makes me inordinately happy to look at. In other words, none of this is clutter — at least to me.
Jun 28, 2016
The Most Important Thing to Know About Storing Tea
Last week I wrote a post about different ways to organize your tea — but the thing is, if you don’t store your teas correctly, it doesn’t matter how you organize them. Before you waste your efforts clearing cupboards or drawers and sorting through your collection, you need a place to put them to keep them fresh and at the ready. And when it comes to fresh tea, there’s one important element. First off, what are the essentials when storing tea?
May 18, 2016
10 Rules for Organizing Your Fridge When You Have Roommates
No matter how long you’ve done it or how many different people you’ve lived with over the years, sharing storage space is one of the most challenging parts of living with roommates. The refrigerator can be especially tricky territory. If you’re currently navigating a roommate refrigerator situation, here’s some advice on how to keep it organized and keep the peace. Since going off to college, I’ve lived with a total of 15 different people.
Nov 10, 2015
5 Things I Learned About Tidying the Kitchen from Marie Kondo
I have a confession to make: I’ve never truly understood how your home can have an impact on your personal well-being until about a month ago. I know, I know. I work for a company called Apartment Therapy Media, for goodness’ sake. But it just never clicked for me. If my bedroom was messy? I felt a little down, but I didn’t take much issue with it. This all changed for me after reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Oct 2, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 20: A Return to a Sit and a List
The Kitchn Cure Day 20: Have a sit and make a list. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Why, hello! Here we are on the final day of the Cure. Congratulations! I hope your Cure has been beneficial; bringing you closer to, and more happy with, your kitchen. At the very least it is cleaner, and cleaner — while not everything — is a good place to start. Before we end, let’s come full circle and spend a final, quiet moment in our kitchen.
Oct 2, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 19: Revisit Your List and Pick a Project
The Kitchn Cure Day 19: Revisit your list and pick a project. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Today is the day we pull out the list we made on day 1, pick an item from the dislike column, and do something about it! Your initial choice here is to either pick a project that can be completed in a day or begin the process towards tackling a larger endeavor. The smaller project will bring a sense of immediate satisfaction and reward and add to your Cure glow.
Oct 1, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 16: The Under-the-Sink Area, the Trash Can & the All-Important Tea Break
The Kitchn Cure Day 16: Clean the under-the-sink area and your trash can. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Gasp! What is this? We are already on the final week of the Cure? Time sure passes quickly when you throw yourself into a project! This final week of the Cure has a few challenges (like today’s under-the-sink clean-out, if your kitchen is anything like mine), but mostly it’s about caring for our kitchens on a simpler, quieter level.
Sep 28, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 15: Sharp Knives and Wooden Utensils
The Kitchn Cure Day 15: Focus on your knives and wooden utensils. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments I’ll cut straight to the punchline: The most important thing in your kitchen is the sharpness of your knives. I was going to add that maybe running water is more important, but after careful thinking, I still come back to sharp knives. You can haul in water if it comes to that, but you can’t cut a tomato with a dull knife.
Sep 25, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 14: Field Trip!
The Kitchn Cure Day 14: Replenish and replace. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Today is the day we finish up creating our Super Magical Power Pantry; replenish our spices; and replace any unhappy dish, tool, or gadget. Yes, today is the day we go shopping. Grab your bags; tuck in your pantry, spice, and utensil list; and set your mind towards a more conscious, mindful shopping experience. What?
Sep 24, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 13: Exploring the Ways in Which Your Dish Cupboard and Your Shoe Rack Are Not the Same Thing
The Kitchn Cure Day 13: Sort through your dishes and serveware. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Today we’re going to rummage through our dish and glassware cupboards and upend our various drawers of silverware, tools, and implements. We’re going to sort through and clean out and rearrange all manner of kitchen chaos. Hurray! But first, let’s talk about shoes. Shoes are purely functional objects, right?
Sep 23, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 12: Our Spice Rack, Ourselves
The Kitchn Cure Day 12: Clean and organize your spice rack. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Today is going to be a nice day; a bit of a treat for the senses after a couple of weeks inhaling all-purpose cleaner and vinegar. Today we’re going to play with — err, clean and organize — our herbs and spices. In the process, we may also get a glimpse into our own inner workings. How big is your spice area?
Sep 22, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 10: A Quiet Day of Reflection, Renewal, and Reward
The Kitchn Cure Day 10: Quietly reflect on the last nine days. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Did you notice we’re almost halfway though the Cure already? How did that happen? Time can pass quickly when we’re engaged and steadfast in our efforts. Especially these first two weeks, which were full of some very heavy-duty projects. Today, though, we’re going to head back into the kitchen for a more quiet, reflective endeavor.
Sep 18, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 9: Dealing with Small Appliances (in Which I Instruct You on Something I Have Very Little Experience With)
The Kitchn Cure Day 9: Give your small appliances a good cleaning. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Today we’re going to take care of those small but hardworking appliances that help make our kitchens truly function. If you own a dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, and a coffee grinder, then this is going to be a busy day. But it’s also the last of the major cleaning, so one more push and the heavy labor will soon be done.
Sep 17, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 4: Cleaning the Freezer (Rummaging Around, Clearing Out & Throwing Away)
The Kitchn Cure Day 4: Sort through your freezer’s expired items. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Today is going to be a (somewhat) light day. We’ve earned it! If you clean your refrigerator on a regular basis, the past few days may have been a breeze. But most of us don’t do this nearly enough, so it’s possible that what we’ve just done is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations!
Sep 10, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 3: Tackling the Refrigerator (and Your Guilty Feelings)
The Kitchn Cure Day 3: Banish guilt and finish cleaning your refrigerator. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Yesterday we started our big fridge clean-out by wiping down the door shelves and produce bins and sorting through the bits and bobs we store there. As an extra bonus, we also discovered our Cure spirit animal. (Snail, hummingbird, or other? Tell us in the comments!) Today we’re ready to go back in to finish the job.
Sep 9, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 2: Tackling the Refrigerator (with Zen Poetry)
The Kitchn Cure Day 2: Wipe down refrigerator door shelves and produce bins. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments I’m not usually a fan of cleaning my refrigerator. I’m not sure why — I love a sparkling fridge with everything neatly arranged and in its place — but somehow, I often can’t get there.
Sep 8, 2015
The Kitchn Cure Day 1: We Begin with a Sit and a List
The Kitchn Cure Day 1: Make a list of what you like and dislike about your kitchen. Join The Kitchn Cure: Sign up and see all The Kitchn Cure assignments Hello, and welcome to Day 1 of the Kitchn Cure. I’m really excited to get started on our four-week journey to a more mindful and thoughtful relationship with our kitchens.
Sep 7, 2015
Another Genius Way to Store Pot Lids, and It May Be the Best Yet
We’ve heard the cries from the crowds: How can I neatly store my pot lids? They are driving me crazy! We’ve offered suggestions before, but this solution, shown in Tamasyn’s London kitchen, may be the best one yet. It’s neat, organized, really kind of cool-looking, and yes, that’s the GRUNDTAL rail from IKEA. What’s not to love? I’m not sure why I’ve never thought to slide lids behind the pot rail on the wall.
Apr 17, 2015
4 Things I Learned When I Moved into My New Kitchen
You know how moving goes. You pack up all your dishes and glasses, all your pots and pans, and all your canned goods and half-empty boxes of pasta. You have big plans for your new space. You’re going to unpack your stuff in the most organized way possible! It sounds great in theory, right? I had big plans for my new kitchen the last time I moved. I bookmarked all of our organizing posts (all of them). I felt ready and excited. Queue the moving truck and bring on the packing tape.
Mar 25, 2015
How To Make a Magnetic Galvanized Steel Dry Erase Board
I’m one of those hyper-organized people who loves to make lists—grocery lists, packing lists, to-do lists, books to read lists, home improvement lists, you name it, I’ve listed it. So when I redid my office a few months ago, acquiring a large dry erase board for my weekly deadlines was tops on my, um, list.
Mar 22, 2015
10 Snazzy Ways to Organize and Store Small Appliances
Some small appliances have all the luck. Instead of getting shoved in the back of a cupboard or left to gather dust on a bottom shelf, these small appliances get the red carpet treatment, with pull-out shelves and hidden cabinets devoted entirely to storing them in style and comfort. Ah, it’s good to be a small appliance — at least if you’re in one of these kitchens! Appliance garages have gone by the waysidenew Even — or maybe especially!
Mar 13, 2015
My Kitchen Problem: Where Do I Store My Cocktail Coupes?
I’ve been wanting coupe glasses for ages, and I’ve searched high and low for the ones that I consider to be the perfect coupe. I’ve examined every one I’ve come across and rejected plenty of them for being too small, too heavy, not heavy enough, too tall-stemmed, too decorative, or just not perfect.But I’m happy to report I’ve finally found my ideal coupe. It’s the 7.
Mar 11, 2015
How I Organize My Paleo Kitchen: Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo
This month we’re talking about organizing the kitchen! To help us really dig in deep, we’ve hit up a few of our favorite food writers and bloggers to share how they organize their home kitchens. Today Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo reveals her two-part system for keeping her kitchen chaos in check! As an inveterate slob, I’m the last person who should be giving advice about organization. I’m super diligent about washing and cleaning, but not about putting things away.
Mar 10, 2015
Why I Love My KitchenAid Stand Mixer Cover
I’ve had my KitchenAid mixer since I was in high school. Yes, that seems a little bit crazy, but when you find a deal too good to pass up, it’s best not to pass it up. In all the years I’ve had the mixer, it’s found a home in many different kitchens. It has traveled along with me from Kansas to Iowa, back to Kansas, to New York, to California, and back to New York.
Mar 9, 2015
How I Organize My Spice Drawer: Cheryl Sternman Rule
March is Organizing Month at The Kitchn! To kick things off, we’re asking a few of our favorite food bloggers and writers to let us peek into an area of their kitchen and see how they keep it organized. First up is Cheryl Sternman Rule, author of Yogurt Culture, Ripe, and the You’re Doing It Right column right here at The Kitchn, who lets us in on the secret of her spice drawer setup.
Mar 2, 2015
3 Questions That Keep My Crisper Drawers Organized & Healthy
Are your refrigerator crisper drawers a hodgepodge mix of fruits and vegetables packed together so tightly you have a hard time knowing what’s in there? Or have you always struggled to figure out where to store things if you have multiple drawers that have humidity settings? Over the years, I’ve developed a series of just three simple questions that I ask myself when putting my produce away. These questions help me figure out where things go so that I can easily find them later.
Mar 2, 2015
7 Ways to Organize Your Side-by-Side Freezer
Side-by-side freezers present their own very special and unique challenges. First released in the late 1940s, the side-by-side fridge-and-freezer combo gained popularity thanks to its narrow doors and in-door ice and water dispenser. However, folks have been known to grump about the freezer space lacking in, well, space. The freezer of the side-by-side is narrow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it.
Feb 12, 2015
The Best Thing You Can Buy For Your Small Kitchen Cabinets
The one thing every small kitchen wants is more space — more counter space, more cupboard space, more everything space. When installing another row of cabinets isn’t an option (and how often is it, really?) the best workaround is to make the most of the space you have. That’s when this product becomes your best friend. Cabinet shelves aren’t new, but the Seville Classics Expandable Kitchen Counter and Cabinet Shelf ($16.
Feb 10, 2015
The Surprising Kitchen Habit That Keeps Food Editor Eva Katz Sane
Who: Eva Katz of Cook’s Country and My Front Burner Where: Jamaica Plain in Boston, Massachusetts See her kitchen: Cook’s Country Editor Eva Katz’s Homey, Hardworking Kitchen Eva Katz has been close to food for almost her entire professional career. She’s worked in restaurants, taught cooking classes at culinary school, and written and developed recipes for Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country (her current position).
Jan 28, 2015
5 Small Things You Can Do While Dinner Is Cooking
Some nights, cooking dinner is a hands-on task. But on other nights, after the prep work is done, dinner is left to bake in the oven or simmer on the stove, and you’re left with a little down time. So what do you do with those precious minutes while dinner is cooking? Since I’m already there, I like to reserve this time for things that need to get done in the kitchen. These tasks are all quick and simple, yet they make life in the kitchen a little better.
Jan 27, 2015
Why You Should Hang a Magnetic Hook on the Side of Your Fridge
If you’re looking for a simple, cheap, yet totally smart product for your small kitchen, buy a big magnetic hook right now and hang it on the side of your fridge. Here’s why. Magnetic hooks hit that hard-to-find kitchen solution sweet spot: they’re cheap, renter-friendly, make use of an otherwise under-utilized space (the side of the fridge), and mostly importantly, will make your kitchen a little neater.
Jan 26, 2015
How Bruce Springsteen Helped Me Organize My Kitchen Drawers
For years, there’s been this beautifully organized drawer photo floating around the internet. It’s special because it’s not arranged vertically or horizontally; it’s all diagonal! That’s cool and all, but I hate design solutions that involve me buying anything. So this morning, my main man Bruce and I sat down to rectify the situation. Well, I sat and he stood lookin’ oh so fine in those jeans as usual. The best projects in my home happen at 7am or 2am.
Nov 21, 2014
Making It Work: Hanging Pots and Pans in Front of a Window
Finding a place to store everything is challenging in a small kitchen, so it’s sometimes necessary to make creative use of what you have. Lauren’s Chicago kitchen doesn’t have a lot of cabinet space, which means she has to hang her pots and pans in front of the window — and it actually looks pretty great!
Nov 21, 2014
One Small Way to Keep Your Tea Hoard From Taking Over the Pantry
Fall is in the air and we’ve ditched our iced beverages for warmer things. I’m an herbal tea drinker, and I love collecting the perfect flavors for cozy tea times — until moving just one box causes a tea avalanche. A tea-valanche. You know what I’m talking about! Here’s the one small thing I do to keep my tea collection from taking over my cupboard. When temperatures shift, I often feel like Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs.
Oct 28, 2014
Hang Your Pot Rack Over the Sink and Let Your Pans Drip Dry
My poor mother. I can only imagine what it’s like to be on the other end of my texts messages: Hey Mom! Can you send me a picture of your pot rack? — Sure honey! Wait, will this end up on the internet?” But I had to show you her solution to a pot rack in a small space. It is brilliant and best of all, she never has to dry a thing! My parents have a long and skinny kitchen that doesn’t allow for an island or central work station.
Oct 8, 2014
10 Cute Wall Hooks for the Kitchen
From dishtowels to oven mitts and aprons to reusable totes, you need places to hang a few things in your kitchen. These 10 wall hooks and racks inject a little bit of personality into your space. Now the only problem will be choosing which one you like best. Clarabell and Taurus Coat Hooks, $15 each from CB2: What better place to hang your reusable grocery totes than on the horns (or ears) of these bovines.
Sep 29, 2014
5 Brilliant Ways to Store Your Pots & Pans
Stockpots, sauce pans, skillets, and Dutch ovens—they are absolute essentials in the kitchen, but they can be such a pain to store. Even if you buy a complete set from one company in one style, they still don’t fit together for easy storage. With that in mind, these five storage solutions make even those oddly shaped pans easy to store. Under the Island: We’ve seen plenty of pot racks hanging above a kitchen island, but rarely do we see them hanging below the counter.
Sep 19, 2014
Label the Tops of Spice Jars for Better Drawer Organization
If you do one thing for your kitchen this fall, let it be this: organize your spice drawer. We’ve got one super simple tip that will make finding spices in your drawer a breeze. If you store spices in a cupboard or on a spice rack at eye level it’s easy to see the labels on the jars. But it’s not quite as simple to see what’s what when your spices are stored in a drawer or down below.
Sep 16, 2014
What Are the Best Airtight Storage Containers?
Q: I recently had some trouble with pantry moths getting into my OXO Good Grips POP containers. If these aren’t in fact as airtight as advertised (which mine clearly are not), what else is there that’s comparable (and is in fact airtight)? When I bought the POP containers I thought they were the best option out there. Help!
Aug 8, 2014
How Julia Organizes Her Open-Plan Kitchen
Julia Badovinac’s open-plan loft kitchen required a bit of extra planning for storage, since the high-ceilinged space was once an industrial building with no built-in shelving or closets. Fortunately the owners installed a kitchen that ran from one end of the space to the other, and Julia and her boyfriend Julian added on from there.
May 15, 2014
Hang Pots on Wall Week 4: Did It Work? The Big Pot Rail Reveal
My big project this month was to find a way to hang my pots and pans on a wall in my kitchen. After considering various locations, my husband and I ultimately decided to hang two rails around our kitchen door frame: a smaller rail to the right, and a longer one above. This weekend we finally tackled the installation. Did it work? Were we able to install pot rails without pulling out the wall? See for yourself: Yes, indeed!
Apr 22, 2014
The IKEA Expedit Bookshelf Makes a Great Kitchen Cubby Storage Solution
Hope and Pete’s recent House Tour on Apartment Therapy is bright, colorful, and full of personality befitting the couple’s “laid-back bohemian aesthetic.” What really caught my attention, though, was their kitchen storage setup. IKEA’s Expedit bookshelf has been around for what seems like ages, but I can’t say I’ve seen it used very much in the kitchen. How is that possible?
Apr 9, 2014
Rachel & Brian’s Clever Side Cabinet Utensil Storage
Rachel and Brian have three drawers in their West Town, Chicago kitchen, but to avoid a mixed-up, messy utensil drawer, they did something unusual with all their kitchen tools: they hung them on the side of their lower kitchen cabinet! You can see from this wide shot that the couple doesn’t have a lot of backsplash or wall space for hanging utensils, which is why they decided to use the side of the cabinet! Clever and space-saving.
Apr 4, 2014
Renovating a Kitchen? The One Design Tip That’ll Make Your Life Easier
If you’re renovating a kitchen, there are dozens of things to consider: what kind of countertop do you want? Where does the range go? But sometimes in the midst of materials madness, it’s easy to overlook the simple, smart design decisions — the ones that, ultimately, have way more effect on your day-to-day kitchen life than what kind of hardware you choose.
Apr 3, 2014
My Spring Project: Hang My Pots and Pans On the Wall
For Spring Projects month this April, I’m tackling a project that’s been on my to-do list since last fall. My pots and pans take up too much valuable drawer space in my kitchen, so it’s time to get serious about hanging them on the wall! Last fall during The Kitchn Cure I bought a ceiling pot rack with plans to install it over our kitchen island. This idea was soon abandoned over concerns that our rental kitchen ceiling wouldn’t be able to handle the weight.
Apr 1, 2014
Innovative Spice Storage Solution: Hang Drawer Organizers On Your Pantry Wall
I admit that my spice storage is a mess right now. The bottles are not stored so much as piled together in a corner in my pantry. (Ugh.) Here’s one solution that could work, though, and it’s really smart: hang wire mesh drawer organizers (or pencil holders, depending on what you want to call them) on the wall! This super smart idea comes from Ashley of the blog Domestic Imperfection.
Jan 30, 2014
5 Vintage Book Racks For Your Cookbooks
In the comments of this recent House Tour, several people remarked about liking John and Laurel’s vintage metal wire cookbook rack in their kitchen. It’s a classic workhorse of a shelf, storing one row of books at an angle that’s easy to read when standing in the kitchen. I scoured around and came up with five similar versions that are up for grabs: 1 Mid Century Modern Wire Shelf, $59 from VintageMementos on Etsy: very similar to the inspiration.
Jan 23, 2014
Weekend Project: A DIY Door Organizer For Foil and Plastic Wrap Dispensers
Remember this clever idea to use a magazine file for storing foil and plastic wrap? If the aesthetics of that weren’t to your liking, but the door storage bit was, then this project may be just what you need. Whitney of the blog Shanty 2 Chic built her own door organizer for all her parchment, foil, and plastic wrap boxes. It cost $10 and only took her about 10 minutes, and look how sleek it looks!
Jan 17, 2014
A Kitchen Island, More Storage, and a Home Office Workspace… All In One!
When we think of clever solutions for the kitchen, this is what we’re talking about. In a recent House Tour on Apartment Therapy, Jonathan Paul shares how he turned his large but underutilized Santa Monica kitchen into a space that triples as a place for him to cook, eat, and work. And he did it all with the help of a few IKEA butcher block boards.
Jan 14, 2014
High & Low Shopping: One Small Purchase & One Investment Purchase for My Kitchen
Day 6 Task: Consider appliances, gadgets and tools. The first thing I did when I saw today’s task was go out and buy this $5,800 Trousseau kitchen set from MOMA. Then I threw everything else away. I kid, I kid. (Although if I had $5,800 to spare and, you know, no rent or bills or living expenses of any kind for forever, then maybe.
Oct 7, 2013
Day 4: Deep Clean
Day 4: Thursday, October 3 Assignment: Deep clean every part of your kitchen Here is one of my favorite tasks. I know, some people think I’m crazy, but cleaning a kitchen is one of the most rewarding chores. There are some places in a kitchen that can go years without attention, then suddenly you notice the grime and the grease and cleaning it up feels so liberating, you could just sing. Okay, maybe not all of you, but that’s how it goes in my house.
Oct 3, 2013
A Spare Ladle, a Plastic Cake Cutter, and a Dead Plant All Walk Into a Bar…
Day 3 Task: Declutter appliances, gadgets, and tools The third task arrived, and I approached it with trepidation after my bruising experience in the pantry I learned from my last kitchen not to store the things I use most in any high or hard-to-reach cabinets. So when I set up this kitchen in June, I put all my glass food storage containers and my pots and pans in the large, low drawers. It’s worked out pretty well for the most part, but things do get messy.
Oct 2, 2013
Appliances, Gadgets and Tools: Not My Worst Problem
Day 3 Task: Declutter appliances, gadgets, and tools I have a weird kitchen. At first glance, it looks pretty big. Then you start trying to put things away. My kitchen has surprisingly little storage space. (I have sexy, sexy fantasies about remodeling my tiny laundry room and adding a large pantry. These fantasies involve a handsome contractor…and winning the lottery.) This kitchen was designed for people who like to entertain and also enjoy the services of caterers.
Oct 2, 2013
Day 3: Declutter Appliances, Gadgets and Tools
Day 3: Wednesday, October 2 Assignment: Declutter appliances, gadgets and tools I’ve had days in the kitchen where I open my drawer, my one and only drawer in my kitchen, and I find things so caddywhompus that I feel like shutting the drawer, turning around, and ordering take-out. Does this sound familiar? The corkscrew is twisted onto a whisk, there are wooden skewers poking into the sides of the drawer, and the ubiquitous drawer full of leftover containers with mis-matched tops.
Oct 2, 2013
Day 2: Declutter and Clean Pantry and Food Storage Areas
Day 2: Tuesday, October 1 Assignment: Declutter and clean your pantry and food storage areas How did you sleep? Did you dream about your sparkling refrigerator and freezer? Are you ready to hit it again? Today we’re repeating yesterday’s assignment, but applying the assignments to the the pantry, cabinets and countertops; in other words, any foods in your kitchen that are not in the refrigerator or freezer. Foods stored out of the refrigerator often are overlooked.
Oct 1, 2013
Tales From a Refrigerator Bag Lady
Day 1 Task: Declutter and purge fridge and freezer, clean. There comes a time in every person’s life when you’re forced to face uncomfortable truths about yourself. Last week I experienced such a moment when I opened my refrigerator to start cleaning it out. I stood there for a time, letting all the cold air escape, and with it this inescapable fact: I am a messy refrigerator bag lady. What is a refrigerator bag lady, you ask?
Sep 30, 2013
Day 1: Declutter and Clean the Refrigerator and Freezer
Day 1: Monday, September 30 Assignment: Declutter and clean the refrigerator and freezer Welcome, everyone! Happy first day of The Kitchn Cure. There are over 6,000 7,000 of you signed up so far; I’m pretty sure we’re about to make a difference in the world. By cleaning out your kitchen and giving it offerings of beauty and life, you shift the energy in your home. Then you start to cook more for yourself, you have people over, you eat more nutritiously. Life gets better.
Sep 30, 2013
The Kitchn Cure Starts Today! Sign Up Now
I bet you’re ready for a more healthy, organized kitchen. Starting today we’ll be running The Kitchn Cure, a 10-day refresh of your cooking space. We’ve been helping people actualize this dream for years. All it takes is a commitment of about an hour a day (sometimes less) for about 10 days (we spread them over two weeks giving you catch-up time) and a little bravery.
Sep 23, 2013
5 Great Meals to Make Ahead and Freeze
There’s really no end to the yummy goodness you can make-ahead and freeze. Doing so can save you time and money, as well as guarantee a home-cooked favorite any night of the week. Over the years, I have experimented with freezing a lot of different items. Here are my top five items to keep on hand in my freezer: While I grew up eating canned soup, that’s not been the case for my kids. The canned variety is generally oversalted, oversweetened, and overpriced.
Aug 27, 2013
5 Ways To Hang a Magnetic Knife Rack
When I was first settling into my kitchen, I quickly realized that drawer space was at such a premium that I would not have room for an in-drawer knife block (my number one choice for knife storage). Ditto goes for the countertop. So I purchased a magnetic knife rack. But when it came time to hang it up, I faced, well, a bit of a hangup: Should it be vertical? Horizontal? Tucked into the backsplash between the countertop and upper cabinets or located on a more open wall? And at what height?
May 30, 2013
How to Remember to Take Your Lunch
Do you have trouble remembering to take your lunch when you leave for work or school? There are few things more frustrating than spending the time to pack yourself a healthy, delicious lunch only to forget it in the morning rush. Here are five little tips to help you remember. • Put your keys in the fridge: If you need your keys to lock up or drive in the morning, put them next to your lunch in the refrigerator. Not keen on putting keys in the fridge?
Mar 15, 2013
Magnetic Periodic Table of Herbs & Spices!
How do you organize your dried herbs and spices? In a drawer? On the wall? We’re always so impressed when our readers send in their own organizational accomplishments — but Tyler really wins the award for most awesome (and most nerdy!) approach! Read on for more…Tyler sent us these photos and told us: I designed this magnetic spice rack after searching fruitlessly for a creative way to display all my spices.
Mar 4, 2013
My Kitchen Treat: Little Built-In Cabinet
When I first moved into my 1920s rental apartment, I was horrified by the built-in mirrored cabinet above the sink. Wouldn’t it be awkward to stare at myself while doing dishes? Yet this little cupboard unexpectedly became the most joyful feature of my kitchen (and it has nothing to do with vanity!).Such cabinets are not uncommon in Los Angeles kitchens of this era and most people I know use them to store spice jars.
Feb 1, 2013
An Example of Beautiful Organization Under the Kitchen Sink!
When you open the doors under your kitchen sink, what do you see? I have an old plastic bin of cleaning supplies and a few other random things thrown in back. I am very inspired, though, to get this dark cave cleaned up and organized thanks to Jen at IHeart Organizing — take a look at what she did to her own under-sink area!Jen added a few new things that really cleaned up this area.
Jan 30, 2013
How I Organize My Measuring Spoons
I am in the process of setting up a new kitchen, with all the decisions, indecisions, and rearrangements that settling into a new cooking space entails. Every time I start in a new space, there’s fresh resolve to fix the things that drove me crazy in the last one. This time, for instance, I decided to create order out of the tangled mess of my measuring spoons. Here’s how I organized them, and why.
Jan 15, 2013
New Beginnings: 8 Ways To a Neater, Cleaner, and More Organized Kitchen
January is the perfect time for a kitchen tune-up. A new year has dawned, and with it the possibility of new cooking adventures. If tackling your kitchen seems overwhelming, start with one (or all) of these eight tips for a neater, cleaner, and more organized kitchen.1. Get rid of plastic packaging in the pantry and store your food in clear containers. Nothing breaks up the flow of a pretty pantry more than a mess of plastic packaging piled one on top of the other.
Jan 3, 2013
Clean Out Your Pantry, Fridge & Freezer in 20 Minutes a Day for 5 Days
The momentum of the new year has me inspired to do a clean sweep in my kitchen, so I can start 2013 with a pantry, fridge and freezer full of fresh and inspiring ingredients. Unfortunately, I don’t have a full day to tackle this project, so I’m breaking it down into steps that can be completed in 20 minutes or less per day for five days. Want to join me? Start today and by Monday morning your kitchen will be cleaned out and ready for a new year of cooking.
Jan 2, 2013
Tip: Label Containers with Painter’s Tape
Recently we shared a pro tip for using masking tape to label food and containers in the kitchen. Here’s a similar tool that’s incredibly useful for kitchen labeling and organizing: blue (or green) painter’s tape!In my kitchen, I use painter’s tape and a permanent marker to label everything from mise en place to leftovers, infusions, pantry jars, and more.
Nov 2, 2012