Organizing and Storage
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Pantry Before & After: The Amazing Power of Bins and a Snack Basket
Lacking an actual pantry closet, we use a couple of upper kitchen cabinets for the task. It’s a pantry in as much as it’s a place where we store nonperishable foods. But it’s never really been organized. Here, I take a look at helping these cabinets along when it comes to performing as a pantry. I hadn’t used organizing bins or trays in the cabinet before because I simply wasn’t convinced that they would provide better, more efficient storage. Boy, was I wrong.
Mar 3, 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
A Great Customizable Kitchen Cart (With Drawers!) for a Small Kitchen
Who: Charlie Marshall of The Marshal Where: Manhattan, New York See his kitchen: Chef Charlie Marshall’s Tiny, Well-Ordered New York City Kitchen A major feature in Charlie Marshall’s small kitchen is his kitchen cart, placed against the far wall. What’s notable about this cart is its solid wire construction, butcher block top, and the three pull-out drawers on the top shelf.
Feb 20, 2015
Before & After: A Dish Cupboard Makeover
I have a large dish cabinet that has taken on piles of prep bowls, odds-and-ends (like vitamins and water bottles!), and nice serving dishes that don’t see much use because they’re buried. This is just one of the cabinets in my kitchen that needs help. I’ve set out to pare down, categorize, shift to underused cabinets, and provide easy access to everything. Erratic piles, be gone!
Feb 17, 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
Before & After: How I Transformed My Junk Drawer Without Buying a Single Organizer
The photo below, my friends, was the sorry state of my kitchen junk drawer before I decided to organize it — a mess of miscellanea, and as far away from “neat and tidy” as it’s possible to get. In fact, it’s like it saw the words “neat and tidy” and just ran in the other direction — fast. As in, sprinted. It was sad.
Feb 5, 2015
How I Take a Freezer Inventory That Works
Whether you have an itty-bitty fridge freezer or a large deep freezer in the basement, it doesn’t help you a whole lot if you don’t know what you have in there. Often we forget about something for so long that we end up chucking it. They say Americans waste 25 to 30 percent of the food they buy. Think of the resources — and money! — we could save if we never wasted food. Over the years, I’ve learned how to keep a freezer inventory that works for me.
Feb 3, 2015
This Is the Smartest Trash Can Cabinet We’ve Ever Seen
Need multiple trash bins? Have a deep or corner cabinet that’s underutilized? Have we got a find for you. It may be a little weird to geek out over a trash can setup, and yet that is what’s happening here. This compact, under-the-cabinet three-trash-bin setup is so smart! I’m just imagining standing over the bins: “And YOU, bottle, go here (plink!), and YOU, food scraps, go here (plop!), and YOU, old newspaper, go here (drop!). Now swing back under the cabinet!
Jan 28, 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
Look! There’s a Toaster in This Kitchen Drawer
Take a look at this kitchen setup. Yes, that’s a plugged-in toaster in the drawer. What an interesting idea, with some drawbacks if used unsafely (hello, house fire!) but also some advantages if you’re smart about it. Would you ever do this? It looks like this drawer has an electrical outlet behind it and the toaster stays plugged in. The drawer is not only deep enough for a toaster, but also designed to hold a bread box.
Oct 22, 2014
8 Smart Ways to Make More Space in a Small Kitchen
Who cooks here: Anna Watson Carl of The Yellow Table & Brandon Carl See the kitchen: Anna’s Yellow Table Kitchen Where: Manhattan, New York Rent or Own? Rent Tiny kitchens are the norm in Manhattan and other dense urban areas, and many people merely use their teeny kitchens as a place to reheat takeout and store bottles of wine.
Oct 22, 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
12 Wall Pot Racks for Short People
When we talk about easy, inexpensive ways to improve the storage in your kitchen — any kitchen, even a rental — a pot rack comes up quickly. Hanging your pots and pans for easy access frees up cupboards. But what if you, like me, are just too short for a traditional pot rack? I have tall friends with racks that loom high over their island or stove, but I am not tall enough to manage that!
Oct 1, 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
10 Pretty Ways to Keep Your Countertop Organized
Whether you have a lot of workspace in your kitchen, or just a little, keeping your countertop neat and organized is paramount. It’s just too easy to leave a jar of peanut butter or a bottle of honey out, push it back into the corner, stack up a few cans for a meal you’re going to make tomorrow — and before you know it counter creep leaves you with nowhere to work.
Sep 11, 2014
Where I Cook: Jesa’s Incredibly Well-Organized Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Jesa Henneberry, a personal chef and competitive athlete, and her husband Where: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York Rent or Own? Own Jesa, a trained chef, spends her days working in other people’s kitchens. She prepares their meals, organizes their weekly meal plans, helps them with portions, and makes sure they eat well.
Jul 1, 2014
For Coffee Lovers: A Kitchen Cart Devoted Entirely To Coffee Making
My husband and I have a mini coffee station set up in our pantry. We keep our burr grinder, coffee beans, hot water kettle, and scale grouped together for our pourover coffee, but beyond that it’s nothing fancy — nothing, in other words, like Victoria’s impressive (and beautiful) coffee cart station! Everything changed for Victoria of sfgirlbybay when she bought this kitchen cart from West Elm.
Jun 13, 2014
The Return Of Larder Cupboards
We don’t talk about larders very much nowadays. The traditional larder — a small, cool storage room used to keep foods fresh — has long been replaced by modern refrigeration. But larder love is still out there, only this time it’s more commonly seen in the form of a larder cupboard: A larder cupboard is a standalone unit that’s a cross between a kitchen cupboard and storage room. You might call it a “wardrobe for food,” as Homes and Antiques puts it.
Jun 12, 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 5: After a Week, Here’s How I Feel About My New Pot Rail
It’s always a gamble when you undertake a new project, and that was no different with my kitchen pot rail project this month. I’d long thought a pot rail would work somewhere in my kitchen, and I was right; I found an area with plenty of empty space and adequate studs, and the two rails were installed without any drama. Now that I’ve lived with this new system for a little over a week, you may be wondering how I like it.
Apr 29, 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
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
10 Kitchens With Cast Iron Pans on Display
My three cast iron skillets are my most-used kitchen items. One of the skillets used to belong to my grandmother, which means the interior is super smooth (great for eggs). Because I use them so often, I keep my pans right on my stovetop, but that’s certainly the least exciting way to store them, as evidenced by the setups in these 10 kitchens: Cast iron pans actually look quite striking when displayed in the open, whether packed in clusters on a pot rack or hung side by side on the wall.
Mar 3, 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
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
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
Quick Reminder: Why You Should Store Some Fruits and Vegetables Separately
When I bring home a shopping bag full of fresh produce, there is some that goes onto a tray on the countertop and some that goes into the refrigerator’s produce bins. And that’s about where my divisions stop. But when I found that bananas were hastening the ripening of nearby avocados (which is sometimes unwanted!), I decided to look further into produce storage and adjacencies to avoid.
Jan 24, 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
A Truly Organized Spice Drawer
We’re always looking for ways to improve kitchen organization — especially when it comes to spices, which can easily get cluttered and disorganized. Personally, I love stashing my spices away in a drawer, but my spice drawer never looked this good. Take a look at reader Kavita’s freshly-organized spice drawer — isn’t this inspiring?
Oct 23, 2012
Clever Storage: Undershelf Hooks for KitchenAid Attachments and More
Baker Mary Wolf, aka Miss Treats, has been sprucing up her Los Angeles rental kitchen and we love her DIY solution for storing and displaying KitchenAid attachments, measuring cups, and spoons.Cooking tools like mixer attachments and measuring cups can be a challenge to store in a small kitchen. Mary came up with this functional and attractive way to keep them at easy reach while baking her scones, biscuits, and cakes. (Quite scrumptious baked goods, we might add!
May 4, 2012
Smart Knife Storage: Hide the Knife Rack Under the Cabinets!
When a reader recently left a comment stating that they had made a great under-the-cabinet knife rack, I didn’t think much of it until I saw the genius that it truly was. Instead of putting a rack on your backsplash (which still prohibits you from putting anything in front of it), check out this under-cabinet trick!Kaela over at Local Kitchen left us a great tip a few days ago when we were busy chatting about awkward kitchen spaces.
Mar 22, 2012
5 Tips for Hanging a Kitchen Pegboard
Kitchen pegboards are awesome. They can hold and organize anything in the kitchen, from pots and pans to your iPad. Julia Child made them famous, and others followed suit — we showed you a pegboard in the kitchen of her editor, Judith Jones. Today we have some tips for creating and hanging your own pegboard, from Kate Payne of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking. Our new kitchen pretty much trumps all kitchens in my checkered past of rental kitchens.
Feb 29, 2012
Clean Up! Do You Clean As You Go?
“Clean as you go” is a piece of cooking advice I took to heart years ago, so when I’m in the kitchen with someone who doesn’t follow the same principles, my stress levels rise and I start looking around desperately for a sponge. Are you the same way?When I first starting cooking, frequent cleaning was a necessity; I had a single two-foot-long counter in my kitchen, so I didn’t have space for a mess.
Jan 26, 2012
Where Do You Store Flower Vases?
Even though you can’t eat them and you don’t really serve food out of them, somehow, flower vases seem to end up being stored in the kitchen. If you’re lucky enough to have a china hutch, they might find a corner to call home, but in my kitchen, my vases always seem to be in the way!My last several homes have all been open loft style apartments or homes.
Jan 5, 2012
Drawers Under the Cabinets! DIY Extra Kitchen Storage
Last week Ohdeedoh featured a bathroom cabinet with a pull-out step — a great use of normally discarded space. These slide-out drawers for your kitchen are no different. If you put drawers under your cabinets, you can find great extra storage, even if you rent!Our friends at Charles and Hudson shared this great project over at The Family Handyman. It’s an improvement that is nearly invisible and in a kitchen where space is short (aren’t they all?), it’s a great addition!
Jul 14, 2011
The Cookbook Wall: Bookstore-Style Cookbook Storage
Where do you store your cookbooks? Do they live in the kitchen, or somewhere else in the house? Cheryl Sternman Rule at 5 Second Rule has a unique way of storing and displaying a rotating selection of her cookbooks. She puts them up, face-out, on shelves right in the kitchen! Cheryl shows off her wall o’ cookbooks in a post on recipe organization and searching. She puts up the books she’s currently cooking out of (see all those sticky notes and tabs in the pages?
Jul 12, 2011
Smarter, More Organized Shopping Lists: Grocery iQ App
My day job requires trips to the grocery store at least three times a week, and sometimes up to five times a week. Needless to say, I’m always looking for tools to help make shopping quick and efficient, with a minimum of forgotten ingredients — nothing is worse than having to return to the store for one stupid thing! — and I think I’ve found it all in the Grocery iQ app.
Jun 17, 2011
The Recipe Box: A New Recipe Organizer for Your iPad
Looking for the perfect way to organize all the recipes you find as you wander around the web? This new Recipe Box app might just be the answer to your prayers.I admit that I was pretty skeptical of this app at first. Between Google Reader and EvernoteIt took me all of five minutes for The Recipe Box to convince me of its charms. The app opens to a standard Home screen, like you see in the screenshot at the very top of this post.
Feb 23, 2011
6 Steps to Tidy Your Pantry in 10 Minutes
Shawna’s Glamorous Custom Kitchen Even when we don’t have time for a full cleanup and overhaul of our kitchen storage, the smallest effort can still make the largest difference, especially when it comes to your pantry. Whether you have a big pantry closet or a single shelf of jars, here are six things to help you pull it into shape tonight.
Sep 23, 2010
How Should I Store Leftover Tomato?
Q: I know you’re supposed to store tomatoes on the counter to prevent them from developing a mealy texture.But what about tomatoes you’ve already cut into? Sometimes I just want a couple slices for a sandwich, and it seems like the fridge is the best place for the leftover tomato — is it?Sent by ClaireEditor: Claire, we often wonder this same thing!
Jul 1, 2010
Do You Have Any Tips for Storing Food Processor Blades?
Q: I have a problem with storing the blades for my Cuisinart DLC. The shredding and slicing blades come with the fixed rods that are difficult to store safely. Right now, I have been keeping them in the Styrofoam block they came in, but that is not very space-efficient.Do you or the readers know of any other cases or easy DIY fixes? Thanks in advance!
Jun 29, 2010
How to Find More Space in the Kitchen
[Today organizing expert Stacey Platt shares a few tips on finding more space in the kitchen. Stacey is the most organized person I know, but understands with great compassion how unorganized many people can be. Here are some ideas from her new book, What’s a Disorganized Person to Do?. Welcome, Stacey!]Now, thanks to The Kitchen Cure’s Week #2 assignment, your kitchen de-cluttered and you’ve probably freed up a lot of space.
Mar 11, 2010
Kitchen Tools: Need Both Dry and Liquid Measuring Cups?
As part of our ongoing efforts to minimize redundancy and conserve space in our small kitchen, we’ve often thought about keeping either our dry or our liquid measuring cups and ditching the other set. Ultimately, we think it’s worth keeping both, and here’s why!It’s true that if you measure a cup of rice with a dry measure and pour it into a liquid measuring cup, it will come right up to the one-cup mark.
Feb 18, 2010
Simple Solution: Hang Kitchen Towels from Bull Clips
We were tired of our kitchen towels constantly slipping off the oven handle and winding up on the floor, so we devised this handy solution. It works quite well and we think it looks pretty cute, too!All this takes is a few lengths of leftover ribbon or yarn and some bull clips. Tie the ribbons in a square knot around the handle (“right over left, leftover right, makes the knot tidy and tight!”) so the ends lie flat and the knot stays tight even after repeated use.
Feb 11, 2010
DIY Over-the-Door Pot Rack with Lid Holder
Back in September, reader Theresa showed us her DIY over-the-door pot rack. We decided to make a similar version in our own kitchen, and while our pots are nowhere near as nice and shiny as Theresa’s and our rack is slightly crooked at the moment, it’s already made a big space-saving difference.I (Joanna) installed my pot rack on an exterior door that leads to the back porch of my apartment. (We’ve joked that it doubles as a DIY burglar alarm.
Dec 1, 2009
Quick Tip: Separate Your Measuring Spoons!
Removing the measuring spoonsrightThis is one of those simple and rather obvious tips that really makes such a difference. Single measuring spoons are a lot easier to maneuver into small jars of ingredients, and we’re not constantly trying to keep used measuring spoons from touching the clean ones. We also use the tablespoon and teaspoon measure the most, so there’s really no need to mess with the entire set every time we cook.
Sep 4, 2009
Tips for Organizing a Refrigerator and Freezer
Let’s help Kitchen Cure-taker woodnymph here with their refrigerator and freezer issue. This was their note to me along with the above photos:fridge (notice the gross spill in the bottom – who knows how long that’s been there?)door (thing often fall out when you open or close it)freezer (no idea what’s in back) We need to help this person get their Cure going!What are your favorite tips for organizing your refrigerator and freezer?
Apr 16, 2009