101 Little Ways to Love Your Kitchen More

56. Reorganize your fridge: Digging through the fridge (while the door hits you in the bum) looking for that lost jar of olives sure is aggravating! Take everything out and make sense of it all. Toss anything that’s expired and put things back the proper way.

57. And your freezer: It’s equally as un-fun to dig through the freezer. We have 30 brilliant tips and tricks to help you get that frozen tundra under control.

58. Clean out your pantry: Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought mustard only to later realize you had mustard? Yeah, that’s annoying. Take everything out of your pantry and toss anything that’s expired.

59. Group like pantry items together: Finished number 58? Great, now it’s time to group like things together (baking supplies, all your ingredients for making Indian food, etc!) and put them back in the pantry in those groups. Use baskets or even sheet pans to keep things grouped.

60. Pick up a lazy Susan: It’s no secret how much we love a lazy Susan around here. Because having one means you can store several small bottles or jars in a tiny space and you’ll still always be able to see what you’ve got. This $10 option is one of our favorites.

61. Install a hook or three: Hooks can be so handy! Hang a few up and you’ll have instant storage for aprons, tea towels, tools, and more. If you don’t want to drill into the wall (or can’t for security deposit reasons, consider the Command Hook route).

62. Hang a pot rail: Don’t let the name fool you — pot rails are good for so much more than pots! Put some S-hooks on it and you can hang anything that’s got a loop: a colander (by its handle), spatulas, cutting boards, and more. And you can usually rest pot lids along the top of a pot rail, too.

63. Hang a pegboard: Pegboards are so versatile, and once they’re hung, the sky’s the limit for figuring out what to do with them. Not only can we tell you how to hang one, but we can give lots of ideas for how to use one, too.

64. Hang a shelf: If it’s not clear by now, we just really want you to hang something! Anything! Too much vertical wall space gets wasted. Hang a shelf — even if it’s a narrow one (for bottles of olive oil) or way up high (for stuff you rarely use but want to keep!).

65. Install a magnetic knife strip: Knife blocks are not good for your knives (the wood dulls them every time the knives go in and out of their slots)! Your best bet is a knife strip, which will also give you easier access and free up counter or drawer space. Plus, then you get to look at all the fun knives you’ve collected!

66. Adjust your cabinet shelves: Just because the shelves in your cabinet have been one way for years doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. What worked for you then might not work for you now. Take a look at your setup and adjust the shelves where necessary.

67. Sort through your storage containers: An avalanche of plastic food containers is enough to put anyone in a bad mood. Same for spending five minutes hunting for the right-sized lid! Go through your containers/lids and get rid of anything that doesn’t have a mate. While you’re at it, cut any containers that you just never use. Then, put everything back neatly so that you’ll be able to grab what you need.

68. Rethink your silverware drawer: Is your drawer organizer still working for you? Or do you spend too much time cursing the big spoons when you’re looking for a small one? You may need a new drawer organizer. Here are some of our favorite drawer organizers. (Yes, we’re so cool that we have a list of favorite drawer organizers.)

69. Reorganize your pot lids: Pot lids are annoyingly hard to store. If you put them on their respective pots, you then can’t stack the cookware. But they don’t exactly nest well in other things. We’ve found a simple organizer (like this $4 one from The Container Store) makes a huge difference. You can also try this brilliant-yet-easy DIY hack.

70. Double the storage space under your sink: For most people, the under-sink cabinet is a black hole full of all-purpose cleaners, trash bags, and who knows what. Take that space back (and double it!) with this $20 organizer that Amazon shoppers (and Kitchn editors!) are obsessed with.

71. Corral your water bottles and travel mugs: It’s amazing how quickly a collection of three water bottles can turn into, um, 30. Donate any of the ones you don’t need and then organize the leftovers in any of these smart storage solutions.

72. Eliminate the counter clutter: Stuff on the counter is a good way to make a kitchen look messier than it is. Use a laundry basket to gather up anything that doesn’t belong in that room (papers, your kids’ jackets, your purse, etc!) and put that all away. Then, give the surface a scan and see if there’s anything on there that doesn’t really need to be (read: your toaster, if you only make toast once in a blue moon).

73. Donate anything you haven’t used in the last year: That bread maker that you hold onto strictly because you want to be someone who makes bread? If you haven’t used it in the last year, it may be time to donate it. If you’re not sure what you’ve used and what you haven’t, try our masking tape trick.


74. Find a new home for seasonal stuff: Ice pop molds, grilling tools, and other seasonal supplies can find a new home (maybe in the garage or basement?) for the next six months or so. Just like some people switch out their closets, it’s a good idea to switch out your kitchen if you’re short on space.

75. Get a kitchen cart: A kitchen cart will give you instant storage and when you’re not using it, you can tuck it into a closet or a corner. The RASKOG cart from IKEA is a classic, but we also like this round one from Target, which is just the right size and shape for your Instant Pot.

76. Make sure your pantry has all the essentials: A well-stocked pantry is key for home cooks. You don’t want to be in the middle of making a meal and realize that you’re out of something. At the very least, you should have these 10 things on hand.

77. Go through your junk drawer: People love to bash the junk drawer, but we think it’s important to have one. Just don’t let it take over the room or get so messy that you can’t find, say, batteries, when you need them.

78. Put your stand mixer on a cutting board: You know how, every time you have to pull your stand mixer out, it skips along on the counter? If you put it on a cheap plastic cutting board, you’ll be able to just slide it in and out of its resting position.

79. Make your spices easier to find: Just like you don’t want to realize you’re out of an ingredient in the middle of a cooking session, you also don’t want to spend five minutes hunting for the turmeric while stuff burns on the stove. Two solutions here. One, you really should pull out what you need before you start cooking! Two, you should also get your spices in order. Steal this tip from professional restaurants.

80. Set up a cook’s station near your stove: While we do not love a lot of counter clutter, some things really should be kept out so you can reach them at a moment’s notice. This includes a crock filled with your go-to utensils (spatulas, wooden spoons, whisks, etc!). And also your favorite olive oil (in an opaque vessel), salts, pepper grinder, and whatever else you reach for time and time again. Set these things on a small tray and it’ll look purposeful rather than messy.

81. Label your leftovers and everything in the freezer: Just because you know what something is now doesn’t mean you’ll know what it is a month from now. Use a piece of masking tape and a permanent marker to clearly label what’s in a package, and when you packaged it.

82. Improve your ice situation: If your freezer has an ice machine, now is the time to clean it and to dump any old ice that’s stuck to the bucket. If you make your own ice, consider upgrading your trays (we’re obsessed with these no-spill trays from OXO). And don’t forget to add a bucket or container to use as a waiting area for finished ice. (This way, you can make more ice and just reach in and grab a few cubes when you’re thirsty.)

83. Sort through your cookbooks: How many cookbooks do you have that you’ve never opened? Pull out the ones that you’re just not going to use and donate them.

84. Get control over all of your reusable tote bags: Start with one tote bag and you end up with 100! You’ll need a bunch (for grocery shopping), but you can probably part with a handful. Donate your extras to a local homeless shelter.

85. Turn your cutting boards and baking sheets on their sides: The smartest way to store baking sheets, cutting boards, and cake pans is on their sides with a tension rod. (Click here to see what we mean.) This way, you can pull one out without sending everything else toppling over.

86. Install a pull-out shelf: Drawers are better than shelves. It’s a fact. Because they allow you to see what’s stashed all the way in the back! Home Depot has some great options from Rev-A-Shelf. If you can’t install anything in your cabinets, look for a basket that you sit on the shelf — it’ll essentially do the same thing!

87. Fix sticky, stubborn drawers: That wonky drawer that’s hard to open and close? Fix it! Pull the drawer out and use wax or a bar of soap to grease the tracks.

88. Rethink a corner cabinet: Nearly every kitchen has a corner cabinet (or two) and yet, they’re so wildly unpractical! Luckily, the folks at Reddit have some smart solutions.

89. Stash stuff near where you use it: If you spend most of your kitchen time walking back and forth from cabinet to cabinet, chances are, you can stand to reorganize some things. Put your dishes near your dishwasher (so you can unload them easier), your pots near your stove, and so on.

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