...Or, How to Keep Your Kitchen Counters Clutter-Free
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When it comes to achieving and maintaining an organized space, having the right tools is key. This is especially true in the kitchen.
In this post, I'll show you the kitchen drawer organization essentials that help us keep our kitchen clutter-free.
1. A Drawer Divider System
Before drawer dividers, the inside of our Tupperware drawer was a mound of plastic chaos.
Once we installed dividers, it became easy to keep things organized. Compartmentalizing a drawer delineates where things belong. A place for everything, and everything in its place! This is the home organization mantra I try to obey for every room in the house. (See this post for how it applies to keeping kids' stuff under control).
In our Tupperware drawer, we stacked containers based on size and shape, and placed their lids in adjacent compartments for ease of use.
Same idea in the pots and pans drawer:
Yes, these really are all the pots and pans we use. See this post on how the Instant Pot made so much of our kitchenware obsolete.
Our IKEA dividers were made to fit IKEA drawers. But, no matter the drawer size or shape, you can find an adjustable drawer divider system that fits:
Bambusi Kitchen Drawer Dividers, Adjustable and Expandable - set of 4 (Amazon.com).
Uncluttered Designs Adjustable Drawer Dividers - set of 2 (Amazon.com).
2. A Spice Drawer Organizer
I'm Team Spice Drawer (vs Team Spice Rack). I do everything I can to keep our kitchen counters clear and clutter-free; a spice rack displayed on the counter just seems like an unnecessary eyesore.
Spices stored in a drawer can be just as accessible as counter spices, if you choose a location within arm's reach of the stove.
Simple, inexpensive inserts transform any old drawer into an instant spice drawer! I put my most utilized spices in this drawer and order them alphabetically for ease of use. Lesser frequented spices go in the adjacent cabinet.
If you don't already have a designated spice drawer, almost any drawer will do. Here are some adjustable in-drawer spice organizers that will suit almost any drawer:
YouCopia Spice Rack Drawer Organizer, 24-bottle (Amazon.com). This one can be cut along its length or width to fit any drawer.
mDesign Expandable Spice Rack Organizer (Amazon.com). This one is customizable by width.
3. A Lazy Susan (for those awkward corner cabinets)
If you don't have an organization system for that awkward corner cabinet, you'll find yourself nearly crawling into it to reach items at the back. The solution? A Lazy Susan! With the turn of a shelf, you have the cabinet's back-corner-nether-regions at your fingertips! This is cabinet maximization gold, especially if space is limited.
We use this Lazy Susan by the stove to store tea and coffee as well as cooking oils and lesser used spices (does anyone know what marjoram is for?) or those spices too big or awkward to fit neatly into the spice drawer.
This deeper Lazy Susan is the perfect home for appliances and is the resting place of our kitchen hero, the Instant Pot.
If you don't already have a built-in Lazy Susan, don't fret! You can get one post-construction, with adjustable height, which fits in a variety of different cabinet widths.
Rev-A-Shelf Lazy Susan Set with telescoping shaft and mounting hardware.
4. Baking Tray Racks
These are essential to corral baking trays and muffin tins. There's nothing worse than opening a cabinet and having tins come clanging out onto the floor! (True story from before we had these racks).
I'm not much of a baker, so our baking tray cabinet, which sits high above the oven, has plenty of room for my son's Play-Doh, markers, scissors, glue, and other implements of home destruction. (See this post for more on hidden toy storage ideas for your common spaces)!