Why Didn’t We Think of That? 18 Ingenious Kitchen Organizing Tips from Our Readers
We get a lot of good ideas from you guys (like this one about how to put cheap cutting boards to good use!). So just for fun, we’ve rounded up 18 of the top tips you guys have given us recently. Steal some of them for your own kitchen and leave even more tips in the comments.
1. Use small lidded containers for the junk drawer.
Can’t say how it makes me proud, but it makes me more organized and makes me think before saving yet another twist tie or rubber band: My junk drawer is full of cheap lidded containers that hold, among other things, each in its own container, rubber bands, miscellaneous hardware, twist ties, string, and even one for clothespins, because they occasionally come in handy. I can find anything within a few seconds because the lids are transparent enough to see the contents right away. – Servelan
2. Use LEGOs for stacking cookie sheets.
Lego, or more specifically, Duplo: The 2×2 bricks, stacked a couple high, are great for stacking cookie sheets in preparation for baking a lot of cookies, or hors d’oeuvres for a party. They’re dishwasher safe, store easily, and cost nothing — they’re the only Duplo we still have in the house since the kids grew out of it into real Lego . and another 20 years beyond. – Joelfinkle
3. Store measuring spoons in a jar by the stove.
I store my measuring spoons in a little glass freezer canning jar next to my stove. I saw it on the King Arthur Flour blog and not only is it easy to find what I’m looking for, it looks cute too. – rosebud
4. Use a flatware organizer for storing long, skinny tools.
I used a flatware organizer in my junk drawer to corral the long skinny things that insisted on entangling themselves: straws, chopsticks, skewers, assorted power cords, plastic tableware, twist-ties, etc. – goodjobgrandma
5. Tape magnets on the inside of wrap dispensers.
I taped rare earth magnets inside my plastic wrap, wax paper, and parchment paper boxes, so they stick to the side of the fridge and don’t take up drawer/cabinet space. – Triptik
6. Use a magazine holder to hold your cutting board.
You know those cutting board racks you see, that attach to the inside of a kitchen cabinet? Well, rather than paying $50+ for one of those I found a $5 magazine holder online, and just attached to the inside of my cabinet with 3M hooks. Works like a charm, and keeps the cutting boards accessible but out of the way! – emmamichel