Check out these easy ideas to upgrade your kitchen from being a dysfunctional, cluttered room to an efficient cooking space.
By Lauren Hutchens
If you’re anything like us, your countertops are overflowing with cookbooks, Tupperware, and an ever-growing stack of specialty ingredients you haven’t had a chance to crack open yet — but it’s a new year, folks. And we’re here to guarantee that an organized kitchen can save you time, space, and ultimately, a whole lot of energy.
Apply some of these simple DIY organizing techniques, and before you know it, there will be a place for everything, and everything will be in its place!
Use a cake stand to de-clutter your countertop.
Remodelando la Casa
Build a plate rack.
Your go-to plates deserve a safe home in your cabinets. This DIY plate rack keeps your everyday dish ware easy to reach—and it’s a lovely display piece if you have glass cabinets (or none at all). See the directions.
Create stacking pan storage.
Stacking pots and pans can be a disaster. Avoid the avalanche and mount a file divider (or two) for easy storage. See how.
DIY your own coffee station.
If you’re a coffee-lover, you’ll agree that your beloved brew-machine deserves a place of honor. If you’re tight on counter space, create a coffee station near the kitchen—an adjacent hallway even works. In the morning, just head to your one-stop shop. See the tips here.
A Beautiful Mess
Show off your dry ingredients.
If you’re a fan of consistency, you’ll love the way this DIY displays your dry goods. These labeled glass jars are the perfect solution for cleaning up those open shelves. See the tips.
Two Twenty One
Hang it up!
My Perfect Nest
Utitlize vertical space.
A few inches of bare wall is great for a little extra storage. Mounted shelves and baskets keep your kitchen odds and ends out of sight. See some tips.
Take advantage of cabinet space.
Lower cabinets and under-sink space is not to be wasted! Traditional desk storage like file or pen holders are ideal for stashing foil and plastic wrap or cleaning supplies. See some ideas.
Taking on Today
Organize your bakeware.
Installing a few simple dividers can save you from the hassle of sifting through your cabinet to find the right size dishes and lids. See the ideas.
Store your lids separately.
Try nesting your pots and pans in one space, and store your lids elsewhere. You won’t believe how much space this DIY lid rack will save you! See how to do it.