15 Insanely Clever Accessories That Keep Your Kitchen Organized
Does walking into your kitchen stress you out? Fear not! We've rounded up 15 useful organizing accessories that will get any kitchen in tip-top shape.
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Everyone’s been in this situation: You go to the store in the morning to buy some eggs, but your hubby also picked some up on the way home from work. Maybe you forgot you had a few leftover, and the next thing you know an entire shelf in your fridge is full of egg cartons. Put all of your eggs in one basket—er, we mean container. This storage unit ($9) can hold up to 34 eggs; plus it’s super durable, so your eggs will never crack. Looking for other ways to organize? Check out our top fridge organization tips!
Calling all tea-lovers who are fit for tea time with the Queen, If your drawers are full of tea bags, you can free up some space and find your favorite one pronto. All you need is this nifty tea bag organizer ($30). It holds over 100 individual packets, making it easy to find the perfect one, no matter how many you have on hand. You can even remove the trays to sort through all of your teas. Just so you know, if you do ever visit Queen Elizabeth, you’ll probably be sipping this.
These mesh bags ($11) are your next kitchen necessity. Take them to the store with you and use them as an alternative to plastic produce bags. If you’re one to leave fruit out on the counter, leave it in these bags. They let the fruit breathe while protecting them from fruit flies and other pesky pests! They’re color-coded so you can stay organized. Oh, and they’re washable, too!
Spice racks. cabinets, drawers or shelves can all get out of hand fast. And sometimes it can put an entire meal on hold. These strips ($10) have revolutionized spice storage. You can alter the strips to fit your unique space. The strips can stick or screw to the surface of your choosing. Then you just pop the bottle into a grip clip. You’ll be able to see everything at once, see how much you have and put it back where you want it. If your pantry is in worse shape than your spice cabinet, try some of these pantry organization hacks.
Everyone loves mugs, and over the years you are sure to accumulate quite the collection. Don’t fret about paring them down just yet. Find a cute and functional mug organizer, like this modern set ($15) of geometric hooks. Hooks not only free up cabinet space, but put your most prized cups on display. When they’re not crammed together, they’re less likely to crack. It’s a win-win!
Triple your shelf space with these clever tiered corner shelf racks ($20). Separate plates by size, color or simply make more space for yourself. We love that this rack nestles into the corner of the cabinet and it doesn’t slide around.
Whether you stock up on soup or soda, there’s probably a pile of cans just waiting to topple over somewhere in your kitchen. Spare yourself the hassle of scooping up dented cans or wiping up splattered beans and pick up a can caddy ($45). Lay your cans in the caddy so you can grab what you need and sort them however you’d like. You can use one for veggies and one for soups, or you can organize everyone’s soda flavors. Do you have more cans than you know what to do with? We rounded up delicious (and easy!) recipes to make with canned food.
Are your pans taking over your kitchen? Consolidate them via this handy pan and lid rack ($15). The handles stick out one end, so they’re easy to grab. When it’s time to put them away you can completely avoid rearranging your entire kitchen just to get something to fit. If you’re not a fan of breaking out more than one pan at a time, browse through our favorite one-pan recipes.
There’s nothing worse than a gross and grimy sponge. If they’re floating in the bottom of your sink that’s exactly what you’ll get— gross! But, if you utilize a sink caddy ($9) you can keep all of your sponges in one spot, and avoid getting them dirtier than they need to be. Using a sink caddy also helps sponges last longer. Your sponges may do most of your cleaning, but do you clean your sponges?
Most kitchens are stocked with dry goods. We all know that the boxes they come in don’t always last, or sometimes just are not conducive to tighter spaces. These airtight stackable containers ($31) save you space, time and ultimately money since they keep your food fresh! They even come with chalkboard-style labels so you can write down what’s inside, or the date it expires.
Pans are essential for any master chef, and we love having plenty on hand. There’s only one problem: they tend to slide around. That (plus their different sizes) can make them hard to store. That’s what makes this pan and board holder ($14) so helpful. Just hang it over a closet or cabinet door and slide your muffin tin, cookie sheet, pizza pan and cutting board into one convenient spot.
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If you keep plastic bags instead of just tossing them in the recycling bin, then you know that they accumulate fast. Instead of taking up precious cabinet space, hang an over-the-door basket ($17) on the inside of your pantry. You’re able to stuff 50 bags in there! There’s also a hole in the middle you can grab them from without the risk of ripping them up when you need them. Now that you’re off to a good start by finding a spot for those grocery bags, it’s time to declutter the rest of your kitchen.
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Lazy Susans are one of the most underrated kitchen hacks, but they’re a classic that’s sure to stay. However, every classic can get an upgrade. This portable turntable ($24) gets set on your counter or hidden away in a cabinet and holds an array of bottles, cans or just about anything else. You can spin your food around while you search for something instead of rearranging everything you own.
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We don’t know if anyone truly has all of their plastic containers perfectly organized, but this lid organizer ($17) is sure to help! It’ll at least make it easier to find the matching lid when you’re putting away leftovers. Now that you can find your container tops, read up on how to store food the right way.
Cling wrap, tin foil and freezer bags, oh my! Keep the essentials tidy with a wrap stand ($20). Slide those cardboard boxes into the grips and watch as your life gets that much easier. This one is adjustable, so no matter the sizes or amount of wraps you have, this can work for you.