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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tips for Tuesday - Best Kitchen Organization Tip

Hit me with your best kitchen organization Tip.

I love my kitchen and oh how I love organization. Here is my favorite thing.......making kits. You probably all already do this but you haven't given it a fancy name.

A kit is created when you put all the stuff that goes together in an easily accessible box or tray. Some examples:

Measuring kit - Why go back to the drawer 80 times to get a teaspoon while you're making cookies? Just pull out the measuring kit, use what you need and put it back when you're done.

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Spice kit - same idea. Every spice does not fit in the cute little spice rack on your counter. For the others, label their tops and put them in a tray. You can pull it down while you're cooking and keep everything organized.

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Lid Kit - You get the pitcha.

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Okay, now I wanna see yours. No freeloaders here. Tell me what you do to keep your kitchen in line.


Blogger mom on a wire said...


I got nothin.

10/17/2005 10:24 PM

Blogger blackbird said...

I can come up with SOMETHING. I think.
(btw, I am loving LOVING LOVE-ING the measuring kit idea)

We have a drawer, an entire drawer, just for bringing cheese to room temperature.

big cooking utensils are in a jug on the shelf above the stove for easy access?

not very original -- will keep thinking.

10/18/2005 5:43 AM

Blogger Kim C. said...

The spice idea is great too - my mom kept her spices in a container like that but somehow no one ever thought to mark the tops, so we would pick them up one by one, every time, to read the labels, looking for the right one. Now I'm smacking myself in the forehead. duh!

10/18/2005 7:32 AM

Blogger Christa said...

You are just too good... I am getting ready to sign up to sell Pampered Chef, and I too truly love kitchen organization. Being good at it, though, is another story. My favorite organization tip comes my friend LeAnna- her mom sewed little elastic loops on all my kitchen towels and I installed hooks in several strategic places in my kitchen. I love them!!! Now if only I had clean dish towels! Thanks for visiting my site. I hope its not too forward to say I'm in love with you as well. Seems we have much in common- like a life so good you have to complain about things like ... like ... I'm drawing a blank. Anyway. Nice to cybermeet you, and you could and you SHOULD write a book in a month. You can dooo eeet! (Rob-Schneider style).

10/18/2005 7:48 AM

Blogger Kim C. said...

well...I have my forks, knives and spoons in separate interlocking trays, so I can just lift out the fork tray and set it on the counter. This is very helpful when we have lots of company and serve meals buffet style.

10/18/2005 7:49 AM

Blogger Daring Young Dad said...

My kitchen tip is: your web server shouldn't trip over less common user agent strings.

Wait! Wait! This isn't spam!

Okay, okay, I realize most people don't have web servers in their kitchen. And even if they did, this probably wouldn't count as an organizational tip. But cut me some slack--I'm a first-time blogger.

10/18/2005 9:36 AM

Blogger Kelly said...

i love tip tuesdays!
my tip for you is this:
keep your cups in the closest cabinet to your fridge. convenience is the key! (i know it's not a great tip... but i'm new here.)

10/18/2005 1:18 PM

Blogger The Daring One said...

That's a great one. It's all about flo. :)

10/18/2005 3:28 PM

Blogger Heather said...

Keep everything that you don't mind your 14 month old playing with in the bottom cupboards and drawers. That way, while you're cooking or cleaning, she can have herself a little fiesta unloading tupperware bowls and such. You can clean it up easily, and she hasn't died from the poison, or a stab-wound.

10/18/2005 4:12 PM

Anonymous Squeamish said...

I have nothing I want to share, but enjoy all the posts. My kitchen makes me squeamish, in fact, sometimes, as well as the rest of my tiny house. :) Maybe someday I'll make cleaning and organizing my top priority. Maybe not. :)

10/18/2005 4:19 PM

Blogger Stephanie said...

I do that lid thing too!
Also, I have everything in my kitchen in "centers." Different areas and cabinets in my kitchen are dedicated to different tasks. I have my baking center where I keep all things for baking-- measuring cups, cupcake mold, mixer etc... Also, I keep my spices and oils next to the stove where I need them most.

10/18/2005 4:27 PM

Blogger Moonface said...

hi! i'm new here ... can i chip in my 2 cents' worth?

i use a lot of spices and dried herbs and find that keeping them in a drawer near the stove is the most handy (leaving them exposed to light will lose the flavour sooner). also, i label them on the jar itself rather than on the lid, 'cos i tend to use several jars at once and then dont want to spend time figuring out which lid belongs to which jar...

and, i put my wooden spoons, spatulas, whisks and stuff in an enormous mug and have them handy by the stove.

10/18/2005 6:11 PM

Blogger Kim C. said...

oh! oh! got one!
I hung my measuring spoons inside the door of the cabinet where I keep the spices, baking powder, etc. Much easier to grab than finding it in a drawer!

10/19/2005 5:50 AM

Blogger Kelly said...

good one kim c.! i am totally doing that one!

10/19/2005 10:19 AM

Blogger blackbird said...

did you know that Real Simple (the magazine I hate) is having a tip contest?
you could win $10,000...of which %15 you'd have to give to me...
cause I TIPPED you off...

10/20/2005 12:59 PM

Anonymous Mom said...

Ok, here's my favorite. It may be more of a cleaning tip than an organizational one, but it saves time, so maybe it works. I always cover the tops of my kitchen cabinets with waxed paper. Then when I'm doing my spring house cleaning (often not until fall) I just roll up the greasy dust and throw it away. Replace and you're good for another year.

10/21/2005 7:10 AM

Anonymous Mom said...

Here's my favorite one. I have a large upright freezer in my kitchen. I've divided all the meat into types: ground beef, chicken seafood, deli-meat, pork & ham, beef, etc. Each kind is put into it's own plastic basket labeled with a laminated card. (I used plastic cable ties to attach the cards.) Now I can always find what I need in a hurry. When I buy new meat, I take out the basket and put the new purchases on the bottom so I use everything in the order in which it was bought. It takes up more room in the baskets, but I never waste frozen foods anymore.

10/25/2005 10:08 AM

Blogger Sarah Jane said...

I'm loving all these tips. I live in a very small New York City apartment, where the kitchen really is just one wall. Organization and space-saving is of the essence. Believe me, I'm taking good notes here. Some tricks I've done are storing my baking pans IN my oven. Yes, it gets tricky when I'm using the oven, but whe I'm not, they are out of the way. I also try to store food together in groups, such as baking supplies (flour, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, chocolate chips, etc.), pastas, sauces, etc. It helps me to know exactly where to look. My favorite organizing/space saving feature is the pot rack. How genius to have your pots up and out of the way hanging from the ceiling. I love it! Thanks again for all your tips.

10/28/2005 2:50 PM


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