Kitchen Organizing Ideas

This time of year has me motivated to organize my life a bit, so I started in my kitchen.  Here’s what I do to try to help the heart of my home run more smoothly.

Organizing Kitchen Linens

One of my favourite ways to organize in my kitchen, is with a chest of drawers. I use it to store all my kitchen linens, towels, napkins, napkin rings and various small kitchen knick knacks that I don’t know where to store.

Using Bins, Containers and Mason Jars to Store Kitchen Goods

I also love to use containers of all kinds to store things. I use a large tupperware containers to store my flour, sugar and rolled oats. Keeping measuring and levelling tools in the containers is also very handy.  One day I dream of having specific kitchen drawers to hold things like flour and sugar, just like my Grandma’s farmhouse kitchen.  

Storing Pantry Staples

I love using old mason jars to store pantry items like cocoa, corn starch, oat bran, salt and flavoured sugars. For easy organizing I labeled my jars with chalkboard stickers.

A lazy susan in the pantry is great too, having the rotation makes it easy to find my staples.

And of course, you have to make things look pretty, so I decorated the lids of my jars.  Seems a little silly, but whatever makes me happy right?!

Decorating Storage Jars

I also use bins to store miscellaneous bagged items like soup packets, pasta, potatoes and onions.  Did you know that potatoes and onions should be kept separate, or your potatoes will turn green?  Good to know.

Using Baskets to Organize the Pantry

I also make sure I’m stocked up on great cleaners

Family Friendly Cleaners

Organizing a Baking Cupboard

And to keep my baking cupboard tidy I installed wire dividers in my cupboards for my baking sheets.  Saved my life.  Ok, maybe not that dramatic, but there were many bad words uttered before these were installed, and pans flew out when the door opened!

Installing Dividers to Organize Baking Sheets

Organizing Recipes

To keep all my recipe cards and magazine clippings organized, I use a this recipe filing system that I made with scrapbook paper and shipping envelopes. 

DIY Recipe Filing System

Keeping Tea Towels off the Floor

I found this method of securing my tea towels to the handle of my stove, very handy.  It keeps them from ending up on the floor.  I take a tiny bit of pleasure out of watching my toddler try to get these off!  ha ha

DIY Tea Towel Hanging

Organizing Kitchen Aprons

I installed a tiny hook organizer (it’s for keys) inside my pantry, so now my aprons are within easy reach.


Prevent Drips and Sticky Messes in your Pantry

I place a placemat under drippy bottles like syrup and oils, and it saves me cleaning time.

There is so much more that I could do, but organizing is an ever evolving and changing task.  I will clean and organize something one day, and the next day it’s crazy again.  But that’s life, and I do what works for our little family of 5!

More ways to organize in your kitchen:

Kitchen Drawer Organization

Kitchen Drawer Organization

How to Organize Your Freezer

How to Organize Your Freezer

Tips for Organizing Your Fridge

Tips to Organize Your Fridge

Tips for Deep Cleaning your Kitchen

Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen

Happy Organizing!

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    February 28, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Thank you so much for this post! We have a TINY kitchen and A LOT of people and this is just what I needed to get me started! Thanks for all the great ideas!

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    February 28, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Love how you decorated your mason jars! I think I may have to search through my unused scrapbooking paper for ideas.

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    Terri @
    February 28, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Lookin’ great 🙂

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    Handy Man, Crafty Woman
    February 28, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    some really great ideas here! I love organizing in the kitchen.

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    Lee Ann
    February 28, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    My pantry is an utter disgrace!!! I really need to reorganise, I like the idea of the little plastic bins for the potatoes etc. Must start on that next week . This week I am in party planning mode, next week – pantry planning 🙂 x

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    March 2, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Very lovely

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    March 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    It looks great! I like the flour container. Great idea.

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    Carmie of the Single Nester
    March 24, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Thanks for sharing your kitchen ideas with us. Lovely.

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    April 13, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    I really love all of these ideas! We are getting ready to move into our first house- and I cannot tell you the amount of time I spend drooling over the PANTRY and all my ideas for organizing it (we have a total of 4 tiny food cupboards in our apartment)!
    And, silly or not, I’m totally going to rip off your decorated mason jars 🙂 And the secured tea towel is absolutely brilliant! My two year old seems to have a tea towel fetish and I usually get them a total of 5 minutes in the kitchen.

    Thanks for all of the inspiration!!!

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    Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free
    April 13, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    I LOVE your jars! I’m a jar lover myself, and have many of them in my cabinets. Never occurred to me to decorate their tops, too. What a fab idea to secure the tea towel, too. 🙂

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    Magnolia Charm
    April 13, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    this looks good! :)stopping by from iheartorg.

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    April 15, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    Great ideas, but I really had to laugh at the tea towel! I’m about ready to go do the same thing and get my own small amount of pleasure when my 15 month old son tries to pull our towels to the floor, lol. Some day’s I just wish one thing would stay where I put it.
    Thanks for the idea!

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    Brenda Cronmiller
    January 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    What an inspiration! I love your attention to detail. Everything from the decorated jars to lining the refrigerator shelfs.
    You’ve given me a few great ideas.

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    January 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Love that coffee maker ! I really don’t like the look of most coffee makers, so can you tell me about yours, please ? Brand ?

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      January 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Sure! I bought it at Starbucks about 5 years ago. But the brand name is Saeco. 😉

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    ValenzMom aka Helen
    March 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I love all your ideas. I have a tiny kitchen with very little cabinet space. I ended up using my stainless steel measuring cups, colander and pot lids as wall decor in my kitchen to save space in my cabinets. I’ve actually had folks ask me where did I get the art on my wall! It’s when I take a piece down and show them that it’s made up of my kitchen utensils that they’re astonished at my creativity.

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    January 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Nice post! lovely! thanks!

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    Chaitali Das
    June 23, 2015 at 3:25 AM

    Hi, I am Chaitali from India. I recently remodeled my kitchen and I loved your organisation tips. The best one I liked is using placemat for dripping items; I am using it in the place I keep my oils. 🙂

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      June 29, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      Hello from Canada! 🙂 I’m so happy you found some useful tips! Thank you so much for stopping in!

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