3 Spring-Summer Kitchen Organization Hacks

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Spring and summer are the time of year when most of us feel that our kitchen could use a deep clean and some organization. However, after a long winter, it can feel overwhelming, or you might just feel like you have no idea what to do with all of your kitchen clutter. No worries — in this guide, we’re going to go over some simple, effective, creative, and cheap ways that you can bring your kitchen back to life. 

Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

Lots of people feel as if their kitchen space is just too small for all the cooking that they do. If you’re feeling similarly and you wish that you had a bit more room to work with, there are some cheap and easy things you can do to make the most of your kitchen.

First, you can create your own (or buy) a simple hanging rack for pots and pans. If your food and other equipment just take up too much cupboard space, think about utilizing the wall space or ceiling space to create some interesting forms of storage. Make sure that you use materials that are strong enough to hold weighty pots and pans, and always ensure that you properly secure them on an area of your wall (in some posts or studs) that can support enough weight. You can also grab an inexpensive magnet strip for your kitchen knives that goes on your wall!

Next, consider alternative storage spaces, like a false kitchen island or rolling storage. As long as you have the space for a small rolling storage cart, you can create your own kitchen island or just set it off to the side for additional storage. This can be so helpful if you don’t have a ton of cutting and prepping space or if your counters are being taken over by all the items you’re forced to leave there. There are tons of cheap options you can find online.

Lastly, think about creating a standing spice rack or spice drawer. For many of us, when we think about spice racks, we think about that bulky, round metal rack that spins with all of our spices on it. However, there are other creative options out there available to you. You can always try to make your own or find a small upright rack that can stand in a corner or even hang on the wall.

Revitalizing Your Pantry 

Now is a wonderful time to go through all of your kitchen ingredients and materials. When you have some time, take all of your food items out of your pantry, cupboards, and drawers and lay them out for you to see. This might seem a bit overwhelming at first, and if it feels like too much for you right now, do it a little bit at a time. Once you have everything out, throw out anything that is old, expired, or that you just can’t find a use for (or give it to someone else). 

From there, you can begin to organize based on ingredients. For example, you might think about putting all of your baking ingredients and supplies together and spices in a separate place. Tools for cooking will go somewhere together, and so on and so forth. A great tip is to keep all the items that you use on a daily basis within reach. You can also think about putting those ingredients into clear containers that are obviously labelled so that you don’t have to hunt around for them in your pantry.

Organizing Your Inspiration

If you’re anything like me, you have some loose information spread across your kitchen — coupons, recipes, clippings from magazines, jotted down notes, etc. There’s only so much space you can use for that kind of thing on your fridge, so a great idea to clear up some of the clutter is to create a book where you keep all of your random kitchen items.

Think of it as a form of scrapbooking as well. You can use all kinds of photos, recipe cards, or possibly even family recipes that have been passed down to you. Gather it all up neatly and you can organize it however you would like. Place it all into a recipe book and you’ll never have to deal with digging through countless drawers, books, and internet searches to find the one recipe or picture that you want.

Get creative with your space. Think outside of the box for ways you can transform your kitchen into the cooking space of your dreams. As you can see, even with limited space, a cluttered pantry, and tons of recipes spread out all over the place, you can reign it all in and make something special. 

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