We Want To Know: What Are Your Cleverest Kitchen Organization Ideas?

| 2/8/2012 3:23:20 PM

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Spice Jar OrganizationI recently completed a kitchen organization project I've been eager to do for a long, long, loooong time. I've always thought that the spices, beans, grains, nuts and other dry goods hiding behind my cabinet doors are absolutely beautiful. I've just been waiting for the kitchen infrastructure that would finally let me show them off. After ripping off ancient cabinets, installing sturdy open shelving, and spending an almost-painful several days of picking, scraping, soaking and goo-goning the labels off of many, many glass jars, bottles and little spice vials, I finally have the kaleidoscopic work of art I wanted so badly. (It doesn't hurt that I live with an LED lighting aficionado who knows how to really show it off.) 

Not only is it now lovely to behold, but it's also incredibly handy. I can find and grab whatever I need without fishing around for it. It's easy to see what we're running out of or to be inspired to cook with what we have in abundance. Plus, we have the satisfaction of knowing these recycled jars will be put to good use for a good long time. 

I bet y'all have some great ideas, too. You can share your cleverest kitchen organizing ideas in the Comments Section below, or email them to me at RealFood@MotherEarthNews.com with "Kitchen Organization" as the subject line. We're especially interested in hearing about strategies that help you save money, space and time. If you have corresponding photos to share, you can email those to me, too. Your ideas will be reviewed for potential inclusion in an upcoming issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

5/26/2012 7:28:41 AM

I needed a way to access my pots and pans that didn't involve rummaging around while bent over or kneeling (bad back/knees). So I decided to hang them up within easy reach, and I didn't want them dangling over my head. I used the end panels of my upper cabinets, on either side of my kitchen window over the sink. I arranged my pans on a table until I had a layout that would fit the best, then simply screwed in (8) large-headed screws, leaving about 1.5 inches exposed. I just hang the pans on these pegs, and can see at a glance which pans are clean/available - and they are simply effortless to retrieve and replace. I did this a few years ago and it has worked so nicely that I've also hung up the pan lids against another cabinet, and also my oft-used measuring cups and spoons. No more searching for them in a chaotic utinsils drawer!

2/26/2012 6:17:15 PM

Now that's impressive!! Looks amazing! Great idea and thanks for sharing! I'm printing the pic and taking it to show my husband that I do have a use for all the glass jars that I insist on keeping.

Debbie Givens
2/26/2012 1:42:25 PM

I hate to throw out beautiful, oddly-shapled liquor bottles; so, I've collected several different kinds, took the labels off and washed and throughly dried them and now use them for all of the different oils I use. I also use them to store dried beans, rice, peas and vinegars. I get rid of all of the plastic bottles and they are gorgeous on my shelves! I get compliments all the time, and I am saving new empty bottles for friends.

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