There are two simple reasons why organizing anything makes senses. The first is so that we can find the item when we need it and the second is to save space. Putting similar items together lets us maximize our available space. And there is no room in the home where space is more important than in the kitchen. In this article we will review a few of the most popular kitchen organizers on the market today.
Figuring out a way to properly store food is more art than science. We’re kidding, of course. But food typically takes up a lot of space and finding room for is all isn’t always easy. Fortunately, there is a simple and affordable solution to help us get our cabinets in order. Cabinet organizers aren’t anything special, just plastic bins, but that’s really all you need. Stacking these bins on shelves not only makes ingredients and food items more accessible, but it also saves space. Remember our simple guiding principle-store similar items together.
Some homeowners even like to label each bin, e.g., “cans,” “dry foods,” “pasta,” “sauces.” This lets the entire household know where everything belongs, which makes putting the groceries away a breeze. It also saves time on shopping lists, since all you have to do is check each cabinet organizer to see what you need.
Every cook needs a place to keep her herbs and spices. Some people store them in cabinet or in a drawer and this may lead to problems. You see, when these ingredients are not in plain sight, you simply can’t keep track of them. You may run out of garlic powder, cumin, or red pepper, and not realize it until you’ve already started dinner. Then what do you do? Run over to the neighbor’s house and say you have a spice emergency. Trust us: it’s much easier to simply keep a spice organizer in plain sight, near the stove.
While the standard spice rack is fine, we aren’t fans of the wall-mounted version. Many times these racks are too close to the stove and they can be stained by spattering grease or tomato sauce. We prefer the racks that can be moved and set on the countertop near the stove. There are also spice stacks, which come with translucent plastic drawers. The advantage of the stack over the rack is that small children are less likely to get into them and start spilling spices all over the floor. But whichever you choose, they are both a marked improvement over storing spices out of sight.
No matter what you make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, spatulas, slotted spoons, and knives are almost always involved. But in spite of how frequently we use them, few folks know how to properly organize utensil. Most home cooks simply stick them in ceramic jars with their handles jutting out. It then becomes guessing game. Let’s see if you can find the spatula. No, that’s the slotted spoon. Try again! Nope, that’s the wooden one. That was a bad guess. Why waste the time and energy?
Since most kitchen utensils have little holes in the handles, the simplest and most convenient solution is to hang them from a pantry rack or stand. As you may have guessed, the rack is typically mounted on the wall above the stove, which gives the cook easy access to them. But if that wall is already occupied, perhaps with a spice rack, a pantry stand is a reliable option. Simply place it on the countertop near the stove and you can put an end to the guessing game.
Most amateur chefs do quite a bit of cooking with wine. There’s just one problem, wine can be a pain to properly arrange. Not only do the bottles take up valuable cabinet space, but they can also be messy. Red wine can stain just about any surface from wood to marble to tile. It’s almost impossible to get a wine stain out once it has sets. Therefore, it is never a good idea to store wine in a wooden cabinet.A wine rack is an affordable option for cooks who don’t have access to a wine cellar or a built-in wine rack. They often store four or more bottles, which is more than enough for the most bibulous dish.
Pot and Pan Organizers
Instead of taking up a drawer or two or even an entire cabinet, why not store pots and pans in an unused space? The standard pot and pan organizer hangs from the ceiling above the stove. There are different styles and types, but a simple rack with hooks is often enough to safety store all your pots and pans. Pots with holes in the handles can be hung from the hooks, obviously, while those without them can be placed on top of the rack. Lids can also be arranged on the top of the rack. Not only do these organizers free up valuable drawer space, but they put an end to the mystery of the missing lid.