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.

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First, I love to use containers of all kinds to store things…I use tupperware for storage of my flour, sugar & oats. Keeping measuring and levelling tools in the containers is 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 jars to store pantry items. For easy organizing I labeled my jars with chalkboard stickers.

Using Jars for Pantry Staple Storage

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

Decorating Storage Jars

I like to use bins to store miscellaneous bagged items & potatoes & onions.  I just learned that potatoes and onions should be kept separate, or your potatoes will turn green!  huh.

Using Baskets to Organize the Pantry

I also make sure I’m stocked up on great cleaners.  I’m a bit of a cleaning freak.

Family Friendly Cleaners

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

I use a great recipe filing system.  At least, it works for me.

DIY Recipe Filing System

And secured my tea towels to stop 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

My aprons are within easy reach on the hooks in my pantry.

I use a lazy susan in my pantry to easily find my staples.

Using a placemat under drippy bottles, saves me cleaning time.

And lastly, I like to keep my essentials handy!  And my coffee is essential!  Especially on days like today.  Tired momma.

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!

Happy Organizing!

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  • Reply Jenn 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!

  • Reply Rochelle 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.

  • Reply Terri @ February 28, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Lookin’ great 🙂

  • Reply Lauren @ YoungNester February 28, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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

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

  • Reply 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

  • Reply Deni March 2, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Very lovely

  • Reply Jenn March 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM

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

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

    Thanks for sharing your kitchen ideas with us. Lovely.

  • Reply paulashley 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!!!

  • Reply 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. 🙂

  • Reply Magnolia Charm April 13, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    this looks good! :)stopping by from iheartorg.

  • Reply iheartorganizing April 14, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    Ok, seriously those jars have my heart racing with excitement! I adore!

    Thanks for linking up and sharing all of your organizing awesomeness! I am so impressed!


  • Reply Chelsea 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Wnnie 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 ?

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM

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

  • Reply 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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  • Reply Cecilia January 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Nice post! lovely! thanks!

  • Reply 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. 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife 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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