Organization Refresh for the New Year

Tips for Kitchen Organization

The New Year is almost here, and there’s nothing quite like an organization refresh to kick off your resolutions! Today, we’re talking all things kitchen storage, and we’ve pulled together a list of our top tips to help you upgrade your space in time for 2019. Once you’ve got these in place, all you’ll need to complete it is a few great recipes (and a few guests to entertain!).

Countertop Trays

Are your countertops covered with everything from spice jars to appliances and coffee grounds? Then your first step is to invest in a tray for the kitchen. It’s an often underused organization tool that can make all the difference in creating a clutter-free kitchen atmosphere. Simply collect your miscellaneous items (think olive oil, salt and pepper, herbs, or coffee fixings), and place them in the tray of your choice. Your counter will feel instantly simplified and you’ll have so much more room to devote to actually using your kitchen to its fullest potential.

A wood kitchen tray collects olive oil, spices, and cooking utensils to clear up countertop space - Source
A wood kitchen tray collects olive oil, spices, and cooking utensils to clear up countertop space / Source
A marble tray helps to keep coffee, cream, and sugar together in one convenient location - Source
A marble tray helps to keep coffee, cream, and sugar together in one convenient location / Source
Herbs, garlic, and cooking oils are grouped together on a kitchen tray, helping to keep the countertops organized and clean - Source
Herbs, garlic, and cooking oils are grouped together on a kitchen tray, helping to keep the countertops organized and clean / Source

Hang Pots & Pans

Another great organization tip – especially if you’re running out of cabinet space – is to go vertical with your pots and pans. By using a wall-mounted rack or a hanging fixture to showcase your beautiful collection, you’re not only using it to create visual interest in the space, but also to serve as a highly functional way to access your cooking necessities. No more crouching down and reaching into the back of a dark cabinet to find your frying pan. Simply look up, and voila! You’re ready to do some cooking.

Sleek copper pots and pans hang on a wall-mounted rack in this kitchen - Source
Sleek copper pots and pans hang on a wall-mounted rack in this kitchen / Source
A ceiling rack holds a variety of copper pots and pans above a crisp white kitchen island - Source
A ceiling rack holds a variety of copper pots and pans above a crisp white kitchen island / Source
Hanging pans on a bar above this kitchen’s stove help to free up cabinet space - Source
Hanging pans on a bar above this kitchen’s stove help to free up cabinet space / Source

Mount Knives and Utensils

Similar to hanging your pots and pans, you can have a major space-saving impact on your kitchen by mounting your knives or utensils. Instead of taking up precious counter space with a hefty knife block or a bulky utensil crock, use your backsplash and wall areas to store your cooking tools instead.

Wall-mounted knives keep this classic kitchen feeling clutter-free and artistic - Source
Wall-mounted knives keep this classic kitchen feeling clutter-free and artistic / Source
Mounted bars serve as flexible holders for an array of hanging utensil crocks and potted herbs, doubling as kitchen art - Source
Mounted bars serve as flexible holders for an array of hanging utensil crocks and potted herbs, doubling as kitchen art / Source
Knives are mounted to a magnetic strip on this kitchen wall, freeing up counter space for cooking - Source
Knives are mounted to a magnetic strip on this kitchen wall, freeing up counter space for cooking / Source

Dishware Dividers

If you’ve ever been guilty of piling a set of dishes too high just to fit it in a cabinet, then you’re not alone. But, there is an easy organization solution: invest in some dishware dividers to make storage a snap. From drawer dividers for plate storage to sturdy shelves that allow you to fill your cabinets strategically, having these on hand will make your life a million times easier (and finding those salad plates will be a cinch).

Simple black and white wire dish organizers keep this neutral-themed dish set free of clutter - Source
Simple black and white wire dish organizers keep this neutral-themed dish set free of clutter / Source
A pull-out kitchen drawer reveals neatly organized dishes separated by dishware divider racks - Source
A pull-out kitchen drawer reveals neatly organized dishes separated by dishware divider racks / Source
A reclaimed wood shelf helps to keep this kitchen’s beautiful white dish ware organized - Source
A reclaimed wood shelf helps to keep this kitchen’s beautiful white dish ware organized / Source

Clear Containers / Labels

If you’re tired of sifting through boxes, jars, and cans thrown every which way about your pantry, we recommend opting for clear storage containers to up your organization game. Glass or plastic – that is entirely up to you – but being able to actually see your food will make the process of cooking and making a grocery list so much quicker. Plus, by using the same clear containers throughout your entire pantry, it’ll help to streamline the overall look, and your space will feel intentional and as neat as can be. Don’t forget to use labels, too – you can record not only the item inside, but also the expiration date as a reminder of when it needs to be replaced.

Open shelving with clear labeled containers gives this kitchen a homey, organized feel
Open shelving with clear labeled containers gives this kitchen a homey, organized feel / Source
Clear glass containers in this pantry offer a beautiful visual of a wide variety of ingredients for cooking
Clear glass containers in this pantry offer a beautiful visual of a wide variety of ingredients for cooking / Source
Clear storage containers with bamboo lids give this pantry a warm and inviting look
Clear storage containers with bamboo lids give this pantry a warm and inviting look / Source

Pull-out Drawers

Sometimes, shelves just don’t cut it. They’re great for certain things, but if you have the ability to swap them out for drawers in your cabinets (especially for your lower cabinets), then you’ll definitely want to consider doing so. Drawers make organization a snap and you won’t have to worry any more about reaching your arm aimlessly towards the back of a cabinet, hoping to find the precise item you’re looking for. All it takes is a bit of DIY installation knowledge, and you’ve got what feels like a brand new kitchen.

Sleek white drawers pull out in this cabinet to reveal neatly organized pantry
Sleek white drawers pull out in this cabinet to reveal neatly organized pantry / Source
A pull-out drawer helps keep cutting boards and cookie sheets organized and easy to reach
A pull-out drawer helps keep cutting boards and cookie sheets organized and easy to reach / Source
Top-to-bottom pull-out drawers offer easy access for this kitchen’s dishware
Top-to-bottom pull-out drawers offer easy access for this kitchen’s dishware / Source

Drawer Separators

Finally, we can’t forget about that pesky junk drawer (or any drawer, really). As much as we’d all like to think differently, there’s always a miscellaneous drawer in the kitchen for all the odds and ends (think rubber bands, scissors, pens, and pads of paper). To make your drawer as user-friendly as possible, though, you definitely want to invest in some drawer separators. Having everything grouped together by type will make things infinitely easier to find, and you’ll be much more likely to stay organized as time goes on.

Clear dividers help to organize the tools in this miscellaneous drawer
Clear dividers help to organize the tools in this miscellaneous drawer / Source
Wood dividers separate items in a junk drawer, keeping things neat
Wood dividers separate items in a junk drawer, keeping things neat / Source
Serving ware and kitchen tools are organized with a sleek and simple drawer divider
Serving ware and kitchen tools are organized with a sleek and simple drawer divider / Source

2019 means a new year, a new you, and a newly organized kitchen. Add a few of these tricks to your home, and you’re sure to be cooking without stress in no time. Cheers to the new year!

By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design

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