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Top 5 Kitchen Clutter Areas

Commonly referred to as the “hub of the home,” our kitchens act as the central location of the house — where we ultimately gather to eat and socialize. With that said, we’ve compiled these organization tips for each area of the kitchen, to help save you time as you cook and to keep the “hub” looking in tip-top shape for your family and guests.

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Kitchen organizing
The chrome cupboard shelves have really organized my cabinets. No longer stacking my mixing bowls and numerous corningware, I can easily take out and put away what I want with everything having a place and easily being seen and staying nice and neat. They have doubled the storage in my cabinet.
saraleez from FL
Napkin Storage
Empty a package of 250 napkins into a clear plastic shoe box (without the lid) for storage on your pantry shelf. They fit perfectly!
clutterbegone from Norcross, GA
Hide some things, display others
THINGS TO HIDE: On top of my refrigerator I have the "Oval Plastic Mesa Bin" - it's tightly woven so I use it to store placemats and the matching cloth napkins. I also bought the small size Plastic Mesa bin for my kitchen towels. It's not tightly woven - but I lined it with a black napkin and now (unless you are over 6'5" tall!) you are not going to see anything except that nice basket. It has cutouts that act as handgrips so it's easy for me to get it down to grab a new kitchen towel, or to put up the newly laundered ones.Together these two items look very nice on top of the fridge. In my home office I have the Large Tribeca Box in Black - I wanted something big enough to store printer paper, shipping labels and envelopes, blank CDs, etc. BUT it had to have a hinge top so it would be easy for me to get things out of it as needed. I ended up buying the small one too and I keep it on top of the large one, on the lower level of the table the printer/scanner/copier is on. Pandan Desktop File Box - it doesn't have a lid, but it's upright (so it takes up a lot less space than an inbox would) and the metal bars from which my (black) hanging files hang is set below the top so you don't really see into it - except the annoying white metal part of each hanging file. Vendor: if you are making black hanging files please don't put white metal on them for hanging! DISPLAY: You can't see this when you walk in the kitchen because it is on a wall next to the stove, but I have the Oxo Steel Kitchen Tool and Utensil Rack. Everything I use at the stove - tongs, big slotted spoon, big regular spoon, Oxo Good Grips Nylon Flexible Turner (for my no-stick frying pan), Oxo Good Grips Stainless Steel Fork. Now I don't have to either dig around in the drawer by the stove or hunt in the countertop utensils holder. I use a Simple Human Utensils Holder - stainless steel and black plastic for the counter away from the stove where I do food prep. I picked this one because its wider than it is deep - so it is out of the way pushed up against the wall at the back of the counter (unlike a round crock). This item holds the utensils I use on the counter rather than at the stove - whisk, Microplane grater/zester, wooden spoons, potato peeler, ice cream scoop, silicone spatulas for mixing, etc. Now I no longer have to dig around in the utensil drawer for those things. Measuring spoons and measuring cups hang on the inside of the cabinet door right over the food prep counter. I don't do a lot of baking, so the pie pans, and other baking related items are all in a big plastic box in my hall closet on an Intermetro shelving system. No point in keeping them in the kitchen when they aren't used often, and by using a big plastic bin on a low shelf I can see and get to them when I do decide to do some baking. The kitchen drawers are less messy, and the top of the fridge no longer looks junky!
HappyHomeowner from USA
spice/vitamin rack
I use a lazy susan to hold my spices and vitamins where I place inside a corner cabinet. It makes it easier to find what you need by turning the tray but it also is great for removing the entire tray of spices or vitamins to have out for dispensing your pills or to have the tray go out on the dining table for a meal. You can also add a shelf stand to add another lazy susan if you have the space available to put another one on top so you can maximize cabinet space.
mrshottub from Chicago, IL
Kitchen Cabinet Shelves
Stack dishes,bowls and cups using Cupboard chrome shelving to separate and for easy removal. Under the shelf is handy and convienent for dish towels, place mats, napkins or coffee cups.
PrisM from Poway,CA

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In my studio I have tons of small items; beads, paints, glue, etc. everything that isn't in a drawer is in Clear Plastic storage containers, and has a label. so when I need something, it's clearly available, and I can grab them. Also they are... read more
In my studio I have tons of small items; beads, paints, glue, etc. everything that isn't in a drawer is in Clear Plastic storage containers, and has a label. so when I need something, it's clearly available, and I can grab them. Also they are stacked in like size containers, so they fit the cupboards well. when working with those things, I can simply grab all that I need from one zone and go to work. everything is in zones like beads, painting, shells, fabric, etc. I don't have to go all through the room looking for things for one kind of project. I also purge each year to make sure I only have things in there that I need and can use. My fellow crafters and I have a craft sort to dispose of our extra things or "BBT's" (big bulky things) we don't use. we swap for others.
ElfMcChristmas from Loomis, CA
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Organizing and Changing Handbags made Easy!

I am known as the mom who has everything, but the kitchen sink in her purse. If someone needs something I usually have it. My purse used to be a disaster and I had to dump everything out to find anything. I purchased 2 of the clear plastic zipped... read more
I am known as the mom who has everything, but the kitchen sink in her purse. If someone needs something I usually have it. My purse used to be a disaster and I had to dump everything out to find anything. I purchased 2 of the clear plastic zipped travel pouches and put coupons in one and meds, safety pins, sewing kit, makeup, hairspray, band-aids, etc. in the other. Now if I want to change handbags, I only have to pull the the plastic pouches and my wallet out, and pop them into another bag. Several of my friends and family have seen this and have done the same.
JennaA from Maple Grove, MN
Referenced Products: Black Zippered Travel Pouches
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Use Elfa Drawers in your Lower Kitchen Cabinets

I use Elfa 4 runner drawer units in my larger lower cabinets. The cabinets that come with the useless half shelf in the back and leave a ton of open space at the front of the cabinet. I removed the shelf the Elfa 4 runner drawer units can be used in... read more
I use Elfa 4 runner drawer units in my larger lower cabinets. The cabinets that come with the useless half shelf in the back and leave a ton of open space at the front of the cabinet. I removed the shelf the Elfa 4 runner drawer units can be used in many different combinations to access, pots pans and mixing bowls. You can even leave out a drawer and use the bottom one runner for small appliances, put a top on the unit and have space for additional items such as cookie sheets, griddles and pans. No more digging in the back of the cabinet or creating the leaning tower of cookware!
Tigerlily12993 from Gahanna, Ohio
Referenced Products: Platinum elfa Mesh Closet Drawers
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