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Top Budget-Friendly Hacks to Organize Drawers, Pantry, and Refrigerator

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In this post, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about kitchen storage and organization. Personally, I find that I feel much more productive and in control of my life when my home is tidy and everything has its designated place.

I’m excited to share my top tips for kitchen storage and organization. Before we begin, start by getting rid of everything that’s expired or that no longer serves a purpose in your kitchen. This will make it easier to implement a systematic approach to storage and organization.

Take Inventory

Open up all of your cabinets and drawers and lay everything out on the counters. Organize your kitchen gear and gadgets into groups: pots, pans, silverware, dishes, Tupperware, seasonings, sauces, etc. Once you take inventory of everything you own, it will be easier to organize it in a way where items stay together.

#2 Create Smaller Zones

Let’s break down some key areas and discuss how to keep them organized.

Starting with the refrigerator, it’s important to have a system in place to keep things organized. Clear bins are a great way to see everything at a glance, and you can use glass containers or plastic Tupperware to store your items.

To organize your fridge, remove all items from their packaging and transfer them to storage containers before consuming. If you have a separate refrigerator drawer for beverages, consider keeping ingredients like lemons, limes, and oranges together.

The pantry is another area that requires attention. Wicker baskets on the lower shelves with labeled tags are a great way to store chips, snack packs, candy, oatmeal, and other items that are already packaged. Tall Tupperware canisters with smudge-free, waterproof labels are a good choice for storing items like rice, flour, sugar, pasta, and cereal. Use tiered stands for canned goods and spices to make the most of your vertical shelf space and allow you to see everything at a glance.

Install Drawers

Wire baskets are a great option for storing taller bottles and cans, as well as heavier items that need a bit more stability. Consider grouping similar items together based on the meals you make regularly.

Similarly, if you don’t have a walk-in pantry, consider converting a pull-out drawer into a makeshift snack area for your kids. Use acrylic boxes to organize different snacks and keep juice boxes in the same drawer for easy access. If you have a pantry closet, don’t forget to utilize the back of the door – it’s a great spot for shallow goods like spices and seasonings.

The coffee station is a great place to incorporate open shelving, where you can display your pretty mugs and teapots, as well as large servers for entertaining. Consider designing a mix of open and closed storage, so you can show off your prettier pieces while keeping smaller items hidden away in drawers.

Row Drawers

Install a row of shallow drawers for tea bags, creamers, sugar, and use drawer dividers for even more customization. If you’re looking for a DIY option, consider using a commercial magnetic knife display to create a loose-leaf tea storage solution. Simply install the display on the underside of an open shelf and use small magnets fixed to the top of metal mason jars to hold them in place on the rack. Just be sure to use heavy-duty magnets for a stronger hold.

It’s important to keep liquid seasonings away from the stove, as the constant heat can spoil them faster and affect their taste over time. You can modify a bottom drawer to route grooves and install metal dividers, or use the same tension rod technique to DIY dividers yourself. Just be sure to measure the width of the drawer so you know what size to specify. You can also use this method for storing liquor bottles if you want them hidden away from kids in a locked drawer.

Make Sure To Store Your Pots And Pans

AHNR Expandable Pot and Pan Organizers Rack.

There are many ways to store pots and pans in the kitchen, but my favorite method is to design a pull-out drawer nearby the stove, either at the same elevation or right behind it for easy access. Store heavier pots on the bottom shelf, reserve the middle shelf for lids and use the upper drawer for cooking utensils like spatulas, tongs, and ladles.

To sum up, these are some of my favorite tips to organize my pantry and kitchen. Hopefully, it can help you the same way it did for me.