One of my main requirements for a new home when we were shopping around last year was a big kitchen. When people come over, that seems to be where everyone congregates. It’s easier to cook for the holidays with a larger kitchen. It was most definitely at the top of my list…
…but I didn’t get it. We got a bar in the basement instead. If our house didn’t have the bar, I wouldn’t have agreed on this house. The kitchen is beyond small, so I’ve had to learn a few tricks.
I have, literally, 3 squares of counter space, so I don’t keep very much on my countertops. However, the things I do keep on the countertop are things I use regularly and need to have in arm’s reach, like my dish towels.
I have this gorgeous tub that I’ve had for ages, and it holds all of my dish towels, washcloths, and pot holders with a bit of style to boot! It sits to the right of the sink so I can grab whatever I need when I’m doing dishes.
Another problem area can be plastic container storage. I have dedicated one entire lower cabinet to our plastic containers, simply because we use them so often. I cook almost every night and we take leftovers for lunch. Here’s how I organize our containers:
Let me give you a closer look:
On the top shelf, I have our divided lunch containers that are stored with the lids on them. It’s easier to grab and go. The containers in the middle are used for soups or spaghetti…things like that.
On the bottom shelf, I have the containers that we use for things like fruit storage, or miscellaneous leftovers. They fit inside one another for easy storage. In the back on the bottom shelf, I keep the odd-sized containers that are used less frequently.
All of the lids for the containers on the bottom shelf fit into one plastic container from the Dollar Tree.
I do our best to keep our pantry organized as well, to eliminate wasted space. You can see how I put together our pantry lunch station HERE
I also use a rolling cart to give me a little extra counter space when I’m cooking. Check out the details of my cart HERE.
How do you organize your kitchen? Share your tips and tricks!
For more kitchen organization, try these posts:
How to Simplify Meal Planning – Dinners
How to Simplify Meal Planning – Lunches
Pantry Lunch Station