A neat, orderly kitchen is the key to making meal preparation an enjoyable experience for you and your family. Below are five motivating DIY kitchen organization ideas to help you achieve a clutter-free noshing spot.
Easily Store Big Bulky Cutting Boards
If you’re limited on kitchen cabinet space, this innovative cutting board storage idea will keep those unwieldy cutting boards in order. Cutting boards can take up a lot of valuable shelf space, so take advantage of the unused space you do have on the back of your cabinet doors. Add a wire kitchen wrap organizer to store your cutting boards. Inexpensive wire organizers can be purchased at the dollar store. To make this handy DIY kitchen organization cutting board project, you’ll need:
- Wire plastic wrap organizer
- Zip ties
- Small screws
Tip: Place the storage holder low enough to accommodate your tallest cutting board. Check the placement by opening and closing the cabinet door.
See full cutting board storage instructions here.
Simple Pantry Redesign
This quick DIY kitchen organization idea will spiff up your stuffed-to-the-gills food stash by making it neat, orderly and new! First, remove everything from the pantry, including the shelf liners. This is the perfect time to toss food items that are past their expiration date. Clean the pantry shelves. If the paint is stained, nicked or chipped, you may want to repaint the interior. A white, stain-resistant paint works great. Add new shelf liners.
Optional but fun: Jazz up your pantry walls with (amazingly enough) peel and stick shelf liner! Just measure, cut, and stick to add a creative touch to your pantry.
Add a few kitchen storage products:
- Lidded glass containers
- White stacking baskets
- Front stacking bins
- Wire basket
- Wire shelving
- Lazy Susan
And you’ll have a fresh, and organized food pantry you’ll love!
DIY Canvas Pantry Baskets
These DIY pantry baskets are perfect for storing pasta, bulk spices, and baking extras. They’re also durable and machine washable. Supplies you’ll need:
- Fabric: Strong canvas or heavyweight duck cloth
- Furring sticks (find these at home improvement stores)
- Wood stain
- Brad nail gun
- Sewing machine
- Black cardstock and a white chalk marker to make the labels
The square-shaped fabric basket is easy to sew, even for beginners. The “X” wood frame is simple to assemble with a brad nail gun. Sew four straps per basket so that you can attach the fabric pantry basket to the wood frame. Cut circles from black cardstock to make the basket labels. Punch a small hole on one side of the label and thread a length of twine through the hole. Mark what’s inside the basket with a chalk marker and tie the label to the frame. Fill the baskets, and you’re done! See detailed pantry basket instructions here.
DIY Recipe Binder
Organize those printed recipes and magazine clippings that never made it to the recipe box. Make your own recipe binder with coordinating dividers so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
Supplies you’ll need:
- Attractive 1-inch binders
- Plastic sleeves
- Clear packing tape
First, sort through your recipes. Toss out any recipes that you’re not interested in making or no longer sound appetizing. Sort through any recipes you have collected on your computer, and print out the ones you want to keep. Take a look at what types of dishes you prepare the most. Include specific recipes you have saved for holidays and special events.
Use divider pages or cover sheets and tabs to sort your binders by type. Decide on the food categories you want to use to organize your recipes. Appetizers, main dishes, sides, desserts, breakfast, soups & stews, slow cooker, holidays and make ahead are just a few suggestions. The dividers will help keep everything grouped into separate sections, similar to a cookbook.
Craft your own recipe binder filled with all of your favorite dishes, and it may become your family’s favorite cookbook!
Use the Bottom of Your Cabinets for Extra Storage
If you have extra space on the underside of your cabinets, there are a couple of ways you can get the most out of it.
Consider adding a DIY magnetic spice rack to utilized the unused kitchen space. For this project, you’ll need:
- Small adhesive magnets
- Adhesive magnetic strip
Attach a magnetic strip to the underside of your cabinets. You will also need to attach small adhesive magnets to the tops of your spice containers so they can stick to the magnetic strip. This is a simple way to organize your spices and easily see what you have on hand.
Another great way to make use of the space on the bottoms of your cabinets is to attach small hooks. The hooks can be used to hold mugs and any other small kitchen tools you might have lying around.
These ingenious DIY kitchen organization ideas will help you get your kitchen in ship shape, in no time.
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(Photo Courtesy of: Make It & Love It)