The holidays brought a whirlwind of gingerbread making, holiday cookie decorating, and pies cooling galore. And while all the frosting and sprinkles might have been stowed away by now, a kitchen doesn't always bounce back to its tidy ways so quickly after such a long holiday season. If you're ready to whip your kitchen back into shape, here are some small DIY upgrades that will help you organize your kitchen. From freezer containers to finally keep the Popsicles and veggies separated, to cleverly making use of cabinet doors to stow things, these projects will change the game. And the best part is you don't have to be a DIY aficionado to pull them off!
Create A Baking Cupboard
If you love baking — no matter if you're a pro or still wearing your Betty Crocker-mix training wheels — you probably have a special baking cupboard to stash all your supplies. Utilize the door by turning it into a measurement conversion board, like the one above, and hang your measuring cups and spoons on hooks to give them tidy homes. Use this post on Tidbits from the Tremaynes to guide your version of the project.
Craft Custom Container Storage
If your Tupperware strategy is in a constant state of disarray, this genius DIY from Better Homes & Gardens is going to change the game for you: You can drop a CD rack inside a deep drawer to create a rack that prefectly orders your supply of container lids.
Stash Away Your Baking Pans
Instead of having your baking pans rattling around on the inside of a cupboard, stack them in their own neat compartments by repurposing a metal magazine or file rack, like here on Driven by Decor. Instant order.
Recycle Your Egg Cartons
If you're tired of your upside-down ketchup and salad dressing bottles flying this way and that, do like Alton Brown shows on YouTube and recycle an egg carton into a condiment tray. By placing each bottle into an individual egg holder, they can stay upright no matter how much you rummage through the fridge.
Your Soda Boxes Have Hidden Uses
Organize your canned food by repurposing old soda can boxes. You can keep all the beans in one box and all the corn in another, giving it a grocery-store-like tidiness. If you want to spruce up the boxes a bit, get crafty and line them with a printed fabric or wrapping paper that will match your style, like this cute solution from HGTV.
Turn Desk Bins Into Shelving
Use the empty wall space in your pantry as a neat little spot to store all your packets and easily-crushed foods. But rather than spending decent money on shelves, go to the dollar store and buy a few inexpensive pen holder trays to screw into the wall, as seen here on Domestic Imperfection.
Use A Tension Rod For Your Spray Bottles
If the bottom of your sink constantly looks like madness, take the spray bottles at least out of the equation by mounting a tension rod across the cupboard and hanging them off of it, as seen here from A Thousand Words. That's a great way to free up a lot of space, and keep things from bumping into each other.
Mount Trash Bags With Curtain Rod Brackets
Those bad boys aren't just to keep up your newest curtain splurge! Instead of cluttering up your pantry with cardboard boxes, use cabinet space by mounting trash bag rolls using curtain rod brackets and 12 inch dowels you can get at any craft store (use this tutorial from Martha Stewart to help). It's genius!
Shape Up Your Fridge With Matching Bins
If you want to get your fridge into a more cohesive flow, try buying a couple of matching bins or baskets and grouping your food together in a way that feels the most natural to you. Whether it's keeping certain dish ingredients together or just avoiding having all your spreads and guacamole containers strewn haphazardly about, this will help you get a bit of order.
Bunch Up Freezer Food In Label Bins
Feel like there might be a possible avalanche lurking behind your freezer? Try buying bins and labeling them according to what kind of specific foods are grouped in there, like here on Better Homes & Gardens. Not only will it look tidy as a pin, but it'll force you to keep your food groups separated – no more veggies tucked underneath Popsicles.
It's a new year so it's a new you! If you have a hankering to reorganize your kitchen, these easy and cheap DIYs can help you get there.