Updated: Apr 20, 2022
Kitchens. Whether you love to cook or not, they end up being the heart of the home. In my experience, the better a kitchen functions, the better a family can function. Here are my top ten favorite kitchen hacks to help you turn your kitchen into a well-oiled machine, that serves you in the most effective way possible! And don't skip by the reels - they show you how to implement these systems in your own space.
10 Life-Changing Kitchen Hacks
Tip #1: Use Deli Containers as Tupperware. They have the same size lid for different sizes of containers so not everything has to match up perfectly. Plus they're inexpensive so I don't worry if I need to throw one out or give one to a friend. I also love these glass containers for food storage. They're all the same size which makes it so they store so neatly.
Tip #2: Designate a "kid dishes" drawer. I love these kid dishes from Target. Extra tip: While the picture below is from a client's house, I buy mine all the same color so my kids don't fight over them.
Tip #3-: Put dishwasher pods in a hinge lid acrylic container up high (if you're worried about safety) or under your sink
Tip #4: Hang a hook on the inside of your sink for cleaning rag and rubber scraper. Hard things are always made easier when we make it as convenient as possible (yes, I consider cleaning my kitchen hard!)
Tip #5: Store a foldable stool under your sink for easy access. I'm 5'5 and I can't reach the top shelf of my cabinets, but I don't want a stool permanently out in my kitchen. This foldable one is the perfect size to tuck away under my sink. These first 5 tips can all be seen in the reel below:
Tip #6: Get Ziploc bags out of their boxes. You'll be pleasantly surprised at what a difference placing them in pretty bamboo organizers or clear acrylic drawer organizers can make. Watch the reel below to see how great this looks!
Tip #7: Attach a sticky-back-container to the inside of your under-the-sink cabinet for easier access to your most used cleaning supplies. See how I do this in my kitchen in the reel below:
Tip #8: Only store large round or odd-sized items in a built-in lazy susan (ie. small appliances and/or bowls). Or use containers specifically designed for lazy susan's to store smaller objects. See how I store every size of bowl in my own lazy susan in the reel below.
Tip #9: Decant Spices. Amazon sells great jars that come with labels for pretty much every spice you can imagine. or you can order labels from our custom label shop. You'll be amazed at how much this helps and speeds up your cooking process. Plus it's just so pretty!
Tip #10: Only keep items that you actually use (here's looking at you, extra mugs and water bottles that have accumulated exponentially through the years). Once you've edited your items and are keeping only what's being used, contain them accordingly. I love storing water bottles in cabinets using a water bottle organizer. If you need to store water bottles in a drawer, keep them upright and tidy by putting them in acrylic bins. Those same bins are great to store mugs in as well.
I hope these ten hacks help you figure out a tricky spot or a pain point in your kitchen! Return and report if they do. What other kitchen hacks do you have? Shop all the products from these hacks and from my reels below.
Jen Martin is the founder of Reset Your Nest, Utah's premier home organization business. At Reset Your Nest we believe pantries should be just as beautiful as living spaces, and living spaces just as functional as pantries. To schedule a free consultation with Reset Your Nest, click HERE. Make sure to subscribe to the Reset Your Nest blog for new posts in your inbox, and follow Reset Your Nest on Instagram for organizational tips and tricks.