LifeDecor#DIYLife: Space Saving DIYs, Hacks & Products For Your Kitchen

#DIYLife: Space Saving DIYs, Hacks & Products For Your Kitchen

The kitchen occupies a special place as the heart of every Indian home. As the place where meals are cooked and shared with love, this space plays a very important part in your family life. And without a doubt, for the home cook in you to be able to dish out flavoursome and tasty dishes, your kitchen must be designed just right! Get all the inspiration you need by taking a look at these clever kitchen organization ideas. With a few simple DIYs and organizing products, you’ll take charge of your space, tackling messy drawers, cabinets and shelves. Your home provides you with a centring—a place from which we leave each morning and to which we return each evening. And while you make your home more beautiful with a variety of desi home decor items from the Red Dot Shop here, it’s vital to know how to store these correctly.

5 Easy Storage DIYsThat Will Instantly Upgrade Your Life

A small kitchen means limited space to cook, eat and entertain. While it can be easy to bombard your countertops with jars, baskets and containers, this is also quick to make your kitchen look messy and unorganized. Try these 5 DIYs and sort out your kitchen!

1. Eating Utensils In Mason Jars

The mason jars would look particularly nice filled with spoons, forks, cooking utensils, and a few flowers to brighten things up. The steps are pretty simple: Find a piece of wood you love, give it a good stain, drill a few hose clamps into the wood, attach the Mason jars, and hang it up. Depending on what you need to store, you can even use different sizes of jars, which makes this project perfect for freeing up precious drawer space.

2. Organize Your Fridge With A Six-Pack

Do all of your small bottles in the refrigerator door like to tip over after opening or closing the door? Fortunately, the answer to tidying those wayward bottles is just a recycling bin away. To keep your kitchen storage and organization under control, use an empty six-pack holder or another cardboard box (with compartments) to hold the condiments in your refrigerator door. Colour the box and set it inside your refrigerator.

3. Free Shelf Liner

There comes a time when your blinds just have to go. Maybe they’re broken, outdated or you just want a new look. Before you toss them in the trash, consider repurposing them into a shelf liner. Shelf liner is a good option if the inside of your cabinets are wood. Cut the blind in the dimensions of your drawers and fix them inside. 

4. Repurpose Magazine Holders Into Freezer Shelves

Here’s another handy use for any extra office supplies you have laying around. plastic magazine holders act as makeshift “shelves” to house all the hard-to-organize items that one can possibly have in a freezer. (Like, bags of frozen fruits and veggies.) It’s inexpensive, even if you don’t already have your own mag holders. Adding a couple of magazine holders to the back of your freezer is great for organizing and storing bags of frozen fruits and veggies. 

5. Repurpose Old Tin Cans

Tin cans are tiny containers just waiting to be put to use. To recycle them into versatile storage, all you need is your imagination and a clean-edge can opener. Turn pretty pie-filling cans into a piece of folk art that doubles as a cooking utensil holder. Bolt three cans to a wooden cutting board with a frame hanger on the back. Display your clever work on the wall near the stove, and you’ll never search for your favourite spatula again.

10 Space Saving Hacks For Your Kitchen

Your tryst with masalas and spices, cutlery and vessels of different materials and elaborate foods we prepare makes kitchens undergo a daily onslaught of work.

1. Organize Your Pantry Like a Store

Give your pantry a supermarket makeover by following the “first in, first out” rule. Basically, put the newest boxes and containers behind what’s already open. Keep things organized with bins, labels and clear storage containers.

2. Use the Inside of Your Cabinet Doors

The sides of your cabinets can hold heavy, clunky items that are annoying to store, including colanders or cutting boards. Hang your most frequently used cooking utensils (like measuring cups and spoons, if you’re a baker) on the back of a cabinet door instead of cramming them into already-full drawers.

3. Try The Tension Rod Storage Hack

It can be difficult to keep spray bottles and other cleaning supplies from falling over and making a mess under your kitchen sink. To keep your cleaning supplies upright, hang them from a short tension rod inside your cabinet. Another clever idea is to slide a paper towel roll through the tension rod for easy access. This tension rod organization hack is also a great place to hang dish-drying towels and rubber cleaning gloves.

4. Integrate Appliances Into Your Kitchen Island

When building a kitchen, integrating appliances such as a microwave, wine fridge, or installing a dishwasher into a kitchen island can be a real space saver. Especially if you otherwise lack counter space. And you can even install a sink to create a space that allows you to mingle when doing dishes.

5. Secure Your Kitchen Towels

Wherever you hang your towel, it can fall, so use this trick to make sure the towel stays where you put it! Fold your towel into its desired form and attach Velcro strips in two spots, one on the front and one on the back, as shown in the photo below. Stitch in place, or use fabric iron-on Velcro strips and follow the directions on the packaging. Finally, hang your towel from the oven or dishwasher door and match velcro ends together.

6. File Folders Kitchen Organization Hack

File folders can be used for more than just organizing papers and magazines in your office. They can also be used for organization in your kitchen. We filled file folders up with the clutter that normally barricades the cabinet under the kitchen sink. Place all of your kitchen cleaning supplies into file folders, putting the most frequently used items towards the front. This kitchen organization hack is so easy and satisfying!

7. Instant Kitchen Cabinet Organizer

A metal file organizer is perfect for storing baking sheets, cutting boards and pan lids. You can pick one up for a buck at a dollar store. To keep the organizer from sliding around, use a rubber shelf liner or attach the hook-and-loop tape to the cabinet base and the bottom of the organizer.

8. Maximise Usage Of Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are usually designed based on the layout and available space, but there’s no reason why they can’t be used for more than just storage of utensils and cutlery. The space on and around cabinets can also be optimised to ensure they are useful. Stocking in piles (one utensil over the other) helps with reducing the storage space used.

9. Compartmentalized Drawers Are Lifesavers

Shallow drawers with partitions for cutlery and deeper pull-out drawers that are compartmentalised with movable partitions to accommodate different sizes of vessels. These can truly be a lifesaver when it comes to organising your kitchen storage. You’ll never have to search around again -not only will your vessels remain where you have kept them without moving around, but everything will be readily accessible as soon as you need it!

10. Buy Less, Store Less

One thing many of us in Indian households love to do is to buy more stuff. We imagine that more utensils and cutlery, more plastic storage and appliances will make our lives easier or organisation better. The opposite is true. A better organisation comes with owning less, using storage intelligently and keeping only what is needed. Also, So get rid of all the extra items that you don’t need.

10 Kitchen Organisation Must-Have Products

Is your kitchen overcrowded and spilling over with pots, pans and all sorts of cooking gadgets? Control the mess with these kitchen organization must-haves! So, saving time, money and effort – what more reason do you want to keep your kitchen organized? And it doesn’t have to be a huge project that costs a lot.

1. Pan Organizer

One of the biggest and most difficult things to organize are pots and pans. They’re essentials needed for everyday cooking which means they need to be accessible without being in the way or looking messy. This pan organizer is perfect for this, especially since the height is adjustable! I have one of these too and I have to admit, it’s saved a lot of space and stress!

2. Lid Organizer

Once you’ve got the pans out of the way, you have the next problem to deal with – their lids! This handy lid organizer is perfect for small kitchens since it can be mounted on the wall. Install one or two of these near your cooking station, so you can quickly grab a lid when you need one.

3. Cutting Board Organizer

It is recommended to have separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables, and some experts even recommend another one for fish! Some of us have larger cutting boards when prepping for full meals and little ones when you just want to make an omelette. Organize all the boards in one place, which also has space for large knives – safely and stylishly!

4. Adjustable Drawer Dividers

If you’d like to store bulkier objects like ladles or small kitchen gadgets, these dividers will help create exactly the kind of partitions you need. The length expands to fit your drawer, and you can make each partition as narrow or wide as you like.

5. Better In A Basket

You come home from the grocery store with an armful of fresh fruit, but lo and behold—there’s no spare fridge or counter space available. A stylish solution for this storage problem is to hang a single or tiered wire basket from the ceiling. You can store your apples, bananas, and oranges as well as potatoes, onions, and garlic here. Plus, a hanging basket adds visual interest to your kitchen.

6. Fridge Side Organizing Rack

It’s not just the inside of your fridge that’s useful – the outside can also be used! This organizing rack is a boon for small kitchens and makes use of all that empty space on the side of the fridge. You can use it to store all those items that you need immediate access to, like potholders, for example. It doesn’t require any drilling, making it a renter-friendly idea too!

7. Under-The-Sink Organizer

The area under the sink is one that many of us dread since the pipe running under the sink makes it a little awkward to install a shelf. As a result this valuable space often goes to waste, or becomes a dumping ground for unnecessary stuff. An adjustable shelf like this one helps you build it around those pipes, so you can make use of all the remaining space. You’ll be surprised at all the things that can fit in there!

8. Chakla Belan Stand

Very few homes in India don’t use a chakla belan, or a rolling pin with its board. Now, these can be rather bulky and odd-shaped to store and can take up quite a bit of space in a regular drawer. This stainless steel stand comes to the rescue, and since it can be mounted on the wall, it doesn’t take up valuable counter or drawer space. And you’re always ready to make fresh rotis!

9. Hanging Hook Organizer

This hanging organizer is so versatile, you can use it for anything! You can use it inside your cabinet to hang measuring cups and spoons or ladles. You can hang it outside your cabinet or on a rod for pot holders, kitchen towels and the like. You can also use it to hang cleaning brushes and wipes! They’re made of stainless steel and can be moved anywhere you like.

10. Under-Shelf Basket

If you’ve got cabinets or shelves with a good bit of height, you might find that a lot of it is going to waste when you place smaller or flatter objects in it. Make use of this space with an under shelf basket that can be easily removed and fixed anywhere you want. It’s perfect for smaller, lightweight items and helps to keep them in a place of its own.

Kitchen organisation isn’t just about moving things around and creating space for convenience. It also means going deeper to understand how it can be made long term and self-sustaining. Depending on what works for you, use all of the above organisation tips or just a few and stick to them regularly.

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