I'm a sucker for a basket, bucket, container of any sort really. To me it defines order and tidiness. Even an old biscuit tin or ice cream can. I'll hold onto it with a vision of it becoming a store-all for something that might need, well, storing. Trouble is, I need a storage area for all the baskets I gather. I have never brought any of these things from a shop. I've got them all from thrift stores, garage sales, Freecycle or recycled containers from around the house. They may not match but they perform a function.
I'm not going to blind you with brilliant pictures of perfectly matching, colour coordinated matching baskets and bins in my kitchen. You can see that in all of those 'other' organising blogs. In my pantry, I use coffee jars, containers from thrift stores and very rarely 'decant' packets of coconut, nuts etc rather opting to seal the bag with a peg. I picked up this lazy susan to pop in the pantry to get access to the jars in the back. Honestly, I've got the worst non existent pantry for someone who loves to cook as much as me but I've put up with it for so long, I manage. Here are some other little tips I've used a long the way.
Use a magazine holder to store all your alfoil, cling wrap etc. Frees up drawer space.
Broom mounts attached to inside the pantry door are an excellent spice bottle holder.
When storing your kitchen appliances, apply a velcro picture hanging adhesive to the appliance and the cord to wrap around neatly.
Dish racks make a good place to store all your plastic lids.
If you happen to hang on to your plastic shopping bags (as I do - for bin liners), roll them so they come out the centre similar to wipes.
Repurpose an empty shampoo bottle to use as a sponge holder over the kitchen tap.
Used jam jars become salt and pepper shakers with holes punched in the lids. Use for salt and pepper or other spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic powder etc.
Used plastic milk containers make excellent pourable storage containers for things like rice, small pasta shapes, flour, sugar, oil.
Wall mounted tea towel storage in a three tiered planting container.
Use small trays from the thrift store or a pack of disposable plastic party food trays from the dollar store to line your cupboards and protect from spills etc. These can be cleaned and reused many times.
I use a document tray similar to the above to store all my small jars in the fridge. Things like mustards, pickles, pastes etc. I also have one for dairy items like yoghurt, cottage cheese etc.
For more room in the freezer, store leftover soups, casseroles and other meals in ziplock bags. Lay them flat to freeze and they'll take up less room in the freezer.
Never under estimate the value of a rubber band, piece of string, cardboard cereal box, milk or orange juice container, margarine container, sauce bottle or anything else that comes from the kitchen and goes into the recycle bin. It could be a potential organising item for the kitchen or the rest of the home. Don't hold on to too much though or else you'll be creating yet more 'junk' and clutter that will need organising. I like to keep 1 or 2 of everything or find a suitable storage place, eg I keep all the rubber bands in a dish in one of my kitchen drawers. I don't think I've bought a rubber band in years.
This post is part of domesblissity's THRiVING - Thrifty Living feature.