There are magazines, books and TV shows devoted entirely to the subject of organizing, but sometimes the best tip is passed along by a real person. It could be via a penciled-in note in the margin of a thrift store cookbook purchase, a helpful suggestion from grandmother, or a good friend who called you up and said “Guess what I’ve discovered!”
Twitter is a fantastic platform for exchanging information with real people. If I’m excited about a new kitchen cleaning trick or cooking shortcut, I always share my knowledge with my followers–and they do the same with me. It’s as if we’re swapping homemaking secrets at an old fashioned quilting bee, only quite a bit more modern!
I love gleaning information via Twitter because:
- It’s up-to-the-minute. Be it the latest and greatest tip on how to make my kitchen greener or a hot new tool, Twitter tips are never stale.
- It’s everyday people like me. Not a brand, agency or sales rep selling me an product. These kind folks are passing along pointers that have improved their life.
- It’s quick. Who has time for a 30 minute TV-show on organizing the pantry? A few tweets can pass along exactly the information I need.
- It’s concise. A 140-character limit does not allow for an introduction, body and conclusion to a recommendation.
SO! In the spirit of quick and straightforward communication, I asked my followers to send me their BEST kitchen organizing tip. Together we’ve compiled a varied and comprehensive list for you to peruse and make notes. These are real people, working in real kitchens, not studios, and they are sharing what simplifies things in the kitchen for them.
26 Kitchen Organizing Tips from Real Cooks – in 140 characters or less
1. @CheriNeufeld Don’t have enough cupboard space? Bring some of your more decorative dishes out of hiding and place them on shelving for everyone to enjoy.
2. @MangoTomato Don’t get a knife set! All you need is a sharp chef’s knife. No need for a garlic press; use a microplane instead (also 4 ginger)
3. @RellaBellaK Don’t buy “single-use” kitchen utensils (e.g. egg separator), only “multi-tasking” cooking implements!
4. @bakedbyrachel I picked up some cute snapware containers cheap to organize my baking cabinet. Tips, liners, colors, sprinkles etc. Nice & neat!
5. Shannon: I use mason jars (quarts and 1/2 gallon) to store dried goods. In our small kitchen they double as decorative elements.
7. @MommyI’mHungry Kitchen organizing tip: Store all plasticware lids in one deep drawer standing up like a file system.
8. @GuiltyKitchen Have 3 cutting boards: Plastic for raw meat & 2 wooden, 1 for vegetables & the other is for stinky things like garlic, onions and cilantro.
9. @FamilyBites When I cook/bake I keep two bowls on the counter – one for garbage and one for compost -saves time and I don’t go back and forth.
11. @Burp_Blog Buy spices in bulk – higher quality product also saves $$. Storing your herbs & spices in a drawer? Put the labels on the lids!
12. @Cheryl_Arkison Zones! A baking zone, with all tools and common ingredients in one area, dishes in another (by the dishwasher), pots by stove.
13. @ginarau My only kitchen organizing tip is to have a big pantry. I love that I can keep food, cookbooks, appliances & kids arts/crafts.
14. @mamasminutia I store food in glass quart & pint jars (as opposed to plastic). I have a large pull-out drawer just for storing empty jars.
15. @FarmDaughter My organizing tip: NO GLASS CABINET DOORS, so nobody knows what it looks like in there!
16. @dinnerwithjulie OK got one: A magnetic dry-erase board on the fridge for freezer inventory: Put it in, write it on. Take it out, wipe it off.
17. @TheNoviceChef When you buy “stock” groceries put them behind your current stash so you can make sure to use up your already opened products!
18. @colleentremont Put spices into matching clear jars & line on a mounted picture ledge. A colorful space-saver and clever kitchen design!
Photo by daisybush
20. @okwithandrea If you have a phone on your kitchen counter, free up a shelf or cupboard space just above it to keep pens, paper, stamps, etc.
21. @FamilyBites I keep a laminated recipe cheat sheet on my fridge with my most used recipes. Avoids looking up frequent recipe in book/on net.
22. @HomemadeHoleman Buy storage containers that have stackable/locking lids – with everything stored together you don’t waste your time searching!
23. @colleentremont Put spices into matching clear jars & line on a mounted picture ledge. A colorful space-saver and clever kitchen design!
24. @simplebites Space Saving Tip: Store cutting boards on top of the refrigerator or microwave for quick, yet out of the way access.
25. @thehazelbloom Use lazy susans for spices and frequently-used baking supplies. So easy to access and keep organized.
26. @FoodforMyFamily If you have deep cupboards, use containers of varying heights and place tall in the back so you can still see them from the front.
A warm thank you to everyone who sent their tweet tips! The thought has probably already crossed your mind, but this also doubles as an impressive #FollowFriday list if you’re looking for new people to follow on Twitter…
Be sure to start with following @simplebites, though! Happy Tweeting!
It’s your turn now. Share your best kitchen organizing tip – in 140 characters or less!