Who knew these household items could work even better in the kitchen than they do in their usual homes! Check out how you can efficiently sort, organise and make your kitchen run like clockwork…
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1. Turn Tic Tac boxes into stylish spice pots
Spice bottles can take up so much space in a kitchen. Cut down on precious cupboard space by decanting your spices into empty Tic Tac containers. They save space and work brilliantly. You can even print out stylish labels thanks to DIY Inspired.
2. Use a file holder to organise foil & cling film boxes
Attach a file holder to the inside of your kitchen cupboard for a handy place to store your cling film, foil and baking sheet boxes. They fit neatly inside for quick and easy access.
3. Build a heavy-duty utensil pot out of LEGO
What a sweet way to brighten up your kitchen! This is a great little project for the kids and they can remake it whenever you fancy a change. Love this idea from Sweet Magnolia Way.
4. Or make a bespoke LEGO knife block
After you’ve built your basic utensil pot, how about making a bespoke knife holder? You can tailor it to the size and shape of your knives to great effect! How brilliant is this!
5. Store plastic bags in empty tissues boxes
Think twice before dumping those tissue boxes in the recycling bin! They can be used to store all those plastic sandwich and freezer bags.
6. Use storage boxes to organise your freezer
Don’t be afraid to get rid of the boxes that come with your freezer (you can always put them to good use elsewhere in the home) and use some small more efficient storage boxes to keep everything separate and beautifully organised. I love how Time with Thea has labelled the boxes clearly.
7. Utilise shoe boxes to organise your fridge
Shoeboxes are a cheap and easy way to organise your fridge. Separate cooked meats, condiments, cheeses and so on in different sized boxes. I love the idea of creating a separate box for perishables – a sign is a clever way to remind everyone to eat them before they end up in the bin.
8. Use a hanger to hold up recipe books
A Pinterest classic and an Expert Home Tips favourite! Use your trouser hangers to clip recipe books and hang them from your kitchen cupboard handles.
9. Transform empty baby jars into magnetic spice bottles
This is a great project and fantastic use for jars if you have a baby in the house! Check out the amazing blog One Lucky Pickle for details on how to create these handy storage pots.
10. Neatly tuck away takeaway menus in folders
No more stuffed drawers or cluttered fridges! Cut one side of a plastic wallet out and attach it to the back of a kitchen cupboard door to neatly store all those bits of paper.
11. Use your old cake stand as an elevated dish soap holder
Keep the surfaces around your sink as clear as possible with an elevated soap dish stand. This cake stand works brilliantly and makes everything easy to reach.
12. Hang your mugs off an upcycled coat rack
Use an old coat rack to hang your mugs and kitchen utensils from. For more ideas like this, check out Colleen’s 21 new & pretty uses for old & ugly things.
12. An old rake will keep kitchen utensils altogether
Transform an old rake head into a utensil holder for a rustic look. Simply screw into your wall. Easy peasy.
13. Hang wine glasses from an old rake too
You can even hang wine glasses from an old rake and create a little wine station in your kitchen.
14. Unglazed tiles work brilliantly as a pizza stone
Touted as the ‘Three Dollar Pizza Stone’, I found this innovative idea from The Paupered Chef. Use unglazed tiles to recreate the heat-retaining, moisture-wicking effect of a pizza stone oven. A must-have for any pizza lovers!
15. Reuse a fizzy can multipack box to store tins
If you stock up on multipacks of fizzy drinks then you’ll have plenty of boxes to use for this handy idea. Simply cover them with gift wrap and slot them into your cupboards, it’s a great space-saver and a fantastic way or organising your pantry.
16. Transform a French door shutter into an organisation station
Keep an eye out for old French door shutters on eBay, car boot sales and at skips. They can be upcycled to spectacular effect! Use yours to organise all those household items that tend to collect in the kitchen.
17. Use old ceramic planters for heavy kitchen utensils
Heavy kitchen utensils call for a more cumbersome holder. A ceramic plant pot is heavy and robust enough to keep all your kitchen equipment in without it endlessly toppling over.
Thanks for reading! If you have any ideas for the kitchen let me know in the comments section below. Please feel free to share this article with your friends and family too.