I knew there had to be a solution. One day I was in the bathroom, I looked at a friend and said, "I know a bathtub holder would have room for all of that stuff". She knows me very well. I explained which kind I meant.
Not even 2 days later, she came bearing a gift; my new kitchen organizer. I hadn't ever seen this anywhere before but usually when I put my mind to something, I figure it out. They are used in the bath area for shampoo or soap. In my sink, it is for one sponge (that I wash dishes with), one that has scrubbers, dish soap, and the drain stoppers. My sink look as sparkling clean as the rest of my house.
This container has holes so it doesn't trap moisture, allowing the air to get to the sponges. The dish soap is right there not being knocked off in the rinse water, and I can get the stopper only when needed - perfect! I like the clear one because it looks clean. There are several colors if you would want to match your decor. They are plastic so are easily wiped out with my cleaner (vinegar, lemon). I use organic cleaners and it's great to have them next to the sponges.
I also want to remind you that sponges are great. I don't know how I would get the dishes clean without them, however they hold so many germs. Make sure you put your sponges in microwave for 2 minutes, to kill all the bacteria. I do it right before bed so next morning they are all germ free.
I hope this helps you out with the things that "live" around your sink area. I have hand soap, germ killer and my own hand made cleaner on top of the sink. Everything else is neatly placed in its own little basket. I think it looks exactly how it should have for all these years, when I couldn't think of what to do with them.
I also use microfiber cloths to dry my dishes with. These are changed daily. Microfiber dries very quickly so during the daytime, the cloths dry out.
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I have each container stocked with different types of the utensils; the large terra cotta roaster holds the large spatulas, tongs, large cooking spoons, etc. Another container holds whisks of all sizes. There is a container for the teflon utensils, metal utensils and wooden. It is handy because all the utensils are at my "fingertips" near the stove and the kitchen work area.
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Look here for a brainstorm of ways to organize cooking utensils, that ThriftyFun readers did in 2005.
I use vinyl prepasted wallpaper as shelf and drawer liner and recently discovered I could cut paper towel tubes and cover with the same to store my utensils.
It is much easier to pick up a tube than dig around a drawer.
While having lots of cooking utensils I didn't want cluttering up my kitchen drawers (ex. grill tongs, wooden spoons, slotted spoons, whisks, etc.), I searched different stores for the 'exact' holder for them all. Never really finding what the correct size I wanted.
One day while in a gardening section, I found a galvanized metal water pail with a few butterflies engraved on it. I knew immediately, I'd found my kitchen utensil bucket. I did have to put a small box into the center as some utensils will fall in completely, if I don't put them in towards the center. Otherwise, it fits my kitchen just fine!
By Terri H.
Where do you store your kitchen utensils like your large cooking spoons and forks, spatulas, potato masher, can openers, turkey baster, etc.? I have a small kitchen and would like to store them somewhere other than the wall and counter. Do you have any suggestions?
I pick up pretty cookie jars or ice buckets at yard sales and stand the utensils up, setting it on my counter. You can put a lot in, and it comes in handy to dry your plastic bags on (that no meat has been in). Also easy to find what utensil is needed.
Why not buy some hooks, the kind that you peel off the back and stick them on. Put them on the back of a door of you cupboards. Put them on a door that is not used that much.
I keep my large kitchen tools/utensils in a cookie jar minus the lid, right next to my stovetop. Other people on this site have used flower pots painted to match kitchen decor and decorated coffee cans for the same purpose. Be thrifty and be creative!
The larger things that I don't use every meal are kept in some otherwise unusable drawers. These little drawers are long, but narrow and not too deep so I have 4 of them full of the larger things.
Save drawer space and rummaging through to find what you want, for kitchen utensils paint or contact paper a coffee can to match your kitchen, and save the lid to put on the bottom. Place the can on your stovetop and it holds a lot and keeps utensils for cooking handy, and the can is pretty as well!
By Linda Jonson