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Organizing Kitchen Utensils

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Kitchen utensils are all different shapes and sizes, which can make them difficult to organize. Well organized kitchen utensils makes it easier to find them and can also add a decorative element to your kitchen. This is a guide to organizing kitchen utensils.
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February 15, 2017

I was tired of digging through a drawer to find the kitchen tools I needed. Then I got the idea to buy those inexpensive magnetic cup hooks and attach them all around my hood vent. Now the tools are at my finger tips, it looks nice, and I freed up a drawer for something else. I used the drawer for all my spices.

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February 18, 20170 found this helpful

I store all of my kitchen utensils on my small island on the bottom shelf; I have a containers for the wooden utensils, spatulas, plastic and non-stick utensils, my two favorite rolling pins are stored at the end of the shelf. I have a large terra cotta roasting pan that was cracked filled with various utensils and I also keep my upright paper towel holder on that shelf. I have a small white cutting board hanging from the side and a small colander hanging on the opposite side of this small moveable island. When I am cooking a lot of recipes, I roll the island up to the stove and counter area so the utensils, cutting boards will be accessible during my cooking process or baking. I have a large walk in pantry that has a refrigerator, a closet to hold items that are used on special occasions, two shelves that are the length of the room to hold small appliances, cookbooks, plus I have a 3 tiered open shelf that holds baking pans, mixing bowls, parchment paper and my cookware. I hang my cast iron ware on hooks on the closet door frames..the door was removed. Floor space in the pantry is also used to hold bins that hold seasonal items and other kitchen items; I have a 3 drawer plastic unit that holds kitchen towels and other kitchen linens.

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December 16, 2013

I've seen a lot of good ideas here on storing kitchen utensils and decided to post my own. I bought these beer mugs at Dollar Tree for a dollar each.

With care they'll last a lifetime. They are heavy and will not easily tip over. They take up little room and are handy. Best of all, they are at a very Thrifty Fun price.

I thought about decorating them somehow, and I may. But, as they are, it's very easy to keep them clean.

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February 8, 20140 found this helpful

The way they are now they will go in the dish washer and they look really clean and nice.

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August 17, 2015

My kitchen drawers need replacing badly. They are in need of replacing which I cannot afford right now. It is the two drawers that hold the heaviest weights, the flatware and large metal utensil drawers.

Finally, a light bulb went off in my head. Find something besides a drawer for the heaviest utensils. I did, I found, already sitting on an inside divider window between my kitchen and dining room, a blue rectangular basket that I always kept decorated seasonally. This basket allowed me to put all spoons together standing on one side, knives and large forks, spatulas, all other tools had their own places. And it looks nice! I like the look, and everything is at my fingertips, just above my cooking and preparing counter. I hope this will help others.

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August 18, 20150 found this helpful

That being out like that means they will never be clean enough to just take and eat with. Dust will get on them all the time. You must wash before using them. In the draw they should be clean if nothing is getting on them. I would put that under a cabinet that I know traffic is less in. Good idea for a party server as well.

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October 11, 2011

Bathtup basket attached to back of stainless steel kitchen sink

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In my sink, it is for one sponge, one that has scrubbers, dish soap, and the drain stoppers. My sink look as sparkling clean as the rest of my house.

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June 24, 2009

Photo of a utensil holder on a wall.

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I used Juicy Juice cans to hold my kitchen utensils. I put them in a wire basket that I found for 50 cents, added the magnets and bingo, a multipurpose rack.

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October 26, 20113 found this helpful

I have my utensils on a small butcher block table that has a shelf underneath it. The utensils are stored in flower pots, a large terra-cotta roaster that had a crack in it, a crock, and a tin pail.

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August 11, 20052 found this helpful

While visiting with an ex-neighbor in her new home, she had to give me a tour of the place. The one room that was the most intriguing to me was her kitchen.

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August 7, 2011

I use a large flower vase to store my larger kitchen utensils. It sits on my counter top right beside my stove.

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November 14, 20061 found this helpful

When storing kitchen utensils (spoons, spatulas, etc.) in a drawer, having the handle facing towards the back of the drawer. That way you can easily see what utensils you have since many have similar looking handles.

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February 24, 2010

Just a simple rubber band and no more tangled tongs in the drawers. Wrap it around the top to keep them straight in the drawer.

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February 24, 2010

Use kitchen shears to cut sandwiches, toast or pizza, its a lot easier than trying to cut them with a knife.

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March 30, 2012

I have 2 large cooling racks hung on the wall between my stove and sink. I use 'S' hooks to hang the utensils on the racks. Everything is out and organized so you can see it and easy to grab when you're cooking.

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January 14, 20150 found this helpful

Kitchen Tongs

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This is a guide about storing kitchen tongs. Cooking tongs can take up too much room and add to the clutter in drawers. There are a few creative ways to store them.

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April 2, 20040 found this helpful

To maximize kitchen drawer space, put flat wear in matching or eclectic decorative mugs on the countertops, leaving an extra drawer free, and keeping your flatware handy for constant use. A cut down Gatorade bottle makes a nice holder as well.

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October 10, 2008

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?

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October 11, 20080 found this helpful
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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!

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October 15, 20080 found this helpful
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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.

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March 24, 20050 found this helpful

Look here for a brainstorm of ways to organize cooking utensils, that ThriftyFun readers did in 2005.

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March 24, 20050 found this helpful
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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!

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October 30, 20080 found this helpful
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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.

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

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

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Coffee Can Utensil Holder

LOVE LOVE LOVE that idea, thank you! (10/01/2005)

Coffee Can Utensil Holder

I used to make these for my mom, all sizes of cans. Pretty contact paper and hot glued ruffle ribbon on the edge at the top hanging down and the edge at the bottom, but further up. These were all over her bathroom for things and the coffee cans in the bedroom. She had severe allergies, then later cancer, and those pretty cans were her Kleenex waste can. Looked pretty and she did not have to walk far for a "little" trash to put in the can. No one that came to visit later when she was on bed rest was the wiser about the pretty cans everywhere! (10/01/2005)

By Vanessa

Coffee Can Utensil Holder

Please use the plastic coffee cans for this idea or place the plastic lid on the bottom of the metal cans - otherwise you get a rusty ring that is impossible to remove. Learned this the hard way. I save the metal ones with their plastic lids to discard used oil from my deep fat fryer. (10/03/2005)

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