Do you sometimes wonder what small and scary things might be lurking at the back of your cabinets where your eyes haven't been in years? Are some of your pantry shelves a mystery? How old ARE those canned beans anyway? It's easy to forget about items when you can't see them, which is why I'm sharing my favorite kitchen organizing tips to make the things in your cabinets visible again.
Visibility Tip #1: Containerize small, similar items. In the photo above, you can see I have all my tea (and a few coffee items) in three containers in an upper cabinet. The large container is a Container Store tall shoe box and the two smaller ones are both Container Store small accessory boxes. They are the perfect thing to keep all my boxes of tea, loose tea leaves, tea infusers, sweeteners, and other tea/coffee accoutrements together. The other important benefit is that because small items like these get pushed back and become invisible, keeping them in a container means they all move AS A FAMILY every time I pull down the container. Nothing can hide from me anymore.
Visibility Tip #2: My pantry shelves are 16 inches deep, which on one hand is great because that means they hold a LOT of food. The downside to deep pantry shelves however,is that because they're so deep, it's hard to see what's at the back half of the shelves, so tons of food expires and goes to waste. Blergh. That's not good on the wallet either. The solution? Turntables and can risers!
Again, I got these products at The Container Store and they make me so happy! The 18-inch turntable is one of my favorite tools in the world -- everything that used to be invisible and unreachable is now not only visible and at the FRONT of the shelf with just a spin, but I can put my hands on it without using a ladder! Whaaaaat? Yep!
The can risers improve visibility by a gozillion percent. This means I can find what I need quickly and I never buy something I already own, simply because I didn't know it was there.
What are your favorite tips and products for keeping your home mystery-free and organized?