As a professional declutterer, people often ask me for tips on storage solutions.
While there are plenty of excellent off the shelf products in shops like Lakeland that are very useful, more often than not we have things lying around at home that can be put to use with just a little imagination. Try some of these clever tricks to organise your kitchen:
Use a file organiser (like a large toast rack) to stand up dishes, pan lids and cutting boards.
Use an old tupperware container to store the lids upright of all your other tupperware.
Make simple, colorful containers out of lego to store tall utensils or stationery that you want out all the time.
Save space by using square and rectangular storage jars for food, (rather than round ones).
Hang hooks and over-the-door organizers to the backs of cupboards and doors to create extra room for accessories, tea towels.
Scan your favourite recipes and save them in a computer folder.
Don’t keep restaurant flyers, business cards and leaflets – just make a note of the names and numbers in one notebook, perhaps under categories.
Turn empty baby food jars into magnetic spice containers. Fill up with spices, turn on their sides, and use the lids as magnets to store on the side of your fridge.
Hang up a shoe organiser on the back of a cupboard door to store little snacks and food packages.
Curtain rods attached to the inside of cupboards and sticky plastic hooks attached to cupboard doors make handy lid holders.
Use empty tic tac boxes to store small amounts of spices, or a 7 day pill dispenser.
Use an upright magazine rack for storing cling film and foil.