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7 Ways to Organize Your Kitchen: Tips & Tools for a Functional Tidy Kitchen

by About Chef Austin Chef Austin

"Mise en place" - what does that mean?  In the culinary world, chefs worldwide use this phrase to refer to the prep work and organization of ingredients BEFORE the actual cooking takes place.  For us, it's just fancy for "GET YOUR STUFF TOGETHER!"  Whether this means gathering your ingredients and cooking tools, chopping veggies, measuring out ingredients or even organizing your kitchen for maximum efficiency, the entire cooking process can be streamlined when your kitchen is in order and organized.  Not only does it take time and effort to turn your kitchen into work of organizational art, but it also takes the right tools to make it happen.  Everything Kitchens has hand-picked these 7 products that will leave you wondering "Where have these been all of my life?!"

1. Glass Jars


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Fido Jars (Left) offer a hinged lid and a rubber gasket to seal in freshness. Mason Jars (right) also come in many shapes and sizes with a screw-top lid.

Tip #1 to organizing your kitchen is to use glass jars as a storage solution.  What better way to keep your kitchen organized than by being able to SEE what you actually have in your kitchen or pantry?  Keep items such as rice, breadcrumbs, cereal or dry pasta in glass jars to easily take inventory of what you have on hand or take the guesswork out of what's in your pantry.

Choosing the right style of glass jar depends on the type of items you plan on storing inside.  Fido Glass Jars by Bormioli Rocco are available in multiple sizes from as little as 1/2 liter to as large as 5 liters; the hinged lid and rubber gasket design create an airtight seal to keep freshness in.  Another glass jar option is the iconic Ball Mason Jar in either the regular or wide mouth design with various capacities from 4-ounce jelly jars to 1/2-gallon jars.  Unlike the Fido Jar, the Mason Jar has a two-piece screw-top lid with a flat plate and band.

2. Baker's Storage Set


Bormioli Rocco and Progressive Air Tight Containers

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Easily dispense sprinkles, keep brown sugar fresh, and get a level scoop of flour with the Baker's Storage Set from Progressive.

Say goodbye to the flour explosion every time you open a bag of flour or maybe you're sick and tired of your brown sugar turning rock hard only after you've used a few cups?  The Progressive ProKeeper 6-piece Baker's Storage Set is the answer to any home baker's prayers.  The 6-piece set includes storage containers for your flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar and even mini sizes for smaller items like spices, herbs, candy or sprinkles.  Each Keeper is designed a hinged lid with a silicone seal for airtight storage and a leveling bar for precise measuring; a terra cotta disk is included for the Brown Sugar Keeper to prevent your brown sugar from drying out and hardening.  The Mini Pro Keepers are equipped with a dusting screen to quickly garnish desserts with powdered sugar or cocoa or to add toppings to your cupcakes and ice cream sundaes.

If you're looking for more storage solutions from Progressive, they even have a Pasta ProKeeper which is perfect for storing dry pasta noodles like spaghetti, fettuccine or angel hair.  The lid also includes a silicone gasket to create an airtight seal and an adjustable opening to measure out the perfect portion size for 1, 2 or 3 servings. 

3. Knife Drawer Organization

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Counter space is premium real estate in some kitchens and some can't afford to have canisters, small appliances or knife blocks cluttering the space.  But then again, do you live dangerously and venture into a drawer filled with a scattered mess of sharp knives?  Keep your blades sharp, protected and organized while making sure you keep all of your fingertips as well with the Norpro Knife Drawer Organizer.  The Organizer is constructed of flexible plastic and can be cut down to accommodate narrower drawer widths or adjusted to span wider drawers. 

4. Kitchen Canisters

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If you're looking for a colorful alternative to the standard clear plastic storage container, look no further than Fiesta® Kitchen Storage Canisters.  Available in a rainbow selection of colors and four sizes from the mini 14-ounce canister to the largest 3-quart canister, your kitchen organization skills will be spiced up with the addition of a little Poppy Orange, a hint of Turquoise or accent of Mulberry. 

Fiesta® Canisters are perfect for storing flour, sugar, fresh baked cookies, kosher salt or any other dry goods.  By simply removing the lid, you've now transformed the canister into a utensil crock and have a handy place for spatulas, whisks, wooden spoons and various kitchen utensils.

Check out our other Fiesta® Organization Hacks to have a tidy home and use a canister in every part of the house! 

5. Perfect Pan Organization

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The next tip to organize your kitchen is for your cookware. We've all been there when we need that pan - you know, the one on the very bottom of the stack of 6 cooking pans. You don't have to dig with the Spectrum Pan, Lid & Plate Organizer. This perfect pan organizer is designed to be used vertically or horizontally, it can hold sauté pans, skillets, cutting boards, baking pans, an array of lids, or plates. Use one to neatly stack your pans, to protect nonstick pans or bakeware from scratches that can occur when items are stacked together, or keep all your lids neatly in one place. 

6. FIFO Can Organization 


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FIFO - First In First Out -  A System used all around the world in commercial kitchens to keep fresh stock.

Canned goods can quickly clutter your cabinet where cans get pushed to the back and forgotten about. With a FIFO Can Tracker, you are able to store more cans in your pantry with more vertical storage space and gives you the oldest stock first so nothing goes past the expiration date. As you pull each can from the bottom row, remaining cans automatically rotate from the top row. The FIFO Can Tracker is designed to be expandable with additional units available for purchase. A larger 54 Can Organizer is also a great option if you have tons of cans, stockpile or maybe have a larger family! How's that for ultimate pantry organization?

7. Tiered Spice Racks

Tiered Spice Rack

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Gone are the days of a pile of indistinguishable spice bottles sitting in the bottom of your cabinet. A Tiered Spice Rack lets you easily see all your spices all at once. Fill these reusable glass bottles with bulk spices and grab a pack of RSVP Spice Labels for ultimate spice organization.  


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About Chef Austin

About the Author: 

Chef Austin Merath is Everything Kitchen's Culinary Wizard, Kitchen-Gadget Reviewer, and New-Product Tester. He studied under chefs in College of the Ozarks' Culinary Program. It's his job to make sure you choose the kitchen tools that are right for you by testing the best we have to offer. When not cooking, Austin is tinkering with computers or exploring the Ozarks with his wife Amy. Click here for his full bio.