Do the words “open shelving” make you break out into hives?
Well then, friend, perhaps it’s time to consider reorganizing your kitchen. While we don’t sit in judgment upon anyone with eight different sticky bottles of condiments each containing one teaspoon of sauce or dressing—we’ve all been there—we know you can do better.
Happily enough, a hyper-organized kitchen is the Kondo move du jour. Celebrities from Kardashians to Mandy Moore are showing off the interiors of their pantries and refrigerators on social media. Here are the tools you need to get your kitchen ‘gram-worthy. (First, maybe throw away those bottles!)
Spin your sauces right round baby, right round, with a turntable that allows you to see them all with a flick of the wrist. When you can see the leftovers and bottles in your fridge clearly, it can keep you from buying three bottles of red wine vinegar (or running out of Champagne vinegar). Corral condiments in a refrigerator turntable and you’ll never find crusty ketchup languishing in the back of the fridge again.
You keep meaning to get around to buying a decently sized trashcan. One with a lid that closes properly. The moment is now! People who own these SimpleHuman trashcans—which have one container for recycling and one for trash—swear by them. An easy little steel foot pedal will keep you from having to wrestle the can every time you dump out coffee grounds. The lid is designed to close quietly. It’s even fingerprint-resistant! Bonus: If you streamline your recycling routine, you’re more likely to stick to it.
The open shelving of cutlery storage, this wall-mounted magnetic knife rack will happily replace that giant, sticky knife block you’ve kept kicking around. It’s arguably better for the knives themselves, and will help you attain the vast expanse of clean countertops of your dreams. (Generally speaking, anything that can go up and away should go up and away!)
Does your kitchen have a “jumble drawer?” Kick that problem to the curb with a sliding rack that literally doubles your storage space. Ideal for under the sink or low pantry drawers, it includes an industrial-grade ball-bearing glide system that ensures smooth mounting. No high-tech measuring is required, and assembly takes mere minutes. Since it helps you reach everything you need without crawling into your cupboard, it’s also a godsend for anyone with a less-than-athletic lower back.
There’s something about walking into kitchen in which lentils, chickpeas, rice, and beans of every color in the rainbow are decanted into clear glass jars that makes a person think, “I’m in the home of a real cook.” This gift-worthy set comprises real olivewood along with glass. It’s several steps above the plastic-topped, less-sturdy versions you can buy elsewhere. These actually make staples look gorgeous. We particularly love the olivewood utensil holder that comes alongside, making it look like a true set.
Inspired to get organized for 2021? Good for you. Shop our whole organizing shop here, and happy neatening!