Today I'm sharing an easy storage solution for the kitchen. I try to do a good kitchen clean-out and purge once a quarter - this involves removing everything from a drawer/cupboard, giving it a good wipe-down, finding new storage ideas if necessary, re-organising, and seeing if there's anything I can get rid of before I put everything back in. I find that kitchens can really accumulate a lot of 'stuff', so I like to do this on a fairly regular basis to minimize the clutter.
One thing that always frustrated me was that even though my 4 small drawers were organised to within an inch of their lives, they still seemed to be so chock-a-block. I couldn't seem to get rid of anything because I actually did use all of those cooking utensils! However, by dividing the drawer contents into separate categories of cutlery, 'occasional' tools, baking and cooking, I was able to come up with a new kitchen storage solution.
The 'occasional' tools includes things like fancy salad servers, larger serving spoons, a soup ladle, spatulas, an extra whisk etc. I don't use these often, but do still need them.
Baking tools includes measuring cups and spoons, cupcake liners, piping bags, cookie cutters etc.
I realised that it would make much more sense to have the utensils I use when I'm cooking close-at-hand, rather than having to rummage through drawers searching for what I needed. The ideal place was right next to the stove-top. So, I grabbed one of these pots from Ikea. They are actually planter pots, but can be used for lots of different purposes, as they come in a few different sizes. The one I chose is nice and tall, and really does hold a lot.
In the utensil holder, there are 2 wooden spoons, 2 deeper spoons for serving, 2 kinds of spatulas, a whisk, a skimmer, 2 pairs of tongs, 2 turners/flippers, and a microplane grater (had to look up the names of some of these utensils!).
It is great to have everything I need close at hand when I'm cooking. It also makes unloading the dishwasher nice and easy, as I just grab all the utensils and pop them straight in! Here are a few other utensil holders, I love the blue one... it'll be in our dream kitchen for sure!