Home Hacks: 9 cheap and free DIY ways to get your kitchen in order

Home Hacks: 9 cheap and free DIY ways to get your kitchen in order

Y’all know I’m lazy. But I also love to live the beautiful life! That’s what the Lazy Girl’s Guide column is all about. Let’s start here. 

So, if you’re connected to me in any major social media network, you probably already know this–but for those who don’t already know me, I moved into (what I consider) my dream home back in May of last year, and I’ve been all about decorating and organizing and all of the fun that goes along with (finally!) having enough space for your stuff.

Since moving is also a costly endeavor, as is decorating and furnishing a new home, and since I’m a huge cheapskate anyway–I started looking for ways to make my life easier and more organized. 

And since I’m the type who loves to share information, I’ve rounded up some of the best cheap and free DIY ways to get your kitchen in order, right here. 

  1. Tissue boxes for plastic bags–add pretty duct tape to sturdy up the box and tack or stick inside of cabinet.
  2. Soda boxes for canned goods–again, duct tape to sturdy it up and cans are dispensed like soda cans. Would work best with multiple ones that contain the same kind of canned goods in each. Best for larger families.
  3. Wire racks inside cabinets to add storage–these can be small ones to sit over a stack of plates (to hold saucers, or bowls maybe), or they can be larger and used for holding cookie sheets, pots, pans or lids.
  4. Magazine racks to hold cookie sheets and foil or plastic wrap boxes–old mail racks or metal file holders from the office work just as well.
  5. Magnetic strips all over the place–I can’t believe I don’t have these already, honestly. But magnetic strips inside of your cabinets or even on the wall can hold all sorts of things. A few examples: knives, cooking utensils, spice jars and tins–anything metallic, really. If you don’t have a ton of cabinet or wall space, you could even stick these right on your fridge or dishwasher.
  6. Lazy susans–you can put them on the countertop to hold coffee or tea supplies (cream, sugar, etc.) or inside the cabinets to hold spices. The possibilities are endless. I’ve even seen people use lazy susans to hold canned goods.
  7. Stick on hooks–again, these are so cheap and so useful. I have them on the wall next to my stove to hold pot holders. There’s also one next to my sink which holds a passionately written list of “dishwasher rules,” penned on construction paper after a particularly frustrating attempt to put away the “clean” dishes one evening. If you’re low on cupboard space, you can use these to hold teacups or coffee mugs too. These are my favorites–here’s a coupon I found that can save you a bit of cash.
  8. Baskets on the wall–I found this awesome blog post about how to mount baskets on your wall for added storage space–and I’m all over it. I am thinking of doing this in my bathroom, really, but it could also work really well in the kitchen. I already have a ton of baskets and bins that’d work–so this could be a cheap (or maybe even free) way to go.
  9. Cereal box drawer dividers–Another online find, this is a tutorial on how to DIY drawer organizers from simple cereal boxes. I can’t resist a money-saver that also makes your life prettier.

How about you? What are the best cheap or free ways you know of to get your kitchen organized? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below, or join in the discussion on our Facebook page

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Spring Cleaning: Organizing your kitchen with Pinterest

Spring Cleaning: Organizing your kitchen with Pinterest

Spring Cleaning: Organizing your kitchen with Pinterest



It is finally spring again. Let’s air out the house by opening all the windows and saying goodbye to the long cold winter.

I love to take the first few days of warmth to clean out my house, which is something I find hard to do when it is cold outside. Like being reborn each spring I tend to clean out all the clutter that my life accumulated over the colder months.

My kitchen is the first place I start. Taking things out of the cabinets and reorganizing is a big must. But how do I put it back and make it look neat and functional and something that I will actually use is key. That’s when I turn to Pinterest.

Here are some of my favorite Pinterest kitchen organizing ideas.

1. The aluminum foil and plastic wrap debate. Where do they go? In a drawer someplace but which one? I don’t have a drawer that fits those items in a safe secure snug manner without foil falling out and rolling across the kitchen floor. Here is a great idea pinned from listotic.com. Why didn’t I think of this?


2. I cleaned out my pots and pans but have no clue what to do with the lids? Try this from dumpaday.com. This is a life hack win!


3. I have been doing the same thing for years. You can find these holders on Amazon.com or at your local Walmart. Go buy some, you will thank yourself!


4. You will always have a place for your cutting boards using this trick. I love putting things on doors. bystephanielynn.com


5. All of the cupcake liners from the holidays now have a home. Use an old mason jar to store them in. Brit.co has the right idea here.


6. Have deep cabinets? I use this technique for the shelves up high so I can reach everything that is in them. Want to go that extra mile? Label your plastic tubs. Pin from Listotic


7. Don’t forget about the fridge! Take them drawers out and clean up the leftover Pepsi that spilled all down the back wall. While you are at it grab a lazy Susan and place it in the fridge. This will add more space and the ability to find things easier. Buzzfeed.com


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