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How I Organized My Kitchen On A Budget

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely HATE cleaning.  I hate cleaning, but I LOVE organizing.

Just ask my husband!  Every time he leaves for a long work trip, I rearrange furniture and reorganize the entire house.  I always say that’s how I keep our marriage exciting!  It’s like a scavenger hunt when he comes home and has to find where I’ve moved all his underwear.

When we first moved into our house, the kitchen is the one room I had the most difficultly trying to organize.  I must have reorganized it every week, because nothing seemed to work for us.

You are probably wondering why I had such a difficult time with it.  Well, when we moved into our house, the kitchen had absolutely no storage, no pantry, and no upper cabinets.  All of the lower cabinets were mismatched, and the inside of the cabinets were broken.  The only place to put our plates and cups on was the IKEA type shelves above the sink.

So, why did we purchase this house when the kitchen was lacking in pretty much everything?  It was a big kitchen in which we saw potential.  The downside?  We were not able to fix up the kitchen right away.  We had to work with what we had and get creative with organizing.  I remember making shelves for the broken cabinets out of cardboard boxes, and using what little counter space we had to put appliances and boxed items on.

A year later, we had a stroke of luck.  My husband’s office was doing a kitchen renovation at their new office building.  His boss told him we could have the “old” kitchen cabinets that they were getting rid of.

There were enough lower cabinets to replace the ones we had.  Furthermore, there were upper cabinets and a pantry cabinet to complete our kitchen and provide much needed storage.  We spent the next two weekends installing them.

Once everything was complete, I had to find a way to organize all our items within the cabinets.  But, how was I going to do that on a budget?

While on Youtube that day, I happened to see a Lazy Susan diy video someone created.  That weekend, I went to the Dollar Tree to see if I could recreate it.  But instead, as I began walking up and down the aisles and was amazed to find several items I could use to organize my kitchen!

I purchased several totes and baskets and wire racks.  Later on we had the idea to use Mason jars to store some food items, because they are inexpensive and keep the food items fresh.  Some items used to organize the kitchen I already had on hand.  I just reused, got creative, and made these items work for us!  The kitchen now organized, and I have not had to reorganize since.

Items used

1.  Oval Totes

Oval Totes

I use this to store snacks.  When I come home from the grocery store, I divide all the snack foods into little to-go baggies.  It saves space, looks nice, and is convenient to just grab when needed.

Dollar Tree makes a larger version of these totes, which I keep all the baby bibs in.

Large Tote

2.  Wire Baskets

The wire baskets are used for potatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, and bananas.  I have them displayed on the shelf.  This way it’s easy to see when I’m running low on one of these items, while adding to the decor of the room.

3.  Lazy Susan

This is used for my mismatched seasonings.  I only have a few, so this works perfectly for me.  The lazy susan is kept in the pantry cabinet, and is easily accessible when I need to grab a seasoning.

4.  Bins

The bins help to organize my baking items and miscellaneous items.  These items include baking soda/powder, a variety of cooking oils/sprays, salt, sprinkles, syrups, chocolate chips, etc.

5.  Step Shelf

I believe this item is meant for spices, however, I use it for canned items.  I can easily see what canned items I have, and the cabinet looks nicely organized.

6.  Cabinet Shelf

This is used to organize the large glass Pyrex bake ware.  It fits perfectly in the cabinet, and works to separate the variety of sizes I have.

7.  Mason Jars

These are used to contain my sugar, brown sugar, flour, oats, rice, and spaghetti noodles.  Some of the jars are displayed on the shelf and some are place in the pantry cabinet.  They keep the food fresh and are visually appealing.

8.  Classico Sauce Jars

Such a great way to save money!  Instead of putting my empty sauce jars in the recycling bin, I cleaned them up and reused them.  I love keeping small items such as walnuts, almonds, and craisins in them.  They are easy to grab, and look nice and organized.

9.  Command Hooks

Command hooks are so great for organizing.  We use them to hang our keys, the dog leash, measuring cups, and grilling utensils.  Command hooks are great, because they utilize the wall and cabinet door real estate, creating more space within the cabinets and drawers for other items.

10.  Wire Drying Rack

I place the lids to my pots on this wire rack.  It easily holds the lids, allowing us to stack the pots together, while creating an organized space.

The takeaway

When trying to organize your kitchen, it doesn’t necessarily have to be picture perfect.  You don’t have to buy expensive items in order to have a beautiful, clean, organized home.  Sometimes all you need is a little creativity to use what you already have, or just use inexpensive items.  I challenge you to give it a try if your kitchen is in need of some organizing!  Leave a comment below to let me know how you do with these organizing tips!


*Disclaimer:  The only affiliate link on this page is the one for the Mason jars.  Originally we purchased our mason jars from Walmart.  However, Amazon has the exact ones we purchased for less money.



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