When is the last time you reevaluated the way you store stuff in your kitchen? If you’re anything like me, then it was probably quite a while ago! I typically just store things in the same place out of habit, without really considering if it’s actually the best way to do it. But there are actually some compelling reasons why reevaluating your kitchen storage could definitely be worth your time!
First, your current storage methods might actually be doing more harm than good to your dishes, cookware, and utensils. Storing them properly could help you protect your investment and extend the life of your stuff! And second, your current storage methods may not be as space-efficient as they could be. Adopting a different storage method could free up some valuable space in your kitchen cupboards and drawers!
So with all that in mind, today I’ll be highlighting 7 different kitchen items that are common stored in less-than-optimal ways. I’ll also share some practical advice on better ways to store those items. I recommend working these tips into your kitchen spring cleaning plans, so you can clean and organize your kitchen in one go! :-)
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7 Kitchen Items You’re Storing The Wrong Way
1. Cookie Sheets
Storing your cookie sheets in a stack takes up a lot of valuable storage space in your kitchen. Instead, use a rack like a file sorter to store your cookie sheets vertically. It saves on storage space, and it will help prevent scratches too!
2. Non-Stick Pans
Stacking your non-stick or cast iron pans will quickly scratch up your cookware if you’re not careful! Instead, place a paper towel, a paper plate, or a thin cloth between each pan in the stack. The barrier will help protect your cookware and prevent scratches.
Storing your kitchen knives in a drawer could be doing more harm than good. Your knives could be getting banged up by the other items in the drawer. It’s also dangerous, because someone could easily reach into the drawer and cut themselves accidentally. Instead, store your knives in a knife block or on a magnetic knife bar. It’s an easy way to protect your knives (and your fingers!)
There’s certainly an argument to be made in favor of transferring your spices into a cute, matching set of bottles. It’s definitely more aesthetically pleasing than a hodgepodge of various bottle sizes and label designs! But transferring your spices to other containers is time-consuming, and can get pretty messy too! Sometimes it’s just best to leave well enough alone.
5. Baking Mats
Stacking your silpats and baking mats can take up a lot of space! You can try rolling them, but they won’t stay in place on their own. Instead, roll your baking mats and slip them into a cardboard tube. They keep your baking mats nicely rolled, and make them much easier to store!
6. Canned Foods
Canned foods are really space-efficient and easy to store, but it’s easy to lose track of how long those cans have been in your pantry. You could check each label individually, but it would take quite a bit of time! Instead, just store your cans in a storage rack! Place new cans in the back, and take them out from the front to ensure that you’re using the older cans first.
7. Wine Glasses
Storing wine and cocktail glasses upside-down might keep dust out, but you run the risk of damaging your glasses. The lip of the glass is the most fragile part, so it’s more likely to break if you knock the lip against a shelf. Instead, store them right-side up. You can always cover them with a paper towel to keep the dust out. :-)