Organizing

3 of the Most Organized Kitchen Command Centers We’ve Ever Seen — Storage Smarts

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When you have kids, keeping everyone (and all their stuff) organized can feel like a full-time job. Between grocery shopping, appointments, after-school activities, permission slips, and art projects, there's a serious need for a landing zone for all that stuff. If you're not careful, that landing zone might just turn out to be your kitchen island.

The solution? Craft up a clever "command center" that has a place for everything so you stay organized and on top of things from the start. Take inspiration from one of these ingenious (homemade!) solutions.

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These 2 Acronyms Will Keep Your Kitchen Clean — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

If you have good organizing systems and maintain them regularly, clutter is less likely to build up. Or so I'm told, by organizing and lifestyle expert Lorie Marrero, creator of The Clutter Diet.

"What if you decided not to brush your teeth all month, and on the last day of the month brushed them 30 times? That clearly would not work — some things need to be done regularly to be effective," says Marrero. Like, for example, your kitchen.

Marrero is a strong believer in morning and evening routines to keep things running smoothly — and, to make them easy to remember, she has two acronyms.

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Take Advantage of Unused Space with This Brilliant Storage Tower — Amazon Deal of the Day

Any organizational expert will tell you that the secret to maximizing your rooms that lack a surplus of storage space is to capitalize on all of those unused nooks and crannies. That's why under-shelf baskets and racks that hang on the back of cabinet doors exist. Using dead space is everything!

And there's one space that is often overlooked: that narrow gap between your refrigerator and the wall. What could you possibly put there? This Slide-Out 5-Tier Storage Tower.

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10 Brilliant Ways to Squeeze Extra Storage Space Out of a Small Kitchen — Small Space Kitchens

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When you're short on kitchen space, you have to be extra creative in coming up with ways to maximize the square footage you do have. And while there are tons of smart kitchen organizing hacks out there, you may find that many don't even apply to your snug space (NYC apartment dwellers, we're looking at you!).

That's why we've done the work for you and rounded up 10 pretty brilliant organizing solutions that are small space-approved.

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The One Thing Your Mason Jars Are Missing — Storage Smarts

Chances are, you have no shortage of Mason jars in your kitchen. Whether you use them as drinking glasses, containers to tote layered salads to work, pantry organizers, or whatever else, you have a ton of Mason jars and those two-piece lids all over the place, right? We thought so.

Turns out, though, you're missing one key thing.

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It’s Time to Finally Get Your Utensil Drawer in Order — Amazon Deal of the Day

If your kitchen drawers are a mess, you probably spend way too much time searching for the one tool you need — whether it's a rubber spatula, a whisk, a fork, or whatever else you might need.

Nodding along with us? It's time to get your drawers in order, and a good way to start is by picking up this expandable utensil tray.

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