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Linda Yao is a student at the University of Pennsylvania, in the beautiful city of Philadelphia. Having grown up amidst music and art classes, she has an appreciation for the aesthetic, including the art of food. In pursuit of her passion for food, she loves sampling the best foods her city has to offer and enjoying time in the kitchen, exploring healthy options for desserts and entrees. Her biggest food weakness? Everything sweet, but especially dark chocolate. She hopes to influence those around her by sharing the joys of a healthy lifestyle.

Ideas For Organizing Your Kitchen

When my desk is cluttered, I get no studying done, no matter how long I sit there. It’s a generally proven trend that people are often most efficient when they have a clean workspace. The same holds true for your kitchen! When my kitchen is a mess, I don’t even feel like starting a cooking project because having to look for everything will make it that much harder.

As the holiday cooking season approaches, inspire yourself to get excited about the greater amount of time you will be spending in the kitchen by organizing your space with some of my favorite kitchen-organizing ideas:

Tray Divider for Cupboard

(Photo Credit: marthastewart.com)

(Photo Credit: marthastewart.com)

Unless you have really tall glasses, after placing your items in the cupboard, you probably have leftover space above your glasses and mugs. To use that space, create your own dividers for your cupboards. Fit a nonskid shelf liner to the tray and then set the tray on top of your layer of glasses so you can place more glasses on top of the tray.

Over-the-Door Organizer

(Photo Credit: realsimple.com)

(Photo Credit: realsimple.com)

Hang an organizer over your pantry door to save space and order and catalog the small but important kitchen items. A benefit of the clear organizer is that you can easily locate your culinary needs with a quick glance at your door.

Retractable Book Stand for Recipes

(Photo Credit: realsimple.com)

(Photo Credit: realsimple.com)

I chose to feature this item because often when I’m cooking, I waste time searching for where I’ve set down my printed recipe, or I spill random drops of oil and dough on the recipe and end up having to discard it after cooking. Remove this hassle from your holiday cooking festivities by installing a retractable book stand for your recipes or cookbooks. And you can fold it back whenever you’re not using it to save space!

Curtain Tension Rods in Pantry

(Photo Credit: tidymom.net)

(Photo Credit: tidymom.net)

This is another do-it-yourself idea to maximize the space in your pantry. Use tension curtain rods to create dividers for your pantry. This is great for storing plates, cutting boards, cookie sheets, etc.

Steamer Storage Bin

(Photo Credit: marthastewart.com)

(Photo Credit: marthastewart.com)

Because bamboo steamers have holes that let air in and out, you can store onions, garlic, and shallots in them, as these items need ventilation but cannot be refrigerated.

Happy cooking!

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