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Guest Picks: A Fresh, De-Cluttered Kitchen
20 helpful ways to get the kitchen organized and in style in 2012
There's no better time than the start of a new year to reflect on what's working in your kitchen and what's taking up dead space. I gathered a few of my favorite finds from around the web to help you create a more spacious and inviting kitchen this year. Some products I own and use to organize my own pantry, and others I've been coveting for quite some time. From magnetic teaspoons to ceiling pot racks, there's something for every cook, baker and entertainer on this list. Here's to a happy, healthy and clutter-free 2012 to you and yours.
— Megan from A Sweet Spoonful
— Megan from A Sweet Spoonful
Expandable Bamboo Gadget Tray - $29.95
Give all of those utensils and odds and ends their own place in the kitchen. This tray is expandable to fit most drawers and handsome enough to leave out on your counter top too.
Dual Magnetic Measuring Spoons - $17.95
These are great little space savers. Kiss loose measuring spoons goodbye for 2012!
Glass Storage Dishes - $11.95
There's a reason these pieces have been used since the 1930s. With a durable, classic design, it's time to get rid of mismatched Tupperware this year and streamline your kitchen's storage options, in style.
These lovely stainless steel clips are wonderful for holding loose papers and bills in one place. You can also use them to keep snacks or cereal airtight.
2012 'Eat Local' Seasonal Produce Calendar - $30
This sweet little calendar is perfect to hang in the kitchen to keep track of what's in season with each passing month. You bring the ingredients, and this calendar will bring the inspiration.
White elfa Mesh Kitchen Cart - $232.96
This perfect pantry organizer doubles as a cutting board or flat stacking space for dishes, tea towels or serving pieces.
Label your homemade jams, preserves, pickles and mustards. These are helpful for you to keep track of what's what, and they're also sweet for distinguished gift giving.
Recycled-Glass Stacking Bottles - $14
This is another great storage idea for beans, legumes and pretty grains that you actually want to see out on the counter. Because they stack vertically, these glass jars are perfect for small-space living!
Nested Mixing Bowls - $145
Nested mixing bowls make whipping up cupcake batter, morning pancakes or salad dressings a cinch. And the pouring spouts help minimize messy drips and spills.
These are a rare find: environmentally friendly and charming storage solutions for leftovers. Sweet sayings adorn each cover, and a variety of sizes are available. Cheers to a major opportunity to minimize plastic wrap in the kitchen for 2012!
Enclume Flush Mounted Ceiling Pot Rack, Hammered Steel - $250
This hammered steel ceiling pot rack is designed for apartments and larger homes alike. When it's time to make more cupboard space, store your cookware like they do in restaurants and diners.
These whimsical wastebaskets are a collaboration between the German artist Cordula Kehrer and the Aeta people, indigenous inhabitants of the Philippines. Made with sustainably harvested rattan, they'll help you get a stylish hold on kitchen waste this year with a Bow Bin of your very own.
Flexible Cutting Boards - $12.95
As a very type A cook, I love the color-coded nature of these cutting boards (blue for fish, red for meat, etc.), and their flexibility makes them functional and easy to store. It's a win-win!
Fruits & Veggies Scatter Rug - $69
In my experience, kitchen rugs tend to be pretty bland. This one breaks the mold and brightens up any space with etched fruits and vegetables in a soft 100 percent wool fabric.
Rectangular Biscuit Tins - $9
While pretty jars are wonderful for beans and grains, bread and other baked goods need a home of their own. I love these for the splash of color they add to the kitchen. Plus, they're airtight and available in a variety of sizes.
Set of Coarse & Fine Long Handled Graters - $9.99
Old-fashioned styling meets modern convenience in these fine long-handled graters. Have lemon zest, grated ginger and fresh parmesan easily at hand in 2012.
simplehuman™ Bamboo-Trim Dish Rack
This large dish rack boasts natural bamboo and a panel of aluminum to give it strength and durability. The smart design includes a knife drying block and a double-compartment utensil holder.
Bottle Cap Mount STARR "X" Bottle Opener - $8.95
This is a true classic: the Starr brand wall-mounted bottle opener. Never search for your handheld one again.
Totemspice Spice Rack by Purpose Design - CAD 55
Organized spices at last! This set of 3.5 ounce glass containers features removable tops, so each one is in arm's reach quickly and neatly.