I’m keeping things light today after a heavy start to the week discussing marriage.
So here are five ideas to organize kitchen supplies, save money*, and preserve sanity.
And, best of all, everything can be found at Target. Because any reason to go to Target is a good one. But five reasons…well, that might just justify the inevitable “wait, my total is how much?!” outcome that happens when you visit the $100 store**.
*The writer is not responsible for additional expense the reader accrues while shopping for the following frugal kitchen hacks. Shop at your own risk.
**Target is dubbed the $100 store due to the extreme difficulty of shopping there without spending at least $100. And that’s just when you run in quickly for diapers and toothpaste. Any serious shopping there would likely warrant the “I don’t really need two kidneys anyway” name or “My kids will definitely be able to pay for college through scholarships” name.
I love organization, even when it is tucked away in my freezer. I found these plastic storage containers in Target’s home organization section. I use them to store smaller amounts of frozen fruit and wheat berries since we buy multiple kinds of each in bulk.
2. Tea towels instead of cheesecloth.
Rather than buying cheesecloth every time you need to strain yogurt, cheese, or something else, try a tea towel instead. Tea towels work great, only cost a dollar each at Target, and can be washed and reused over and over.
3. Coordinating storage bins.
The dollar spot is a magical place. It’s provided us with toys, stationary, school supplies, outdoor toys, and kitchen paraphernalia. And this is just all in the past couple of months. Other moms may take the smarter strategy of speeding by the dollar spot while their kids are distracted by the shiny glare of the slushie machine, but I embrace it. Kids, get out of the cart. It’s time to waste twenty minutes perusing inexpensive treasures we never knew we needed…
Wait, what was I supposed to be talking about? Oh, yeah. Plastic bins…
Ever since I read The Nesting Place, and the Nester sold me on the beauty of all things white, I’ve been busy painting walls, baskets, frames, and the like white. I found these baskets in the dollar spot and they are perfect for organizing food on my island shelves.
4. Multipurpose food storage containers.
Okay, so this one seems too simple to even mention. Except that I only started doing this after I reorganized things in the kitchen this past Spring, so maybe it may still be a novel idea to someone. If the simplicity of this one insults your intelligence, though, then feel free to skip on to number five.
If you are like I was and you have an excessive amount of plastic food storage containers, then put them to use keeping items in your kitchen drawers, in your refrigerator, and in your cabinets organized. A little organization can go a long way!
Mine are organizing kitchen tools, condiments and bread-making ingredients in my fridge, spices in the spice drawer, and loose/oddly shaped baking ingredients in my cabinet.
5. Kids Kitchen Tools for Cheap
I’ve mentioned before that my kids often like to work alongside me while I am cooking. Typically with play-doh, flour, or water. Target is a great place to get several tools for not much money that can be used by kids without worrying about them getting messed up and without having to take them away to use yourself.
Do you have a favorite kitchen hack that you’ve found at Target?
Add it to the list in the comments!