An organized kitchen is a magnificent kitchen


/Ore Studios for Rue Magazine

If you love preparing food, but your pantry is a mess, here are 10 creative and inexpensive ways to organize your kitchen.

1. Use a decorative casserole dish, flower pot or decorative container to corral often-used kitchen items.

2. Clean As You Cook. Let’s face it, it’s just easier this way.

3. Toss anything you don’t use (Be honest…do you ever use that cookie press?)

4. Always keep a Sharpie and masking tape on hand to label things.

5. Use a Tic Tac container or weekly pill box to store small amounts of spices. A contact lens case is a perfect container for salt and pepper on-the-go.

6. Use unflavored dental floss to cut soft foods such as hard-boiled eggs, cheese, cake or jello.

7. Who doesn’t love a sandwich on a bagel? Use a clean CD holder as a caddie.

8. Use empty tissue boxes to hold plastic grocery bags or–better yet–carry your own tote to the market and eliminate waste.

9. Magazine racks a great for storing plastic wrap, foil or wax paper. They can also be used to hold your pan lids or cutting boards.

10. A shoe organizer with clear plastic pockets hung on a door will store snacks, pouches, bars, and other small food packages.