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12 Unexpected Organizational Tools Found in Your Kitchen

We all have those places in our house: secret drawers and bins that are a source of stress, chaos, and maybe even a little embarrassment. It‘s the junk drawer. Or catchall shelf. Or maybe even a whole closet that’s full of all those little odds and ends that seem to appear and collect over time—office supplies, jewelry, craft supplies, and your lip balm collection. It all adds up to a lot of clutter

Good news! You can solve almost any junk-drawer dilemma with items in your kitchen. Check out these 12 neat ways to use some of our favorite Pampered Chef tools to restore order in your life.

1. Prep Bowls

These durable tempered-glass bowls come in 1-cup, 2-cup, and 3-cup sizes, and they have white lids. They may be staples in the kitchen, but they’d also look lovely on a tray on a dresser holding extra jewelry and bangles. The glass lets you clearly see what’s inside and organize your baubles by color, size, or even occasion.

prep bowls  

2. Herb Freezing Tray Set

The flexible, bright green silicone wells make this an ideal fix for knickknacks at a child’s desk or work table. It’s a little place to keep erasers, clips, rubber bands, broken crayons, and even Legos® pieces.

The trays come with clear lids, so you can cover and transport whatever you’re storing. You can even label the lids with a dry-erase marker! Get yours now.

Herb Freezing Tray Set  

3. Tool Turn-About

You’ll want a few of these super organizing tools. It was originally designed to give home cooks full access to spoons, whisks, and kitchen tools with a little spin. But over the years, fans of this handy tool have found new and creative ways to use it outside the kitchen.

It’s great for makeup brushes and beauty tools. It’s also been spotted on work benches, crafters’ tables, kids’ desks, and beauty salons. Give it your own organizational spin.

Tool Turn-About  

4. Five-Section Tray

When it’s not being used with the Large Square Cool & Serve tray, you have a clear container with five compartments. Oh, the possibilities!

Keep it open on your countertop to hold cellphones, keys, small clutch purses, sunglasses, and anything else you need to get out the door in the morning. Get the tray.

Five-Section Tray  

5. Make & Take Mason Jars

A couple of these in the home are great for taking quick lunches on the go, but they also make fun storage for colored pencils, markers, pens, rulers, and scissors. The lid also has a small compartment meant for salad dressing. But who doesn‘t love a secret compartment for their craft supplies?

Unlike other Pinterest®-worthy storage ideas you might find for mason jars, these are made of BPA-free plastic. If they fall from your child’s craft desk or your sewing table, they won’t break! Stock up on these jars.

Make & Take Mason Jars  

6. Leakproof Glass Containers

Need drawer dividers in a pinch? Try these containers. They come in 1½-cup, 3-cup, 5¼-cup, and 8¼-cup sizes, so you have a lot of ways you can arrange them to keep anything in that junk drawer sorted and tidy.

leakproof glass containers  

7. Muffin Pan

A muffin pan is a great solution for sewing supplies, beading crafts, or anything that needs lots of little, separate compartments. Our Muffin Pan has a dozen 1⅓-cup wells. Or you can use the Mini-Muffin Pan, which has two dozen 2-tbsp wells.

muffin pan  

8. Brownie Pan

Another great divider of small clutter if you feel more orderly with 12 square compartments instead of circles! Get it here.

brownie pan  

9. Twixit! Clip Set

These handy clips not only seal bags, but they can be used to clip pairs of socks together so they don’t get lost in the laundry. Or use it to squeeze out every last bit of toothpaste from the tube!

Twixit! Clip Set  

10. Tea Pack-It

A tidy, fashionable way to store tea packets while you travel, it’ll become your favorite way to store and carry a mini first-aid kit. Fill it with Band-Aids® disinfectant wipes, cotton swabs, and mini tweezers. It’s a great way to carry first aid for a wedding, a day at the park, or on a road trip. Check it out.

11. Everyday Tote Set

These totes hook right into the grocery store shopping cart and let you ditch the plastic bags. They also make adorable bags to store stuffed animals in a child’s room. You can stash your gym gear, slumber party supplies, or beach gear. Have it pre-packed so you can head out the door without the extra hassle.

Everyday Tote Set  

12. Boil-Over No More

These protect your stovetop when pots and pans boil over. They can also protect your pans when the cooking is done. Place a silicone Boil-Over No More between pans when you stack them in your kitchen cabinet. This will help keep the pans from scratching or chipping.

Large Boil-Over No More  

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3 Responses to 12 Unexpected Organizational Tools Found in Your Kitchen

  1. Rose Ann September 9, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    I have the turn-around in my office and love it. Bought it specifically for that purpose.

  2. Joe Przytula February 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    I like the turn-around idea looks like it would solve a space problem….

  3. Brenda O'CONNOR May 23, 2017 at 8:18 am #

    I have 3 turn around.

    1. For kitchen tools.

    2. For office use

    3. For all my sewing supplies

    They are fantastic for organizing and knowing where to find what you need.

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