Our Kitchen Organization Essentials
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Our Kitchen Organization Essentials

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Kitchen design is where form and function collide… 

and it’s one of the places we spend the most time in our everyday lives. As the heart of the home, a well-organized kitchen can make or break the experience of cooking, eating, and living well. There is a lot that goes on in the kitchen, and let’s face it, it’s easy to get unorganized quickly without the right tools and systems in place.  

Although we’re not organizing experts, we have learned a thing or two about designing spaces around routine for our clients and projects on our Netflix show, Dream Home Makeover. In this post, we’re talking about a few essentials we have in our own homes and always recommend when fine-tuning the details of any kitchen space. 

Here are some of our favorite organizing essentials for the kitchen:  

From The McGee Home

Jars & canisters for the essentials  

We love using jars and canisters to display everyday ingredients or seasonal treats! You can style them anywhere from the pantry to your kitchen countertop to open shelving. Bonus: they’ll keep your dry ingredients fresher longer! 

Our Kitchen Organization Essentials
Our Kitchen Organization Essentials

From one of our latest McGee & Co. collections

Tried-and-true jars & canisters

Style your most-used dry ingredients or favorite treats in jars & canisters.
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Glazed Lidded Canister
Leather Pull Lidded Jars
Galena Glass Canisters
Strafford Glass Canister
Vintage French Glazed Jar

Baskets for storing snacks or cleaning products 

We use baskets in nearly every space, but they are especially helpful in the kitchen! Try using them to store loose snacks for grab-and-go access, under the sink to store cleaning products, or in open shelving to store extra kitchen linens! Baskets can also help break up the clutter, provide a visual distinction, and make your pantry easier to navigate.  

Our Kitchen Organization Essentials
Our Kitchen Organization Essentials
Our Kitchen Organization Essentials

From our California Traditional Project

Storage baskets we love

Hide away miscellaneous items with textural baskets.
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Handled Basket
Square Seagrass Basket
Seagrass Catch-All Basket
Rectangle Seagrass Basket

Crocks for storing kitchen tools  

Around the stove, you want to have your essentials handy. Keep a crock with the utensils you use most often (not every single tool you’ve ever bought) for easy everyday access. Upgrading your crock with a pretty ceramic one can instantly elevate your kitchen and make a functional item feel like a part of your decor.  

Our Kitchen Organization Essentials
Our Kitchen Organization Essentials

From The McGee Home

Kitchen crock favorites

Store your essential kitchen tools in a pretty crock. 
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Miller Laurel Farmhouse Crock
Handled Concrete Crock
Distressed Chalk Glaze Crock
Wooden Crock
Mango Wood Crock
Dark Umber Stoneware Crock

Trays for corralling everyday items 

We love using trays to corral our most-used items next to the sink to simplify the process of cooking or cleaning. Olive oil, a pretty hand towel, a dish scrubber, a mortar and pestle, or anything else you reach for in your cabinets regularly are great items to display on a pretty tray. 

Our Kitchen Organization Essentials
Our Kitchen Organization Essentials

Explore our favorite kitchen essentials here. 

Trays for every kitchen

Corral your everyday items with a pretty tray.
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Celia Woven Tray (Set of 2)
Carved Paulownia & Leather Tray
Willow & Leather Tray
Rounded Rattan Tray
Woven Square Rattan Tray
Rattan Handled Tray

For more kitchen organization tips, check out our Q&A with NEAT Method and The Home Edit.  

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