Are your kitchen drawers a mess? Is it hard to find all your kitchen supplies when you need them? Here’s a simple fix for your kitchen with this simple kitchen organization storage idea.

simple kitchen organization storage idea with cabinets

Remember when I mentioned the whole no sugar thing?

Guess what?

It’s been over THREE WEEKS and guess what? I’m still going strong.

Can you even believe it?

I’ve actually cut out sugar and dairy and gluten and artificial sweeteners, too. Totally hardcore.

Truth?

It’s been life-changing. I’ve lost 14 pounds. All of my inflammation has been reduced. My skin is so clear and in incredible news, I FEEL AMAZING.

Along the way, something else incredible happened. I’ve been cooking. You have to get a little creative when you are cutting out sugar and dairy and gluten and artificial sweeteners so you can’t help it. You have to cook. But here’s the thing—my kitchen isn’t really equipped for cooking. I spent at least 10 minutes trying to find everything in these junked up drawers that I needed to make a recipe.

So I organized.

And came up with the most amazing simple kitchen organization storage idea.

simple kitchen organization storage idea

Let’s start with my challenge.

This drawer and a few other friends that look just like it.

All the kitchen stuff just jumbled up into a hot mess.

I was trying to find 1/4 cup the other day and literally almost pulled my hair out.

simple kitchen organizing idea

So I did what every unorganized person on the planet does when faced with an organizing dilemma.

I searched Pinterest.

And found the answer to my problems—this simple kitchen organization storage idea.

The answer was so easy it was brilliant.

Why not use the back of a cabinet door to organize all my measuring spoons and cups?

No more searching for 1/4 cup.

No more digging through drawers to find my measuring spoons.

No more disorganization with all my kitchen measuring utensils.

And the best part?

It’s so much easier than it sounds.

Here’s how I did it.

simple kitchen organization storage idea

Simple Kitchen Organization Storage Idea

Step 1: find a cabinet

I chose the cabinet between the sink and the oven.

It has easy access to both and that’s where I stand when I bake something in the kitchen.

The doors of my cabinets are nice and wide which gave me extra room to hang things. You also want to choose a cabinet that doesn’t have shelves right up to the door—or if it does—just plan around them.

simple kitchen organization storage idea labels

Step 2: find clear address labels

I found these labels at Walmart. You can see them here.

They are clear and are super sticky and work perfectly on your cabinets.

The best part about them is that you can run them through a standard inkjet printer.

simple kitchen organization storage idea printed labels

Step 3: print off labels

Create the labels that you need in Word.

Print them off on a standard piece of paper and then line them up with the stickers on the page. This takes a little bit of adjusting in Word.

I actually printed them out on the backside of the stickers (the paper side) to see if they lined up.

simple kitchen organization storage idea hooks

step 4: find clear hooks

These hooks came from Walmart.

In retrospect, I think I might have chosen the ones with the metal hooks instead, but these worked fine.

They came in a package of three and I needed eight of them for this project.

You might need more or less depending on what you want to hang up.

simple kitchen organization storage idea

step 5: hang up measuring cups and spoons

Then all you have to do is line up the hooks and hang them with the sticky tape.

Line up the labels and add them to the door.

Then simply hang up the measuring cups and spoons.

See.

This is such a simple kitchen organization idea.

Truly.

And in about 30 minutes you can go from this:

To this.

Isn’t it amazing all the ideas that come into your brain when it’s not clouded up with sugar?

Oh and I almost forgot. Bursts and bursts and bursts of energy just showed up, too.

If you thought I had energy before?

Umm.

Watch out world.

Wait until you see all the fun ideas I’ve been working on for you. 🙂

Comments

  1. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    CONGRATULATIONS, KarieAnne! You have done amazingly well. So proud of you friend! Plus you are exercising too. Way to go!!!

  2. Image for Jenn Jenn

    I am so happy for you! I cut out sugar two years ago. (We allow an occasional treat.). But it was the best thing I’ve done for my health! I know I was addicted to it, so it took a bit for the cravings to leave, but they really did!!! Proud of you!

  3. Image for Renae Renae

    Well, now you have to do a post on this no sugar thing. Like what you're doing INSTEAD. I am a coffeemate junkie and am worried I'll die if I don't have it. But if you're also giving up artificial stuff, what are you doing instead? Water? Please don't say water. Tell me you found a fantastic tea that doesn't need any sweetener...I need the details because I'm in a bad way right now. And, is that ALL you've done to lose 14 pounds? Spill it sis. Also, love the organization hack. Your picture of your drawer had me nodding my head in recognition. Solidarity, sister.

    1. Image for Ana Ana

      I was reading your comment -- tea -- I only drink tea. I LOVE Teasource. Mn'Ice is a really flavorful one. I drink it hot or cold. The only downside is one has to use a tea infuser or the loose leaf tea bags.

    2. Image for Sherry Young Sherry Young

      I love anything with orange in it. Constant Comment tea has orange spice and I love it. Nothing in it to sweeten but if you have to add a drop or two of honey or orange slices. I always ask for orange slice in my water too when we eat out. Little by little reduce the honey and cut all calories.

  4. Image for Debra Debra

    Great job KariAnne! Another idea is to hang one of those metal magnetic strips inside the door. The metal strip holds all types of items including those sharp knives you don’t want on the counter.

  5. Image for Lyn Lyn

    Wow - you did organize. I wanted to prevent gaining even a couple of pounds during the winter - I live in the NE - so I went on the no alcohol, no sugar thing for the month of January - I lost 4 lbs., I decided to continue for the month of February with a goal of losing another 4 lbs. My doctor once told me that everyone could stand to lose 5% of their weight. A cooking hint for you that's healthy and easy - I start in the fall by making one kind of soup every week for about 4-5 weeks - it could be spicy bean, chicken noodle, broccoli cheddar, beef barley with mushrooms, etc. I make a large pot for dinner that night - then I package up the rest either in lunch size containers or dinner sized. At the end of the month I have a nice stock pile of delicious healthy low sodium soups. You can add a salad on the side, or if you are still eating carbs, some nice rolls or french baguette.

  6. Image for david david

    Genius! And so simple. I always got stuck because I thought I had to drill into my cabinets but that is a perfect, elegant and non-damaging solution. And congrats on sticking with the diet regime - I don't think I'd last a day.

  7. Image for Dianne Miley Dianne Miley

    You go girl!!!! Yes, watch out world! Congratulations on losing 14 pounds! And on COOKING! I’m so proud of you. I did a three week sugar fast in January - lost 7 pounds. Thinking of doing it again for Lent. But dairy and gluten too? That’s rough! You are AMAZING!

  8. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    Oh my goodness, Congrats on feeling better and being successful at eliminating sugar. I really should try it too. My excuse is always, well I don’t drink Alcohol so sugar is fine! Lol hope your well Sweet Friday! Look forward to talking Friday!

  9. Image for Alice GENalinger Alice GENalinger

    How smart of you to recognize that sugars, real or artificial, are so bad for us. I had to go through a detox to get rid of the inflammation in my body three years ago and on the 12th day I woke up feeling so well that I sent a message to her and asked the doc what was that feeling. Her reply was “congratulations”. So now I am gluten free, soy free, dairy free and oat free and I literally have to cook all my food. i cheat occasionally but it makes me feel sick. Keep up the good work. You already have more vim and vigor than anyone I know and can’t imagine what you might come up with with all the energy and lifting of brain fog.

  10. Image for Linda Robertson Linda Robertson

    I love your blog. I have given up sugar, gluten and dairy. Would you share some of your recipes On your blog. I don’t like to cook and I am tired of crock pot! Thank you

  11. Image for jillian jillian

    Good for you, giving up sugar is difficult. It has been shown that it is as addictive as heroin!!!!!! For those who wonder, all the Keto and Paleo cookbooks have so many yummy food options. Keto has dairy and Paleo does not. Many people do better without dairy, Others do fine. Love your organizing :) I am a compulsive organizer..... makes me very happy. It is getting harder to herd all the stuff that has somehow multiplied while we were sleeping at night, so having to let a lot go.

  12. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    Fourteen pounds in three weeks! Whoa! That's really impressive. I just have one question, how are you managing without even artificial sweeteners? I use stevia and think I'd really have trouble giving it up.

  13. Image for Betty in Arlington Betty in Arlington

    Oh Karianne, best wishes on going stgar, gluten and dairy free! My DH and I are celiac, thus GF, and we can't tolerate the dairy...the sugar is in so many things - you really need to make everyhting from scratch! Good to be off sugar! I am trying with you - you're my inspiration.

  14. Image for Debi Debi

    It looks great KariAnne! And so proud of you to be giving up the sugar. We want you to be healthy so that you can keep inspiring all of us! I did something similar with my cups and measuring spoons. I painted the inside of the cabinet door with chalk paint and then wrote the words on that. Might work for someone with no printer. I did use the ones with the hooks too.

  15. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    First......Congratulations to you for your progress and sticking to the plan!! That is something to celebrate 🎉 Keep up the good work! Second....great idea for the measuring cups and spoons!! Genius ⭐️

  16. Image for Toni Toni

    Good for you Karianne. I kicked out artificial sweetners many years ago. They are poison to the body as well as sugar. FANTASTIC IDEA!

  17. Image for Linda Scarbrough Linda Scarbrough

    Sounds like you may be doing Trim Healthy Mama. That is what I do. I use Truvia in place of sugar. Some people fail to realize that it is NOT artificial; it is a plant! Keep up the good work! Your blog is my favorite!

  18. Image for TERESA GONZALES TERESA GONZALES

    So happy for you Karianne! We have switched to a plant based diet-vegan-and my stomach appreciates it. Still working out how to get enough protein but getting there! Love the easy organization idea!

  19. Image for Christy Roppel Christy Roppel

    Hi! I have a hint for you regarding printing labels with Avery and other label companies have templates for you to use free of charge.

  20. Image for Calypso in the Country Calypso in the Country

    This is an awesome idea! My measuring cup/spoon drawer is a disaster and this is such a simple and adorable solution! Also - congrats on cutting out sugar! Sugar (mostly chocolate) is my biggest weakness. You have motivated me to work harder on cutting back as well! Have a wonderful day! Shelley

  21. Image for Jean from Georgia Jean from Georgia

    Last week was spent cleaning cabinets, purchasing new containers and measuring tools.,etc. I thought about hanging my measuring cups on the upper inside cabinet doors and could not decide what to use. I noticed you put yours on the lower doors, I am much taller and will put mine on uppers. Going to purchase labels for the canisters today, but can tell by the size of the cups what they measure. so will not have to label them. It must be the weather, as I have noticed most of the blogs I read are reorganizing closets, cabinets, etc recently. The tips for reorganizing are greatly appreciated and give motivation for improvements. Thank you.

  22. Image for Marisa Franca Stewart Marisa Franca Stewart

    YAY!! For you and cooking! I'm so proud of you. Cooking really can be therapeutic. I know how much you love to sing -- put on your favorite music and sing as you cook. I'm so glad you're feeling better. Now, I need you to come over and help me get organized. Sending love and hugs!!

  23. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Congrats on your great healthy news. I have a few questions. Did you see your doctor before starting your new eating plan? I spoke to my doctor about doing something similar. He agreed that getting rid of sugar is number one. He told me I need dairy because my last dexascan results were not good and that I needed to focus on more dairy and that whole grains help with cholesterol. One article I read says one thing and others say something different. I'm very confused. Thank you!

    1. Image for Kris Kris

      Betsy (and everyone else with questions), I would strongly advise you to see a dietician rather than a physician in regards to an eating plan. A skilled dietician can work with your particular needs and help you formulate a best-for-you eating plan. You're right, there is a lot of confusing information out there!

  24. Image for Kris Kris

    KariAnne, 12 years ago I lost 60 pounds while on the Weight Watchers plan. I found the same thing to be true that you have noticed--it's a whole lot easier to stick to your plan if you prepare your food yourself! It became my mission to find ways to prepare tasty food which was also good for me. It felt like an uphill battle at times but if you stick with it, it will become second nature.

  25. Image for Rachel Burch Rachel Burch

    I tried this but the measuring cups made so much noise banging on the cabinet door that I took them down. I love the idea, but need to find a way to mute the sound. Maybe cork?

  26. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    Oh KariAnne, I am THRILLED....like doin' the happy dance THRILLED FOR YOU!! Diet and exercise will always be the key, though, I dont like to csll it a diet. Let's call it a healthy lifestyle! I have not had dairy for almost 25 years due to an allergy and no gluten for almost three years due to a sensitivity. It can be a hard combo when you eat out, but some restaurants are getting the message and offering alternatives. Recently, I have cut, if not almost eliminated, sugar. I bake with gf oats made into flour and add honey for the sweetener. We just had banana bread made this way this morning and it is truly yummy. Once you eat healthy, there is no turning back! In fact, your tastebuds will change and eating the desserts and junk food before will be too sickening sweet. Keep up this great journey. I'm so proud of you, friend!! ...And your kitchen organization is a great time saver!

  27. Image for SuZeQ Kosec SuZeQ Kosec

    Yeah, I was going gung-ho the beginning of the year. First week (actually, my "beginning of the year" started on January 8) I lost 2.5 pounds. I got cocky and when I weighed myself on February 1, all I lost was one. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. LOVE the cabinet ideas! xo SuZeQ

  28. Image for Mary Mary

    Cograts on your new eating and weight loss! Definitely let us know how you’re doing it, what you’re using instead. My favorite sugar substitute is monk fruit.

  29. Image for Marjorie Marjorie

    Congratulations on your weight loss. You have done wonderful!!! I have my measuring cups like yours except I don’t have mine labeled. Saves lots of space and clutter in drawers.

  30. Image for Christine Bannard Christine Bannard

    This is a great addition to kitchen organization. I did something similar a few years ago. The first round was far too noisy when we opened the cabinet so I revised it with a cork background. Much less noise although we can set everything to clanging if we are a little too vigorous when we open the door lol. Don't know how to add a photo here to show you

  31. Image for Alenejewell Alenejewell

    I am so glad to hear of your lifestyle change. You will feel so much better. Don’t wait like I did to find out I was diabetic I went partially blind and was seeing children running through my backyard. I went into the hospital twice and they never figured out I was diabetic even though my blood sugar was very high. I was near a diabetic coma.I have lost 46 pounds in a very small amount of time. I quick went on insulin and cut out all carbs and sugar and fruit. I was able to go off insulin in a month. And was now ready to start small amount of fruit into my diet. I have lost 46 pounds in a very small amount of time. I have to watch everything I eat but I feel so much better since my body was not processing sugar. Ihave to watch everything I eat but I feel so much better since my body was not processing sugar I had gained a fair amount of weight. I had boxes of fabulous clothes in my studio that were labeled do not open until you lose weight! I ended up with a whole new old wardrobe! So glad to hear your doing so well.

  32. Image for Elaine Elaine

    Avery has templates that are already in Word or you can use ones on their website. Easy peasy to create labels. Looks great! As far as the better eating...way to go, Karianne!!!!

  33. Image for Adrienne Adrienne

    You are so inspiring KariAnne! I have been putting off Whole30 for like a year now, but maybe I should go for it. Eeek, so scary! But you can make even going without sugar sound exciting and fun! And I also need to tackle kitchen organization :)

  34. Image for Be Be

    Congratulations on your weight loss. It is hard work for sure, butttttttt to be cooking is fabulous!!!! I know you are proud of yourself. So happy you can find your measuring cups and spoons. It sure does help not to have to hunt for everything.

  35. Image for Debbie Debbie

    When we downsized 10 years ago I did the same thing on the back of my cabinets. I love it as much today as I did 10 years ago. So handy to have measuring cups and spoons easily at hand.

  36. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Woo-hoo! So happy for your loss! 😉 I've been meaning to check on you and see how you were doing. So glad to read the good news. Think your family will be able to handle all that amazing? 😀 ❤

  37. Image for june june

    Love the organizing idea. Congrats on the weight loss! Sugar is so hard for me to give up. Are you chewing gum? Hubby’s company kicked off a free program for employee/family by Naturally Slim. Focus is on mindful eating and eating when you hit a certain hunger level. Eager to see how it goes. Do you miss your sweet tea?

  38. Image for Liberty Brammer Liberty Brammer

    I don't know if you open your cupboard doors as fast as I do, but be prepared to jump out of your skin when they clang around! I did this on an upper cabinet once, and will never do it again! : ) : ) Liberty from B4andAfters.com

  39. Image for Maureen Maureen

    A few years ago I hung my measuring spoons on the inside of an upper cabinet with Command hooks and it was a game changer for me. I bake frequently and love the accessibility.

  40. Image for laura@everydayedits.co laura@everydayedits.co

    Absolutely inspiring with your no sugar no nothing. I start everyday with coffee+ skim milk + creamer. My daughter pointed out I drink my sugars before 8am. Okay, if I go cold turkey I might need a divorce mediator.

  41. Image for Vickie J Stewart Vickie J Stewart

    Well, this looks great.... until you have open and shut the door a few times, like my kids did when I tried it, and everyone in the adjacent rooms heard the commotion and yelled, "What the heck was that NOISE?!" Don't get me wrong; I loved the idea so much I ran right out and bought EVERYTHING needed to do it, ran right back to my kitchen table and got started, ran to the printer and printed everything.... labels were a-flying in the kitchen, hooks were hooked... it looked amazing! It did, indeed. Uh-huh. Then we used it for a week, and first the teaspoons, then the 1/4th cup went flying.... then I went and bought the plastic set.... but WOOPS, same thing all over again. So all told, I'm about about 20 bucks, and my kitchen cabinet doors are bare once again. But it LOOKED like it would work. Thanks anyway, but back to the drawing board!

  42. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    Awesome on your sticking to it!! Going cold turkey on those can be hard. For your labels: In Word, Got to “mailings” “labels” “options” Find your label vendor from the drop down list; Find the number of your labels from the packaging; Presto! Already formatted!!

  43. Image for Patricia Patricia

    I went from Jan 1 to Jan 31 with no sugary desserts, cookies, ice cream, candy, muffins, etc. I did allow sugarless ice cream and sugarless pudding cups. I've also been on a diet and lost 8 lb this month … I was shooting for 5 lb. So quite happy about that. But I was surprised when I finally got to have a rich chocolaty dessert I'd saved in the freezer until I could have it. It was too sweet! I ate 1/2 of the piece and tried to give it away. Finally dumped it in the compost bin. I've decided to continue the desserts ban unless ginger cookies (my fave!) are on offer. Or moose tracks ice cream. Otherwise I'll stick with sugarless treats. And maybe, just maybe, I will learn to manage my sweet tooth.

  44. Image for Wen Wen

    I did the no sugar thing, sounds a lot like ~ Whole 30 , I did that last year & lost 22# I didn’t do it perfectly, like condiments have sugar, I still ate those and lost quickly. So glad you are feeling great! I need to get back in it, since holidays 😫

  45. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    You have bitten the bullet and found it tastes fine!!! Congrats and keep it up girl; You can do it!!! Now if only I could...

  46. Image for Abby Fields Abby Fields

    This is a great idea! So simple, but totally fixes the mess! I have been looking for something that wont ruin my kitchen cabinets and this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  47. Image for Carrie Carrie

    So happy for you on your sugar free living!! BUT!!! there is so much hidden sugar~ so I'd love to hear what you are cooking, snacking on, etc.....(snacking is my downfall.....hummus and chips got me like....) I would love to know how you are doing it! I saw the video in which it started with a sermon or similar at your church??? Love your idea for organizing too. You are a ROCK STAR!!!

  48. Image for Gidget Gidget

    Hmmm, just a thought, but, for about $30 you can get a label maker. Most of them have different fonts, different sizes, and some have framing around the label. Label tape comes in a variety of colors and clear.. I use mine for organizing all over the house! Fast and easy!!

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