I feel like the smallest tweaks and changes in a space can make all the difference in how it functions and feels. We have a small kitchen, and I run a business out of it, so I am constantly looking for ways to make things run more smoothly, optimize our space, and save money.
Here are a few simple ways I have organized our kitchen to save time, space, sanity, and money!
–> Cook at home. We rarely go out to eat and this has saved us a lot of money and also makes going out to eat a special treat! I also make some staple foods myself to save money: granola, bread, soup, and even peanut butter.
–> Buy in bulk (if it makes sense). There are some foods and drinks that we go though consistently, so it makes sense to buy them in large quantities because the price per unit is lower than not purchasing in bulk. A few items we buy in bulk are coffee beans, eggs, flour, juice, honey, croutons, and pancake mix.
–> Use cleaning concentrates. I buy a bottle of cleaning concentrate and dilute it myself. This is helpful in saving money and I’m not constantly running out of cleaner. We do a lot of scrubbing around here 😉 Some of my favorite concentrates are this glass cleaner, this disinfectant, and this multi-purpose cleaner.
–> Keep a grocery list on the fridge. I have a magnetic list pad on our refrigerator and when I’m low or out of something, I just write it on the list and then take it with me to the store on the day I buy groceries.
–> Cook in advance. I make all of Jimmy’s breakfasts and lunches in bulk and store them in the freezer. It’s not unusual for me to prep a month’s worth of breakfast sandwiches at a time. It streamlines our morning routines so much just knowing that his first two meals are taken care of.
–> Black kitchen towels. This one is more of a sanity-saver, but I have slowly been transitioning us to all black towels in our kitchen. We used to have pretty ones, white ones, etc. and they would always get stained and sad-looking. Black kitchen towels = uniform and they hide stains! We try to use cloth towels (as opposed to paper towels) as much as possible to save money, too.
–> Keep all necessary cleaning supplies in the kitchen. We have cleaners, sponges, sprays, a broom, vacuum, swiffer, paper towels, etc. all in the kitchen. Things can get messy and it’s much easier to clean up if everything is within reach.
–> Hang up pots and pans. Jimmy made a rack to hang my pots and pans and it’s so nice not to sift through cabinets and make all sorts of noise to try and find a skillet! I also hang oven mitts and measuring cups from my rack 😊
–> Water bottle holder. We used to store our water bottles on top of our fridge and if one fell it was like dominoes 😂 I bought this genius contraption and now I don’t knock over six water bottles while I’m trying to get the one I’m looking for!
–> Have one food storage set. There’s nothing like sifting through lids that don’t match the bottom of a food storage container. It’s so frustrating! We had two sets of food storage containers that were on their last leg, so I just got one big set and it has been so nice not to try and match up the right top to the right bottom.
–> Cabinet locks. This is a sanity saver for those with kids 😉 We keep our cleaning supplies locked away so our toddler doesn’t get into them. Oh, and the flour. Learned my lesson on that one!
–> One dinnerware set. Similar to having one food storage set, we *try* not to collect a bunch of sippy cups, kids plates, different bowls, etc. Our plates and such are stored in open shelving in our kitchen, so keeping things simple and uniform keeps my mind uncluttered 😆 The exception we make to this rule is coffee mugs. I love a fun coffee mug!
–> Use drawer organizers. I’m always trying to find ways to save space and this drawer organizer fits the bill. It stores cutlery in a stacked way and saves a ton of space!
–> Use reusable water bottles. We have a few reusable water bottles and use those instead of constantly buying plastic water bottles. This saves money and helps out the environment 😊
Other posts of interest:
- The top five ways we save money on food
- More ways we save money on food
- My favorite cleaning products
- A few eco-friendly + money-saving changes I’ve made
- DIY homemade laundry detergent