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Help! Kitchen Utensil Storage Ideas?

We get the keys to our new place today and I'm packing up the rest of my kitchen right now and it hit me. The new place has very little in the way of drawers, only 3 if I remember right. Right now I use 16, I can get that down to 12 but I have a well equipped kitchen which means I have a lot of various kitchen utensils and yes, I use every one of them (were gluten/dairy free which means I cook EVERYTHING from scratch and we love our carbs). I need storage ideas that will allow me to keep them organized and dust free. I will have a pantry although its pitifully small. I'm wondering about sliding basket systems in one shelf of the pantry since most of my food will be stored in my walk in closet in my room. I don't have that many clothes to need a closet that big!

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I use a small, but deep, entry closet for my pantry and only have 3 small drawers in my kitchen. I managed to expand my storage space in that small closet by using things like a hanging sweater organizer found at a discount store (twelve vertical pockets off the clothes rod) for things like plastic bags and foils/wraps. I also use those tolietry travel cosmetic bags for spice packets and seasonings. I do have sliding baskets on a shelf unit and other organizing type things I've picked up at garage sales.

Also the shelf unit isn't solid shelves but those wire ones. Well to make it storage/stack friendly I found some cheap vinyl tiles at the local home improvement stores. I think a package of 40 cost me about $4.00 on clearance. Anyway, I use those to create a solid shelf for my shelves (hope this makes sense) and I also use them for shelf liners for my cleaning products. They're easy to wipe clean and have lasted me much longer than shelf liners/newspaper.

Another thing I did while I was searching for organizers is used my rarely used dishes/pans as storage. Cupcake/muffin pans can double as spice holders, extra 9 x 13 pans double as bagged product holders (like rice n' sauce and pasta), and loaf pans also hold those seasoning packets perfectly. In a small kitchen/pantry look for things that can do double duty when not in use. An upside down funnel in a glass is a great way to store salt and pepper packets. Flower vases are a pretty way to store condiment packets or long dried pasta.

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I bought a shoe organizer at Walmart and hung it on the inside door of my pantry. It was around $6. The pockets are clear plastic so you can see what is in them. I store small things in it such as tea bags, ziploc/hefty storage bags (with the size labeled on the pocket), unopened salad dressings, sleeves of ritz crackers, cooking sprays (such as"pam"), packets of splenda,etc. It's amazing how much more room you have when you get rid of the bulky packaging.
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I used the same shoe organizer in my office to store odds and ends that were always getting lost!
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Consider using your wall space. Put up hooks for hanging cutting boards, spatulas, ladles, etc. I saw these spice clips the other day and want to try them out in my kitchen, inside a cabinet door. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002TG3GO?tag=afullcup04-20
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I have a pretty glass vase that sits next to the stove that I bought at Big Lots for like $2. It holds all the big cooking spoons and such. They're easy to grab and they never get dusty as they're being used/washed all the time. We also have a pot rack over our island that I bought on Ebay for like $15. We don't have a large set and nothing gourmet, but it does help with the cabinet situation.
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A week later and I'm still trying to unpack my kitchen. The best/cheapest solution I've come up is using one of those tall clear plastic towers with multiple drawers. I was using it for office supplies. Its not pretty but it will work for now.
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