Baking is fun, but especially messy.
Since it's so easy to get carried away with all the sprinkles, cookie cutters, and pretty equipment that can be used in baking, I know I could definitely use tips to organize baking pans and ingredients.
So, I've found some great baking organization and storage ideas, from a keeping stock of a baking pantry to how to set up a baking center and keeping baking supplies sorted.
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- Recommended resources
- How to organize baking supplies: fundamentals
- Simple baking inventory tracker
- File organizers for baking sheets and pans
- Label storage containers
- Lazy susan or turntable in baking cabinet
- Baskets for smaller kitchen appliances
- Foolproof way to keep cords nice and neat
- Cabinet space-saving technique
- Tiered jar storage
- Repurposed kitchen containers
- Dedicated drawer for baking decorating supplies
- Aesthetic countertop storage
- Baking center or nook
- Portable baking center
- Airtight food container* with chalkboard paper labels and market set
- Clever way* to keep cords untangled and out of the way
- The best technique* to keep baking pans sorted yet easily accessible
How to organize baking supplies: fundamentals
Before we get into this section of kitchen organization, here are a few principles to keep in mind to make your efforts last longer and my OCD at peace:
- Take EVERYTHING out that needs to be reorganized.
- Consolidate like items. Two bottles of red sprinkles? Combine it into one. This also goes for creating zones when you do figure out where to store the items (extracts go together, flours all together, etc)
- Figure out what you REALLY need. Be honest about how often you will use something, and if you do have extra, consider giving the excess to a baking friend who might be able to use it.
- Most used items should be in easier reach than lesser used items.
All right, let's get to some baking organization inspiration.
Simple baking inventory tracker
Make a list of items that you should keep regularly stocked in your baking pantry. Here's a list of over 100 ideas on what could be part of your baking essentials. (via Brown Eyed Baker)
Psst, here's a tip to keep track of expiration dates that I came up with that works for me using color sticker dots* or labels. Here's an example:
- 1st half of current year: red
- 2nd half of current year: yellow
- 1st half of following year: blue
- 2nd half of following year: green
At a glance, you'll know which items to use up. If you want to get even more detailed, you can use a Sharpie to write in the month in which the item will expire.
File organizers for baking sheets and pansStacking pans and sheets NEVER works out nicely with all the clanging and fumbling to find the right one to use. Instead, use a file organizer* and store baking sheets and pans vertically. (via Oprah)
Label storage containersI'm sure you've come across air-tight storage container* solutions to organize the pantry, but how about these beautiful hand-lettered labels to put on them? (via The Creativity Exchange)
Lazy susan or turntable in baking cabinet
What always gets me is making everything so neat and organized only to mess it up so quickly when I start using the things that I so nicely stored away.
With a lazy susan or turntable*, you can make your ingredients, food coloring, and such easily accessible, while still keeping things organized. (via Rita May Days)
Baskets for smaller kitchen appliances
Hide away clunk of smaller kitchen appliances like a hand blender with smaller plastic baskets.
Plus, it's easier to pull out the basket to grab them when you need it, rather than hunt behind tangled cords to find what you want to use. (via Jen Thousand Words)
Foolproof way to keep cords nice and neatWith these simple command hooks*, you can keep cords rolled up nicely and out of the way. So easy! (via Dreaming in DIY)
Cabinet space-saving techniqueUsing those same command hooks, you can utilize the space on the back of the cabinet door to hang a few of your baking supplies, like measuring cups and utensils. And with some chalkboard paper*, you can create your own baking cheat sheets too. (via Pin image)
Tiered jar storage
I didn't know that sprinkles and cupcake liner addictions were a thing, but if you happen to have these galore, then you need this system to display them all nicely.
It involves some plywood so the jars toward the back of the cabinet can be displayed higher than the ones in the front for visibility. I gotta admit, it does look nice that way. (via Hoosier Homemade)
Repurposed kitchen containersFor a thrifty find, upcycle an old spice rack to store all your precious sprinkles. (via Design Eat Repeat)
Dedicated drawer for baking decorating suppliesYou most likely can't fit everything in a single cabinet, so designate a drawer space for some of your supplies, like for decorating. As you can see, containers come in handy for keeping like items together. (via Martha Stewart)
Aesthetic countertop storageEven if you do need to utilize space out in the open for your baking supplies, it can still look neat by storing them in clear jars. These cookie cutters in a jar make for a nice display. (via Pin image)
Baking center or nook
Especially if you bake often, you should consider creating a dedicated baking center to keep everything you need handy in a section of your kitchen.
Here's a nice visual for how you could store things that would be in easy reach. (via R Home 410)
Portable baking centerOr, if you don't necessarily have the space for a designated baking center, how about a portable version using a rollaway cart? (via Pin image)
With these great baking organization hacks, you'll save the messes just for when you're baking.
Whether you needed a better way to organize baking pans or creative baking center storage ideas, these baking supplies organization solutions are sure to keep your kitchen sorted.
It certainly won't be such a headache the next time you clean out your baking supplies again. Bake on!
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