Baking is fun, but especially messy. I consider it the pretty kitchen hobby since it's easy to get carried away with all the sprinkles, cookie cutters, and pretty equipment that can be used in baking. I could definitely use tips to organize baking pans and ingredients. 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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How to organize baking supplies: fundamentals
Before we get into the 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.
1. 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.
4. 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)
5. Plastic 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)
8. 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)
9. Repurposed kitchen containers
For a thrifty find, upcycle an old spice rack to store all your precious sprinkles. (via Design Eat Repeat)
10. Dedicated drawer for baking decorating supplies
You 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)
11. Aesthetic countertop storage
Even 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 a nice display. (via House and Home)
12. 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)
13. Portable baking center
Or, if you don't necessarily have the space for a designated baking center, how about a portable version using a rollaway cart? (via Maillardville Manor)
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!