18 ways to organise your kitchen
Planning on having a spring clean? Ahh, nothing beats that feeling of having a proper clear out at home — getting your space organised and working how you want.
Get round to all those odd jobs you've been planning to do and take back your home from the clutter that's been building up over the winter.
The kitchen is a great place to start — clearing yourself some extra space and having everything you need to hand helps keep the busiest room in the house running smoothly.
Here are some projects with Sugru Mouldable Glue you can get done over a weekend and enjoy the benefits through the year — clutter begone! :)
Create yourself some extra space
1. Stack for your herbs and spices
Sugru is great if you need to bond two different materials together — here we have used Sugru to attach jam jars together to create stackable storage towers.
Once you've found the jars you want to use, you can get this done in 30mins. It helps keep your kitchen worktop clear, and you'll never have to deal with a jumble of little jars in the back of the cupboard again :)
It's this easy!
Check out the step-by-step guide to make your own stackable storage towers.
2. Make tidying fun with Sugru + magnets
There are two sides to everything. Shelves are no exception. Attach magnets to the underside of a shelf with Sugru for a great way to clear some space in the kitchen.
3. Make all your kitchen utensils magnetic for easy storage
Using Sugru this idea makes it simple to make all your utensils magnetic. Yes, even the wooden ones!
4. Attach a magnetic knife rack to kitchen tiles in minutes
David's kitchen is quite small and only has one drawer(!). So he bought a magnetic knife rack to save some space. The problem was his landlord wouldn't allow him to drill into the tiles, so he used two single-use packs of Sugru to mount it to the tiles. And he can just remove the Sugru when he moves out.
Note: Depending on the thickness of the application, for load-bearing projects, allow up to 48 hours for Sugru to fully set.
5. Keep your phone handy in the kitchen
We use our phones for all sorts of things now and like to have them with us — but in the kitchen you don't really want to put it down where you're preparing food.
With this project you can make a smartphone holder wherever you like. It's a great idea to use anywhere in the house, but it's also super useful in the kitchen. Follow that recipe you found online or keep your timer somewhere handy.
Sugru is hand-mouldable and sticks to lots of different materials found in the kitchen, like ceramic tiles, glass and metals. And because Sugru is removable you can always take it off again in years to come, if you ever need to.
6. Attach hooks to kitchen tiles with out a drill!
Sugru bonds well to ceramic, so leave the drill under the sink and create some extra space the easy way in minutes!
This clever little idea came from Dave who wanted to clear some room in his cupboards.
Check out other ways Sugru can help adapt and improve your furniture.
7. Or use Sugru to create hooks wherever you need them
Here's a how-to guide so you can make Sugru hooks in the kitchen no time . They are super useful all around the house.
8. Add a handy shelf anywhere you need it
Want to keep your cooking essentials handy? Avoid the stress of difficult DIY and the fear of cracked ceramic tiles. Here's an easy, affordable way to add a handy shelf without drilling.
And best of all, Sugru is removable! Ideal if you're living in rented accommodation or want to keep your tiles like new.
9. Extra plugs in the kitchen, right where you need them
David has a serious lack of plugs in his small kitchen (just one!), and using an extension lead wasn't working out the way he wanted. So he used his Sugru to mount the extension plug to the tiles so it's right where he needs it.
'I can't tell you how useful this is. Whenever anyone asks me how it's done they usually end up stealing one of my Sugru packs!"
10. Keep your cutlery drainer out of the way
Another idea from David and his tiny little kitchen. Here he's used his Sugru and magnets to make a magnetic mount for his cutlery drainer, leaving more space for the washing up!
"I get a kick out of using this every day. There is something so satisfying about coming up with your own solution, even my dad was impressed!"
11. Adapt the height of shelves in your fridge
Delphine's trusty fridge is great for her family, except for the bottom shelf that is. It's just a tiny bit too low — and it's been bugging her for years!
Fridges usually only have a few height options for shelves (why is that?!), so rather than putting up with it, Delphine used her Sugru to adapt it herself. Turning the top shelf upside down, she added some Sugru feet to lift it up a fraction. Now it's perfect!
12. Add some extra shelving in your fridge
David just bought a new bigger fridge, which is all very well, but after a while he decided it didn't have enough shelves for his liking! Instead of trying to buy a new shelf, David decided to adapt one of the shelves in his old fridge that was waiting to be recycled. He added little black Sugru tabs to help it fit snugly in its new home — utter genius!
Get your kitchen drawers in order
Drawers are hard working parts of our kitchen, constantly in use and a great way to keep things organised and out of the way. Keep them organised and in working order with these clever little Sugru projects, shared for you to copy and improve on :)
13. Store all your knives away in a kitchen drawer
Having a good knife can turn a chore into a pleasure. It's not called the most important tool in the kitchen for nothing. Victoria utilised her drawer space by adding rests for her knives!
Oh, and if you have a little accident with your favourite knife, then you can use Sugru to fix the handle in no time :)
14. Make your cutlery drawers non-slip!
Some little annoyances we just end up learning to ignore, like our cutlery drawer sliding around and making a right noise! Sugru sets into a grippy rubber, so you can attach little pads to your cutlery organiser like Brady did. Small change, big difference.
15. Stop drawers from slamming shut
If your kitchen drawers don't have those fancy slow-close mechanisms, then this clever little idea from Roger will help make life a little more peaceful in the kitchen... and it only takes a few minutes so you can do it after dinner one night. (Just make sure you leave something to stop the drawer closing for 12-24 hours as the Sugru sets, or you'll stick them shut!)
Sugru lets you tackle the bad sounds and tip the balance towards the sound of rain on the roof and the leaves rustling in the trees!
16. Make heavy drawers more comfortable to use
Pat loves to cook, so her fridge drawers are always stocked up with vegetables! Problem is, the plastic handles on the drawer are really sharp and make it painful to pick up and take out. She soon spotted the Sugru moment and added green Sugru grips to make things more comfortable.
"The Sugru grips now cover the sharp plastic and make it nice and comfy to lift out of the fridge!"
Use your cupboards wisely!
17. Finally a solution for storing pot lids!
At last – a solution for those messy kitchen cupboards! Why is it that saucepans and all their lids never seem to fit together neatly in one place? And why are they so hard to match?
Conquer the kitchen chaos with this easy idea for organising your pot lids with Sugru and learn how to hang them from the back of your cupboard door.
18. Mount your tablet on the inside of your cupboard
Instructables user PByron came up with this clever way to keep his tablet handy in the kitchen — super useful to follow recipes or catch up on some shows while you cook.
Sugru is perfect for this project because it bonds to most materials so you don't need any nails or screws.
First experiments with @sugru In cupboard iPad holder Better with metal supports. Material looks ‘rough’ pic.twitter.com/FLBeUa8rA4
— Dario (@dario006) March 31, 2015
Or on the outside...
Or on your kitchen tiles!
Here's a step-by-step guide so you can make your own tablet wall mount with Sugru.
Head over to the Projects and Inspiration page for loads more Sugru ideas.
And check out our Pinterest board for loads of other clever ideas to help in the kitchen.