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Kitchen Hacks You didn’t Know You Needed

As someone who rents an apartment with a medium sized kitchen that doesn’t have a lot of cabinets, I get it. Getting your kitchen the way you want it seems impossible. To be honest, I’m still trying to figure out the right mix.

I’m always looking for some life changing hacks to make organizing and living in my kitchen every day easier. So here are some of my favorite things that I’ve figured out myself, or had a lot of help from the internet to find.

Kitchen Hacks You didn’t Know You Needed:

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1) Draw inserts:

If you haven’t already invested in organizing inserts for your silverware draw, you need to immediately. When we first moved into our apartment we didn’t have one, but one quick trip to Ikea- saved our lives. Don’t just stop with the silverware draw, you can use these handy inserts from Ikea on just about anything.

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2) Tension Rod for Cleaning Products:

I saw this hack online from lifehacker.com, and I can’t wait to use it. Keeping your products above everything else and easily accessible makes things so much easier. No longer do you have to dig around until you find the right product. Plus, you get the added bonus of avoiding a domino effect of products falling at your feet if you knock something over.

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3) Binder Clip Sponge Holder:

It might seem ridiculous, but it actually works! You can make your sponges last longer and stay more sanitary with this simple hack. Keeping the sponge off the side of the sink allows it to air dry fully. In our apartment, we have two separate sponges, one to wash the cat’s dishes that aren’t dishwasher safe and one to wash the human dishes. This keeps everything completely separate and sanitary. Who would have thought?

4) Vanilla extract Smell Eliminator:

Did you cook fish yesterday and now your whole place reeks of it? Well, I have the perfect cure for you. Get rid of bad odors in your home with vanilla extract! All you have to do is fill an oven safe dish with some extract and put it in the oven for an hour at 300 degrees. The sweet scent of vanilla will fill your kitchen, apartment, and home for an entire day! It’s a great hack for pet owners to use when you’re expecting company.

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5) Avoid Clogs:

This is the first kitchen that’s ever been mine. This means I’ve noticed how easily clogs can happen. It doesn’t have to be that way, you can help prevent them. To help keep your drains clear, you should periodically pour boiling water down them. Remember: this hack isn’t ideal for clearing clogs that already exists, just preventing them.

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6) Stainless Steel Appliances:

Sadly, my apartment didn’t come with stainless steel appliances- but some of my friend’s do have them. I’ve seen the struggle of trying to clean stainless steel, but it’s not that hard. Glass cleaner is a great solution to easily clean your appliances- and not leave streaks! Goodbye, handprints!

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7) Wait, what’s that smell?

CLEAN THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL. Yup, that hole in your sink needs to be cleaned on occasion, otherwise it’s going to smell. Here’s a handy trick for you, cut up lemons into small pieces and then freeze them in vinegar. Every few days run a few pieces through your garbage disposal and you are done!

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8) Too much spice in your life?:

We have a pantry so I never thought we had to worry about a spice rack. Then as I started to learn how to cook more recipes my spice collection suddenly expanded… rapidly. Getting a spice rack not only helps you organize things but lets you find exactly what you are looking for quickly and easily.

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9) Cleaning Supplies Shoe Organizer:

I found this hack online at apartmenttherapy.com and I love it. Avoid the cabinet under the sink completely and buy an over the door hanging shoe rack. Then instead of filling it with shoes, fill it with cleaning supplies. Then it’s out of the way and neatly stored together. You can find exactly what you are looking for quickly and easily. Job Done.

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10) Tupperware:

The Tupperware cabinet is always a mess. Everything falling out at you. It’s a disaster. But who would have thought you could easily make it better with a cd rack. A CD organizer is a great place to keep the lids so they stay in place instead of falling out at you. Stack up your containers while keeping the lids in the organizer and suddenly that cabinet won’t be as scary as before.

Now try out some of these hacks and let us know in the comments how they worked for you!

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