Have you ever made the unfortunate mistake of grabbing the wrong bottle and adding fish sauce instead of soy sauce? Or have you started cooking a family favorite only to realize you’re completely out of red wine vinegar, but you didn’t notice because it was buried behind all the other jars of sauces, vinegars and cooking oils? Fortunately I have an easy organization method for you!

Kitchen Organizing 101

This is a picture of our organized kitchen bottles.

What tips do you have for organizing your kitchen?

When it comes to organizing your kitchen, it can be tricky to know just how to deal with dozens of bottles of vinegars, sauces, cooking oils and more. How do you keep everything tucked away yet easy to find when you need it?

At the Dinner Diva, we took advantage of a sale at Walgreens and bought the entire stock of 20 clear squeeze bottles for an organization project. Although it takes a little bit of time up front, those minutes searching through the cabinets every time you start cooking adds up!

We organized our sauces into three different categories:

  1. Essential cooking oils:
    • Avocado oil
    • Corn oil
    • Grape seed oil
    • Olive oil
    • Peanut oil
    • Safflower oil
  2. Essential Asian condiments:
    • Fish sauce
    • Rice wine vinegar
    • Sesame oil
    • Shao Xing rice wine
    • Dark soy sauce
    • Light Soy sauce
  3. Essential vinegars:
    • Apple cider vinegar
    • All purpose Balsamic vinegar
    • Champagne vinegar
    • Red wine vinegar
    • Sherry vinegar
    • White wine vinegar

By putting each flavor into a uniform bottle in its specific 6-pack, we can easily grab the correct bottle when it’s needed and keep an eye on when we need to buy more.

Another great feature of this organizing project? The price! We were able to organize all our vinegars, cooking oils and sauces without breaking the bank on an unnecessary kitchen gadget.

What’s the state of your kitchen? What organizing strategies work well for you?

Mary Hathaway, Owner of Dinner Diva, has been a personal chef since 2002. She cooks regularly for clients who have special dietary needs, value healthy cooking by using organic products where possible and those who want healthy family meals but have no time to cook. Whether it’s a dinner for 4, a holiday party for 20, or a set of meals for the week, all of the recipes are customized to her client’s needs or lifestyle. Go to: Dinner-Diva.com for more info.