I recently discovered that I am a hoarder of cupcake wrappers and sprinkles. I also discovered that my baking supplies were a complete mess – I had cupcake wrappers shoved in three different cabinets (all of which contained baking supplies), I had sprinkles tucked in multiple places too, and we won’t even talk about what my actual “baking pan” cabinet looked like. I love to bake, but I dreaded getting my supplies to do so. It actually got to the point where I just started keeping my cupcake pans in my oven because it was easier than lifting or moving stacks of cookies sheets or other pans to get to them.
I became so frustrated that I decided to re-organize every cabinet in my kitchen, de-clutter, and get my act together so I could actually enjoy baking. I tackled the baking cabinets first. I had one corner cabinet which had a lot of wrappers, sprinkles, gel colors, and other random supplies. Then I had a small cabinet next to the stove with mixing bowls, and the overflow of my baking pans. Finally, my island is one big cabinet which houses all of my baking pans and cake/cupcake carriers. (This was by far thee worst cabinet.) My only regret is not taking before photos, but just imagine a giant mess everywhere. Seriously. Maybe I forgot to snap pics on purpose because I would have been embarrassed to actually have to share them!
So here are my tips that have made me the happiest little baker!
TIP #1: Sort the sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, colorings, extracts, tools, etc. I understand I may have a problem since I needed a container to hold cupcake wrappers for every season. Whatever. Cupcakes make me happy. 🙂
I also realize that my obsession with shoebox containers is almost as bad as my cupcake wrapper/sprinkle obsession. Organizing everything in containers makes it so much easier to grab what I need without having to move a gazillion things. Everything here was everything that was shoved into my corner cabinet, which pretty much emptied out that cabinet and left me space for other things. (My mixing bowls used to be here, but I was able to move them into my pot cabinet since I threw away an old set of pots that were my husband’s from his bachelor days.)
TIP #2: Separate all the Christmas / Seasonal sprinkles that you’ll only use once a year. I chose to put mine in a nice basket, covered with plastic wrap to eliminate any dust from getting on the contents, and put it on top of my cabinets. It makes a nice decoration while serving a purpose. I actually have 2 of these baskets – the other one is holding seasonal cheese spreaders and small serving pieces.
TIP #3: Remove all the seasonal/specialty baking pans that you’ll only use on holidays or for special occasions. This cleared out a lot of my mess from my big baking cabinet. These pans were constantly in my way and because they are all different sizes, it made it worse. I put them all in this container and marched them right down to the basement. They now live on a shelf down there until they are needed.
TIP #4: This is my favorite. I only wish I had found this organizer sooner. It was the best $24.99 I have ever spent. I no longer need to struggle to get out my baking pans. Everything is neatly sorted and there is no “domino effect” when you pull out a pan. The dividers can be moved to fit your needs. That’s the best feature – you may find other organizers that look similar, but it’s really the ability to move the dividers that makes this organizer perfect for bakeware. It is super sturdy and works like a charm. This is the cabinet I really wish I had a “before” photo of because it was a disaster. I couldn’t get anything out easily. My expanding cooling racks now sit nicely on top of a few pans so they are easy to grab. I was even able to stand that terrific Presto Flipside Belgian Waffle Maker up in the middle of the cabinet without it being in the way. I also used a shelf organizer to add some extra space for my loaf pans, spring form, and bundt pans.
So there you have it! A few simple tips to organize your baking supplies so you can spend less time wrestling your pans and more time baking up something sweet!
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