Thursday 30 June 2011

Organising Kitchen Cupboards - Baking Tins

My baking tin cupboard was definitely my cupboard of shame!  Everytime I opened the doors, I prayed that nothing was going to fly out and hit me in the head!  It was one of those cupboards that you dump the items in and shut the doors quickly, before anything falls back out - eek!

For ages, I had been thinking that I needed my hubby to add some vertical shelves in there.  I thought that with vertical dividers, everything could stand up and be nice and neat.  But my poor Mick gets so sick and tired of my 'great ideas' that require me to do the brainstorming and then need him to do the dirty work, and although he had said he didn't mind doing it, I knew it wasn't going to happen anytime soon...

Enter the standing plate divider!  I saw this idea online the other day, and I just HAD to try it.  So, off I toddled to Howards and purchased this chrome plate divider, much to my delight.  (Sorry, they don't have it on the website, so I couldn't link it for you.)

I took everything out of the cupboard and sorted it into like-groups.  I am a little ashamed to admit that I have trays that would enable me to make 28 muffins, 30 cupcakes and 30 mini-muffins - I have now banned myself from buying anymore muffin/cupcake tins!

Anyway, I then grabbed all of the 'flat' tins and stood them up in my new tray rack.  So far, so good!

Now I was left with an assortment of traditional cake tins and Tupperware silicon baking forms - in all different shapes and sizes - hmmm.  I hunted around the house for a basket that would fit in the space left in the cupboard, and after rearranging the pantry, I stole this white basket for the job.  I stood all of the tins/forms on their side and lined them up one behind the other.  With a little persuasion, I was able to fit them all in - hooray!

Now, when I need a tin, I can simply pull out the entire basket and easily see what shape/size would best suit my recipe.

Finally, I popped my chocolate moulds into a super-sized snap lock bag and put it at the back of the cupboard.  I don't use these very often, but at least now when I need them, I can pull out the bag and know that they are all there.

And just in case you were wondering what happened to the other items in the before photo, I put the pot-mitts and aprons in the linen cupboard and the cupcake carrier with my other cake carriers.  A little re-shuffling, but now everything is where it belongs.

Phew - there were quite a few steps associated with this organising exercise.  Nevertheless, I am so happy with my new cupboard!  I think I might go and bake a cake :)


Pollyanna said...

I have my organising ideas

I use a vertical serviette stand holding my cork pot mats.

The plate holder is perfect for holding trays if your cupboard is large enough. I had vertical shelving made for this purpose in my old family home. I do miss it. It looks really good and you don't end up with trays falling out on your head.

Cassandra said...

Thanks Pollyanna - I will check out your blog :)

Unknown said...

oh this is a great idea. Im off to howards to get me one!! thanks

Cassandra said...

You are welcome! Make sure you let us know how you go :)

Anonymous said...

This is great, thank you:) when will you let us know how to organise the dreaded Tupperware drawer??

Cassandra said...

The Tupperware drawer...hey? Okey dokey, I will put it on my 'to do' list :)

CathyC said...

Great tip! will keep a look out ;-)

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