Put the Kitchen Door to Work

Here’s a little storage trick that works for us. I added hooks to the back of our kitchen door to keep all of our bibs, reusable shopping bags, and a couple of aprons. We also keep one tote there to act as a laundry bag for the bibs and dish towels that need to be washed. We almost always keep the door to the kitchen open, which means the side with the hooks is up against the wall. Everything is accessible, but we don’t have to see it all the time.

Back of the Kitchen Door Storage Ideas

  1. Series One Peg Rail
    So minimal and lovely! So not like the hooks I actually have!

  2. Cotton Canvas Tote
    We keep one large tote to store dirty bibs and dish towels until laundry day. Ours is a grocery store bag that’s not nearly as pretty as this one.

  3. Reusable Shopping Bag
    I keep a few reusable bags in my purse at all times, and store the extras in a pouch on a hook. I like the ones from Envirosax and Baggu.

  4. Woodland Tumble Embroidered Bib
    Bibs are still handy for the kids when we’re having a messy meal.

  5. Dryer-Activated Fabric Softener
    We used to use dryer sheets, but I was pretty excited when Method sent over some of their new softener. It’s good stuff (but we do keep this in the laundry room, not the kitchen!).

  6. Kitchen Apron
    I’m kind of over cutesy aprons, but I love this simple one. Works for men and women.

Of course, that was the magazine-perfect fantasy version. Since owning a single beautiful bib isn’t actually practical, our door really looks like this.

Put that kitchen door to work!

(Trivia: That shabby chic bird hook was the first thing I ever bought from eBay.)

24 Responses to “Put the Kitchen Door to Work”

  1. Brianne Joy September 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Great idea for small apartments too! Thanks!

  2. sunny September 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    I do this too! same kind of hooks – and I keep reusable shopping bags and aprons on the hooks…inside my pantry door. (I use those over-the-door hooks on every door in my condo.)

  3. Elisa @ What the Vita September 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    What a great little clip!

    This set-up would solve so many clutter problems in our kitchen. Gotta get on it, thanks for the idea!

  4. georgia September 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    We do exactly the same :)) Great idea isn’t it? Love your ensemble of things too ;)

  5. Sarah S September 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Glad to see the laundry bag thing worked out for you! When we moved house we lost a great place to put one – now it’s just hanging on a hook on the wall between our kitchen and dining room. Not the most attractive thing in the world, but it’s convenient because we use cloth napkins when we eat and throw those in too.

  6. Kristín September 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    hahaha great post as always :)

    love this idea, since my kitchen doesn’t have a door (open plan apt) I can’t put that to work, but I might use this idea in the laundry room.

  7. Jenna September 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Love this! And thanks for keepin’ real. ;)

  8. Julia [life on churchill] September 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    love! We hung clipboards to the back of our kitchen door. It holds artwork, calendars, random “need to remember’ things that aren’t quite minimal or designer-esque. great idea to hang bibs on the back!

  9. Jessica September 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Great ideas. I love those wooden hooks, too. :)

  10. Cristina September 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    I think I might do something like this on my laundry room door, since the door goes from the kitchen. I normally keep all my shopping bags in my trunk, but this seems like a good idea. Plus I need a spot to store my aprons. :)

  11. Becca :: Making Room in Sicily September 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    This is a great post! Too bad we don’t have a kitchen door in our kitchen in Sicily. I stuff these things in wherever they are best hidden and still accessible!

    For a fabulously classy, works-for-men-and-women, and handmade apron, check out Elephantine’s shop: http://www.mignonkitchenco.com/collections/kitchen-tools/products/ticking-apron. She just posted it on her blog and I fell in love!

  12. Mary September 28, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    I love hooks as extra storage! I use them in the negative space in my closet for purses, hats, scarves, wreaths, and really anything I can make hang!

  13. Kara September 28, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    I have a prime place for the large blue ikea bags. This is my goodwill/donate/ bag. It holds a lot and keeps us organized…
    I really love those bags for homekeeping–
    Even in our big ole farmhouse–storage is nowhere to be found so even I need to be creative with solutions for storage, etc. Thanks for sharing this–I need to maximize the doors that would be great for hooks!
    xo
    kara
    {high – five on “bread-winning” for your family–so happy for you!}

    • Making it Lovely September 29, 2012 at 3:10 am #

      I keep an IKEA bag at the bottom of my closet for donations. Then if I try something on and it no longer fits or I’m just ready to get rid of it, it goes straight in the bag.

  14. Jaimie September 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I loved this Kiddopotamus bib for my kids: big deep “trough” to catch things, and you could just rinse it out in the sink afterward: http://www.amazon.com/Kiddopotamus-Bibbity-Rinse-Roll-Blue/dp/B000OJFX86

  15. Sarah September 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    i love my envirosax and have given them as gifts too – i gave my sister the bloom set when it was still available and she gets complimented every time she goes to the grocery store.

    i wish my tiny galley-style kitchen had a door. and an exhaust hood. and counterspace…

  16. Jennifer September 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    It looks very handy — I wish we had a kitchen door I could use this idea on. Though I’m confused why you would keep fabric softener or dryer sheets in the kitchen?

    • Making it Lovely September 29, 2012 at 3:12 am #

      We don’t keep those in the kitchen — they stay in the laundry room.

  17. Sara October 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    What bibs do you use? I’m having the hardest time finding functional bibs for my little one.

    • Making it Lovely October 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

      Nothing special. Some hand-me-downs and some that we picked up at Target.

  18. pandorameka October 21, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    I do this too,It looks very handy.