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How To Organize Your Kitchen Knives in 15 Minutes

How To Organize Your Kitchen Knives in 15 Minutes

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: CHILD'S PLAY. AND ACTUALLY, ONCE YOU DO THIS YOUR CHILDREN WON'T BE ABLE TO PLAY WITH YOUR KNIVES.

Hey Modern Farmhouse Girl!

According to my research, a magnetic knife strip is one of the best ways to store your knives.

Here are some of the advantages:

  • Your knives will stay sharper for longer (the action of pulling knives in and out of a knife block can dull them).
  • Your knives will be more easily accessible (you can see everything you have at a glance).
  • Your knives will be in a safe spot (both out of reach of tiny hands in the kitchen and out of drawers, which is unsafe for everyone!).
  • You save serious counter space and drawer space (moving most of my knives from a knife block—and the rest from out of drawers...guilty!—really helped clear clutter in my tiny kitchen!)

Installing a knife rack is a super simple, speedy project. I think it took me about 15 minutes (or less) to complete.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Your magnetic knife strip — (They come in different lengths and materials, so choose what fits your kitchen best. I went with this simple Zwilling one from Bed Bath & Beyond. Always love an excuse to use my BB&B coupons!)
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape 
  • Drill

 

STEP 1:

Use your measuring tape to find the perfect placement for your knife strip. (If installing between counter and cabinets, adjust for your biggest knives so they have enough room.) 

With your pencil, mark your drill holes for install. (My knife strip came with two screws included, and I assume they all do.)

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STEP 2:

Follow your knife strip install instructions and use your level to make sure the strip is straight. My magnetic knife strip came in two pieces: There was a black "back" strip (see above photo) which I secured into the wall with my drill. Then there was also the front stainless steel "bar" which attached magnetically to the back strip.

Lastly, arrange your knives and say goodbye to your old knife block and unsafe drawer storage!

Toaster tip-off:  My adorable pink toaster is by  Sencor from Bed Bath & Beyond ! I always wanted  this SMEG toaster , but figured I'd rather save $100 for another home project...and I'm very happy with my Sencor!

Toaster tip-off: My adorable pink toaster is by Sencor from Bed Bath & Beyond! I always wanted this SMEG toaster, but figured I'd rather save $100 for another home project...and I'm very happy with my Sencor!

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Since that was so quick and easy, I'll point you to some knife strips that are cooler than mine:

An art piece for your kitchen! Mountain Views from  Uncommon Goods .

An art piece for your kitchen! Mountain Views from Uncommon Goods.

A glitzy Quartz Stone strip that sparkles, actually from  BB&B "RSVP"  and only $30! Love it!

A glitzy Quartz Stone strip that sparkles, actually from BB&B "RSVP" and only $30! Love it!

Really pretty  Schmidt Brothers options sold at Crate & Barrel . For every taste! 

Really pretty Schmidt Brothers options sold at Crate & Barrel. For every taste! 

What do you do to sharpen your knives? I would love to know! I invested in a honing steel and I bring mine to a professional knife sharpener, but wonder if I should get an electric sharpener for my home? Thanks for any advice and good luck with your knife strip install!

xx

Lucy

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