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Organizing cookie cutters???

post #1 of 33
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How do you all organize/store your cutters?

My collection is rapidly growing and I'm wondering the best way to keep them so I can find what I want, when I need it.

Any tips or suggestions?
post #2 of 33
If you have enough wall space, peg board that is usually used for hanging tools is very effective.
post #3 of 33
any other suggestions. As this interests me as well. Right now, I'm using plastic containers sorted into seasons, etc. But I'm still having to go through and look.. would love it if I could just grab it and off to baking I go.
Peg board is a great idea, but wondering if anyone else does something different.
post #4 of 33
I probably have over 300 cutters, I'm not in the business, so I don't have them on a peg board. I sort them into quart and gallon sized ziploc bags and write on the outside with a sharpie. Then I sort the gallon sized bags into the larger zipper bags and write on the outside what "catagories" are in there. Then just store them in a big steralite tub.

This is what works for me, because I have so many...it only takes a minute or two to find what I need, since they're so organized. And, all of the ziplocs(actually Hefty brand zipper bags) provide cushion for them, so the more fragile ones don't get bent.

Oh, I also separate plastic from metal so the plastic ones don't get cut.

Here's a bump for more ideas!
post #5 of 33
I would love tips on this as well. I have tons of cutters just from buying here and there over the years, and now that I'm buying purposefully for baking and selling, my collections is just getting HUGE!.

The peg board idea is awesome, but I have so little space in my kitchen as it is.
Other similar ideas for ease of locating, but without taking up TOO much space?

Thanks!
post #6 of 33
I have all of mine in shoe box totes (clear plastic)...broken down in catergories w/ labels on the boxes, and stacked alphabetically. I started out with a couple of boxes, but like everyone else here...I just keep buying. Very organized and looks nice and need on the shelves! I also have an inventory list on my computer of what I have by catergory too...helpful when talking to a customer. One day I would like to do a digital picture inventory of everything for kind of the same purpose.
post #7 of 33
Here's what I did....

I seperated all of my cutters by groups. I put small nails in the wall in the garage, and hung twine between two. I looped the ends of the twine so it was easy to take one side loose, and I hang them in groups on seperate pieces of twine. Hope that makes sense. I basically have small rows of cutters hanging on the wall by groups.
post #8 of 33
I have mine in gallon sized ziplocs and labeled by season or theme. It works well for me.
post #9 of 33
I use the plastic shoe boxes, as well. I have my metal cutters seperate from my plastic. The plastic cutters are in a drawer on my 6-tiered rolling/drawer cart. With the metal cutters, I have them broken down into categories. For example, in my "Baby" box, I have my cookie cutters; baby themed cupcake liners; pale pink, light blue, light green, etc. curling ribbon; baby themed sprinkles, etc. I try to group everything that goes together in the same box. For some categories, I have two shoe boxes. It just depends. It's more efficient for ME to group multiple, coordinating items together. Less searching...
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Wife of Audy since 9-12-92

Mama to Ethan (7-19-96) & Gracie (11-08-00)

Proud owner of a licensed home bakery since 2006
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post #10 of 33
Mine are kept in those big plastic drawer units. Separated by various catergories(animal,baby,clothes,etc). The drawers are labeled. I also have a small list of each one tape to the front to keep track of them.
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by charman

I have all of mine in shoe box totes (clear plastic)...broken down in catergories w/ labels on the boxes, and stacked alphabetically. I started out with a couple of boxes, but like everyone else here...I just keep buying. Very organized and looks nice and need on the shelves! I also have an inventory list on my computer of what I have by catergory too...helpful when talking to a customer. One day I would like to do a digital picture inventory of everything for kind of the same purpose.



I LOVE the idea of an inventory list! And the digi pics are a great idea, too.
post #12 of 33
Yeah, but finding the time to do it sometime will be the challenge. However, my thinking is to group the ones that I have multiple sizes of, and take one picture of those...that way the customer can do a comparison on size.
post #13 of 33
I organize with zip lock bags too. I have the numbers in one alphabet in another and so on. Then I store these in a tote. It is easy to get a bunch of them since they are inexpensive! icon_biggrin.gif
post #14 of 33
I have an old card catalog chest from a library (for those of you not old enough to remember those, it is a tall chest with lots of small, deep drawers) that I keep all my cutters in. Each drawer is a different holiday or theme. It is technically an antique, but was very inexpensive since it needed a little work. It looks great in the kitchen and I can store my large mixer on top of it. icon_smile.gif
post #15 of 33
I also do the ziploc/plastic tote thing, have a list of all my cutters and candy molds in my palm pilot so that when I am out I don't duplicate what I already have.
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