- 20 Best Kitchen Organization Ideas – How to Organize Your Kitchen
- Affordable Kitchen Storage Ideas
- Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets in 5 Steps
- 5 Clever DIY Kitchen Organization Hacks
- Easily Store Big Bulky Cutting Boards
- Simple Pantry Redesign
- DIY Canvas Pantry Baskets
- DIY Recipe Binder
- Use the Bottom of Your Cabinets for Extra Storage
- The Best Kitchen Organizing Tips
20 Best Kitchen Organization Ideas – How to Organize Your Kitchen
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No matter how big or small your kitchen is, staying organized can be a challenge. From small appliances and food and pantry items to utensils and glassware, there's a lot of stuff to stow away in your kitchen—not to mention, it can be difficult to figure out how to store things plastic food container lids, cutting boards, baking sheets, food wraps, pot lids, and more.
And every kitchen has its quirks, so you have those to factor in, too. Whether you're navigating tiny cabinets, narrow drawers, or a major lack of storage space, there's a lot to contend with when you're trying to keep your kitchen tidy while also making everything you need still accessible.
Thanks to these clever products, you can make sure the items you need are always where they're supposed to be—and easily within reach. And the best part: Many of these products aren't just handy, they're stylish and budget-friendly, too.
In fact, more than half of the items featured here come in at under $25, so you can reorganize your entire space without worrying about breaking the bank. Your kitchen will never be the same, and your life at home? It just got way easier.
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Narrow Utensil Tray
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If you have particularly small narrow drawers or are short on space, this genius silverware organizer is a perfect fit.
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Expandable Cookware Organizer
Keep baking sheets, pots (and lids!), pans, and other cookware in check with this expandable organizer—you can even order extra wires to tailor it to your kitchen.
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Wall Mount Grocery Bag Dispenser
Everyone reuses plastic grocery bags, but storing them? That's a whole other issue. This dispenser stashes them in a convenient, easy-to-access spot that looks much cleaner than having a bag full of bags in a cabinet under the sink. Plus, it can mount to the wall or the inside of a cabinet, if you want it hidden.
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Food Container Lid Organizer
This little tray ensures that you'll always have the correctly-sized food container lid on-hand, in one ultra organized place.
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Airtight Food Storage Container Set
Revamp your pantry with these airtight bins—they're stackable, so you'll save space, they look a lot sleeker, and you can label them and see exactly what you need to refill at a glance.
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Chrome Pull-Out Cabinet Drawers
No more digging through your cabinets to find the blender in the back. This pull-out drawer makes it easy to get to your favorite small appliances in no time.
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Lynk Slide Out Bin Holder
Speaking of pull-out drawers, this slide-out addition to your kitchen cabinets helps you both keep your trash or recycling bin sight and still reach it quickly and easily.
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Bamboo Stackable Drawer Organizer
Revamp your cutlery drawer with this expandable organizer that can be adjusted to fit all of your utensils.
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Cork Drawer Liner
Or, make any kitchen drawer neat and tidy without an organizer by adding this cork liner to it. You can cut it to custom-fit your drawer, and it'll ensure that whatever you stash inside stays put—no more rolling around when you close the drawer.
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Expandable Cabinet Shelf
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An expandable shelf, this one, allows you to really take advantage of the vertical space in your cabinets. You can stack things without making them harder to retrieve.
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Adjustable Kitchen Wrap Organizer
Keep all your kitchen wraps, from aluminum foil to parchment paper, neat and tidy with this adjustable organizer.
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Magnetic Kitchen Organization Rack
Keep all of your essentials on the side of your fridge with this sleek magnetic organizer.
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Knife Block and Cutting Board Holder
If you never know where to store your cutting boards, this stand is a must-have. It gives you a place to store them upright to save space, and has storage for knives or utensils built right in.
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2-Tier Adjustable Lazy Susan
An adjustable, tiered turntable this is exactly what you need to get your pantry organized, and it makes finding what you need a cinch.
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Hanging Wire 3-Tier Fruit Basket
Instead of storing your fruit in a bowl that takes up valuable counter space, take advantage of the vertical space in your kitchen by adding a hanging fruit basket.
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9-Drawer Tea Organizer
If you're a big tea drinker, organize all your favorite flavors in this tea bag holder, complete with drawers for tea-related accessories underneath.
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White Gravity-Feed Can Rack
Make cans more easily accessible with this gravity-feed rack, which automatically drops the next can to the front when you grab the one you need.
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Undershelf Stemware Holder
Wine glasses and other stemware don't have to take up valuable cabinet space. Instead, hang them from the underside of the shelf to really maximize your storage.
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Non-Skid Tiered Spice Rack
A tiered spice rack this one makes it easy to see—and grab—the spices you need as you're busy cooking.
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8-Tier Cookware Stand
If you've got space on your side, try this tiered cookware tower. It's got room for pots, pans, cookbooks, and more.
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Affordable Kitchen Storage Ideas
You don't have to shell out the big bucks to get a beautifully organized kitchen. These affordable storage solutions let you keep your cash while making your own kitchen storage-rich.
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Bookshelves aren't limited to reading materials. Locate one near your kitchen to store all your cooking odds and ends. Stack the storage unit high with dishware, spices, and cookbooks to free up cabinet space.
Keep water bottles within reach and in view by stacking them in magazine files. Rest the inexpensive organizers on their backs for quick grab-and-go access.
Baskets are helpful for organizing kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies, and fresh produce. Place a pair of baskets above a sink using a metal rod or adhesive hooks for easy access. A wire design allows you to see contents at a glance and helps wet dishes and sponges dry quicker.
Utilize thrifty organizers to make over the chaotic space where you stash food-storage containers. A wall file mounted to a cabinet door is an easy solution for separating plastic lids from bases.
If you have a bit of extra wall space but not enough room for cabinetry, add a pair of floating shelves. Install hooks under the bottom shelf for hanging coffee mugs, utensils, or hand towels.
Don't want to spend money on new shelves? See how to convert your existing cabinetry into open shelves.
A collapsible riser designed for cabinet interiors lends heightened storage when tackling hands-on recipes. Prepare your workstation by arranging ingredients in the created space underneath, and set dishes and utensils on top.
Backsplashes are storage space waiting to happen. One strategy to put this space to work for pennies: Add magnetized strips to one side of a finished board, and secure it to the backsplash to hold knives — they're as easy to grab and use as they are to put away.
Keep a uniform look on your countertops with clear storage containers. Buy them in bulk online from kitchen supply stores for less. They're good for storing dry cereals, pet foods, and snacks, too. Even apothecary jars with long lost or broken lids can be used to store a countertop collection of rolling pins on end.
Rethink how you use tension curtain rods. Place rows of the affordable window-treatment hardware inside a cabinet to keep plastic food-container lids, baking sheets, or serving trays upright and organized.
Applying cork to a door face or cabinet interior is a handy way to organize notes and lists. Use spray adhesive to apply the inexpensive sheets of corkboard. Store recipes, chore lists, and coupon clippings on the boards while keeping the surface of your cabinetry clutter-free.
Repurpose a vintage metal caddy or milk crate as a moveable seasoning station. Keep the holder near food prep and cooking zones, then transfer it to the table during meals.
Learn how to tackle some of the most annoying kitchen storage problems with these smart tips and tricks.
Maximize the space in your pantry with labeled baskets in bright colors. Group individually wrapped snacks and breakfast essentials their boxes and in the bins to make mornings a breeze.
Wheels take a standard kitchen cabinet to a new level! Roll it in when you need extra counter space or a set of specialized tools stored within.
If the items in your freezer are expiring because you can't find what you need when you need it, seek out low-cost storage to finesse a tidy interior.
A trip to a dollar discount store or down the clearance aisles at the home center can yield storage bargains galore, including colorful wire bins for sorting frozen meat.
Opt for stackable clear plastic containers to keep other frozen foods tidy and on view; add labels to note contents and “use by” dates.
A simple pegboard is right at home in your kitchen — and the metal is a modern and industrial twist on the standard brown pegboard. This customizable solution works for pots and pans, as well as spatulas and big spoons. Combine multiple sections to create a wall of organization.
Take a cue from restaurant kitchens and add a stainless-steel storage shelf to an empty wall in your kitchen. This approach maximizes the height and bare wall space and adds a modern look.
For a baker, a rolling pin must be close at hand at all times. By adding a simple storage solution to the end of the cabinet, the kitchen makes a personal style statement and adds function for everyday baking.
This utensil caddy is made Mason jars and a simple metal handle. Add cottage style to any table setting and make serving a snap!
See how to easily transform an armoire into a hardworking baking cabinet!
Keep the mix of mismatched towels sight with an over-the-door storage unit. Get smart and make use of the backside of cabinet doors, as well as the insides for storage.
Add hooks to the back of a shallow cabinet near the family entry to keep track of keys, umbrellas, bags, and anything else you might need as you head out the door. Screw-in cup hooks are ideal for holding keys; use removable adhesive-back hooks for other items so you can change the arrangement and number of hooks when needed.
An average drawer becomes all the more purposeful with the addition of a drawer organizer. A compartmentalized insert such as this neatly stores utensils. Add labels to the compartments to designate spaces for specific items.
Keep your cleaning supplies organized and ready to use with an over-the-door metal caddy this one. The lower rack is perfect for holding bottles of supplies, while the upper rack keeps sponges and scrubbers at the forefront.
Not all storage belongs behind closed doors. Make oft-used items easy to find and access when you outfit the food-prep side of an island with affordable add-ons: bars for tea towels and paper towels, as well as a repurposed wire bin to house cutting boards and rolling pins.
Multiply the capacity of any cabinet when you add storage to the interior side of the door. Six shallow shelves fit neatly between this door and the interior shelves to offer space for single-file lines of little luxuries and kitchen dry goods. Lips on each door shelf keep items from tumbling off.
Keep your eyes peeled for newer or vintage wicker picnic baskets at flea markets or estate sales, and use them to stow kitchen gear and keep countertops clear of clutter. Stack baskets in a countertop corner to store linens, dishware, or even stacks of coupons and household papers.
Turn an open display shelf into triangular storage niches for just a few dollars. Add intersecting 1x boards, as shown, to one or more shelf sections to create attractive, angular storage that works well for displaying and storing everything from wine to rolled cloth napkins.
A single ledge or shelf installed near the ceiling can take advantage of untapped storage potential. This long shelf displays and stores bottles of oils and vinegars, showing off golden hues and shapely outlines while drawing attention to the rustic ceiling beams and beautiful lighting.
S hooks suspended from the ventilation hood above the cooktop make simple, stylish display devices for a collection of shiny copper bowls and other vintage cooking pieces.
A vintage plate rack offers a pretty way to display plates while storing them safely on edge. Position your plate rack in a spot that's convenient to the dishwasher — so dishes are easy to put away — and also near the dining table, so accessing plates is a piece of cake.
Install hooks and labels on the inside of a cabinet door within your kitchen baking center so every measuring spoon and cup has its proper place. Add a conversion chart for good measure.
Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets in 5 Steps
The amount of items that home cooks need to store in their kitchen cabinets is mind-boggling. The sheer number of different items makes cabinets harder to organize than any other space in your kitchen. That is why sticking to a simple organization strategy is vital—namely, grouping items together.
See the basic process of organizing your kitchen cabinets, with in-depth resources to help you. Don't try to tackle this project until you're motivated to see it through. This is a fairly big undertaking so it's important to be motivated to keep going, no matter how much of a mess you may create halfway through.
If you lack motivation, here's why it's important to get this space organized.
- It will save you money because you will no longer buy duplicates. You'll know what you have on hand, and you'll have a vague idea of how many items you have in storage.
- It will save time because you'll know where everything is. You will no longer need to hunt through cabinets to find the rice cooker.
- Organized kitchen cabinets will make meal planning and grocery shopping easier. When you know what you have, on hand, it's a lot easier to plan meals and shop for ingredients. You'll have a good idea what you use most often and what items you can move your prime real estate.
- It will make cooking much easier. Moving the right tools, into the most efficient spaces, means less time wasted running around the kitchen trying to locate the right sized pot lid.
- Organized kitchen cabinets are easier for family members and guests. They can find what they need in the kitchen without a hunting expedition.
- It will make cleaning easier. When everyone in the household is used to items being in the same spot, they will be more ly to put it back into its proper space.
Decluttering your kitchen cabinets is the absolute must-do first step to organizing your cabinets. You must do this before you buy storage solutions or being to rearrange items.
Set up a large trash container and a box for items to donate or sell.
Go through each cabinet and sort items into the trash or the donate/sell box as appropriate. Remove those from the kitchen.
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Once you've gone through the kitchen cabinet decluttering process, it is time to organize the contents of your kitchen cabinets. At its basic level, organizing kitchen cabinets means arranging your kitchen tools in ways that make a lot of sense to you and your family.
Do not get caught up in appearances; no one is Martha except Martha. The watchword to organizing kitchen cabinets is: make everything you regularly use as accessible as possible.
Look for kitchen cabinet organizers that separate by type of item (boxed, canned, etc.)
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If you always stand in front of the stove while cooking, you want everything you use when preparing meals to be as close as possible to the oven. Don’t put your spices in a cabinet on the other side of the kitchen your reach. If you want your small kids to get their own snacks or dishes, place the items they’ll need in the cabinets they can reach.
In any kitchen, remembering where you put something away starts with reserving some cabinets for anything that’s edible and others for anything that’s not.
Preferably, the separation will have some logic to it—food to the left and tableware to the right, or food in the upper cabinets and everything else in the lower ones.
If you have a tiny little kitchen with only one cabinet, create separate sections in that one cabinet.
Maximize storage by sorting items into categories. Even within the separation above, you can break items down into categories that will make it easier to use your kitchen.
For example, say you move all of your edible items to your two left-hand cabinets. You can then decide that one of these is for cans, and one for other types of packaging.
One could be for frequently used foods and one for the stuff you reach for less often. One could be for healthy meal staples and the other for fun snacks.
The specifics are up to you, but the goal is to think of something and know exactly where to find it. Similarly, create one section of a cabinet for plates, one for bowls, one for wine glasses, one for other glasses, and so on. The more you adhere to these categories, the less you (or others in your household) will ask, “Where’s that blue cup?”
If you drink coffee from a mug every day and drink wine from a wine glass once a month, your coffee mugs should go in the front. If you keep certain foods or serving platters around because you use them on rare occasions, put them in the back.
Turning a jumble into an organized set-up makes everything in your cabinets easy to see and to access. Try to keep labels facing out, boxes lined up and bowls stacked in order of size.
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The trick is to install only as many kitchen cabinet organizers as you need and no more. Group similar items together and then organize the groups into zones. When you are putting things away into their zones, keep function in mind over form.
For example, if you use a certain cutting board more than another one, even if it is not as pretty, move it to the front. Your kitchen cabinets should be usable, not photogenic.
These items are best stored in the upper cabinets. If possible, locate them in the cabinets above the counter where they will be used most often:
- Food: Storing food in the kitchen cabinets is recommended only for those kitchens that do not have a pantry. If you do have a pantry, first, try to store as much food as possible in the pantry leaving the cabinets for tools, pots and pans, and appliances. Group food, including spices, bottles, and filled food storage containers in the cabinets just above your kitchen workstation (the counter space you use to chop, knead, and mix). This way, they can be easily accessed while prepping.
- Glasses and dishes: Group and store glasses and dishes directly over either your dishwasher or the drying rack for quicker clean up and storage.
- Cookbooks: Store cookbooks in your non-prime real estate areas because you will not be reaching for them as often as food and dishes. If you have the extra wall space, consider installing a small shelf for cookbooks.
- Food storage containers: Store your plastic and glass storage containers right above the counter space you use when filling them with leftovers or bulk purchases.
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The bottom cabinets are a good place for non-food items:
- Appliances: Store kitchen appliances in the bottom cabinets just below your main work area for easy access during food prep. If you use an appliance daily, consider moving it to your countertop.
- Pots, pans, and baking sheets: Store your kitchen pots and pans in the bottom cabinet, with pans on their side to maximize space and pots nesting together. Lids should also be stored vertically (you can rest them vertically in a large square Tupperware container).
- Mixing bowls, cutting boards, and salad spinners: Store these as close to the drying rack or dishwasher as possible for easy cleanup and storage.
- Cleaning Supplies: Store your kitchen cleaning supplies in the bottom cabinet, preferably under the sink. The space under the sink tends to be such an awkward space; it makes the most sense to store bottles and sprays, which take up little room, in this tight spot. If you have small children or pets, consider a child-proof lock on the cabinet that has the cleaning supplies. If the bottom cabinet has more than one shelf, store the cleaning supplies on the bottom shelf in case of leaks or spills. Never store cleaning supplies above or on the same shelf as food items. Someone could not notice a spill and eat or cook food contaminated with the product.
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Plan to go through your cabinets and do a complete overhaul once or twice a year, depending on what type of cook you are.
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5 Clever DIY Kitchen Organization Hacks
A neat, orderly kitchen is the key to making meal preparation an enjoyable experience for you and your family. Below are five motivating DIY kitchen organization ideas to help you achieve a clutter-free noshing spot.
Easily Store Big Bulky Cutting Boards
If you’re limited on kitchen cabinet space, this innovative cutting board storage idea will keep those unwieldy cutting boards in order.
Cutting boards can take up a lot of valuable shelf space, so take advantage of the unused space you do have on the back of your cabinet doors. Add a wire kitchen wrap organizer to store your cutting boards.
Inexpensive wire organizers can be purchased at the dollar store. To make this handy DIY kitchen organization cutting board project, you’ll need:
- Wire plastic wrap organizer
- Zip ties
- Small screws
Tip: Place the storage holder low enough to accommodate your tallest cutting board. Check the placement by opening and closing the cabinet door.
See full cutting board storage instructions here.
Simple Pantry Redesign
This quick DIY kitchen organization idea will spiff up your stuffed-to-the-gills food stash by making it neat, orderly and new! First, remove everything from the pantry, including the shelf liners.
This is the perfect time to toss food items that are past their expiration date. Clean the pantry shelves. If the paint is stained, nicked or chipped, you may want to repaint the interior.
A white, stain-resistant paint works great. Add new shelf liners.
Optional but fun: Jazz up your pantry walls with (amazingly enough) peel and stick shelf liner! Just measure, cut, and stick to add a creative touch to your pantry.
Add a few kitchen storage products:
- Lidded glass containers
- White stacking baskets
- Front stacking bins
- Wire basket
- Wire shelving
- Lazy Susan
And you’ll have a fresh, and organized food pantry you’ll love!
DIY Canvas Pantry Baskets
These DIY pantry baskets are perfect for storing pasta, bulk spices, and baking extras. They’re also durable and machine washable. Supplies you’ll need:
- Fabric: Strong canvas or heavyweight duck cloth
- Furring sticks (find these at home improvement stores)
- Wood stain
- Brad nail gun
- Sewing machine
- Black cardstock and a white chalk marker to make the labels
The square-shaped fabric basket is easy to sew, even for beginners. The “X” wood frame is simple to assemble with a brad nail gun. Sew four straps per basket so that you can attach the fabric pantry basket to the wood frame.
Cut circles from black cardstock to make the basket labels. Punch a small hole on one side of the label and thread a length of twine through the hole. Mark what’s inside the basket with a chalk marker and tie the label to the frame.
Fill the baskets, and you’re done! See detailed pantry basket instructions here.
DIY Recipe Binder
Organize those printed recipes and magazine clippings that never made it to the recipe box. Make your own recipe binder with coordinating dividers so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
Supplies you’ll need:
- Attractive 1-inch binders
- Plastic sleeves
- Clear packing tape
First, sort through your recipes. Toss out any recipes that you’re not interested in making or no longer sound appetizing. Sort through any recipes you have collected on your computer, and print out the ones you want to keep. Take a look at what types of dishes you prepare the most. Include specific recipes you have saved for holidays and special events.
Use divider pages or cover sheets and tabs to sort your binders by type. Decide on the food categories you want to use to organize your recipes. Appetizers, main dishes, sides, desserts, breakfast, soups & stews, slow cooker, holidays and make ahead are just a few suggestions. The dividers will help keep everything grouped into separate sections, similar to a cookbook.
Craft your own recipe binder filled with all of your favorite dishes, and it may become your family’s favorite cookbook!
Use the Bottom of Your Cabinets for Extra Storage
If you have extra space on the underside of your cabinets, there are a couple of ways you can get the most it.
Consider adding a DIY magnetic spice rack to utilized the unused kitchen space. For this project, you’ll need:
- Small adhesive magnets
- Adhesive magnetic strip
Attach a magnetic strip to the underside of your cabinets. You will also need to attach small adhesive magnets to the tops of your spice containers so they can stick to the magnetic strip. This is a simple way to organize your spices and easily see what you have on hand.
Another great way to make use of the space on the bottoms of your cabinets is to attach small hooks. The hooks can be used to hold mugs and any other small kitchen tools you might have lying around.
These ingenious DIY kitchen organization ideas will help you get your kitchen in ship shape, in no time.
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by: Wet and Forget in: Home Décor, Indoor Cleaning
The Best Kitchen Organizing Tips
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No matter your budget or kitchen size, here are the best organizing tips, tricks, and tools to get your space in order.
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The kitchen is easily the busiest room in the house. At any given time, you could be cooking, baking, prepping, cleaning, or jotting down a shopping list. And while the mere thought of these tasks may send you into a tizzy, a few simple organizing tips can help make tackling them easier and more time-efficient—even more enjoyable.
After all, there's nothing worse than getting ready to bake brownies with the kids for a school bake sale only to find you can't remember where you put that bottle of sprinkles you'd been saving.
Or, imagine scrambling to get dinner in the oven before soccer practice ends and having to search high and low for your casserole dish. Investing just a few minutes of time into straightening out your pantry shelves and kitchen drawers can not only save you hours each week but money, too.
(Just think, how many times have you gone out and bought something new—be it supplies or ingredients—because you forgot about or misplaced ones you already had?)
For starters, getting your fridge in order can make meal-prep significantly less stressful and help reduce food waste. From our best tips for organizing shelves to unique ideas for hanging storage, just a few handy tools can help keep open boxes, cans, and bottles from getting lost in the shuffle.
And that drawer by the sink that's turned into yet another junk receptacle? Don't let precious space go to waste! Instead, consider unique ways to store and organize your knives, an inventive way silver so that it doesn't tarnish, or the best ways to put small baking essentials— piping bags and biscuit cutters—away so that you can find them whenever you're ready to whip up a tasty treat.
You'll find these tips and more ahead.
Save counter space by using your drawers wisely. In-drawer wooden knife trays are more space effcient than a bulky knife block.
Airtight (well-sealed) containers made of plastic or glass let you see quickly how much of a specific ingredient you have left. These containers also protect dried goods from humidity and pests. Whether they match or not, containers can be displayed on the counter or up on open shelves in attractive ways that can actually serve as decoration for a corner of your kitchen.
Martha considered every corner of her kitchen in Bedford, New York, right down to the shelving supports. “I 'bird's beak' supports, an old carpentry style with notches that let shelves slide in and out,” Martha says. No holes, no hardware—the look is streamlined.
How to Organize Under the Kitchen Sink
Don't let kitchen rags and dishwashing gloves clutter the sink area. Instead, hang them from hooks screwed to the inside of a cabinet door, where the items can stay sight as they dry.
When washing dishes, use a plastic bin for soaking or soaping to save water. The plastic is also more forgiving than a hard sink should you drop a dish. When you're washing a lot of very fragile items by hand, such as crystal stemware, lining the sink with a terry towel also does the trick. Keep dish soap in a clear plastic pump bottle by the sink.
To keep baking time fun and fuss-free, be sure to make pastry bags, biscuit cutters, icing tips, and frosting combs easily accessible in clear sorting boxes.
These Kitchen Essentials Will Upgrade Your Space
Whether you use one crock or several, it's wise to have essential tools within arm's reach when you're at the stove. A cart provides storage where you need it. Martha keeps ladles, whisks, pastry brushes, wooden spoons, and flexible spatulas in separate containers on her cart.
Decide what you want to keep in your islands, then plan the space accordingly. Upright steel slats provide perfect spots for heavy baking sheets. Martha also has drawers for aprons and utensils; deep shelves for platters, books, and pet supplies; and small cubbies for towels and other items.
Using a rack will save so much space in your cabinets—and make your pots and pans easier to find. Martha hangs hers above the stationary island near the range.
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Shallow drawers lined with tarnish-controlling flannel provide the right environment for silver. The pieces rest in a single layer on the fabric—no dividers or stacking necessary.
Corral items on open shelves using nice-looking containers. These baskets add warmth and texture to the room; the gray trays are simple and stylish. Add adhesive pads on the bottom so they slide smoothly.
If you have more than one pet, it's important to be organized. Martha devotes pantry space to dry food, which she transfers from the bulky bags into stackable airtight plastic containers. Labels are crucial for keeping everything straight. Bowls and cans are stacked nearby in see-through bins.
Refrigerator door space is prime kitchen real estate. Free it up by moving a few necessities to a turntable, where they'll still be easy to grab.
Position a collapsible wine rack along a lower shelf to keep bottles on their sides. This one holds 10 and is modular, letting you configure it to fit inside your fridge.
Organize Your Fridge Marie Kondo
To prevent small goods from getting lost in the shuffle, give them their own room with a view with below-shelf hanging organizers.
Martha collects vintage enamel holders, originally used for soap and sponges in bathrooms. She mounts them by sinks to hold sponges, brushes, and scrubbers.
Five Items to Keep Away From Pets
If your pets don't have their own buffet in the servery ( Martha's cats do!), keep mealtime messes in check by lining up pet dishs on a long tray, which catches any spills so food doesn't end up on the floor.
No one will guess that this sleek, modern wine rack is made of PVC pipe from a hardware store. The design is completely flexible, so you can create one to fit inside any shelf or cabinet and paint it to suit your own decor.
Storing saucers is no problem: They nest neatly. The teacups, on the other hand, always threaten to topple over. Here's how Martha handles them: placed cup over saucer, in tidy stacks of no more than three or four. You'll find the configuration suits them to a T (or a teacup).
Clear up the clutter and make the most of your countertops by using an old cake stand to hold olive oil, salt, pepper, and other frequently used seasonings. The stand makes it easy to find and use these ingredients while you cook, and gives you space to arrange other herbs and spices around the base of the pedestal.
How to Make the Pretty Plastic Bag Organizer
Plastic bags seem to multiply, even if you try to take fewer of them from stores. Make sure you reuse them; it's easy when they're in a handy holder that matches your kitchen decor.
10 More Pantry Storage Ideas
Storing baking sheets, cutting boards, and sturdy platters upright on kitchen shelves frees space and keeps you from having to lift a heavy stack when you need only one item. Create dividers for them using tension curtain rods. Buy rods to fit the space, and position pairs of them at intervals. Twist to tighten.
To eliminate the search for the right lid amid an unwieldy stack of pots and pans, store them neatly: Place a wooden peg rack in a cupboard, and line up the lids vertically between the pegs. You could also attach a graduated rack to the door. Whatever you do, arrange lids from smallest to largest, with their partner pans close by.
Retrieving a jar of honey from the back of a crowded cabinet can be awkward. For a simple fix, gather the small items you store on the shelf onto a spare baking tray, then treat it a drawer, carefully sliding it in and out for easy access. The pan will also catch drips, speeding cleanup.