July 15, 2024

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47 Kitchen Organization Ideas That Declutter Cabinets, Countertops, and More

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Get creative with what containers you have at home. Use canisters (like a large glass jar from pickles) to store dry goods in your kitchen pantry. Berry boxes, jam jars, and similar food containers can be wiped or washed out as well.

16. Add dividers to give cabinets order

Utilize cabinet dividers to keep the kitchen knickknacks in their place. Measure canisters and containers to make sure everything will still fit—there’s nothing worse than buying something that makes your kitchen organization woes worse!

ROUFA 4Pcs Clear Acrylic Shelf Dividers

These acrylic dividers are a simple solution that will change your life from the moment they’re installed.

17. Use pull-out shelves

For a kitchen cabinet that’s a bit awkward—perhaps it’s really short or super deep—add functionality with a pull-out drawer organizer combined with a pot rack to reveal neatly stacked cookware. You won’t ever have to crawl into the cabinet to grab a pot from the back or avoid a cacophonous avalanche that comes with looking for an errant pot lid.

Smart Design Pull Out Cabinet Shelf

Whether you’re simply not tall enough to get your hands to the back of the cabinet or just want your pots and pans stacked in a more aesthetic way, these are a must-have.

18. Rack and stack baking sheets and cutting boards

The same principle with pot racks applies to baking sheets and cutting boards. Stop piling up sheets in the oven and arrange them neatly so you don’t have to shuffle the deck before baking the next batch of cookies.

YouCopia StoreMore Adjustable Bakeware Rack

So many things can be stored standing upright. Plus, this doubles as a drying rack.

19. Organize lids with dividers

A kitchen cabinet with a bevy of lids might as well be chaos. Keep them all in one place with dividers, which you can also use for all those insulating sleeves you’ve collected over the years.

YouCopia StoraLid Container Lid Organizer

Again, more upright storage—it just makes sense, especially for those slippery Tupperware lids.

20. Employ a lazy Susan for a kitchen cabinet or countertop

Even if you have a spice rack in your kitchen cabinets, no one wants to take out every bottle and tin just to find the paprika. For those oft-used spices and condiments, place a lazy Susan on a countertop or kitchen cabinet to shorten the search.

Lazy Susan Organizer

A Lazy Susan does all of the hard work for you, keeping your kitchen organized and easily accessible, letting you be the lazy one.

21. Use a divider to stack pots and pans

Although it might seem like a half-step above just piling everything on top of one another, using a divider for pots and pans will help make everything easy to find—plus, you’re less likely to start a kitchen cabinet avalanche. Cabinet dividers can also be used to stack cutting boards, oven pans, and all the cheeseboards you’ve been gifted for every occasion since college.

Heavy Duty Pan Organizer

Never hear the “clang-clang-clang” of organizing cast iron pans again.

22. Add a rolling can holder

Cardboard can holders hold their shape for about as long as it takes to get from the grocery store to the kitchen. But at that point, it’s anyone’s guess as to when they’ll pop open and release a cascade of aluminum cans. Avoid that hassle—and the unsightly look of a torn-up cardboard box in your fridge or cabinets—with a polished version that will last forever.

Hold Everything Metal Powder Coat Soda Can Bin

Another solution for things that tend to take up space in a completely unorganized manner: A soda bin will make it easy to keep your Spindrifts and Ghias in their rightful place.

23. Use risers to get more storage in each shelf

Take advantage of that empty vertical space by placing risers in cabinets. This will help keep items separated so you don’t have to try to pick something out of the middle of a huge stack.

Shelf Risers, Set of 2

If your cupboards have high ceilings, double your storage with these svelte, lightweight shelves.

24. Make use of cabinet doors

The inside of your cabinet doors is filled with storage possibilities. Install hooks to store pans, lids, or serving and measuring spoons, or add a slim rack to stash pot lids or boxes of foil and plastic wrap. Sure, you might have to inch back the contents of your cabinets just slightly, but you’ll be happy to do it when you open the door and see this supremely organized situation.

Over-the-Cabinet Door Organizer Holder

Especially short on counter and cupboard space? Throw one of these over your kitchen door and have cutting boards all in one place, high off the ground.

Step 5: Open up kitchen drawers

25. Keep cutlery from rolling around

Every time you open a cutlery drawer, the silverware gets jostled unless you have something keeping it all in place. Invest in nice drawer dividers to keep everything together for easier table setting, or grab a utensil holder that looks chic and orderly.

Tower Expandable Cutlery Drawer Organizer

A nice cutlery divider drawer will stave off the numerous headaches that come with an expanding collection of knives and flatware.

26. Stick the knives

The last thing you want is to cut yourself when you’re digging for a knife. To avoid that fate, get a countertop knife block, a knife divider for the drawer, or a magnetic strip to show off the best chef’s knives.

Fox Run Brands Magnetic Knife Holder

We are big fans of putting the knives up on the wall.

27. Place clingy liners in drawers

Beyond silverware, kitchen tools—like whisks and spatulas—aren’t usually uniform pieces that can be stacked on top of one another in a drawer divider. Using a clingy liner can help keep gear in place.

Duck Brand Clear Classic Shelf Liner, 2 Rolls

Immediately make searching for your favorite spatula a thoughtless process.

28. Invest in a label maker

A kitchen in order means that the cabinets are also organized, especially when it comes to food storage containers—you can’t rely on sight or smell to distinguish all-purpose flour from cake flour. Keep a label maker on hand, perhaps in an organizer storage bin for odds and ends that find their way into a kitchen drawer.

Phomemo D30 Label Maker Machine

The label makers in our houses are literally never allowed to miss an organization party.

Step 6: Look up

29. Step up with a ladder

Maximizing cabinet organization means using the upper cabinets and even the space above. But unless you’re tall enough to be in a basketball league, how do you reach anything you put up there? With a step ladder, of course. Look for one thin enough to slide into the space between your fridge or oven.

Kingrack Aluminium 3 Step Ladder

Don’t climb on the counters, it’s just not worth it.

30. Start hanging up cooking gear

We’ve already looked at the space in and above your upper cabinets, but what about the rest of the ceiling? A pot rack hung from your ceiling can take advantage of otherwise wasted vertical space, and any frequently used tools that happen to have holes in them—slotted spoons, rubber spatulas, and the like—also make good candidates. Just avoid using anything that is heavier than what the rack is rated to carry or anything sharp or potentially dangerous, such as knives and kitchen torches.

Maple Hanging Bar Pot Rack

A pot rack frees up space in your cupboards and keeps your most cherished cookware at eye level.

Step 7: Don’t forget to organize your fridge

31. Wine-bottle holder for the fridge

Wine bottles might look great on the bar cart, but you probably prefer drinking chilled white wines, rather than those that have sat at room temperature. However, unless you have room to stand them upright, you’ll need a wine bottle holder to not only keep them organized but also prevent them from rolling out and shattering, which is the number one way to kill the vibe.

mDesign Plastic Free-Standing Wine Set Rack

Cant have a wine cellar? That’s ok, neither can we. A wine rack like this one keeps your humble collection safe while your finer bottles remain on display.

32. Adjustable fridge drawer storage rack

Similar to kitchen cabinets, fridges tend to have a lot of lost vertical space and not a lot of ways to adjust the shelf heights. Luckily humanity has come up with insertable drawer storage racks, which take advantage of the space under a fridge shelf.

Fridge Drawer Organizer 4 Pack Retractable Drawer

Free up some ever precious fridge space by adding retractable drawers that make your space grow almost exponentially.

33. Stackable fridge bins

If you don’t necessarily need more vertical space, but you need to keep similar items grouped together, consider stackable fridge bins to keep like items together. No more looking for that chunk of cheddar.

IDESIGN Wide Fridge Bins Tray Clear

Another perfect solution for organizing your refrigerator; you can’t go wrong with the Container Store.

34. Add a paper towel holder

Place a magnetized paper towel holder on the side of the fridge to clear up the valuable real estate that is the kitchen counter.

Magnetic Paper Towel Holder

A magnetic paper towel holder like this one won’t require any actual setup and can easily be moved around to suit your needs.

35. Implement the side for extra storage

Besides being very easy to install (just stick it there), a magnetic shelf is also, of course, removable: perfect for renters.

Yamazaki Magnetic Spice Rack

Spices deserve a place of their own and Yamazaki are masters at finding things a neatly designed home.

Step 8: Work double duty with what you have

36. Find a use for sentimental items

“It doesn’t technically belong in the kitchen if it’s a sentimental item [because] if you’re not using it in the kitchen, then it’s not a kitchen tool,” Cattano says. She notes that this applies to items that are kitchen-related but you never actually use for culinary purposes. Take advantage of nostalgic pieces that could hold things. If you rarely use your grandma’s glass gravy boat, use it as a candy bowl to encourage guests to eat all the sweets and snacks you want out of the house.

Artichaut Heritage Gravy Boat

Remembering that things don’t have to serve just one purpose will make decorating and organizing that much more fun.

37. Place stand mixer attachments in the bowl

Unless you have every accessory, the basic attachments that come with a stand mixer can all fit in the mixing bowl. And since stand mixers tend to take up quite a bit of counter space, this can help reclaim the territory in kitchen drawers. Line the bowl with a clean dish rag to prevent scratches.

KitchenAid Artisan 10-Speed Stand Mixer

38. Use glass storage as cookware

Plastic food storage containers, like Tupperware, can’t be put in an oven since they’d melt. But glass storage containers can double as bakeware—or even work triple duty as bowls—if your kitchen cabinets are lacking space.

Pyrex Simply Store 18-Pc Glass Food Storage Containers

That gourmet macaroni and cheese isn’t going to cook itself.

39. Multitask with glassware

If you’re tight on space for glassware, think about using Ball glass mason jars as both storage and extra cups for unexpected guests (and their plus ones). Cheugy? Admittedly yes, but no one will complain once it’s in their hands and full of beer.

Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jars with Lids and Bands, (Set of 3)

Just get Mason jars, you won’t regret it. They may be everywhere, but you can use them in so many creative ways that you’ll never regret having them around.

40. Removable over-the-sink dish rack

Counter space is always at a premium, but there’s an easy fix: Get a dish rack that fits over the sink. The best part is that you won’t have to worry about residual water spilling out onto the counters.

Five Two Over-the-Sink Dish Drying Rack

Ditch those moldy towels and let gravity do the work.

Step 9: Take advantage of the weird spots

41. Stick magnetic hooks on the fridge

Dish rags, seasonal kitchen towels, and oven mitts can all find a new and easily accessible home on the front or side of a stainless steel fridge. And instead of losing cutesy measuring spoons in your kitchen drawers, you can also hang them from the hooks.

Magnetic Hooks, Pack of 10

There’s no hanging problem a magnetic hook can’t solve.

42. Get a storage cart

If you really don’t have a lot of kitchen storage options, but you have a weird closet down the hallway that doesn’t do much for you, get a little cart. You can add storage bins, uncommonly used kitchen utensils, or spare linens, and roll the cart into the kitchen when you need it. It’s not as convenient as closet storage in the kitchen itself, but it’s great for anything you aren’t using every week.

3-Tier Rolling Cart

This storage cart can be as humble as a spice rack but could double as your new favorite bar cart. Either way, it‘s one of the most handy kitchen organization ideas.

43. Hang mug hooks strategically

Cattano suggests screwing mug hooks into the bottom of kitchen cabinets to utilize that empty space between the cupboards and the countertops. That’ll make your coffee mugs all the more accessible during the morning caffeine ritual—plus allow you to show off that DIY mug you brought back from the paint-your-own pottery place.

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