No matter how small or large your kitchen is, keeping it organized can be a constant battle. Clutter and disorganization quickly lead to frustration and make cooking difficult. But with some clever solutions and new habits, you can transform even the most chaotic kitchen into an efficient, tidy workspace. Here are 10 creative ways to tackle kitchen organization.
1. Maximize Vertical Wall Space
Don’t limit storage to just the cabinets and drawers – make use of vertical wall space too. Here’s how:
- Mount spice racks to keep spices neatly organized and within arm’s reach while cooking. Opt for wall-mounted racks with individual compartments for each spice jar or bottle to prevent a jumbled mess.
- Install wall-mounted pot racks, utensil holders, and knife storage to get these essentials up and off the counters and free up precious prep space. Choose durable and attractive materials like stainless steel, wrought iron or natural wood that will match your overall kitchen decor.
- Add shelving above wall cabinets or above the fridge to provide space for frequently used small appliances like the coffee maker or toaster, canisters, cookbooks and other items. Consider open wire shelving systems which are adjustable and maximize visibility and access.
- Floating shelves give you flexible storage real estate to creatively stash cookbooks, decor items like plants or framed art, or anything else you want to keep close at hand but off the counter. Go with shelves in different sizes to fully customize the space.
2. Corral with Baskets
Baskets are a versatile and handsome way to neatly corral cooking gear, pantry goods, cleaning items and anything else that needs a place. Use them to:
- Store fresh fruits and vegetables in open wire baskets on the countertop or in the pantry to allow air circulation and prevent spoilage. Use cute labeled baskets for different types like root veggies or citrus fruits.
- Contain boxes, packets, jars, cans and other pantry goods in a deep wall cabinet or walk-in pantry to keep items organized. Label or stencil the front of baskets so you can easily identify contents.
- Hold cleaning sprays, brushes, gloves and other supplies under the sink in a plastic storage basket. Look for ones with higher walls to corral messy cleaners and prevent drips or spills on cabinet floors.
- Neatly conceal small appliances like the coffee maker, standing mixer or blender inside a lidded woven basket when not in use to hide clutter and cords.
3. Repurpose Household Items for Storage
Take a look around the rest of your home for unique containers to repurpose for kitchen storage. Some creative ideas:
- Turn vintage suitcases, trunks or crates into chic storage for cookbooks, baking pans or other items. Look for pieces that fit nicely in your space and match your preferred decor style.
- Decant dry bulk pantry items like flour, sugar, rice or pasta into rows of matching glass jars for a uniform look. Use chalkboard labels so you can write contents.
- Mount a long magnetic strip or a pegboard tightly fitted with hooks to hold knives, spatulas, pans and other metal kitchen tools conveniently within reach but safely out of hands of kids.
- Corral small items like spice packets, lids, etc. in old metal soda crates, then label and stack them. Give crates a fresh coat of paint or use stencils to help them blend seamlessly into your kitchen’s look.
4. Install Pull-Out Cabinet Storage
Maximize hard-to-reach cabinet space with pull-out shelves and drawers to neatly organize items and make them easily visible and accessible. Consider installing:
- Pull-out pantry drawers to neatly organize cans, boxes and other goods. Full extension slides let you easily view and pull out items from the back.
- Sliding shelves in base cabinets so you can fully see and access everything, even small items in the back that normally get buried.
- A narrow pull-out “spice drawer” to keep all your spices and dried herbs in order.
- Custom drawers sized to perfectly fit utensils, linens, cleaning supplies or anything else you need to organize.
5. Bring in a Kitchen Cart
A portable kitchen cart on wheels provides valuable extra storage and prep space. Use it to:
- Stage small appliances like the coffeemaker, toaster oven or instant pot. Roll the cart out for use, then tuck it away in a corner.
- Hold everyday cooking essentials like oils, spices, dish towels or utensils in the cabinet or drawers. Designate specific spaces.
- Neatly store fresh fruits and veggies in woven baskets. The cart’s shelf puts them at the perfect prep height.
- Easily transport ingredients or dishes from the pantry or fridge right to your workspace.
- Expand your limited countertop prep space when chopping ingredients or serving meals family-style.
6. Divide Drawers with Organizers
Add drawer organizers with separated compartments to divide jumbled, cluttered drawers into neat sections for different items. Consider organizers for:
- Utensils, with long slots for each spoon, spatula, fork, etc. so you can grab what you need quickly.
- Spices, with small compartments for each bottle or shaker. No more hunting for the paprika!
- Cutlery, with thin dividers that neatly separate and protect flatware types.
- Gadgets like garlic presses, wine openers, peelers, etc. Give every tool its own dedicated spot.
7. Store Food for Maximum Freshness
Storing food properly not only keeps it fresher longer, but also helps keep the kitchen organized. Smart ideas include:
- Use clear airtight containers to easily see leftovers. Glass lock-top or plastic varieties work great.
- Transfer flour, coffee, etc. into matching canisters with airtight lids and seals to keep baking staples fresh.
- Designate open wicker baskets in the pantry or on the counter for organized storage of onions, garlic, citrus, etc.
- Group similar items together on shelves or in the fridge. Have designated zones for cans, oils, dressings, drinks, etc.
8. Add Shelves in Overlooked Spots
Find underutilized nooks and crannies to add extra storage space with shelving:
- Inside lower cabinets, add a shelf fitted around the pipes to hold large sheet pans, cutting boards, bakeware, etc.
- Between wall studs in a blank space, have narrow shelving custom-built for oils, spices, etc.
- Around pipes under the kitchen sink, build out shelves to hold cleaning spray bottles upright and prevent leaks.
- Above the fridge, use risers to add a shelf for small appliances you use daily or frequently.
9. Give Small Appliances Designated Homes
Prevent small appliances from cluttering up counters and cabinets by giving them designated storage spots:
- Allow frequent-use appliances like the coffeemaker or stand mixer to live permanently on the counter or island.
- Store small appliances together on a large shelf, in a cabinet or pantry bay. Use cord managers to neatly contain cords and plugs.
- Contain gadgets like garlic presses, apple corers, peelers, etc. together in a dedicated drawer organizer or hanging rack.
10. Create Efficiency Zones
Think about kitchen zones based on usage patterns. Organize accordingly:
- Keep cooking tools like utensils, dish towels, pans and spices near the stove in a cooking zone.
- In the cleaning zone near the sink, store soaps, brushes, gloves and cleaning products.
- Near the fridge, have a drink and snack zone with cups, glasses and snack foods.
- By the coffeemaker, set up a morning zone with mugs, coffee, sweeteners.
With targeted organizational projects and creative new storage solutions, even the most disorganized kitchen can be transformed into a tidy, efficient workspace. Focus on keeping items close to where you use them and containing clutter creatively. Your organized kitchen makes cooking a pleasure!