Most people, even those with large kitchens, eventually find themselves in need of kitchen organization tips. When we bought our house, the kitchen was five times larger than our old one, and I was giddy about all that extra space. Eleven years down the road I find myself wondering where to store the gadgets and food props, not to mention all of the drinking glasses that seem to multiply whenever I turn my back.
While it’s one thing to say “maximize your use of the space you have,” it’s quite another to understand how you can do that.
Kitchen Organization Tips
1. Think Creatively.
Storing spices in a rack requires wall space that many kitchens, including my own, lack due to windows. Using the clips from a broom/mop holder, Barry and Christy mounted spices inside a cupboard door where they’re within easy reach.
As for trash bags, Simply Organized literally thought outside the box to come up with the idea of hanging them from curtain rods mounted under the sink.
Both solutions show that by ditching traditional organizing methods — a spice rack, or leaving things in their boxes — you often find a solution that works even better.
2. Hang Things.
Keeping counters clean and clutter-free is a challenge many of us face. Christina at No. 29 Design solved both problems by installing a railing along her backsplash. Now she hangs wire baskets to hold pretty canisters of ingredients, pots of fresh herbs, and more. It’s a beautiful and functional solution!
Meanwhile, The Wandmaker’s Mother decided to go vertical with boxes of plastic wrap and aluminum foil. By mounting a magazine rack inside a cupboard door she freed up a drawer.
3. Do The Unexpected.
Tired of the visual clutter on the front of the refrigerator, Chelsea at Two Twenty One turned the inside of a kitchen cupboard door into an attractive organization station. Clothespins hold bills, hooks hold keys, and magnets hold things like photos (thanks to the metal sheet she thought to install first). So clever!
The Money Saving Queen thought up a new way to use space, too: she hung a plastic shoe organizer in her pantry to hold snacks, boxes of Jello, and those packets of mixes that always look like a mess.
4. Use Dead Space.
Remodeling to make more space is expensive. It’s far more affordable to use dead space to increase your storage area. That’s exactly what Julie at The Hyper House did when she began organizing her baking nook. Adhesive hooks inside cupboards make it easier to find her stand mixer attachments and freed up space for her neatly stacked baking pans.
Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home also saw a way to put dead space to work by hanging floating shelves on the side of her refrigerator to hold frequently-used items. Even if your fridge doesn’t have a cabinet surrounding it, you can screw shelves onto 90-degree magnetic mount catches to hold up to 40 lbs. per shelf.
5. Repurpose Other Items.
Lazy Susans were initially designed to make it easier to pass food around the table. (Which makes me think Susan’s parents must have thought this up after one too many dinner table arguments.) Emily at Decorchick put them to a different use by installing several in the corners of her pantry. Now she can easily find what she needs, and her pantry looks marvelous!
Kevin and Amanda repurposed items, too. Using desk sorter trays they’ve tackled the clutter in their baking cupboard. Now they no longer have to pull out every baking dish to find the one they’re looking for, and their cabinet holds more, too.
Do you have a favorite kitchen organizing tip? Share it in the comments! Or, if you’re looking for more clever organizing tips, check out my book 1,001+ Housewife How-To’s for inventive solutions to everyday challenges like these.