20 Kitchen Organization Tips That Will Change Your Space for the Better
Whether your space is big or small, keeping your kitchen organized is a challenge. From appliances to fridge and pantry items to utensils to glassware and so much more, your kitchen needs to house a variety of dissimilar items while still maintaining a functional space. No wonder your kitchen starts to feel like a disaster zone after a while.
If you’re ready to change your kitchen for the better, take a look at these 20 kitchen organization tips that will transform your space.
1 Create Drawer Dividers
Over the years, most kitchens accumulate a plethora of baking pans. While the various shapes and sizes of these cooking pans meet different cooking needs, storing oddly shaped pans in your kitchen drawers isn’t easy. Instead of piling all your pans on top of each other, forcing you to pull out every single pan when you need to use just one, try creating drawer dividers for your kitchen.
Cut several pieces of wood or cardboard to the length and depth of your kitchen drawer. Then place each divider into your pan drawer in evenly spaced intervals. Place your pans between each divider, allowing you to easily pull out the pan you need and return it to its rightful place when you’re done with it.
2 Get a Cooking Caddy
As essential parts of every cooking venture, salt, pepper, cooking oils, and commonly used spices probably have an established space on your kitchen counter. While that makes them easy to use, it also takes up valuable counter space and makes your kitchen look a little messy.
Instead of leaving those essential items freely floating around your kitchen, invest in a small cooking caddy. This little caddy can house your commonly used oils and spices in one convenient location. You can carry the caddy around with you while you cook, then place it on the counter or in a cabinet once you’re done with it. It’s a simple change, but it will add both function and style to your kitchen.
3 Put a Tension Rod Under Your Sink
The cabinet underneath your sink is the perfect place to house spray bottles and other cleaning supplies. While those kitchen essentials are hidden from view, shoving all those products into one cabinet often leads to a disorganized mess that’s difficult to navigate.
To add some order to your cleaning supplies, put a tension rod underneath your sink where you can hang all your spray bottles, dish towels, and cleaning gloves. The tension rod creates a line of cleaning supplies that allows easy visibility when you need to use a product. Plus, it leaves the bottom of your cabinet free for anything else you might need to store. It’s almost like adding a shelf under your sink, but it’s so much easier.
4 Employ File Folders
File folders may be a staple in your home office, but did you know that they can actually be a useful addition to your kitchen? While a tension rod creates a clean line of spray bottle cleaning products, file folders can organize the rest of the bottles underneath your kitchen sink.
Place your various bottles into a file folder, putting the most-used products at the front. Use as many file folders as you need to neatly fit all your cleaning products. Then put the file folders under the kitchen cabinet. The new neat state of your cabinet will be beautiful and satisfying, guaranteed.
5 Put a File Organizer to Good Use
File folders aren’t the only office supply you can use in your kitchen. File organizers are also the perfect product to transform your space. Purchase a cheap metal file organizer from any office supply store. Then fit the organizer into your kitchen drawers or cabinets.
Once it’s in its rightful place, you can use the file organizer to store baking sheets, cutting boards, and pan lids. The file organizer will keep all these items stored neatly, rather than allowing them to freely flop around your drawers. Gone are the days of sifting through pan lids to find the one you need–the file organizer can solve some of your major kitchen storage problems!
6 Invest in a Rotating Spice Rack
Spices are a crucial part of creating a delicious meal. Unfortunately, storing all your spices is one of the main challenges in your kitchen. If you shove them all into a drawer, you’ll spend half your time pushing bottles aside to find the spice you need. Not to mention, you might need that drawer for something else if you have limited kitchen space.
Thankfully, we have the solution: invest in a rotating spice rack. This spice rack enables you to pile many spices on top of each other in an organized system that allows you to easily find the spice you want. Plus, the cylindrical nature takes up much less space on your kitchen counter. Trust us—a rotating spice rack will change your life.
7 Use a Pool Noodle To Prevent Sliding
Some drawer organizers are kitchen staples. For example, most people have a silverware organizer somewhere in their kitchen drawers. If you have plastic containers in your kitchen, then you know that they tend to slip and slide around in your drawers, ruining your perfectly organized space. To fix that problem, all you need is a pool noodle.
First, place your organizer in precisely the space you want in your drawer. Then measure out how much excess space you have in the back of your drawer. Once that’s done, cut a pool noodle to that size, so it can perfectly slide into the back of your drawer. The pool noodle won’t take up much space, so you can still store miscellaneous items alongside it. But it will also allow your organizer to fit snugly in your drawer, preventing that annoying slipping and sliding that ruins your organization.
8 Store Dry Foods In Glass Jars
If not organized correctly, your pantry easily becomes the most frustrating part of your kitchen. Boxes and packages of dry goods strewn across your shelves make it difficult to find what you need in a timely manner. Instead of continuing to pile onto the mess, buy a set of glass jars to improve your pantry organization.
Give each glass jar a designated dry food: rice, lentils, oats, beans, etc. Put the food into the corresponding jars and place the uniforms jars in a neat line in your pantry. The clear jars allow you to find the food you need easily, but they also create uniform storage that will elevate the functionality of your pantry.
9 Put New Items At the Back
Although you can put some of the dry foods in your pantry in jars, some products can’t be moved out of their original packaging. However, you can still organize your pantry in a functional way by putting newer products at the back, much like a supermarket.
When you buy doubles of products you already have, put those new products behind their older counterparts in the pantry. This ensures that things don’t get lost over time and that you’re always using up the entirety of one package before you open another.
10 Purchase a Kitchen Cart
If you’re hurting for counter space in your kitchen, a kitchen cart might offer a solution. These rolling carts are topped with a flat surface that serves as an extra area for food preparation. Plus, the cart includes various baskets that can store your miscellaneous kitchen items that don’t otherwise have a home.
A rolling kitchen cart easily navigates any kitchen space, no matter how big or how small. You can even move your cart to another room if there are too many cooks in the kitchen.
11 Stash Your Wine
If you’re an avid wine lover, you probably have quite a few bottles on hand at all times. But if you have nowhere to store your wine, the bottles end up sitting on your counter. While it certainly communicates that you love wine, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing decoration.
In the absence of a wine rack or wine cellar, you can store your wine bottles in a kitchen drawer to keep them hidden away until you’re ready to pop them open. Put the wine bottles in the drawer horizontally, alternating the direction so they nest together. It gets the wine off your counter, but it still allows for easy access when you’re ready to have a glass.
12 Create a Concealed Bin
Half the struggle of organizing your kitchen involves cleaning up your counter space. If you’re constantly throwing pens, notepads, and other miscellaneous items onto the countertop, your kitchen will never look as clean as you want it to. To keep your kitchen looking sleek and beautiful, created a concealed bin for all those little trinkets.
Take a small plastic bin or desk organizer and attach it to the inside of the door on a fairly deep cabinet. Then attach a dry erase board above it. You can use the dry erase board as an easy reminder area while the bin houses all the random knickknacks that often end up on your kitchen counter.
13 Get Stackable Storage Bins
After you’ve cleaned up your counter space, it’s time to turn your attention to your fridge. Often, you have way too many refrigerated items and not enough space in your fridge. Without an organization tool, you end up stacking everything on top of each other in a haphazard mess that falls apart every time you open the door.
Free up some space in your fridge by getting stackable storage bins. These clear bins allow you to organize your food and beverages in one easy-to-see location. Plus, you can stack the bins on top of each other to make use of every inch of your refrigerator space. Say goodbye to messy refrigerator shelves with this easy storage solution.
14 Make Use of Shelf Risers
Kitchen cabinets aren’t always designed with optimal function in mind. They often feature a huge space that forces you to stack many items on top of each other. You can certainly fit everything in the cabinet, but getting things out when you need to use them is a huge hassle.
To simplify your space, employ shelf risers. Wire shelf risers can easily fit into your kitchen cabinet, doubling your vertical storage space. Seeing the items you have in your cabinet and pulling out the tools you need will be much easier with this simple organization tip.
15 Create Drawers With Plastic Bins
Some kitchens have a surplus of cabinets, but not enough drawers. If that’s the case in your space, you just have to make your own.
Put plastic storage bins into deep cabinets to create your own pseudo-drawers. You can stack placements, cloth napkins, dish towels, and other miscellaneous items neatly in the plastic bins. When you need to use something, simply pull out the plastic bin, take what you need, and slide it back in. It’s almost as good as having built-in drawers.
16 Divide Your Drawers
Dividing your drawer into separate spaces is the natural route for keeping utensils organized. But dividing all your drawers can greatly simplify your life and keep your kitchen neat and organized.
Take a look at the items that are crowding some of your kitchen drawers and separate them into categories. For example, you may have small measuring cups, ice cream scoopers, spatulas, and cheese graters. Based on those categories, purchase small plastic trays that can house those particular items. Then fit the plastic trays into your drawers like your own personal Tetris puzzle. Instead of digging through drawers to find the item you need, this system allows you to open your drawer and immediately grab the necessary utensil.
17 Designate a Produce Drawer
While thin trays can organize your shallow kitchen drawers, big buckets can transform deeper spaces into your own personal produce drawer. Rather than storing your produce on your counter or taking up valuable space in your fridge, you can transform a spare kitchen drawer into an organized collection of produce.
Produce like potatoes, apples, onions, and even avocados don’t necessarily need to be stored in the fridge. Instead, find an empty drawer in your kitchen and make a note of the depth and width. Then purchase a few deep plastic buckets, enough to fill the drawer when placed inside together. Once that’s done, you can fill the buckets with your non-refrigerated produce, hiding them from sight, but ensuring that they have their own designated home.
18 Procure a Pan Organizer
While a file organizer stores your thinner kitchen tools sideways, you’ll need a genuine pan organizer to do the same with your pans. Pan organizers allow you to store your pans sideways, eliminating the need to stack pots and pans on top of each other.
A pan organizer adds some serious function to your kitchen. You can store your pans sideways in your cabinet, allowing you to grab the pan you need and return it to its rightful place without disturbing anything else in the cabinet. Good pan organizers also allow you to change the depth of each section so you can fit any pot and pan in this convenient space.
19 Use a Magnetic Knife Bar
If you have a small kitchen, placing an entire knife block on your counter might be too much to ask. Instead, invest in a magnetic knife bar that attaches to your wall. This bar allows you to store knives in an easy-to-reach place without taking up valuable counter space.
If you want to create a sleeker kitchen, you can even place the knife bar inside one of your cabinets. The function will be the same, but your good knives will be hidden from view.
20 Store Pots and Utensils Above The Stove
If you have limited space in your kitchen, finding a clean way to organize all your pots and pans is probably your biggest concern. Thankfully, there’s one area that you probably haven’t filled yet—the wall behind your stove.
On this wall, hang a bar with various hooks. Then hang your most-used pans, pots, and utensils from that bar. If you want to get really fancy, you can even create your own shelf to sit above the bar, giving you even more storage space. This method adds a little functional decoration to your kitchen that will expand your storage options in a small space.