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You spend a lot of time in your kitchen. It is the focal point for family meals, family game night, kids’ art projects and homework, parties and get togethers, and other occasions. It is a room that you want to look nice, that you need to be organized, and that can seem to get gobbled up by clutter. Remember the last time you couldn’t see your countertop? Exactly. This is why we have put together a list of eleven kitchen storage ideas that will make more space and keep things organized.
1. Shelving Storage
Shelves are your best friend in the kitchen, and open shelves are a great addition to your overall home décor. You can use shelving units, mount floating shelves on the walls, or attach shelves against the backsplash. You can literally put a shelf wherever it will fit, and this will help you keep so many things organized.
2. Basket Storage
Baskets and bins go right along with shelves. You can get decorative woven baskets or attractive plastic or wooden bins. They can sit on shelves, in the pantry, in the cupboards, and even on the countertop. This is a great way to consolidate items that would otherwise be cluttering up your counters and shelves.
3. Vertical Space Storage
Use your vertical space as much as you can! This means not only putting shelves on the walls, but hooks to hang things like aprons, pots and pans, and cutting boards. Put hooks underneath your upper cupboards to hang mugs. Hang baskets on the wall for extra storage. Use the high-up cabinets for things you don’t use often. Use pegboard to hang small items. Use a magnetic knife holder to hang your knives.
4. Rolling Cart Storage
Get a rolling cart that can be used in the kitchen and dining rooms, or at the very least that can be tucked away in an out-of-the-way spot and only pulled out when needed. This cart gives you some extra counter space, as well as extra drawers and shelving.
5. Sliding Storage
There are a variety of sliding storage solutions that are ideal for storing cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink and other items in lower cupboards. The best ones can be attached to the bottom of the cupboard so that they are secure.
Get one for under the kitchen sink that has two levels of racks to store cleaning solutions, sponges, brushes, and rubber gloves. Use another one for the cupboard in which you keep your lots and pans. You can even get a sliding lid holder to keep those pot lids under control.
6. Store Spices in a Drawer
Those spices you have in bottles and containers and are always getting in your way or getting knocked over are best stored in a drawer. You can lay your spice bottles on their sides and easily find the ones you want. If you store your spices in small containers, these can be organized in the drawer, and stacked on one another if there is enough vertical space. Make sure your spices are labeled and arrange them in alphabetical order.
7. Containers and Jars Storage
You have many food items that come in bags and boxes that are difficult to store and don’t look very attractive. Using sealed containers (ideally square or rectangular) and decorative or mason jars will allow you to store these things neatly on the counter, on shelves, or in the cupboards or pantry. Items will be well-organized and labeling will help you locate what you need when you need it.
8. Organize Your Pantry for Better Storage
Your pantry is a separate beast entirely. It is a great place to store food and other items out of sight, but it can also end up a disorganized mess all on its own. Use the same kinds of storage ideas, including shelves, baskets, vertical storage, and labeling to ensure this part of your kitchen is a pleasure to use. Need a hand? Check out our blog “10 Best Pantry Organization Ideas to Try Today”.
9. Hide Things
There are many ways you can hide items in your kitchen until you need them. Create a pull-out cutting board. Hide clutter in drawers using drawer organizers. If you don’t have doors to hide under your kitchen sink, hang curtains. You can even install some sliding doors to conceal the work area of your kitchen, or if you are in a small apartment, to conceal the kitchen itself.
10. Store Extra Dishes in Drawers
You can install large slide-out drawers in which to store dishware, such as plates, bowls, and mugs. This will free up cupboard space and will look stunning.
11. Use Every Nook and Cranny
Finally, look for all those little nooks and crannies that aren’t being used to their full potential. You can attach hinges to a false drawer so you can pull it out at the top. Attach a narrow shelf or metal tray inside and you can store small items there. Small alcoves can accommodate small shelves. Lazy Susans can help you use that awkward corner space inside cabinets.
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