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9 Ideas for Organizing Your Kitchen

If you're short on space or just want to add some extra storage, there are some clever kitchen storage solutions you may not have considered. Here are 11 ideas for organizing your kitchen.

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Hang Items from Shelves

Do you have some open shelves in your kitchen? Try hanging items from them. Think utensils you use all the time or coffee mugs.

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Use Baskets for Organizing Your Kitchen

If you have some space above the cabinets, try organizing your kitchen using baskets or bins for a clever kitchen organization solution. You may not be able to reach this high, so use the baskets for things you don’t use every day.

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Consider Pegboard

Pegboard isn’t just for the pantry, workshop or garage. Try organizing your kitchen by putting up a piece of pegboard in your kitchen to hang pans and utensils.

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Add a Shower Rod

Put that wasted space under the kitchen cabinets to use by installing a shower rod. Add some hooks and you’ll have a great space to hang utensils such as whisks and spatulas.

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Pantry Storage

This DIYer added some dividers in the top of their pantry and those dividers work great for storing serving trays, platters and some bakeware. The addition likely frees up some other storage space in cupboards.

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Add Box Shelves

If you have some open wall space, consider some DIY box shelves. When organizing your kitchen, use these shelves to store decorative bowls, plates and other items you don’t use every day.

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Crates for Storage

Short on cupboards and shelves? Try some old fruit crates. Stack them and store items in a container with lids. Store wine and even fruit in them!

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Angled Corner Drawer

If you’re in the process of designing your dream kitchen, try an angled corner drawer. An alternative to a Lazy Susan, these corner drawers provide plenty of storage space in deep, dark corners and are a great way for organizing your kitchen.

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Above the Sink Rack

Consider installing a rack over the kitchen sink. The rack can work as storage for everything from soap and sponges to small plates and utensils.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.