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9 Space-Saving Kitchen Storage Ideas

The kitchen is undoubtedly the epicenter of the home. It's where company congregates; it's where daily routines unfold over cereal and coffee; and it's where countless meals are prepared. Goes without saying, then, that such a highly trafficked part of the house is likely to fall into disorder. Not to worry! We've gathered some smart storage ideas to keep the epicenter of your house in good working order. Check out the following list of suggestions, guaranteed to keep your kitchen clutter-free and easy to navigate.

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Jars on JarsZigzag Mountain Art/Shutterstock

Jars on Jars

You can easily organize your dry goods by storing them inside jars and canisters. Not only can you create uniformity in your pantry storage this way, but you can also see at a glance where your lentils, rice, or oats are stashed. Arranging these jars on display on open shelves can also give your kitchen a rustic, homestead-chic look.

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Chalk It Up

If you're someone who likes to keep a running grocery list or piles of clipped recipes and coupons in your kitchen, then you might want to consider adding a coat of chalkboard paint to one of your walls. This idea allows you to get rid of the paper and pen clutter by utilizing wall space and chalk as your new canvas. If you're nervous about committing to painting an entire wall, try just painting a small section of it. Or, simply hang a chalkboard for notes and other great kitchen storage ideas.

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Kitchen Storage: Embrace the Opennessalexandre zveiger/Shutterstock

Kitchen Storage: Embrace the Openness

Cupboards are so pass; the latest trend in kitchen storage is to embrace the openness of basic shelving. This puts your pretty dishes on display and instantly invokes a sense of coziness to your kitchen. Note that you don't need to fill every shelf with plates, bowls, and coffee mugs. Rather, you can integrate a little greenery here and there with potted plants and succulents.

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Spice Up Your Life

Surely you've heard of this revolutionary thing called a spice rack. Embrace it. When it comes to kitchen storage, all those little containers of cumin, oregano, and cinnamon can quickly overwhelm and confuse you. Stacking them in a cupboard without any logical order will only lead to chaos. The solution: spice rack. If you're extremely organized, you can transfer your spices to uniform jars and add printed labels. Depends on how often you find yourself reaching for these flavorings.

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From Office to Kitchen

From Office to Kitchen

You see an empty file holder, we see an opportunity for some clever kitchen storage. If you have an orphan file holder lying around, try converting it to the upright storage space where you arrange your aluminum foil, your parchment paper, your plastic bags, and more.

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Kitchen Storage: Get Rail

Kitchen Storage: Get Rail

Make space in your kitchen by installing a stainless steel rail from which you can hang kitchen utensils, pots, pans, and more. This is a great storage solution if you have unclaimed wall real estate. It doubles as a great place to arrange and/or dry dishtowels and oven mitts. If you're keen on this idea, you'll probably love the design for this ceiling-mounted pots and pans organizer, too.

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Kitchen Storage: Better in a BasketThe Adaptive/Shutterstock

Kitchen Storage: Better in a Basket

You come home from the grocery store with an armful of fresh fruit, but lo and beholdthere's no spare fridge or counter space available. A stylish solution for this storage problem is to hang a single or tiered wire basket from the ceiling. You can store your apples, bananas, and oranges as well as potatoes, onions, and garlic here. Plus, a hanging basket adds visual interest to your kitchen.

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Functional DcorSteve Cukrov/Shutterstock

Functional Dcor

If you happen to have inherited your grandma's rolling pins, knotty wooden utensils, and/or well-worn cutting boards, you have a design opportunity waiting. Consider storing these beloved kitchen wares out in the open as authentic dcor elements by hanging them on available wall space. Just make sure you mount them in such a way that you can easily take them down for use. Plus: See how to work in your favorite workshop staples into your home decor.

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Wine StashAfrica Studio/shutterstock

Wine Stash

What, no wine rack? No wine cellar either? No problem! You can just as easily store your wine collection in a deep kitchen drawer, if there's one that's vacant. Just be sure to alternate the direction of the bottle so that they nest well together. If you're feeling ambitious, you could try making your own roll-out drawers to house your wine supply within a more spacious cupboard instead.