Get Organized! 23 Time-Saving Kitchen Storage Ideas
The kitchen is the hub of the home — and that means all the mess and clutter tend to congregate there, too. Minimize cooking time and maximize family time with these smart storage and organization ideas.
Movable storage, like a woven basket or bin, is a great fix for kitchens short on space. Not only does it fill dead space, but it can be moved in a flash.
Creating a gallery wall of kitchen utensils clears up drawers and adds visual interest. Plus, having everything in its own spot means things never get lost.
Think up! Create open storage above your cabinets. Having narrow storage space up high is the perfect spot to stow large platters or dishes that only come out on special occasions.
A narrow wine rack is a great way to use up dead space at the end of a bank of cabinets.
Tucked into an alcove, this rolling rack on wheels can be moved around to facilitate laying the table or emptying the dishwasher after a big family dinner.
If your collection of cookbooks is growing worryingly large, a shallow ledge can be a great way to display tomes without adding bulk.
A sliding door sets the stage for open and closed storage, while still keeping everything easily accessible. Stage your favorite or most-used items and then tuck away the bits and bobs that you don’t need as often.
In modern kitchens with few or no upper cabinets for dishes, deep dish drawers are the way to go. Use plate and glass dividers to keep plates and glasses in order and avoid chipping or breakage.
Choose deep dish drawers in varying depths to accommodate different plate sizes and maximize storage space.
Plan your storage accordingly. Simple floating shelves in a light blonde wood set right near the sink and stove make plating food simple and quick.
Banquettes are the must-have kitchen seating — make the most of yours by including storage underneath the seat. It can hold extra cushions or seasonal accessories that won’t fit in cupboards, like picnic baskets and coolers.
A visual spice display mounted beside the stove not only offers easy-to-see inventory, but also livens up a neutral backsplash.
If you don’t have room for a full pantry, a wall of floor-to-ceiling shelves can do just the trick. This one was covered with a crisp white curtain which helped soften the industrial look of the space.
Storage doesn’t have to be all brand new and state of the art! Repurpose antiques into creative display and catchalls for things like wooden utensils.
Get the hang of storage with pretty hooks. These brass ones, found in the Toronto home of the retailers behind design shop Mjölk, are typical of Scandinavian cottages.
Vertical cabinetry is an often overlooked type of kitchen storage, but it can be very handy. A tall, slim drawer is perfect for cutting boards and baking sheets.
A pull-out pantry, accessible on both sides, is an especially great way to maximize a wall of deep storage.
Make the most of awkward spots with custom cabinets! Shallow cabinets, like this one, are the perfect spot for glasses and stemware.
A pull-out Carrara marble surface is an extra prep spot at night and a coffee bar in the morning, making the most of a narrow walkway.
Spacious wooden cutlery inserts keep utensils in check.
A custom pantry with pull-out drawers means nothing gets lost in the back.
A full-service breakfast station with shelves and racks keeps things neat and tidy.
Integrated trays make entertaining and hosting a breeze — plus, having a designated spot for them means countertops never get cluttered with them.