Kitchen organization can be an ongoing journey. Processes evolve, items rotate, and adjustments are made while learning better ways of doing things. So if you feel like your kitchen is a cluttered mess, it doesn't mean it has to stay that way forever.
We've collected over two dozen kitchen organizing ideas and compiled them alongside some smart tips. Tackle a few of your trouble spots, and before you know it, you'll have the momentum needed to organize even the messiest of kitchens.
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Choose Kitchen Canisters That Double as Decor
One way to keep basic dry products organized is to pick canisters you love to look at. Implement a design that will function in an organizational capacity, but also act as decor for your kitchen.Continue to 2 of 29 below.
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Tack Up Inspirational Quotes and Important Notes
To recreate this style and functional look, hang up three circular corkboards on your kitchen backsplash. Next, run off some fun and inspirational printables. Finally, tack up important notes, shopping lists, and reminders to keep you on task.Continue to 3 of 29 below.
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Fold Kitchen Towels and Stack Them Vertically
Stacking dish towels horizontally might seem like an excellent way to keep them in order, but you'll save yourself a lot of digging if you line them up vertically instead. Use a divider to store potholders and other kitchen linens. A word of warning—there will be a lot of wasted space if the drawer is deeper than a vertically folded dish towel.Continue to 4 of 29 below.
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Label Contents Inside Your Pantry
Using bold, simple pantry labels is an effective way to keep dry goods organized. Keep the labels consistent and label everything, even the items you don't think require a label.Continue to 5 of 29 below.
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Add a Basket to Store Cleaning Products
Under-the-sink storage can easily go from under control to chaotic. To keep things orderly, attach a small basket to the inside of the cabinet door using damage-free picture hanging strips. Store items like dishwasher tabs, sponges, and other everyday objects that you don't want to dig around to find.Continue to 6 of 29 below.
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Keep Plastic Bags Tidy and Out of the Way
The most functional kitchens are the ones where there is a designated place for everything. Does your kitchen have a spot for plastic bags? If not, create this clever and compact storage solution out of an oatmeal container. If any bags don't fit inside the container, be sure to recycle them.Continue to 7 of 29 below.
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Organize Tea in a Drawer
Tea lovers know how easily an entire cabinet can get filled with bulky cardboard tea boxes. Keep your tea, coffee cartridge pods, and other necessities organized inside a drawer instead. Narrow plastic bins will work well to keep your tea in full view.Continue to 8 of 29 below.
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Convert an Open Wall Into a Vertical Storage Unit
Utilizing every square inch of space is important in a small kitchen. If you love to cook, but have nowhere to put all your utensils, tackle this DIY project. If this aesthetic doesn't appeal to you, change out the containers to better fit your style.Continue to 9 of 29 below.
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Organize the Fridge Using Zones
If you throw food in the fridge when you get back from the grocery store without much thought—stop. Some areas of the fridge work better for certain items. For instance, keep items you use often at eye level. Also, milk and other perishable items should be kept on the lowest shelves or shelves nearest the freezer that are the coolest. Organizing the fridge is important because once everything has a spot, scanning for items you need will be a much quicker process.Continue to 10 of 29 below.
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Conceal a Command Center Inside a Kitchen Cabinet
Command centers that house family calendars, important papers and mail, and charging stations, can get busy fast. Keep everything organized and out of sight until you need it by stationing the center inside a kitchen cabinet. Use magnetic chalkboard paint to get started.Continue to 11 of 29 below.
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Fill a Blank Kitchen Wall With a Chalkboard
If you have a blank wall in your kitchen that is serving no purpose, paint it with chalkboard paint. Not only will it serve to keep grocery lists and meal plans organized, but it can also keep young children distracted while you cook.Continue to 12 of 29 below.
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Use Trays to Keep Countertops Organized
Some people like to keep their countertops bare, but those surfaces can be used for organization opportunities. The key to keeping countertops looking polished and neat is to use trays and stands to organize different groupings. Here all the coffee items are on one tray, fruit sits on another tray, and dry good canisters are found on a third tray.Continue to 13 of 29 below.
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Use Removable Storage Bins Inside a Lazy Susan
Lazy Susans are common kitchen organization tools that are used in a variety of ways. You'll often find them in awkward corner cabinets. To make better use of a Lazy Susan, incorporate some removable bins and organize like items in each bin. This idea will help prevent things from falling over and getting lost when you dig through the cabinet.1:38
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Divide the Inside of Drawers Into Sections
It might seem easier to just throw all your container lids inside a drawer and call it a day. Even if you stack them neatly, opening and closing the drawer will eventually cause them to become disorderly. Prevent this mess by sectioning off the inside of your designated drawer and organizing the containers by size using drawer dividers.Continue to 15 of 29 below.
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Add Mug Hooks Underneath a Kitchen Cabinet
Leaving things out in the open that you use every day isn't cluttering—it's practical. Keep coffee mugs organized and within reach by adding hooks to the bottom of open shelving or kitchen cabinets. Make sure you position this DIY project close to the coffee pot.Continue to 16 of 29 below.
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Keep Dish Brushes Together in a Vintage Container
There are plenty of items to keep clean and organized by the kitchen sink, including brushes, sponges, and dish soap to name a few. Keep all your dish brushes together in a stylish way by incorporating a vintage porcelain container that you can keep next to the sink.Continue to 17 of 29 below.
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Utilize All the Vertical Space Inside Your Cabinets
Cramming plates, glasses, or mugs into your cabinets can result in chipped and broken cups, especially when they're stacked too high. That type of stacking makes them hard to reach, too. Fix this common problem with inexpensive cabinet risers. These inexpensive kitchen helpers create valuable extra shelf space for cabinet organization.Continue to 18 of 29 below.
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Free Up Counter Space by Hanging Paper Towels
Many paper towel holders sit directly on the countertop wasting valuable space. Hang paper towels underneath your kitchen cabinets or open shelving instead. If you can't find a holder that matches your decor it's easy enough to make your own.Continue to 19 of 29 below.
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Get Creative With DIY Spice Racks
If your spices need a place to go, there are hundreds of spice rack options on the market. If you are lacking space and want to build something, consider making a custom spice rack. Get creative with spice storage and use the space by the stove, at the end of a cabinet, or inside a drawer, for example.Continue to 20 of 29 below.
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Store Food on the Pantry Door
Use the backs of your kitchen cabinet or pantry doors for storage. Specially designed door racks hold more than shelves in some cases. Use this area to store food that you want readily accessible, such as snacks for the kids.Continue to 21 of 29 below.
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Use Furniture as Pantry Storage
Storage and organizing become much trickier when a kitchen lacks a pantry. To make up for the lost space, opt for a freestanding pantry. Repurpose a piece of furniture, such as a storage locker, chest of drawers, bookshelf, or armoire that will give you all the space you crave.Continue to 22 of 29 below.
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Store Baking Pans Vertically
Any organizer that has vertical slats, such as a sturdy mail or file organizer, will work to keep your baking pans accessible inside a kitchen cabinet. Also look for inexpensive vertical cabinet dividers in a home improvement store that you can easily install.Continue to 23 of 29 below.
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Keep Coffee on a Cart With Limited Counters
Sometimes it doesn't make sense to keep a coffee pot on a counter crowded with other appliances. It might be more practical to store coffee-related items on a small rolling cart. You can roll the cart to guests and return it to the kitchen when finished.Continue to 24 of 29 below.
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Store Fresh Produce in File Holders
File holders and magazine organizers are the perfect desk accessory to use for kitchen organizing. If you plan on storing produce in them, opt for wire holders that have plenty of openings for air circulation.Continue to 25 of 29 below.
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Create a Tea Caddy on a Tiered Tray
Tiered trays (especially if they twirl) work well for storing everyday kitchen items. Keep items such as snacks and teas on tiered trays to give your kitchen a bit of a café vibe.Continue to 26 of 29 below.
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Style Open Shelves With Everyday Items
There are pros and cons to having open kitchen shelving. The benefits include quick and easy access to items and a place to show off your prettiest kitchenware. One big con: dust. Avoid the problem by using open shelves for items you use frequently. That way dust doesn't have too much of a shelf life since items are quickly rotated.Continue to 27 of 29 below.
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Hang Measuring Cups on a Cabinet Door
Make your hanging measuring cups and utensils more useful by adding common measuring conversion graphics to the door. It looks cute and you'll have the correct measurements at your fingertips.Continue to 28 of 29 below.
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Keep Cooking Utensils Organized
A typical utensil drawer is a mishmash of various sized spoons and whisks that require digging to find. Fix the issue by adding dividers to the utensil drawer, just as you have in the silverware drawer. You'll have an easier time reaching for what you need in the middle of cooking.Continue to 29 of 29 below.
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Organize a Tray With Cooking Essentials
Cook like a chef by keeping a tray or basket next to the stove that holds your frequently used cooking items. Items you might keep nearby include olive oil, salt and pepper, vinegar, and common cooking utensils all tidy and grouped on a tray.