How to Store Everything in the Kitchen

Check out this soup-to-nuts guide on how to store everything in your kitchen to make your everyday life just a little bit easier.

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    Store everything in your kitchen
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    Like most items, deciding how to store kitchen appliances is a decision made based on their size and shape, but also how often you use them. Our advice:

    • Store appliances you use daily on the counter
    • Store appliances you use weekly in bottom cabinets
    • Store appliances you rarely use in a storage space. 
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    Baking sheets

    How to store baking sheets
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    There are two options for storing baking sheets.

    1. If you have enough height in your lower kitchen cabinets, store them upright. This means storing them on their side to maximize space in your cabinet or pantry. A few options:​
      1. Tray Divider​
      2. Maple Rack
    2. You can also store them on top of each other in the pantry which will make them harder to retrieve, but easier to put away.
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    Canned goods

    Fridge Bins and Organizer and Tray from Crate and Barrel
    Photo / Fridge Bins and Organizer and Tray from Crate and Barrel

    It's not essential to do anything beyond simply stacking your canned goods, but it does make your pantry and fridge look amazingly organized, and saves a tiny bit of space.

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    Casserole dishes

    How to store casserole dishes
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    The best way to store these heavy items is in the lower kitchen cabinets. You can either nest them together with the pot lids removed, or you can store them with the lids on lined up next to each other.

    The third option is to use roll-out storage. This makes it easier to grab an individual dish because you can visualize the entire cabinet drawer.

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    Cookbooks

    Art of The Cookie Cookbook from Williams Sonoma
    Photo / Williams Sonoma

    Sort your cookbooks into two piles: frequently used and rarely used. Store the frequently used cookbooks on a kitchen shelf or in a cabinet so you can easily retrieve them. The others can go on a bookcase outside of the kitchen. Just make sure you know where they are, meaning, keep cookbooks together so you're not hunting and pecking for them when it's time to cook Thanksgiving dinner.

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    Cooking tools + utensils

    All Clad Stainless Steel 7 Piece Cooking Tool Set from Williams Sonoma
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    Spatulas, tongs, slotted spoons -- these should be stored very close to the stove in an upright, topless container. That sounds more complicated than it needs to be: Put them in a jar or similar, on the countertop, near the stove, so you can easily grab them. Here are some options:

    Tip: Consider getting a dishwasher-safe container so you can throw it in the dishwasher once a week.

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    Coupons

    How to store coupons
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    Two things to look for in a coupon organizer: one, make sure it's functional enough to use in the kitchen (i.e. when you're clipping coupons, it's easy to slip the coupons into and has a pockets for built-in organization), and make sure it's light enough to travel well (since you'll be using coupons outside of your home).

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    Cutting boards

    Bakeware Holder from the Container Store
    Photo / Container Store

    Store cutting boards vertically. I've seen people use a bakeware holder, a file folder rack, and a dish rack, but the best and simplest method is to just prop it against the cabinet wall for easy retrieval.

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    Food storage and food storage containers (see also: Tupperware)

    Modular Canisters from the Container Store
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    There are so many options for storing food, and this is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are the products we recommend because they are square, therefore maximizing space, and the right size.

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    Glasses

    Jus de Fruits glasses from Pottery Barn
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    These may be the easiest thing to store in the kitchen. Three words: on a shelf. If you have open shelving, make this they aren't too miss-matched. You can also fit more glasses into a smaller space by installing an extra shelf

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    Knives

    The first thing you do before storing knives is to wipe them completely dry. If you start putting them away while wet, the water can damage the material.

    How to store knives:

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    Measuring cups

    Borosilicate Glass Measuring Cups from The Container Store
    Photo / Container Store

    Measuring cups are usually designed to nest together. If that's the case with yours, then place them in a drawer directly under where you do your prep work. Some people like to hand them on the wall - great - again, place them above the counter you use to do your prep work.

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    Mixing bowls

    6 Piece Melamine Mixing Bowl Set from Crate and Barrel. Photo / Crate and Barrel

    The best way to store mixing bowls is to store them together, nested, in the cabinet closets to where you do your prep work.

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    Mugs

    Mugs from Anthropologie
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    There is a surprisingly wide array of options for storing mugs. You could line them up or stack them in a cabinet near your coffee maker/teapot, or you could use one of the following:

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    Napkins

    Polka Dot Embroidered Napkins from Pottery Barn
    Photo / Pottery Barn

    Store everyday napkins directly on your kitchen table in a tray or napkin holder. You can get a little creative here by making your napkin holder part of your kitchen decor. Formal napkins should be stored in a drawer.

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    Pans

    Pizza Stone from William Sonoma
    Photo / Williams Sonoma

    You can stack pans, or you can store them vertically. Here are some tools:

    You could also hang the pans you use most along the wall on hooks right near your stove.

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    Placemats

    Turquoise Coral Embroidered Place Mats from Williams Sonoma
    Photo / Williams Sonoma

    Store placemats either folded in a drawer, or in the center of the kitchen table when not in use.

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    Plates and dishes

    Tartan Plaid Salad Plates from Williams Sonoma
    Photo / Williams Sonoma

    Plates and dishes may seem like a no-brainer--cabinets are built to hold them--but, you can squeeze in my room. By using cabinet shelves, you can double the stacking space in each cabinet. 

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    Pot lids

    Pull Out Lid Organizer from the Container Store
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    If you store lids separately than the pots, here are some options for organizing and storing lids:

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    Pots

    Le Creuset Spinach 5Piece Cookware Set from Crate and Barrel
    Photo / Le Creuset Spinach 5Piece Cookware Set from Crate and Barrel

    You can always store pots on a pot rack. The best option--if you don't want to display them on a rack--it to store them in a low cabinet in your deepest drawer.

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    Recipes

    recipe box

    I have a whole guide to the best way to organize your recipes.

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    Roasting pans

    All Clad Stainless Steel Roasting Pan from Williams Sonoma
    Photo / Williams Sonoma

    You can either store your roasting pans in lower kitchen cabinets​ or, if you are light on space, in a storage space in your home. If you choose to store them in a cabinet, store them upright similar to how we stored baking sheets, and remove the grid inside and store that separately.

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    Silverware

    Flatware Storage Box from Pottery Barn
    Photo / Pottery Barn

    You must have a drawer organizer for your silverware. It just doesn't make sense to throw things into a drawer without a divider. Another option, which can be very chic, is to store silverware in a decorative cup.

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    Wine glasses and stemware

    Wine Enthusiast Stemware Rack
    Photo / Wine Enthusiast

    We like to store wine glasses and stemware on trays on a bar cart to use them as decor. Here are some other ways to store your wine glasses and stemware: