Here is Your Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Kitchen Without Sacrificing Style

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KATHERINE CARTER

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and if it's cluttered and disorganized, everything else is going to feel offbeat. Help the energy flow freely and save yourself some mid-meal headaches by taking control of your kitchen storage. Why not organize your pots, pans, plates, products, and spices in a way that brings you joy and a sense of calm?

Even in the smallest of apartments, if you think creatively, you can find a special home for every item. Whether you're starting from scratch, looking for inspiration for a kitchen remodel, or trying to make a few simple but life-changing swaps, read on for 15 ideas on how to organize your kitchen space. 

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Commit to Open Shelving

open shelving kitchen organization

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Open shelving doesn't have to be just a couple glasses here and a few plates there— your kitchen isn't just for show. You can pile your open shelves full of items and have it still look neat if you think of every category as it's own moment. Play with heights, finishes, and shapes as you stack and pile in a way that purposeful but pretty. 

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Tuck Away Your Appliances

microwave kitchen organization

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Veneer Designs.

Let's just be honest: there's nothing visually alluring about a microwave. You're not about to live without one, but the standard countertop microwave is always going to feel more dorm room than Julia Child's Provence kitchen.

Building a space for your microwave in your kitchen islands or cabinets will look sleek and clean, and it won't waste counter space.

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Skip the Bar Cart

alcohol kitchen organization

Design: Katie Hodges; Photo: Amy Bartlam.

You don't have to give up counter space for a wet bar or floor space for a bar cart to make a charming display out of your bottles. These shelves are attached to the ceiling for a minimalistic look, and the bottles act as the perfect centerpiece for the neutral room. Plus, guests will always feel invited to get comfortable and kick back. 

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Buy Clear Storage for the Fridge

fridge organization

BREATHING ROOM ORGANIZATION + STYLING

Let us make a promise to you—we swear that if you buy clear storage, clean out your fridge, and begin taking produce out of packaging and placing items in their respective bins, you will never go back.

You can finally see everything—no more wilting greens hiding—and if something does start leaking, you only have to clean one container instead of the entire shelf.

It's easier to make healthier choices when your options are laid out clearly and opening your fridge doesn't raise your blood pressure. 

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OXO Good Grips Smart Seal 12-Piece Container Set $30
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Recycle Boxes and Packaging Immediately

pantry kitchen organization

BREATHING ROOM ORGANIZATION + STYLING

Not only will using clear containers for your pantry goods help keep food fresher and more organized, you will never again open a cereal box to find only crumbs.

Grab a sharpie or a label maker to help you know the difference between baking powder and baking soda without doing an awful taste test.

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Create a Home for Plastics

water bottle organization

MIKA PERRY

Glassware can make a beautiful functional display on open shelving or in clear kitchen cabinets. We have yet to be wowed, however, by a sippy cup or Planet Fitness water bottle. You want to store your plastics away, but travel drink cups seem to be specifically manufactured to tip over inside cupboards.

Prevent the pileup by purchasing drawer organizers, and you'll never lose a lid again.

Drawer Organizer
iDesign + The Spruce Drawer Organizer $12
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Opt for Clear Glass Shelving

glass kitchen shelves

JESSICA NELSON

Glass shelving gives your more storage space without blocking your light or sectioning up a kitchen to make look smaller than it actually is. Store your most used plates and cups on the first two shelves and use the top shelf for special occasion pieces or light-loving plants to bring in more color to the room. 

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Hide Linens in the Breakfast Nook

breakfast nook organization

KATIE HODGES DESIGN

Linens, spare aprons, dish towels, the holiday cookie cutters you only need once a year—these can all live happily in storage that's built into your breakfast nook. These below bench cabinets are a great way to create more storage and seating at the same time.

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Install a Wine Rack

wine rack kitchen organization

ERIN WILLIAMSON DESIGN

Turning one of your cabinets into a built-in wine rack is a clever swap that saves you space elsewhere in your kitchen. You can also use the space to store oils, vinegars, and other ingredients to free up cabinet space.

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Add Texture and Storage With Rattan Baskets

baskets kitchen organization

PURE SALT INTERIORS

If you try to avoid plastics at all costs in your home, rattan baskets in various sizes can be helpful for storing all kinds of items. Just don't fill them to the top to give your kitchen a more neat and seamless look. 

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Hand and Display Your Pots

brass pot rail

PURE SALT INTERIORS

Pots and pans are the absolute worst to store, so think like a professional chef and hang them for easy access. This brass rail and copper pans setup is as practical as it is beautiful, and it's a great way to organize your kitchen while nailing the french kitchen look.

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Proper Copper Design Brass Pot and Pan Rail $127
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Add a Rolling Cart

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BECCA INTERIORS

Countertop space can be less than generous in apartments, but you can add more surface to work on and a place to store odds and ends by bringing in a rolling cart or small kitchen island.

Get a cart with wheels if its a really tight squeeze in your kitchen. That way you can move it around at will while cleaning or if you have guests playing sous chef.

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Crate & Barrel Belmont Mint Kitchen Island $499
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Section Up Your Servingware

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DESIGN: EMILY HENDERSON DESIGN, PHOTO: SARA TRAMP-LIGORRIA

Having a special home for every piece of servingware makes unloading the dishwasher so much easier and will prevent future fights about where the charger plates actually belong. This wooden peg system keeps things neat and orderly without requiring that you purchase any new plastic containers.

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Build In Your Plate Storage

plates kitchen organization

KATIE MARTINEZ DESIGN

Most of us don't have much use for a china cabinet these days, but built-in vertical storage for our plates would definitely spark joy.

You can break up the boxiness of a big kitchen by creating one section of open shelving and storage.

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