If any room in your house should be organized, it's the kitchen. Sure, you can get away with a less-than-pristine closet or a messy bathroom vanity, but even the least organizationally savvy of us needs a kitchen where everything has its place. Luckily, there are some simple tricks and tools to make organizing the kitchen a little easier.
Not only does your kitchen need to hold all of your food and cooking tools, but it needs to do so in a way that doesn't add hours of prep time to dinner. But whether you're a Marie Kondo protégé or you can barely keep your spice rack in line, we've rounded up a few ideas to inspire you to get organized.
Keep scrolling for ingenious tricks and organizing ideas that actually work, no matter your kitchen size.
Organize Your Baking Tools
If you're a baker, you can easily shave time off that cookie recipe if you can access every scoop, tablespoon, or measuring cup you could ever need without digging around a messy drawer. Consider organizing your drawers based on use and using dividers to give everything its own home.
Ditch the Boxes
Cardboard boxes are bulky and take up way too much space in your kitchen. Clean up your kitchen by tossing them out and transferring your pantry staples to clear glass or plastic containers. Not only will this keep your food longer, but it's so much prettier to look at too.
Repurpose a Nook
If you have a small kitchen without a pantry, fear not. Consider repurposing a small, unused nook as a shallow pantry instead. Keep it organized with matching containers if it's visible, or cover it up with a curtain or door.
No nooks or crannies? If your wall is deep enough, you can even add a shallow cabinet or pantry within a wall.
Use Risers for Your Counter
Short on storage in a small kitchen? Invest in a few counter risers so you can double the available counter space without taking up all of your prep areas. Look for white or natural wood that will blend in with your countertops.
Try Deep Bins in the Pantry
A deep pantry sounds nice in theory, but if it's difficult to access the back of your shelves you probably shouldn't toss food back there. Instead, invest in deep baskets or bins that you can easily pull out to use, so you don't waste any pantry space.
Try Glass Candy Jars
Give your kitchen a vintage feel with clear glass candy jars. Fill them up with energy bars, fruit snacks, and more for easy access with a cute retro touch. Bonus points if you add labels.
Create a Custom Pantry
For a truly stylish storage option, consider splurging on a custom pantry. A professional can help you get set up a with a system that works for you.
Store Those Water Bottles
Don't forget those water bottles need love too. Instead of tossing them on your counter (or in every purse you own), dedicate some drawer space to your bottles and their matching lids, so you can grab and go before your next workout.
Use Cabinets for Food
If you don't have a pantry, organize your cabinets with your most-used staples. We suggest only using your upper cabinets for food storage, where you can easily see everything you have.
Organize Your Cleaning Supplies
Save time on your next deep clean by keeping your cleaning supplies in order. Arrange them by purpose and use bins to keep them separate and neatly arranged.
Create a Party Drawer
If you love to entertain, consider dedicating a drawer to all of your favorite party supplies. Fancy napkins, placemats, or name tags should always be within arm's reach if you often have guests over.
DIY a Pantry
If your place doesn't have a built-in pantry, consider making your own. Transform a mudroom or hallway into a pantry with DIY shelving units you can customize to fit your space.
Embrace the Command Strip
From hanging pictures to hanging oven mitts, a Command Hanging Strip is a workhorse in any kitchen. Use them behind the cabinet door for extra storage that's easy to access.
Hide Your Coffee Machine
We all need our caffeine fix, but if your coffee machine is taking up precious counter space, move it to the pantry. No pantry? Buy a wardrobe and cut out a hole for a plug, and voila—instant coffee bar!
Opt for Mixed Materials
Though a perfectly matching pantry can be aesthetically pleasing, sometimes you need different materials for different food items. A tightly woven basket is great for those items you want to just toss in (think fruit snacks) while clear containers are great for more organized things.
Use Every Awkward Corner
If you have a small kitchen, you know that it's essential to use every nook and cranny. Add shelving to the backsides of cabinets, on the sides of islands and anywhere else you find unused space.