Kitchen organization solutions for pantry, cabinets, refrigerators, drawers and more to maximize space and function!

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Kitchen organization is essential to a functional kitchen that is easy to work in. When we designed our new kitchen, we did so with kitchen organization in mind to maximize space.

Find kitchen storage ideas for cabinets, drawers and more along with tips on how to organize kitchen cabinets. Staying organized is easy when you implement thoughtful solutions that take into consideration how you use the space.

Kitchen organization doesn’t have to happen overnight. You can tweak it over time as your needs change. Whether you’re looking for a quick fix or an organization overhaul, these easy ideas will inspire you!

When you organize, you find space! Our cabinets were overflowing and now we even have a few empty shelves!

kitchen organization pull out drawer

5 Secrets to Kitchen Organization

  1. Declutter. This is the first step to organizing your kitchen (or any space). Eliminate any excess, damaged or infrequently used items.
  2. Keep things accessible. For example I store my step stool just beneath the kitchen sink since it’s primarily used to reach the cabinets just to the left of it. Small kitchen appliances are stored at eye level making them easy to reach.
  3. Keep items as close as possible to the space you utilize them. For example frequently used cooking utensils in a crock next to your range, pots and pans next your range.
  4. Selecting similar items will allow them to stack easily. Group like items together for example, all bakeware in the same cabinet.
  5. Utilize storage containers that are easy to clean and for food, easy to see through (glass).

Kitchen Countertops

clear countertop

Clearing the clutter gives you instant gratification. It may even inspire you to continue to the next kitchen organization project.

Stow away infrequently used items and small appliances. Use vessels for utensils and trays to group cleaning supplies, tools and frequently used seasonings like salt and pepper.

Kitchen Counter Organization

Create a clutter free kitchen with these simple kitchen counter organization tips and creative kitchen sink organization ideas! There’s no need to hide the tools you use daily – learn how to style them instead.

 

 

Kitchen Sink Organization

A sink with a gold faucet and a plant in front of a window, showcasing stylish kitchen organization.

The kitchen sink can be a catch all. Take inventory of your sink and pare down to the bare essentials. A few well selected items will serve you well. For example, stow a dish scrubber and soap next to, rather than under the sink, if you use it throughout the day.

A kitchen with white cabinets and a white stove designed for optimal kitchen organization.

A tray with dish soap (that doubles as hand soap), a dish scrubber and countertop spray make cleanup quick and easy. Beautiful dispensers make them fit into the aesthetic.

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Select pieces that fit into your decor and add function to your kitchen. It will make them blend in seamlessly.

Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink

under sink cabinet

What lies beneath doesn’t have to look like a horror movie! The cabinet under the kitchen sink has always been awkward. Though it’s often dark and filled with pipes and a garbage disposal there are kitchen storage ideas that will help you make the most of the space.

Whether you add baskets and crocks or opt for a pullout drawer this is a space to keep only the essentials like dish accessories and cleaners. You can also use 3M hooks on the doors or towel racks to add the illusion of even more space! Keep them together using a basket or caddy so that they don’t fall over or leak.

Kitchen Sink Organization Ideas

Whether you’re organizing an existing under sink cabinet or a new one, it’s one of the greatest home improvement projects you can do to add utility to your kitchen, without a DIY!

 

 

Pots and Pans

cabinet pullouts to store pots and pans
pullout cabinets to store pots and pans

Pullouts offer a great solution to maximize small cabinets and accommodate pots and pans. You lose a little space when using pullouts, but gain a lot of function. A quick pull and the pots and pans are easily accessible. Having a few well selected pots and pans makes them stackable as well.

simple and beautiful ideas to organize your pots and pans

We had another cabinet made to the max width required to host my collection of cast iron pots, pans and dutch ovens.

Kitchen Pantry

kitchen organization pantry

Kitchen Pantry should be designed for easy access. In fact, we have ours at eye level for the girls. Everything is within easy reach which helps them make their own breakfast and pack lunches without turning it upside down.

kitchen pantry organization

Sturdy, washable baskets and storage containers keep it accessible, organized and easy on the eyes.

How to Organize Your Kitchen Pantry

Maximize space and function in your kitchen pantry. You’ll love these tips on how to organize your pantry cabinet, utilizing…

 

 

Baking Cabinet

baking cabinet with flour sugar confectioners sugar and brown sugar in jars

Yes, we have a baking cabinet! I do a lot of baking so I wanted to create a center just for that. In our baking cabinet you’ll find easy to access jars filled with flour, sugar, brown sugar and confectioner’s sugar. They’re at waist height making them easy to pull out. If you have plenty of countertop space you can stow them there as well.

kitchen organization storing staples

Glass jars with wood lids keep baking essentials including salt, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tarter and more accessible.

kitchen organization baking ingredients in pantry in glass jars and baskets

Incorporating a lazy susan can often add space and function  in addition to keeping items from falling over. They’re great for extracts.

Sprinkle Cabinet

It would be ideal to keep sprinkles in the baking cabinet, but with three girls, I can’t keep them out of them! So I made the most of an awkward space and created a sprinkle cabinet! They’re used less frequently than most things in our kitchen and still near the space all of our baking takes place. They previously were in an array of containers.

jars in cabinet

Keeping it uniform makes it easy to see what you have available, stack (if needed) and store.

Spice Cabinet

Tackling a spice cabinet can feel really overwhelming. But the same kitchen organization tips I shared earlier in this post apply – remove, eliminate excess and expired and replace in cohesive containers.

spice cabinet

Again, a lazy susan is a great choice for most spice cabinets so you can easily see and grab what you need. The more, the merrier! A large lazy susan consumes more cabinet space. If you only fill the outside, you have a lot of wasted space inside the lazy susan. If you fill the interior, it can be difficult to see and access spices there.

Adding several smaller can allow you to see all of your spices without wasting space. Should you need to have any spices inside the circle, choose those that you don’t use often.

Towel Drawer

towel drawer

If you have the space (and more importantly the need), it’s nice to have a dedicated drawer for your kitchen towels. To keep it tidy and organized I recommend using the same kitchen towels or up to 3 styles so they fold and stow nicely. This is also a great space to keep an apron if you have one and don’t have a space to hang it.

towels in drawer

Utensil Drawer

utensil drawer

One of my biggest regrets in our new kitchen is listening to our carpenter and not getting some of the built in features I wanted. He steered me away from a built in utensil drawer because it’s difficult to clean. A pullout drawer solution isn’t much easier. In fact, we have opted to drill ours in so it doesn’t slide.

To organize your utensil drawer, have an insert made to fit (available on Etsy) or use an expandable flatware drawer.

I also love adjustable drawer dividers. These are especially great for cooking utensils stored in a drawer.

Storing Baking Sheets and Pans

how to store sheet pans

I love a narrow cabinet that allows baking sheets to stand upright, but we were out of space. I have found that a drawer works quite well for storing baking sheets and pans. They stack easily and you can store a lot of them in a small space!

baking sheets in drawer

Baking Dish Storage

pullout drawers in kitchen

Baking dishes, much like pots and pans, work well with pullout drawers. Again, choosing dishes that are similar in style will allow them to stack easily.

baking dishes in drawer

Less frequently used baking dishes (and anything in your kitchen that is infrequently used) can be stored on higher shelves. Our specialty and seasonal bakeware is stored in an upper cabinet.

Small Appliances

small appliances in cabinet

If you use a small appliance more than 3-5 times a week, you may want to keep it on the countertop. Less frequently used appliances like a waffle iron or food processor are best stored from waist to eye level. That keeps them easily accessible, but stowed away while not in use.

Storing Serveware and Platters

If you don’t use them often, place them in the top of your cabinets and if you need space, another room such as the basement. I tend to use platters weekly, so I have a cabinet dedicated to them.

kitchen organization hutch with platters

When not in use, they make a beautiful display. When in use, the hutch doubles as “pie storage” holding baked goods until they’re ready to be served.

cabinet with platters and mixing bowls

Stack like items when possible to make the most of the space and group together to make it visually appealing.

Refrigerator Organization

fridge organization containers

Organizing your refrigerator can be one of the quickest, easiest and most gratifying kitchen organization projects. It’s simple, remove, eliminate excess and expireds, wipe down, adjust shelves and replace – in storage containers, if needed. I like to remove excess packaging because it makes it easier to see what you have and what you need.

refrigerator storage

We have ours designed for the girls to pack their lunches without assistance. Consider your needs when organizing your refrigerator. 

Refrigerator Organization

Refrigerator Organization tips and tricks to maximize space and function. Get unique refrigerator storage ideas and the best fridge organization containers to keep food fresh while maintaining a clean refrigerator.

 

 

Kitchen Trash and Recycling

If you cook often, then you know how important it is to have a well-designed kitchen trash and recycling bin. Ours were initially standard size kitchen trash cans, but Chris had a welder custom make bins that fit the max height and width of the cabinet to maximize space. It’s one of my favorite features in our kitchen are our oversized trash and recycling bins.

built in kitchen trash can and recycling bin

When we come in with the mail, we immediately go through and toss and junk mail into the recycling bin. The trash can is just below the cutting board so that anything that needs to be discarded can be done without effort or mess.

recycling drawer in kitchen

Microwave Drawer

One of the biggest ways to eliminate kitchen clutter is to install a drawer microwave in your kitchen island! You’ll love the function and design – come on over and see ours!

It’s okay to adapt as your needs change. Right now we’re baking less so my flour and sugar jars are stowed away. They were previously stored on the countertop where our mixer currently resides.

Microwave Drawer

Microwave drawers are taking the kitchen design world by storm, and it’s easy to see why. They are the ultimate in form and function. If you’re considering a drawer microwave, keep reading to learn all about how it works, its pros and cons, and more.

 

 

Whatever you do, make your kitchen work for you!

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  1. Julie, where did you get the white containers in your “before” pantry picture? I’ve been looking for some just like those containers! Thank you for keeping us organized…