Kitchen Storage Ideas – How to Organize Your Kitchen

Everyone uses their kitchen differently. Kitchens store everything from food and cooking equipment to pots, pans, small appliances, and more. For effective kitchen storage have a place for everything and have everything in its place, regardless of the size of your space because good storage is all about pulling things out easily when needed.

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How to Plan Your Kitchen Storage Space?

A lot of thought and planning goes into designing an efficient kitchen storage space. 

You need to answer a few very important questions.

What Needs to Be Stored?

Guesswork is just not enough here. You need to figure out exactly what would be stored where, to make sure that nothing would be forgotten, and that cooking and moving around would be as intuitive as possible.

How Much Storage Do You Need?

If you know what needs to be stored, you can define how much storage space you need. This will be a major deciding factor in other aspects of planning your kitchen, as well. So you need to get out the list you’ve made for your kitchen plans.

Cabinets or Drawers?

Although cabinets often cost less than drawers, deep and wide drawers can be more useful. They allow you to use the entire depth of space and are handier to use. Deciding whether to use a cabinet or drawer in undercounter kitchen storage is often determined by the available width. If space allows, use a wide and deep drawer. But in smaller spaces, cabinets work better.

Maximizing Kitchen Storage Space

If you have a small kitchen, or just have too many things to store, one way to maximize your kitchen’s storage potential is having floor-to-ceiling cabinets. In addition, another advantage of devoting one wall entirely to full-height storage is that it makes a kitchen feel more open because there are fewer visual interruptions to catch the eye, and there will be less countertop clutter. Both advantages make it a perfect fit for our new kitchen we’re planning.

If you feel like your space is not big enough for all the things you want to store, don’t worry! There are tons of brilliant ideas about how to maximize kitchen space, just go to Pinterest and start researching.

Where to Store Items?

The rule of thumb is this: place items as close as possible to where you use them. Also make the things you use most, easy to reach.

So, deciding on what a cabinet will hold in place depends on its location and also on its size. Group items by task and find the nearest place to store it. Items used less frequently can be placed farther from the main work triangle.

Store Around the Work Triangle

The kitchen work triangle is a concept that determines a kitchen’s workflow between the three main areas. The primary tasks in a family kitchen are carried out between the stove, the sink, and the refrigerator. These and the imaginary lines between them should make up a triangle. With this concept, any kitchen will be easy and efficient to use.

Preparation Area

Many items are common sense to store nearby the sink and dishwasher, some are just recommended. 
You’ll definitely want to have a drying rack or mat at your sink. You also need a kitchen towel holder there. 
You’ll also have your trash bins in this area and your paper towel holder
You want to store your cleaning supplies (sponges, brushes, dishwasher tablets, detergents, trash bags, etc.) under your sink. 
Those preparation tools you use at the sink, such as colanders, strainers, funnels, etc. should have space nearby. 
You want your bowls and plates, glasses and cups, mugs, silverware, prepping and baking utensils (peeler, whisk, grater, ice cream scoop, can opener, measuring cups and spoons, etc.) mixing bowls, cutting boards, and knives be stored near the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Cooking Area

Near the range or the cooktop, you want to have your cooking utensils (spatulas, spoons, and whisks), spoon rest and oven mittsSpices, oils, vinegar, and commonly used condiments must be within reach too.
You’ll have your pots and pans, lids, skillets and saucepans, dutch ovens and trivets in this area too.

Storage Area

All other items may go to the storage area of your kitchen. Group them by task and decide their place by groups: eg. keep all your baking supplies in one spot. Food storage containers also go together. Wraps and foils, sandwich bags, clips, parchment papers make another group. So do small appliances, then serving platters, bowls, dishes, cake stands, and all that sort. Carve out some space for cookbooks, too. Linens (tablecloths, placemats, and napkins) live together, as do coffee and tea supplies, as well. – You get the idea.

How to Store Items?

The options are endless. Only your imagination and creativity, or your budget can be the limit. There are some essential tips and ideas to mention here, though.

Cabinet Organizers

First, use handy cabinet organizers and inserts to make the purpose of each drawer and cabinet clear. Cabinet accessories can be implemented upon installation, or after, designed to be adjustable and fit existing kitchen cabinets of various sizes. Check out all the amazing organizers on the market.

With no claim of being exhaustive, here is a list of possible organizing accessories:

  • wall rail system: suitable for utensils and possibly spices.
  • silverware organizer: drawer inserts as well as for countertop.
  • pot rack: it can save space in the cabinet and be a decor piece at the same time.
  • spice drawer insert: one way to store spices among many.
  • roll-out shelves: they’re a great option for base cabinets to move heavy pans and pots.
  • swiveling system: works well in upper cabinets. It offers accessibility, flexibility, and organization by bringing items closer. 
  • pull-down system: allows you to access those sometimes hard-to-reach upper cabinets.
  • lazy Susan: great solution for a corner cabinet. If it is a pull-out lazy Susan, that’s even better.
  • pegboard inserts in drawers: the boards can be sized to fit existing drawers and the pegs can be adjusted to secure stacks of bowls and plates. 
  • sliding insert: makes the most of a deep drawer by dividing the space.
  • sliding shelf: keeps a drawer organized. This vertical sorting style allows you to see everything at once. No more digging for what you need!

Best Tips to Organize Your Kitchen Storage

Store frequently used cooking spices and oils in an upper cabinet near the cooktop or keep them neatly contained in a drawer. Arranging the containers in alphabetical order makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Make food prep easy by storing items off the counter but within reach. A thin strip of stainless steel may help organize spices, utensils, and other cooking essentials.

Knives can be stored in many different ways. However, when deciding about knife storage, you have to consider children’s safety first. Keep knives in a handy, easy-access location, yet out of reach of small children. Wall-mounted magnetic knife bar is a great tool, and it also frees up a drawer or counter space. Knife-block is another option. You can even insert it into the countertop.

Place pots and pans in a cabinet with roll-out shelves right next to the range or in a large, deep drawer. If you have a cooktop, underneath is ideal. Roll-outs are more practical because you can see what you need, as opposed to drawers where you have to pull out the pots on top to get to the one on the bottom. If you have a smaller kitchen, and can’t dedicate enough space for pots and pans in the cabinet, a pot rack is a perfect answer. It can be a ceiling pot rack or a wall-mounted bar style or shelf style one.
The most annoying and difficult things to keep organized are the lids. A dedicated lid drawer can be useful with an organizing insert.

The most annoying and difficult things to keep organized are the lids. A dedicated lid drawer can be useful with an organizing insert.

Store dishes in lower drawers to minimize overhead lifting and to make putting them away easy.
Food storage containers are also more practical in drawers so they don’t topple on your head when opening a wall cabinet.
Light non-essential appliances or vessels (salad spinners, cake boxes, etc.) may live in top cabinets but in drawers, too. Cookie sheets, baking pans, casserole dishes, cooling racks, and cutting boards are more easily accessed when stored on their sides rather than stacked. A narrow cabinet is a convenient spot for them.

Use open shelves to display dishes or collectibles.

A section of framed pegboard is a great alternative to open shelving. You can arrange it any way you like, then change your mind when you purchase a new kitchen tool or desire a new look. You can use it for pots and panscolanders, cooking and serving utensils and many more items.

built-in hutch is perfect to store extra dishes, serving platters, and linens. Shallow drawers keep tablecloths, placemats, and napkins organized.

Everyday appliances (coffee maker, toaster, blender, etc.) may live in an appliance garage. A roll-down or a handy slide-back door keeps the appliances accessible without making clutter on the counter. A lift-up shelf provides a well-suited and secure spot for the mixer and can easily fold into the cabinet after use. The appliances you use less than once a week may go in a drawer or closet.

Under the sink, use clear containers to hold cleaning supplies. Add a tension rod to hang bottles and sprays. Locate pullout receptacle bins behind a cabinet face between the range and sink to make food prep and cleanup convenient.

Well, this is only the tip of the iceberg. The point is once again, that PLAN your storage, either you’re building a new kitchen or reorganizing the old one. Make a list and find a place for everything on that list.

If these ideas helped or inspired you, share it with a friend who might also find it helpful. Thank you!

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