12 Ways to Maximize Kitchen Storage

Written on September 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm , by

Of all the spaces in our home, the kitchen is one where we all crave the smartest storage solutions.  Any kitchen designer will tell you having a place for everything is the key to organization and efficiency.

If you’re fortunate enough to be designing a kitchen from the bare walls, the best thing to do is make a list of everything you plan to store in your kitchen and create a space for those necessities in the design plan.  Absent that luxury, there are still organizing solutions that can be incorporated into existing kitchen layouts.  Here are twelve ideas to consider for maximizing storage in your home’s kitchen space.

Multitasking Baskets. Pull out baskets break up a long row of cabinets and introduce another texture while also serving the purpose of storage for frequently used items or food that doesn’t require refrigeration.

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Ready to Go Rods.  You can find mini metal storage units designed for spices or utensils at many retail stores specializing in home organization, or create one of your own with a basic metal pipe and brackets from a home improvement store.

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Behind Closed Doors.  The back of a cabinet door is the perfect place to install a memo board for coupons, reminders, or even office supplies.

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Well Designed Disposal.  Trash and recycling fill up quickly in kitchens, so rather than purchasing freestanding bins, dedicate or convert a cabinet into dual purpose trash and recycling center.

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Practical Pullouts.  Reaching for a pot or pan couldn’t be easier with a smart pullout system built into a multitasking cabinet.

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Cutting Edge.   We all need a place to store cutting boards – dedicate a small cabinet with vertical racks or dividers for grab-and-go convenience.

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Harmonious Herbs.   A spice drawer next to the cooktop is a chef’s best friend, especially one with drawer organizers designed for this purpose.

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Appliance Garage.  Life’s everyday appliances need a special storage spot too.  Squeeze them into their own garage for easy access when blending, toasting, mixing, or juicing.

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Divide and Conquer.   The power of separation is a great tool for keeping drawers uncluttered.  Make yours just as organized with cleverly placed dividers or pegs.

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Not So Lazy.  Corner cabinets can become wasted spaces, but with some help from a lazy Susan, storage of mixing bowls, colanders, and platters becomes more efficient.

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Extra Extra!   Anywhere you can think to squeeze in an extra drawer for kitchen miscellaneous is a smart design element especially for towels, placemats, cookie sheets, or other flatter necessities.

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Close At Hand Cleaners.  Sanitation and cleanup are key in any kitchen space so install a rack inside your sink cabinet to house your daily cleaning essentials.

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A well organized kitchen makes cooking, cleaning, socializing, and meal sharing much more enjoyable.  What savvy storage solutions have you incorporated into your own kitchen space?

11 Responses to “12 Ways to Maximize Kitchen Storage”

  1. I LOVE the dish and pot/pan drawers. Such a GREAT use of space!!!

  2. Love the Peg Board separators in the drawer. Those are a great organizational tool.

  3. My husband put a shelf in the upper back of the deep cupboards of our kitchen. It’s still kind of a pain to get things out, but I store the least used items in the most difficult to reach places. I love all the ideas mentioned in your article! My daughter has an issue, though. She has a small kitchen and a couple of her drawers are really deep, so things become a jumbled mess. Any suggestions for her?

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