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Affordable Kitchen Storage Ideas

You don't have to shell out the big bucks to get a beautifully organized kitchen. These affordable storage solutions let you keep your cash while making your own kitchen storage-rich.

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    • Small Shelves

      If you have a little bit of extra wall space, but not enough room for another cabinet, add a pair of floating shelves. Hooks under the shelf are perfect for hanging coffee mugs, utensils or hand towels.

    • On a Roll

      Wheels take a standard kitchen cabinet to a new level! Roll it in when you need extra counter space or a set a specialized tools stored within. 

    • Cool Cache

      If the items in your freezer are expiring because you can't find what you need, when you need it, seek out low-cost storage to finesse a tidy interior. A trip to a dollar discount store or down the clearance aisles at the home center can yield storage bargains galore including colorful wire bins for sorting frozen meat. Opt for stackable clear plastic containers to keep other frozen foods tidy and on view; add labels to note contents and "use by" dates.

    • Clutter Cutter

      Backsplashes are storage space waiting to happen. One strategy to put this space to work for pennies: Add magnetized strips to one side of a finished board and secure it to the backsplash to hold knives—they’re as easy to grab and use as they are to put away.

    • Use Clear Containers for Bulk Storage

      Keep a uniform look in your pantry or open shelving with clear storage containers. Buy them in bulk online from kitchen supply stores for less. They're good for storing dry cereals, pet foods, and snacks, too.

    • Simple Solution

      A simple pegboard is right at home in your kitchen -- and the metal is a modern and industrial twist on the standard brown pegboard. This customizable solution works for pots and pans, as well as spatulas and big spoons. Combine multiple sections to create a wall of organization.

    • Professional Storage Solutions

      Take a cue from restaurant kitchens and add a stainless steel storage shelf to an empty wall in your kitchen. This approach maximizes the height and bare wall space in your kitchen and adds a modern look. 

    • Hot Rod

      A long stainless-steel rod with S hooks is the perfect place to hang utensils. You'll never dig in a cluttered drawer again!

    • Singular Solution

      For a baker, a rolling pin must be close-at-hand at all times. By adding a simple storage solution to the end of the cabinet, the kitchen makes a personal style statement and adds function for every-day baking. 

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      Cottage Chic

      This utensil caddy is made out of mason jars and a simple metal handle. Add cottage style to any table setting and make serving a snap!

    • Kitchen Baking Cabinet
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      Make this Baking Cabinet

      See how to easily transform an armoire into a hardworking baking cabinet!

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      Out of Sight

      Keep the mix of mis-matched towels out of sight with an over the door storage unit. Get smart and make use of the backside of cabinet doors, as well as the insides for storage. 

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      Hooked on Order

      Add hooks to the back of a shallow cabinet near the family entry to keep track of keys, umbrellas, bags, and anything else you might need as you head out the door. Screw-in cup hooks are ideal for holding keys; use removable adhesive-back hooks for other items so you can change the arrangement and number of hooks when needed.

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      Clearly Corraled

      Clear storage bins maxmize under-sink space and keep everything in plain view. Plus, you can grab these for less than a buck at a discount store and easily replace them when needed.

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      Cookie Cutter Solution

      Keep cookie cutters from getting lost in the bottom of a drawer by simply stacking them on a paper towel holder, readily found anywhere kitchen supplies are sold. If you have a large cookie cutter collection, group them by theme and use a different holder for each grouping.

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      Over-the-Door Storage

      Don't overlook that extra space above your kitchen's doorway. Hang a shelf above the door and use it to store pretty china or serving pieces you use only occasionally.

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      Simple Solution

      An average drawer becomes all the more purposeful with the addition of a drawer organizer. A compartmentalized insert such as this neatly stores utensils. Add labels to the compartments to designate spaces for specific items.

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      Lean On

      It seems so simple, but a collection of your most-used cookbooks look pretty stacked against your backsplash, leaning against a utensil organizer or bookend. Use a decorative bookend for extra style points or a container of utensils for extra utility. 

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      Got It Pegged

      A basic pegboard can transform your kitchen storage strategy instantly. It will occupy underused wall space and free up room in your drawers and cabinets. Outfitted with hooks, a pegboard is ideal for hanging small pots and pans, as well as utensils. Hang your storage board near your kitchen's prep space and you'll have all your tools at your fingertips.

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      Think Inside the Box

      Commandeer a wooden crate with a coat of paint, casters, and a cabinet pull to create a storage wonder on wheels. Inside, screw a metal wine bottle holder to each side to keep bottles of wine and cooking oils upright or to corral utensils and table linens.

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      Countertop Classics

      Pick up a few clear glass apothecary jars or canisters at a garage or estate sale or at a discount store for just a few dollars. Keep them on the countertop to store often-used foods, such as coffee, pasta, rice, or cereal.

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      Tension Rod Solution

      Rethink how you use tension curtain rods. Place rows of the affordable window treatment hardware inside a cabinet to keep baking sheets and serving trays upright and well organized.

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      Bring in a Bookcase for Kitchen Storage

      If you have a large cookbook collection, bring a bookcase into the kitchen to keep cookbooks handy. Top it with stone surfacing so it can double as an extra countertop.

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      Custom Shelving

      Fill in awkward kitchen corners with customized shelves you can make yourself. Cut boards to fit the space, attach shelf brackets to the bottoms, and hang on the wall. Here, two narrow shelves beside the refrigerator and a longer shelf above it maximize the formerly unused space for more storage at a low cost.

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      Clean and Organized

      Keep your cleaning supplies organized and ready to use with an over-the-door metal caddy like this one. The lower rack is perfect for holding bottles of supplies, while the upper rack keeps sponges and scrubbers at the forefront.

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      Island Oasis

      Not all storage belongs behind closed doors. Make oft-used items easy to find and access when you outfit the food prep side of an island with affordable add-ons: bars for tea towels and paper towels as well as a repurposed wire bin to house cutting boards and rolling pins.

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      Door Prizes

      Multiply the capacity of any cabinet when you add storage to the interior side of the door. Six shallow shelves fit neatly between this door and the interior shelf fronts to offer space for single-file lines of little luxuries and kitchen dry goods. Lips on each door shelf keep items from tumbling off.

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      Basket Case

      Keep your eyes peeled for newer or vintage wicker picnic baskets at flea markets or estate sales and use them to stow kitchen gear and keep countertops clear of clutter. Stack baskets in a countertop corner to store linens, dishware, or even stacks of coupons and household papers.

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      A New Angle

      Turn an open display shelf into triangular storage niches for just a few dollars. Add intersecting 1x boards, as shown, to one or more shelf sections to create attractive, angular storage that works well for displaying and storing everything from wine to rolled clothe napkins.

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      Shelf Expression

      A single ledge, or shelf, located near the ceiling can take advantage of untapped storage potential. This long shelf displays and stores multiple bottles of oils and vinegars, showing off golden hues and shapely outlines while drawing attention to the rustic ceiling beams and beautiful lighting.

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      Slender Storage

      Add more storage to your kitchen for less than $100. An armoire like this one can easily be found at discount stores and home centers. Look for one that has deep drawers, which are perfect for storing linens, dish towels, and baking sheets, and an upper cabinet with a clear door so you can show off and store pretty dishes.

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      Pot Rack in a Pinch

      “S” hooks suspended from the ventilation hood above the cooktop make simple, stylish display devices for a collection of shiny copper bowls and other vintage cooking pieces.

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      Organize on Edge

      A vintage plate rack offers a pretty way to display plates while storing them safely on edge. Position your plate rack in a spot that’s convenient to the dishwasher—so dishes are easy to put away—and also near the dining table, so accessing plates is a piece of cake.

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      Glass Menagerie

      Apothecary jars, with long lost or broken lids, still find usefulness in the kitchen. Use one to store a countertop collection of rolling pins on end—a cylindrical glass vase works too.

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      Stylin' Rails

      Chrome or stainless steel rails installed on a backsplash become a stylish storage system for pots and pans as well as kitchen utensils. Hooks suspend necessities from the rail, making it easy to find what you need or put it away.

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      Measuring Up

      Install hooks and labels on the inside of a cabinet door within your kitchen baking center so every measuring spoon and cup has its proper place. Add a conversion chart for good measure.

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      Insanely Easy Kitchen Storage

      Carving out more storage space in the kitchen doesn't have to cost a fortune. Get organized with these super-simple tricks (many using items you already have around the house).
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