38 Kitchen Organization Ideas to Declutter Your Space

Stay organized, cut down on clutter, and create more kitchen storage with these easy solutions.

blue theme pantry organization with shelves labels
Photo: Adam Albright

As the heart of the home, it's no surprise kitchens are prone to mess and clutter. Between cooking dinner, making bake sale goodies, or solving homework math problems, it can be hard to maintain function. Kitchen storage is a must-have on any home wishlist. Make life easier by including some of these helpful kitchen organization ideas in your home, including solutions for cluttered cabinets, pantries, drawers, and more.

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Portable Kitchen Island

rustic wooden kitchen island
Kritsada Panichgul

Add some extra counter space to your kitchen by including a portable island. It's a flexible kitchen storage solution that can be used wherever you desire. Plus, it's perfect for smaller kitchens that can't accommodate the size of a built-in island. To maximize island function, apply storage add-ons, like a wine rack, hooks, or a towel rod.

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Hang Pots and Pans

copper pots hanging in kitchen
Bryan E. McCay

Pots and pans are bulky and often hard to store nicely. Hang them above a kitchen island or on a wall for easy access that won't mess up the flow of your kitchen. This kitchen organization idea will help streamline your space and free up cabinet space.

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Save Counter Space

magnetic knife block in a kitchen

Robert Brinson

Get rid of a clunky knife block and install a magnetic knife holder. Line up your cutlery from biggest to smallest, including everything from a butcher knife to a paring knife. Choose a wall with substantial open space, such as the area below cabinets, so you can easily access your cutlery when it's time to cook.

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Organize Your Refrigerator

fridge filled with food
Cameron Sadeghpour

Keep the space inside your refrigerator in order with a few easy strategies. Start by grouping foods by type, such as beverages, dairy products, leftovers, and produce. Consider add-ons including clear bins, baskets, trays, and turntables to organize items and grant easy access. Keep in mind that you can adjust refrigerator shelves as needed to better accommodate different-sized items.

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Add Open Shelves

gray kitchen with tile and white open shelving
Greg Scheidemann

Open shelving is a pretty and practical way to utilize kitchen wall space. Line the shelves with cookbooks, displays of attractive serving bowls and dishes, or stemware. Here, grouping and stacking pieces by function and color on the open shelves keep items neat and easy to find.

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Take Advantage of Corner Storage

lazy susan in kitchen
Jay Wilde

A lazy Susan is a great way to make the most of a snug corner cabinet. Here, homeowners removed the corner door to make it easy to see what's in the cabinet. Nestled next to the oven, it's a perfect spot for pots and pans. Or use a lazy Susan to store staple ingredients like sugar and flour for easy access when baking.

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Take Advantage of Bonus Storage

butlers pantry with built in wine fridge
Jean Allsopp

Turn unused space—like the roomy spot over your sink—into extra storage. These spots can be a great place to store items you don't need every day, like wine glasses and champagne flutes. A nearby beverage fridge completes this wet bar area.

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Fake a Pantry

organized kitchen cabinet drawers
John Granen

When kitchen space is limited, unconventional storage solutions can ensure you don't have to sacrifice function. Outfitting cabinets with pullout shelves is a smart alternative to a full-size pantry. The raised edges on these shelves keep boxes and bags upright, organized, and accessible.

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Upgrade an Island

kitchen island storage

Anthony Masterson

Boost kitchen storage by adding shelves or niches to the end of a run of cabinets. The side of an island or cabinet is a prime spot for displaying kitchen collectibles or storing cookbooks. Adding onto an existing island will also extend your available prep space.

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Create Order Under the Sink

under the sink laundry supply storage
Adam Albright

Freshen up the cabinet beneath your sink with some quick and easy storage additions. Line the bottom of the cabinet with pretty contact paper, then use clear containers to hold cleaning supplies like sponges, brushes, and dishwasher tablets. Tension rods are a great way to hang bottles and sprays.

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Boost Storage with Freestanding Pieces

kitchen wood black cabinet high top bar stools
John Bessler

If your kitchen is short on cabinetry, consider a stand-alone piece to increase the room's storage capacity. This freestanding armoire houses delicate dishware while lending warmth and charm in a transitional kitchen. The piece fits into a corner niche, so it doesn't impede traffic flow.

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Store China in Drawers

kitchen dish storage

John Bessler

Here, a drawer has been outfitted with pegboard inserts. The boards can be sized to fit existing drawers, and the pegs can be adjusted to secure stacks of bowls and plates. Store dishes in low drawers—near the sink or dishwasher—to minimize overhead lifting and to make putting them away a snap.

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Store Inside Cabinet Doors

cabinet added storage shelves
Michael Partenio

Attach racks to the inside of cabinet doors to boost kitchen storage. Be sure to allow enough clearance within your cabinets to allow the doors to close completely. A narrow rack like this one is ideal for keeping small jars in order.

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Put Walls to Work

pegboard kitchen storage
Adam Albright

Turn a bare section of wall into a storage center. Pegboard provides an easy way to keep kitchen tools handy. Use a combination of hooks and pegs to hang cookware, cutting boards, utensils, and more.

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Use the Toe-Kick

Craft supplies drawer under cabinets
Greg Scheidemann

This narrow strip between the cabinets and the floor is called a toe-kick. Typically, this spot amounts to wasted space. Put this area to work by installing a shallow drawer. Use the newfound storage spot to house kids' craft supplies or serving dishes and baking pans.

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Build Storage into Seating

white bench with drawers
Laura Moss

Turn unused space below a built-in banquette into storage. Deep drawers are a convenient spot to store extra table linens, placemats, and napkins. For an open storage option, build cubbies or shelves into the area below the seat.

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Sort Your Freezer

freezer storage plastic bins containers
Jay Wilde

Sort your freezer with ideas that make use of every inch of shelf space. Use plastic baskets (an affordable organization tool) to store foods by type and put a labeled tag on each. Keep small adhesive labels and a permanent marker on hand to label individual containers.

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Add a Kitchen Command Center

paper wall organizing kitchen
Laura Moss

Organize your family's paperwork, mail, reminders, and more in one convenient spot. Built-in bins, a bulletin board, and a clock turn one side of a refrigerator cabinet into a household command center. This simple DIY project creates instant organization and utilizes small spaces that are otherwise wasted.

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Streamline a Coffee Station

microwave and coffee bar

Julie Soefer

Make mornings easier with an all-in-one coffee station. Dedicate a drawer next to your coffee maker to hold filters, coffee beans, and travel mugs, so brewing a fresh pot is a one-step task. If you don't have a drawer to spare, consider outfitting a cabinet with pullout shelves that function similarly.

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Add Function to an Island

green kitchen pullout island

Ed Gohlich

Would a smidge of extra work space be helpful? Here, a roll-out cart—tucked into the island to stay out of sight yet remain easily accessible—maximizes this kitchen's prep space. Its base was painted the same color as the island, and the top was outfitted with matching marble to allow the cart to blend perfectly with the island,

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Divide Drawer Space

kitchen drawer organize silverware
Helen Norman

Dividers help organize flatware and other items inside your drawers. Choose adjustable inserts for added flexibility, or create custom organizers that fit your drawer's exact dimensions. Consider a two-tiered system to double the storage capacity.

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Put Staple Ingredients in Clear Jars

Pantry items

Helen Norman

Store regularly used ingredients like flour and sugar in coordinating clear glass containers, then put the containers on open shelves near the cooking area for easy access. Corral small baking supplies like cookie cutters, cupcake holders, and sprinkles in baskets or nearby drawers.

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Make Storage for Baking Sheets

pan dividers in upper cabinets
Werner Straube

If you do a lot of baking, keep all your supplies in one spot with this kitchen storage idea. Here, cookie sheets, muffin tins, and serving trays are stored in a cabinet over a wall oven. Retrofit an existing cabinet with inexpensive dividers to keep everything organized.

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Organize with Baskets

kitchen storage wicker basket
Adam Albright

Lower cabinets can be dark and hard to access, but with baskets, it's easy to corral small items and bring them into view. Give order to a collection of nesting mixing bowls or small appliances with a system of cubbies. Add baskets or bins to hold items and create a streamlined look. Tuck in the necessary attachments and manuals that accompany each appliance, so everything is on hand.

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Use Labels

blue theme pantry organization with shelves labels
Adam Albright

For at-a-glance organizations, rely on clear containers and easy-to-read labels. Store dried goods in clear containers so it's easy to see what you have. Put similar items, like packaged snacks and bread, together and keep them in baskets with labels.

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Divide a Drawer Just for Pots

pots and pans storage drawers

John Granen

Fill in the space under a cooktop with rollout trays for pots and pans. A two-tier system works well for storing lids near their corresponding pots. Alternatively, slide in a movable cart with shelves to accommodate cooking equipment.

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Design Built-In Storage for Serveware

storage drawers

Paul Dyer

A built-in hutch is a convenient spot to store extra dishes, serving platters, and linens. Shallow drawers keep tablecloths, placemats, and napkins organized. Keep these items out of the way until your next big gathering or family holiday.

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Round Up Your Recycling

kitchen drawer trash can
Tria Giovan

A two-bin unit lets you sort recyclables and trash, then conceal them behind doors. The most convenient location for this unit is next to the sink, so cans and bottles can go straight from a rinse into the appropriate bin. Or, choose a location near the door you use to exit the house to limit how far you must lug the bins.

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Panel Kitchen Appliances

kitchen with wooden cabinets and dark tiled wall
Kim Cornelison

Paneled kitchen appliances are making a comeback, and this trend is all about camouflaged storage. Blending cabinetry with a surrounding fridge or dishwasher allows you to hide your appliances in plain sight. Utilize open shelves to display your favorite dishware or kitchen decor.

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Maximize Shallow Pantry Shelves

built in pantry sliding drawers

Store all your pantry staples in one convenient location. A floor-to-ceiling cabinet is divided into shelves, so nothing gets lost in the back of the cupboard. Consider attaching a tack board to the door or side of the pantry for posting notes, a calendar, and shopping lists.

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Set Up an Appliance Garage


Philip Harvey

Move an outlet inside a cabinet to create the perfect appliance garage for small gadgets. Consider venting and heat when placing a microwave or toaster oven inside a cabinet, or add extra counter space or a pull-out shelf.

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Keep Towels Close

Pull-Out Cabinet towel
Beth Singer

Keep dish towels in a cabinet close to the cleanup zone. Use a pullout rack with multiple bars to air-dry and store towels. Add another removable bar, you can load and reload with paper towel rolls.

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Try a Pull-Out Pantry

Pullout Pantry

Anthony Masterson

Make the most of the snug space between studs with a pull-out storage unit. At just over 6 inches wide, this slim pantry is perfect for storing dry goods, canned items and everything else you need on hand and within reach.

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Keep Your Pantry Within Reach


Michael Partenio

Use a cabinet next to the cooktop to store frequently used cooking spices and oils, so they're always handy during prep. To further keep counter space free from clutter, hang spoons, spatulas, and strainers on a bar under the cabinet. Add undercabinet lighting to help with cooking and cleanup.

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Label Drawers


Michael Partenio

Never rummage through your kitchen drawers again. Save time looking for cooking utensils with a well-organized drawer. Start by finding a storage insert that fits the space, then label each compartment to make it easy to put things where they belong.

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Consider a Prep Station

built-in prep station

Tineke Triggs

Chopping fruits, vegetables, and bread is easier than ever with a dedicated cutting board. This custom pullout cutting board features built-in knife storage below. Locate one near your prep area for easy cleanup.

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Create a Spice Drawer


Michael Partenio

Bottles of spices can often lead to chaos and clutter. Avoid wasting time searching for spices by organizing them in a drawer. Lay them with their labels facing upward. You can even arrange the containers alphabetically, so it's easy to find what you're looking for.

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Install Magnetic Storage

Magnetic panel spice tins coupons list
Scott Little

Stick a metal shelf to the side and use it to store frequently used items like spices, measuring spoons, and conversion charts. Otherwise, take advantage of a metal island or refrigerator door by turning the outside into instant storage.

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