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20 Kitchen Storage and Organization Ideas

No one likes a messy kitchen. Fortunately, you can put everything in its place with these handy kitchen storage and organizer ideas.

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Let’s Tidy Up!

From pots and pans spilling out of the cabinet to dinner leftovers taking over the fridge, it seems you’re always a step behind when it comes to kitchen organization. Luckily, help is on the way.

We spoke to Mara Richter, an organizing expert (who works at The Container Store), to find out which products can help you get your kitchen under control—and get your meals prepped and planned more smoothly. We’ve also included some of our favorite finds from The Container Store, too.

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Multi-purpose binsvia containerstore.com

Put Bins in the Fridge

To keep the fridge organized, Mara recommends using clear bins. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they look great. Plus their clarity helps you keep track of what you have in stock. Richter recommends looking for ones with cut-out or integrated handles for easy access. “Then make it a habit to put the bins back in the same place in your refrigerator to speed prep time,” she says.

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Here’s how to organize the rest of your fridge.

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kitchen storage & organization The Home Edit Clear Rolling Cartvia containerstore.com

Expand Your Counter Space

Add a few inches to your countertop with a rolling kitchen cart. Stock and store condiments, alcohol or use it as a food cart for get-togethers. You can even use this nifty storage cart for cleaning and bathroom products!

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Fridge egg holdervia containerstore.com

Stack ‘Em

Another fridge solution is stackable containers. Stacking items frees up more surface area on refrigerator shelves, allowing you to use all the space available. Mara loves the Fridge Binz Egg Holder. It features a sturdy lid, so you can stack items on top, which is obviously not a great idea when eggs are in their original carton.

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hanging pantry organizervia containerstore.com

Organize the Pantry Door

“If you have a door in your pantry or kitchen area, don’t neglect that often-wasted space,” Mara says. “The elfa Door & Wall Rack is designed to fit onto the back of a door. The system’s flexible baskets provide extra storage space for canned goods and other dry foods, cleaning supplies and even bottles of soda. The rack will ease the overcrowding in your cabinets and make it possible to have everything at your fingertips.”

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kitchen storage & organization Acrylic Divided Coffee Pod Boxvia containerstore.com

Tidy Up the Coffee Bar

Got a Keurig at home? Hold up to 40 coffee pods in this sleek coffee container! It’s divided into four sections—making it super simple to separate your French vanillas from your hazelnuts. If you love this product, you might want to check out these other cute Keurig accessories, too.

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Stacking wire basketsvia containerstore.com

Don’t Forget About Floor Storage

Don’t forget about the pantry floor. This is the perfect spot for keeping onions or potatoes, which should be stored in a cool, dark place in a well-ventilated container (but keep them separate!). Wire baskets are a great way to keep these items organized and ready to use. Stacking baskets are even better, allowing you to use all the space between the lowest shelf and the floor.

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kitchen storage & organization Oak Undercabinet Wine Glass Rackvia containerstore.com

Repurpose Undercabinet Space

Clean out some cabinet space by storing your wine glasses underneath your cabinets. This wine glass rack can hold up to 18-24 stem glasses, so you’ll have all your top-tier glassware within easy reach when your next dinner party arises.

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kitchen storage & organization Smartstore Handled Tray Starter Kitvia containerstore.com

Organize Your Utensils

If you want to clear up some countertop space, you might want to say goodbye to your utensil crock. Organize your kitchen utensils in these utensil trays instead.

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Use Clear Canisters

Store baking and cooking staples like sugar, flour and rice in clear canisters. Removing the original packaging creates a cleaner, more uniform storage solution. Plus, the airtight containers keep items fresh and make it easy to see when you’re running low on something.

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kitchen storage & organization Kohler Chrome Kitchen Sink Utility Rackvia containerstore.com

Keep Cleaning Supplies Near

Have your dishwashing essentials within arm’s reach. Not only does this sink rack hold sponges and dishcloths, but it doubles as a dish drying rack, too.

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Corral Pots and Pansvia containerstore.com

Maximize Cabinet Space

“Look for products that are specifically designed to tackle the hard-to-organize items in your kitchen or pantry, like your pots and pans,” Mara suggests. “Choose racks to keep them under control. They won’t spill out each time you open the cabinet.”

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kitchen storage & organization 2 Tier Stainless Steel Lazy Susanvia containerstore.com

Spruce up Your Spices

The spice cabinet can be a big clutter trap. No one likes taking time to search for the right seasoning while they’re in the middle of making dinner. Use a two-tiered lazy Susan to keep spices and baking supplies organized and accessible. One smooth turn and you’ll find what you need before you can say “Pass the salt.”

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kitchen storage & organization Iron Stackable Wine Racksvia containerstore.com

Reorganize Your Wine Collection

Stack all your favorite whites, reds and roses on this wine rack. The best part? You can stow it away into small spaces, like your pantry closet or up on a shelf. Top-shelf wine has a new meaning!

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kitchen storage & organization Ash Wood Roll Out Cabinet Drawersvia containerstore.com

Utilize All Cabinet Space

“Many times there’s wasted space because cabinets are built so deep,” Mara says. “A quick and easy solution to cavernous cabinets is to add sliding drawers.” Made in a variety of sizes and styles, they’re mounted to the manufactured shelf and rest on gliders, allowing easy access. “These allow you to bring the back of the cabinet up front and center.”

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kitchen storage & organization 4 Piece Brown Twill Plate And China Storagevia containerstore.com

Keep Your Fine China Safe and Secure

Grandma’s fine china will be kept just as sparkling clean and just as new with this china storage set. Store your social occasion partyware away out of the kitchen, safely, until your next get-together.

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Free up even more space by using these pantry storage containers.

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kitchen storage & organization Interdesign Linus Expandable Cutlery Organizervia containerstore.com

Take Control of the Junk Drawer

You know that drawer full of measuring spoons, measuring cups, cookie cutters and miscellaneous kitchen tools? The drawer that catches on the counter every time you try to open it because it’s such a mess? Take control with drawer organizers. These can be customized to your needs and will create a proper home for everything in the kitchen.

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kitchen storage & organization Joseph Joseph Folio Chopping Board Setvia containerstore.com

Minimize Cutting Board Space

Long gone are the days of your cutting boards taking up extra cabinet space. This chopping board set comes with a pack of four sturdy cutting boards stored inside a file cabinet-inspired case.

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kitchen storage & organization Chrome 3 Tier Hanging Basketvia containerstore.com

Clear the Counter

Clutter on the counter is the prime culprit for making a kitchen look messy. Clear the counter by keeping only the essentials on display, like the coffee maker and a few canisters. This hanging wire basket will keep fruit accessible—but off the countertop.

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kitchen storage & organization Beverage Can Dispenservia containerstore.com

Reduce Space (and Cardboard!) in Your Fridge

Goodbye, bulky soda boxes! Grab cans at ease with this can dispenser instead. You’re saving both room and time with this handy organizer.

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kitchen storage & organization Round Magnetic Tin Bins Witvia containerstore.com

Store Small Kitchen Must-Haves

Pack these fillable magnets with mini goodies like spices and bag ties. Attach them to your fridge, bar cart or metal knife strips for easy accessibility when you’re moving about the kitchen.

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Erica Young
Erica is a freelance lifestyle writer with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her favorite recipes are quick, easy and something her kids will actually eat. When she's not writing you'll find her organizing a closet, roaming the aisles at Target or nursing her third Diet Coke of the day.
Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.

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