Whether you live in an apartment or a mansion, finding and utilizing kitchen storage space can be a nightmare. The way some kitchens are laid out, they’re not exactly storage-space friendly. If you’re having difficulty finding a place for everything, try some of these great kitchen storage ideas!
One of the things that lots of people store under the kitchen sink is cleaning supplies. This is a pretty common thing, but sometimes that’s not a whole lot of room for all the chemicals and cleaners that we need to store down there. Put a tension rod near the top and hang all your handled cleaners and gloves!
Another use for tension rods is to put them vertically in a cupboard and store cutting boards, pans, and other dishes. This will give you a lot more room and is a way better storage system than just stacking them all on top of each other.
If you have some backsplash areas that aren’t doing anything, attach a few hooks to them. You can hang anything from towels to utensils on them in order to create your own storage space.
One of the things I hate most about my kitchen storage is that all the pots and pans get jumbled and shoved on top of each other when I’m putting them away. This pull out pot drawer is a much nicer solution that won’t get me frustrated.
If you have a thin and empty wall in your kitchen (most of us do), hollow it out and use it or a small pull out pantry! You can store cereal, canned goods, or anything else in there. Such a smart idea!
Don’t knock of a bunch of spices in your cupboards just to get the one you want. Instead, store them on a lazy Susan and it will be much easier to access them. If you don’t want a lazy Susan, then store them in a single file line above the oven or on a wall.
Another great kitchen storage idea is to make a pegboard that will increase your vertical storage. This depends on the kitchen type you have, but most kitchens have at least one spot where vertical space isn’t being used. Put the pegboard there and you’ve got some more storage!
Label everything in your kitchen, even if you don’t think you need to. Label what goes in what crates and boxes, label containers, label everything! This will help you and others know exactly where everything goes when putting things away or getting them out. Plus, it is a great way to remember what you need!
To store lids to your pots and pans, use a magazine rack! You can just slip the lids inside the slots of the rack and they’ll stand up by themselves without a problem.
If you have high ceilings in your kitchens (or an island), then install a pot rack in the ceiling. You could make your own out of a bike rim or something similar. How much you spend is up to you, but this is a great way to store pans.
Something that really bugs me about some kitchens are those drawers below the sink that LOOK like they could hold stuff but are actually just for decoration. If you have the space, cut those things out and turn them into real drawers! You can store small things like sponges and washcloths in them.
Instead of having a chopping wooden knife block on your countertop, use a magnetic strip to hold them! You’ll just want to make sure you get a strong magnet, or else the knives could fall off and hurt someone.
Store spices in drawers but using slanted holders. It not only keeps the spices in place, but it also allows you to store more of them and pull them out easier!
Believe it or not, there’s probably some storage space that you could be using on your table. Whether it’s converting the table legs into storage or installing a pullout drawer in the base, your table can add to your kitchen storage!
No one ever thinks of this, but the spaces underneath your cabinets and cupboards are usually just wasted space. Install a magnet strip on them, store your spices in containers with metal lids, and then let them hang from the magnet! It’s super easy and a great idea.
Turn the inside of your cupboards into your grocery list! It’s in a spot that lets you remember to write things down and also reminds you what you’re out of. It’s not really storage, but it is a great organization technique to help you out.
Hang a wall file holder over the edge of a cabinet or cupboard drawer. In them, you can store plastic lids to your Tupperware so that the lids don’t get mixed up with the bases!