16 New Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities

The kitchen is the heart of the home. When it’s organized, everything from meal prep to homework help goes more smoothly. As it is elsewhere, adequate storage is a must. Kitchen storage solutions run the gamut from completely custom systems to a collection of DIY recycled and upcycled hacks. By implementing the right combination of kitchen storage ideas, you too can be on your way to a more peaceful meal prep and dining experience—and who doesn't want that at the end of the day? Don't worry if a renovation is not in your immediate plans. Custom kitchen cabinets provide wonderful ideas and inspiration, which you can replicate with off-the-shelf products and your own DIY inventions. Your kitchen drawers can be transformed into the perfect spice storage, linen storage, cutlery storage, and more with the right dividers. Meanwhile, the kitchen cabinets that often suffer from inefficient use of space only require shelf and drawer organizers to fit your specific needs. Try tiered shelf organizers to keep canned goods visible, and look to specialty racks to keep cutting boards and lids to your collection of pots and pans accessible. And anywhere possible, install slide-out drawers in cabinets that are deep to avoid wasting space. As you're implementing organizers throughout the kitchen and maxing out storage space, remember to position things that go together near one another. Store the coffee cups in the cabinet above the coffee maker and the dining utensils in the drawer closest to the dishwasher, while pots and pans should live close to the stove and plastic tubs for leftovers should be close to the fridge and/or pantry. Hungry to get started on your own organizing your own meal prep area? Click through for our favorite ways to store all your kitchen necessities.

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  1. Innovative Solutions

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    This isn't your mother's pantry. From utilizing areas you previously ignored (e.g., the toe kick) to installing devoted storage for individual appliances (e.g., a stand mixer), getting the most out of your kitchen is all about packing creative solutions into every nook and cranny of available space. Browse ten innovative products that will help you do just that!

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  2. Use It or Lose It

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    Manufacturers like Master Brand enable you to harness that empty space beneath your base cabinets, commonly referred to as the "toe kick." Unseen when pushed closed, these drawers are ideal for storing infrequently used or wide, flat items, such as baking sheets and roasting pans. 

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  3. Fancy Feast

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    Despite attempts to hide them away, pet dishes always seem to linger in plain sight. No more! When meal time is over, you can slide this pull-out drawer from Plain & Fancy back into the wall, completely concealing Fido's dining area.

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  4. Flat Liners

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    When not in use, necessities like cooling racks and cutting boards typically sit on the bottom of a cabinet or worse yet, take up valuable real estate on your countertops. A cabinet outfitted with vertical dividers stores such items more efficiently while allowing you to access them more easily.

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  5. Spice Up Your Life

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    Bigger isn’t always better. Thin cabinets can serve as the perfect place to stash spices and other small pantry items. For optimal convenience, consider adding one next to the oven or range.

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  6. Jam-Packed Drawers

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    Things like kitchen chopsticks and measuring cups tend to live in a jumble. German cabinetmaker Bulthaup responds to this common problem with a grooved interior that keeps everything in a drawer in its own designated place. 

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  7. Turn a Corner

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    What looks like a "filler" piece of woodwork from the side is actually a functional end cabinet. Used here as a utility hub for the family, this shallow but tall one-stop compartment organizes items grabbed on the way out the door.

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  8. A Better Angle

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    Not all kitchen utensils are created equal—in shape or in size. To accommodate tools of different dimensions, this storage drawer uses diagonal sections to gain maximum length, comfortably accommodating even the longest instruments in the cook's arsenal.  

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  9. Site Specific

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    A true baker loves a good stand mixer, but it’s a cumbersome appliance to drag out for each use. A base cabinet devoted specifically to mixer storage is a smart solution, especially as hefty hardware does the heavy lifting for you. All you need to worry about is adding the right ingredients!

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  10. Type Casting

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    Stock ingredients like onions and potatoes require specific storage conditions; they do well in dark areas but still need air circulation. A cabinet outfitted with removable baskets delivers bespoke storage for keeping staples fresh.

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  11. Let It Sink In

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    If you thought putting the toe kick to good use was clever, you'll love this tilt-out sink drawer from Mullet Cabinet. Designed to store and hide sponges, gloves, scrub brushes and other cleaning supplies, the drawer takes advantage of dead space between thee sink's outer wall and the cabinet's exterior.  

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  12. Let the Sun Shine In

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    Limited cabinet space? Install a decorative plate holder in front of a window to expand storage without blocking sunlight.

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  13. Just For Kids

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    The kitchen table is often the hub of arts and crafts projects, so designate a nearby cabinet to keep supplies out of sight when not in use.

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  14. Look Under the Table

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    Shelves incorporated into a kitchen table's design provide extra storage space for plates, platters, and place mats.

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  15. See-through Storage

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    Hung over the back of a pantry door, a clear-plastic shoe bag becomes a catchall for utensils, cake-decorating tools, cookie cutters, and many other necessities.

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  16. Bundled Up

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    You may already use binder clips to keep bags of chips closed up tight, but they can also be called on to organize sets of napkins in a drawer. Choose silver or gold designs for a polished look.

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