21 Brilliant Hacks for an Organized Kitchen

Is your kitchen’s hallmark feature its chaotic cabinets, overcrowded counters, or limited space for meal prep? Get cooking on one or more of these 21 organizational solutions to minimize the clutter while maximizing surface and storage space!

  1. Living on the Ledge

    Store Your Recipe Books on a Picture Ledge

    Create a portrait of perfection and tidiness in the kitchen with this slim line recipe rail. Mount a repurposed picture frame ledge or a strip of painted scrap wood to an empty wall or pantry door and line it with recipe cards and lightweight cooking books to instantly cure cabinet and countertop clutter.

    Related: 11 Cheap Cures for a Cluttered Kitchen


  2. Dine ‘Til You Drop

    Dine in With a Drop-Leaf Table

    Think you don’t have the kitchen space to both wine and dine your guests? This drop-leaf table for your kitchen or dining room proves otherwise! The space-saver (and party-saver) effortlessly folds up at meal time, and down when guests depart.

    Related: 13 Seriously Doable Ways to DIY a Kitchen Table


  3. Island Fever

    Make a Kitchen Island with Side Storage

If you’re relying exclusively on kitchen counters and cupboards for surface and storage space, you’re missing out on a precious hidden workspace. A kitchen island with built-in shelves can pick up clutter where countertops leave off—creating a focal point that is equal parts fabulous and functional.

    Related: Spreading Out: 14 Ways to Get More Counter Space


  4. Spiced-Up Storage

    Store Spices Over the Stove

    Does preparing dinner feel more like performing a juggling act of pots, pans, and spices? This over-the-stove storage unit, comprising a spare wood plank with built-in hooks, creates ample space above and below for securing spices and cookware as you create a culinary masterpiece.

    Related: 10 Clever DIY Ways to Store Kitchen Spices


  5. Hamper Clutter

    Clear Space by Storing Over Kitchen Cabinets

    When counters and cabinet shelves grow full, take clutter-clearing to the next level. Here, bargain baskets are hoisted atop cabinets to lend sky-high storage potential without requiring you to install or extend new or existing shelves.

    Related: The Best 9 Storage Spots You Aren't Already Using


  6. Hooked to Perfection

    DIY Ladder Pot Rack

    If you have an extra leaning ladder in the garage, upcycle it into this quick-and-easy vertical storage solution. Simply lean the ladder against a spare section of the kitchen wall. Then, hang large S-hooks on the rungs from which you can stash pots, pans, and homegrown planters. If you don't have a spare ladder on hand, learn how to make your own decorative version here.

    Related: 18 Clever Storage Solutions You Can DIY for Free


  7. Hot Rod

    DIY Window Storage for Cups

    Good for more than hanging a shower curtain in the bathroom, tension rods can also help you get a handle on kitchen cupboard clutter. Fitted snugly into a window pane and hung with S-hooks, the rods instantly transform into a space-saving floating cupboard for your favorite mugs.

    Related: 15 Sneaky Tricks to Double Your Storage Space


  8. Double Down

    Seating with Hidden Storage

    In a pint-sized kitchen, forego clunky chairs for stylish seating options with hidden storage. This ground level drawer topped with butcher block serves as a handsome place to set groceries or essentials. But that’s not all! When covered with a throw and pillow, it instantly transforms into a chic and cozy seat for weary guests.

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  9. Round of Applause

    DIY Lazy Susan Cabinet Storage

    Plastic storage containers of assorted shapes and sizes are tricky to organize in a corner cabinet shelf. The solution? Add a wooden round, adorned with patterned contact paper and door handles. Then, top the round with loose knickknacks to put the lazy Susan to work!

    Related: 23 Clever Ways to Beat Clutter


  10. On the Bright Side

    Store on the Sides of Kitchen Cabinets

    Turn a do-nothing space on the side of a kitchen cabinet or island into a practical storage nook for essentials. Here, minimalist spice racks are mounted against the side of a cabinet and filled with toys and electronics to create an awe-inspiring activity and charging station for the whole family.

    Related: The 6 Best Reasons to Renovate Your Kitchen


  11. Keep an Open Mind

    Try Open Storage

    Attract attention to your color-coordinated cooking essentials and crockware with a cleverly organized open shelving unit. By grouping together similar items into units, you can create a storage solution that is both accessible and artful.

    Related: 8 Rules to Break for an Organized Home

    homepolish.com; photographed by Claire Esparros

  12. Reduce, Reuse, Reinvent

    Keep Your Recyclables Off the Floor

    A bare wall may seem like an unlikely place for a recycling station. But when adorned with bargain cotton totes for stashing paper, plastic, and glass, the humble hallway transforms into an eco-friendly solution for reducing kitchen waste.

    Related: 14 Ultrafunctional Ideas to Steal for Your Entryway


  13. Hit a Wall

    Install Wall Shelves

    Do you value clear countertops but lack cabinet space to keep clutter off your workspace? Look no further than this off-the-wall storage idea. Mount a scrap wooden plank above the window atop L-brackets to create a space-smart unit for stashing seldom-used dishes and decor.

    Related: 10 Lazy Tricks for a Clutter-Free Home


  14. Color Coordination

    Paint Shelves to Match Cabinets and Walls

    A harmonious color scheme for corner shelving units draws the eye away from clutter and helps your storage blend seamlessly into the space. The key is to choose colors and accents that match surrounding cabinetry and walls.

    Related: 10 Extras to DIY for Your Kitchen

    homepolish.com; photographed by Cody Ulrich

  15. Across the Board

    DIY Kitchen Pegboard Storage

    Pegboard may be known for its skill in the garage at holding tools, but it also acts as a capable organizer in the kitchen. Mount the pegboard to the wall and fill it with S-hooks to put measuring spoons and salt shakers at your fingertips for easy meal prep.

    Related: Trading Places: 9 Reasons to Steal Furniture from Other Rooms


  16. High and Dry

    Clear Counters by Hanging Up the Dish Rack

    Stop wasting space with a countertop dish drying rack, and hang it up instead! With the rack’s all-steel assembly and accompanying hooks that hang from a bargain rod mounted above the sink, drip-drying dishes needn't encroach on your personal space.

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  17. On a Roll

    Add Wheels to Kitchen Furniture

    Put your reliance in this two-in-one prep station and serving cart for your next barbecue bash. Construction is simple: Attach caster wheels to the feet of a stationary serving table, and voila—you have a portable surface to prep the appetizers and then serve them to your guests!

    Related: The 9 Rules for Rugs That Everyone Should Know

    homepolish.com; photographed by Claire Esparros

  18. Get Hooked

    Organize Under the Sink with Tension Rods and Hooks

    By simply installing adhesive hooks, you can transform the quagmire of clutter under the sink into an organizational oasis. Here, hooks mounted to the sides of the cabinet carry lightweight gloves and scrubbing brushes, while accompanying shelves shelter household cleaners and wipes.

    Related: 9 Handy Under-Sink Organizers to Buy or DIY


  19. The Chef Has Arrived

    Store Kitchen Accessories on the Door

    From whisks to saucepan lids, non-standard-shaped kitchen tools call for non-traditional storage solutions. This resourceful vertical storage unit, fashioned from towel racks, offers an ideal home for pots, pans, loose lids and strainers without eating up too much space.

    Related:  9 Home Organization Secret Weapons


  20. In the Bag

    Easy Upcycled Kitchen Organizer

    Some of the best things in a DIYer’s life are free—and these paper bag kitchen organizers prove it. Folded into mix-and-match storage containers, humble paper bags transform into space-smart organizers that can fit—and instantly clear—cabinet and drawer clutter.

    Related: 20 Dollar-Store DIYs for Every Room of the House


  21. A Full Plate

    Keep Small Kitchen Supplies Together with Trays

    Don’t relegate kitchen essentials like salt shakers or pepper mills to the back of a cabinet. Keep these mealtime must-haves close at hand on a thrift-store tray. Not only will the portable platter catch impending spills, but it can easily be transported between the kitchen and dining room.

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