27 Ways To Organize Your Kitchen

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Table of Contents1 1. Store shopping bags in an over-the-cabinet bag holder rather than leaving them strewn across your counters…or worse…throwing them in the garbage and never using them again. 2 2. Store bakeware on a pan rack to avoid having to search your cabinets high and low the next […]

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Not having to turn your kitchen upside down just to find the right-sized pan to use. Groundbreaking.

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Store shopping bags in an over-the-cabinet bag holder rather than leaving them strewn across your counters…or worse…throwing them in the garbage and never using them again.


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It can hold up to about 50 bags!

Promising review: “I love this so much! I have been looking for something for all of the grocery bags I keep! We use these for our bathroom trash bags. This little thing is a awesome. And my kids can easily reach inside and get a bag out! Love it!” —Lindsey Towns

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in seven finishes).

Or better yet, ditch plastic bags altogether and get yourself a sturdy reusable bag like the standard bag from Baggu for $12 (available in 57 styles). I own the smiley print bag and always get compliments on it during my weekly Trader Joe’s runs.


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Store bakeware on a pan rack to avoid having to search your cabinets high and low the next time you need a cookie sheet or a muffin tin.


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This features seven adjustable dividers, and has soft nonslip feet to ensure everything stays in place!

Promising review: “We have one kitchen drawer and very awkward cabinets in our apartment so organizing was an ever-changing and maddening puzzle. Frustrated with the challenge, I went online came across this product which originally seemed expensive. In my desperation, I decided to try it out anyway. I ended up loving it and bought three more at that price. I’m happy to recommend this product to others in the same situation especially with the price cut. It’s very sturdy and takes only seconds to set up!” —Elizabeth Giordano

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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On a similar note, you may wanna also get a pan rack for well…your pans! The struggle of having to dig through all of your pans just to find the right size will now be a thing of the past.


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This can hold up to five pans with vertical installation and four pans with horizontal installation.

Promising review: “This rack is perfect. I put my largest skillet on the bottom and smallest at the top. I did not secure the rack with the screws that came with it, so I can easily move it if I rearrange my pots-and-pans area. Even without securing it to the cabinet, it works perfectly and doesn’t shift when I remove a pan. I will be buying another one of these for our cabin. I have already recommended this rack to friends.” —CustomerO

Get it from Amazon for $16.87 (available in three finishes).

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As for pot/pan lids, keep those stored on a handy dandy lid organizer. The only thing worse than struggling to find a specific pot or pan is trying to grab the right lid.


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This comes with two-packs, and each rack can store three lids, AKA six lids total. It comes with three screws for each rack for easy installation.

Promising review: “Rack holds all of my glass lids perfectly. There is ample space when using some of your smaller lids to ‘double up’ so I am able to hold all of them between the two racks. I have eight lids of varying sizes, from one for a gigantic frying pan, to a tiny saucepan. My lids have the arch style metal bracket, (similar to the ones they show here with the orange handle). I finally have a proper space to keep all the lids organized without them sliding all over the cabinet every time I try to grab just one!” —Kim S.

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $17.47 (available in two finishes).

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Cut down on tea box clutter by keeping up to 90 (!!!) tea bags stored in an organizer like the one below. It’s unnecessary to hold onto a bajillion tea boxes and Sophie Turner voice: “that’s the tea,” *takes sip from mug. *


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This thing features six drawers and each one can hold up to 15 tea bags. It has rubber grippers on the bottom to keep the holder in place on your counter!

Promising review: “It allows me to keep track of which tea bags I have and it neatly organizes them. It doesn’t take up a lot of room in my cupboard, which is another nice perk.” —Judi

Get it from Amazon for $20.28+ (available in two colors).

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If you own a Keurig, stow away your K-Cups in a pod drawer or carousel rather than keeping all of those boxes.


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The drawer holds 36 cups and depending on which carousel size you choose, the carousel can hold anywhere from 24 to 40 cups!

Promising review (for the drawer): “I am so glad I got this. It makes for such great streamlined storage. Keeps things tidy and neat, and also helps me keep track of how many cups I have left to determine whether or not I need to add to my grocery list. It is very sturdy and I fit my machine on top. The top is very durable, hard plastic and does not buckle with the weight of the machine filled with water on top.” —tunisianswife

Get them from Amazon: the drawer for $16.39+ (available in nine styles) and the carousel for $19.99+ (available in six sizes and three finishes).

And for a greener option, opt for reusable K-Cups. They’re dishwasher-safe and allow you to choose any ground coffee of your choice! Get a pack of four from Amazon for $6.99.


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And if you have dry goods like ground coffee, loose leaf tea, sugar, and things of that nature, put them in a pretty customized canister. These are great for storage and bringing a fresh look to your kitchen counters so they’re a win/win.


Gabriel Mercantile / Etsy

Gabriel Mercantile is an Etsy shop based in Richmond, Texas that sells hand crafted home decor and rare plants. 

Get it from Gabriel Mercantile on Etsy starting at $29.90/canister and decal (available in three fonts).

And if you’re a Disney fan, you may also wanna check out these super cute and totally splurge-worthy Mickey and Minnie canisters from Glamjar on Etsy for $115.61.

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Place kitchen cleaning products like dish soap, oven cleaner, sponges, and whatever else you may use on an adjustable under-sink storage rack. Keeping those items easily accessible will help make cleaning your kitchen feel a little less chore-like.


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Has an expandable rail, and four adjustable height levels.

Promising review: “I was super impressed with the quality of this item. It did not fit under my sink as I was hoping, but that was my fault as I didn’t measure before ordering. But what’s great about this item is that it is adjustable in many ways and I was still able to finagle it to meet my needs. You are able to adjust the height of the shelves to three different heights. And then it also adjusts in width to your precise needs. ” —staceym

Get it from Amazon for $23.87 (available in three finishes).

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Utilize a food storage container lid organizer so you can quickly find the right lid to seal your leftovers.


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Holder is divided into three sections and is BPA- and chlorine-free, food-safe, and made of shatter-resistant plastic. Recommended to clean with mild soap and water.

Promising review: “I have several different types of tupperware and 90% of the lids I have fit into this easily. Now I can stack the actual containers separately without leaving the lids to just sit next to them, taking up space, or standing on their sides, ready to fall out if I move anything. It’s been a while since I’ve heard my husband complain about the Tupperware cabinet in general, so for that reason alone I’m glad I purchased this, LOL.” —KB

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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Find your favorite canned soups, veggies, beans, and sauces more easily by placing them on a can rack. Less time looking = more time cozying up on the couch with grilled cheese and a bowl of tomato soup.


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You can store up to 46 cans and jars of various sizes on this rack! It has six adjustable plastic dividers, and boasts sturdy-construction!

Promising review: “We just moved into an apartment that has no pantry and limited cabinet space. I assembled this in two minutes, no tools required! I use it for my ziplock bags/foil/slow cooker liners as well! It works great as a multi-shelving unit. Two of my friends have seen this and have already bought one. Every house needs one of these!” —Annie

Get it from Amazon for $24.97 (available in four finishes). 

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Organize your fridge and freezer into sections. This helpful guide breaks down where different food items should be stored to help maximize freshness and prevent clutter.

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And stock up on refrigerator storage bins to keep the contents of your fridge (and freezer) orderly. Between the guide above and these bins, the struggle to find things in your fridge will be a thing of the past.


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Promising review: “I absolutely love these. Such an amazing value! I had been on the hunt for fridge organizers for a while and found these! I am so glad I purchased them.” —JessJahns

Get a set of six from Amazon for $26.99.

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If you have extra drawer space, use it as a spice storage drawer and keep them organized with the liner seen below.


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Promising review: “This is one of the favorite things I’ve ever purchased from Amazon! They are so customizable and allow you to cut them and shape them to any drawer size. I think this will be my go-to gift for all of my friends who love cooking as much as I do! Freeing up cabinet space and having something that can so easily be rinsed off in the sink makes this a for sure buy!” —momonono

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).

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No spare drawers? That’s okay! These magnetic spice tins are another great way to keep your cabinets clear from cluttered spice jars. Attach them to your fridge or any other magnetic surface you may have in your kitchen and you’re good to go!


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Comes with pre-printed spice labels.

Promising review: “No more rustling through my cabinets to find the spice I am looking for. Put them on my fridge in alphabetical order and I can find the spice I need quickly and easily.” —Bonnie G. Jacobs

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $19.95.

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Speaking of preventing cabinet clutter, a lazy Susan will help simplify the search for the things you do store in your cabinet — condiments, seasonings, vitamins, and more. Just give it a little spin, and voila!


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Promising review: “I love this product. It is strong and sturdy. I’ve bought three for my cabinets. And they haven’t broke, despite being dropped and stepped on by a 5-year-old who thought it was a good idea to use them to be a ballerina. They are easy to clean and use. I would definitely recommend for spices/medications, or anything kitchen cabinet related. I have one in the bathroom, and under the sink for the cleaning supplies as well, and we love it!” —Kay M.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in seven colors).

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Keep the bottom of your kitchen sink clear by leaving sponges, scrubbers, and brushes out of the sink and storing them in a front sink tray instead.


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Includes one open tray, one accessory tray with a ring holder, and two pairs of hinges and mounting hardware.

Promising review: “Love this! No more clutter of sponges and stoppers around the sink. We installed these when swapping out the sink. Installation with no sink in place is a breeze; otherwise I can see how it might be tricky. The hinges work well. They were a little stiff at first but loosened up in a day or two. They still close with a little “snap,” which one time jettisoned the sponge into the under-sink cabinet — now I know where to look if it ever goes missing again. The trays can be slid off their mounting screws and rinsed out when they get a little dirty from storing the cleaning supplies.” —Lisa

Get a set of two from Amazon for $22.99.

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But if you prefer to have those things out in plain sight, keep them in a handy little sink caddy instead.


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Features an adjustable strap that makes it easy to hang from most standard kitchen sink faucets. The drain holes help to prevent water from accumulating inside.

Promising review: “Fantastic solution for sponges. The OXO one that we used to have wouldn’t stay attached to the side of the sink. The suction cups got brittle and less functional over time. This thing is great! Hangs perfectly from the faucet and adds a little stylish flair.” —C. Osterhout

Get it from Amazon for $8.30.

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Transform a kitchen cabinet into a one-stop spot for all things food measurement starting off with these cool measurement conversion decals that will serve as your own personal cheat sheet. Google whomst?!


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LatigoLace is a small business that sells these super helpful, aesthetically-pleasing kitchen measurement decals to seriously help simplify the task of figuring out the right conversions.

Promising review: “I am so happy with this purchase! It was one of the things on my list of things to better organize my kitchen! Great quality and just what I had hoped for!” —Ann Riley

Get it from LatigoLace on Etsy for $13+ (available in four sizes, and two colors).

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Next, get some small adhesive hooks to hang measuring cups and spoons.


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Promising review: “Got these to save space in my kitchen drawers. The hooks are stainless finish so they match all of our appliances and my measuring cups. Super easy to install and durable. Very happy with how they turned out.” —Stacie Paratore

Get a set of 20 from Amazon for $13.99.

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And if you’d prefer not to hang up your measuring cups and spoons, that’s okay! A nesting cup and spoon set is another great way to save on precious storage space.


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Promising review: “These measuring cups are pretty cool, I like how they snap into each other to save space. They are lightweight and easy to carry. The largest piece has a rubber lining on the bottom as a grip to prevent spills.” —Jeff Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.


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Ensure your fresh produce stays fresh longer by investing in some high-quality produce saver containers. If you’re reading this right now, my guess is that you are also too familiar with the struggle that is buying a carton of strawberries, putting them in your cluttered fridge, forgetting about them, and realizing they went bad after it’s too late.


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Includes one 2.5 cup container and one 17.3 cup container. Features a CrispTray to help keep moisture away and FreshVent technology to regulate oxygen and carbon dioxide flow. These are dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. Read a BuzzFeeder’s review of these amazing Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers.

Promising review: “I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I’ve kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I’ve had fantastic results with all of them.” —Laura

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $60.

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And while you’re at it, you may also wanna get some airtight storage containers perfect for holding onto dry food items like pasta, candy, cookies, and nuts. It comes with a chalkboard-style marker so you can label each container with the things you put inside them. These are sure to make your kitchen look like it came right off a Pinterest board.


Clever Kitchen / Etsy

Clever Kitchen is an Etsy shop based in Tampa, Florida that sells all sorts of cool  and creative kitchen products.

Get a set of seven from Clever Kitchen on Etsy for $39.97.

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Keep your cutlery consolidated by storing it in a drawer organizer. This way you can make more room for other kitchen utensils.


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Features cutlery icons for easy identification. They recommend to wash and dry this by hand!

Promising review: “Yes, this little utensil tray is really that good! I went from using 12 inches of horizontal space in a lovely but huge wooden utensil tray to using about four inches (whatever the width of this godsend is). It stores my butter knives, steak knives, spoons, forks, and a slew of little teaspoons. I’d guess that the max capacity for each slot is about 10 pieces. For example, I fit four butter knives and four steak knives into the first/knife slot easily, with good wiggle room. This is such a great design. Using this tray opened up about half of my 18-inch-wide drawer, which allowed me to decompress the other drawers in my kitchen a bit. I highly recommend this item. It’s worth every penny.” —Kathleen Cooke

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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For those with small kitchens or limited storage space, get a behind-the-door storage cabinet like the one below.


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It features eight shelves and is super easy to mount on door hinges.

Promising review: “This is a must-have for any small space. My bathroom has no medicine cabinet, just a mirror, and is pretty small, so storage is a huge deal. My girlfriend came across this item so I figured I would give it a shot being Prime eligible. The finish was flawless. I know it states it needs a two-person install but I put this together and hung it in about an hour by myself with very minimal effort and I’m sure if I did it again it would be significantly less time. This fits soo much stuff — it really is amazing and it does not impede any operation of the door. I can’t fully explain how much I recommend this. I’m about to order the mirror version for my bedroom for colognes and little knickknacks to de-clutter the counter tops.” —happy shaver

Get it from Amazon for $189.99.

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Store non-refrigerated fruits and veggies in a produce hammock. Fruit bowls take up precious counter space, but this hammock won’t. Not to mention how freaking cool and unique this will look in your kitchen?


Knapps Knots / Etsy

Knapps Knots is an Etsy shop based in San Diego that sells handmade macrame and wood crafts. 

Promising review: “We love this! We have a tiny apartment kitchen and this lets us save on counter space and adds a really cool aesthetic! Great quality and the color was exactly as expected.” —Brittany

Get it from Knapps Knots on Etsy for $27.90+ (available in 11 colors and two sizes).

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Another way you can maximize counter space is with some shelves. These two-tier shelves make for a sleek way to decorate your kitchen while adding more space to store kitchen gadgets, condiments, and food items.


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Promising review: “I recently remodeled my kitchen and was looking for something that would maximize my counter space. After researching several different options I chose this one. I am very pleased with this product. The clean and simple design make it nearly invisible, and organizes all my coffee supplies neatly in a convent place. The cost is reasonable and material adequate for small items, but the best thing is how it de-clutters the counter top. I recommend this item without reservation.” —Frances I Pizzulo

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two styles).


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Get rid of the clutter from all those boxes of plastic sandwich bags and put them in this wooden holder instead. It’s divided and labeled by size which means you don’t have to pick up three boxes before finding the right one to store you snack in.


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BanksCNC is an Etsy shop based in Palmdale, California that sells all sorts of cool laser cut wooden products.

Get it from BanksCNC on Etsy for $27.99+ (you can choose for it to come unassembled or assembled).

And if you’re looking to ditch plastic bags altogether and opt for a greener alternative, you can get a pack of 12 reusable food storage bags from Amazon for $11.49.

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