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20 Creative Kitchen Organization Ideas You Can Use Today (with Pictures)

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Kitchens are typically the most used area of a home, and they can very quickly turn from organized to chaos, but your kitchen doesn’t need to stay that way! It doesn’t have to be a costly or tedious renovation to create kitchen organization systems that work for you, but by incorporating a few creative organization ideas, you can maximize storage, accessibility, and efficiency while adding to your kitchen aesthetic.

If you need creative ways to get your kitchen organized, we have some excellent ideas for you. You can easily transform the messiest kitchen by incorporating just a few of these ideas. Let’s get organized!

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Top 20 Kitchen Organization Ideas

1. Dry Food Storage Containers with Labels

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Storage containers are one of the simplest ways to organize your pantry or kitchen cupboards. Organizing by size, food item, or even alphabetically, with ready-made or handmade labels, can keep all your dry food items well preserved, neat, and easy to find.

This process of sorting your dry food items can be therapeutic in some ways, especially when you have finished organizing your cupboard, which was once a nightmare. It can also be a fun and creative process to get the kids involved.

2. Kitchen Cabinet Pull Out Drawers

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While cabinet space is undoubtedly helpful, the length of a standard cabinet usually leaves a lot of unused space at the top. Adding slide-out drawers allows you to utilize more space and have your kitchen items more optimally organized.

This hack is ideal for storing just about anything but is helpful for kitchen items you prefer not to stack. They will be easier to store, find, and keep tidy. Instead of scratching around in an overstuffed drawer or killing your back trying to reach the back of a cabinet, you can simply pull out your cabinet drawer and have what you are looking for within your reach.

3. Pot and Pan Stackers

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Pots and pans are usually the kitchen mess culprits, with pots quickly becoming the Leaning Tower of Pisa when trying to store them all. By creating a designated and intelligent storage space for your pots and pans, you can eliminate a lot of unsightly clutter and easily find the right-sized pot or pan when needed. You can do this simply by adding pot and pan racks to a cabinet and arranging them by size.

4. Wine Glass Hanging Shelf

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You can save space and showcase your favorite stemmed wine glasses by adding a bespoke wine glass hanging shelf. You can use this sophisticated hack by mounting it to your ceiling for a wine bar feel or as a statement piece under a wall shelf or kitchen cabinet.

It adds an element of sophistication and elegance to your kitchen aesthetic while offering a creative way to store your wine glasses and prevent them from being knocked over in the cupboard and easily broken.

5. Simple but Effective Cupboard Organization

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Simple kitchen organization ideas are often the most life-changing. When you open your kitchen cabinet to disarray and dysfunction, it can slowly transfer the physical clutter into mental clutter, so you avoid opening that cabinet as much as possible, and take-out becomes your primary menu for the week.

You can change this reality in your kitchen with just a few baskets, containers, and additional racks, and it will take you under an hour to get it organized. Stick to square and rectangular-shaped containers so your items can fit into your cabinet.

6. Glass Jar Shelf Display

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It’s amazing what adding simple bracket shelves can do for your kitchen organization. Find a wall in your kitchen with available space and add one or two shelves. We would also recommend painting them the same color as the wall to create the illusion of more space and less clutter.

You can do this by finding a bunch of matching glass jars and using them to store your pantry items such as pasta, spices, and grains. No labels are needed since you can see what each jar contains, and they are easily within reach when cooking up a storm.

7. Make Use of Crates

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Storage crates have been an element of aesthetics in homes for a long time. You can add a rustic feel to your kitchen by adding two or three storage crates and using their bin space to store your fruits and vegetables.

You can tuck them away on a low shelf or have them as part of your kitchen display. You can give them a coat of paint or allow the natural wood grains and knots to show, creating more of a natural and rustic appeal.

8. Magnetic Shelf Storage

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Magnetic shelves are an excellent hack for creative kitchen storage. This kitchen organization idea not only makes your area more useful and convenient. Mason jars are hung from the bottom of the magnetic storage shelf, and there is a shelf on top where you can put decorations or other items. All you have to do to get the spices or treats is twist the jar off the magnet.

9. Open Display Shelving

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Kitchen organization doesn’t always have to be about keeping your kitchen out of sight and packed away. You can add aesthetically pleasing organization with stylish shelving and use your cookware as part of your kitchen décor.

This is especially useful if you have a dinner set that needs to be showcased. If you like to keep your countertops clear, open shelves in the kitchen are also a practical solution. They provide adequate storage for frequently used items when placed within arm’s reach.

10. Designated Coffee Bar

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By providing a designated area for your coffee maker or espresso machine, you can increase the functionality and aesthetic of your kitchen. You can improve the space with an eye-catching potted plant and a sign or phrase that gives it a coffee bar vibe. Both you and your guests will love this area of the kitchen, and all your coffee-making items will be in one spot, so you don’t have to rummage through drawers or cupboards.

11. Fruit Hammock

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A fruit hammock can provide a cute and creative space for your favorite fruit and help you save counter or cupboard space. They can be hung below a shelf or cabinet, adding a functional yet sweet addition to your kitchen décor. A fruit hammock can be purchased just about anywhere, but if you have skills with macrame, you can use this organization hack for your next creative project.

12. Creative Pot and Pan Hanger

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While pots and pans hanging from the ceiling may initially seem like a kitchen nightmare, it can be a creative way to store them. This kitchen organization idea is chic and modern and makes your pots and pans easily accessible, especially if you are a home chef who loves to cook and is constantly upgrading your pots and pans. This hack allows you to incorporate them into your kitchen aesthetic and saves a mountain of space in your cupboards.

13. Utensil Drawer Storage

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While kitchen utensils are usually tucked away in drawers, the drawer can very quickly become a scratch patch of knives, spoons, and forks that can drive you nuts. This organization hack is more for functionality than aesthetics, but opening your cutlery drawer and seeing it perfectly organized can be a game changer. You can add dividers to your drawer and have a designated space for each item so you don’t have to rummage around looking for the serving spoon or carving knife.

14. Peg Board Storage Display

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Pegboards don’t only need to be for offices or craft rooms. They can be a great addition to your kitchen, providing a lot of useful storage and organization. An area that would otherwise go unused can be transformed into storage with the help of a kitchen pegboard. Sometimes, a shelf won’t fit against a wall because it sticks out too far, and if you have a tiny kitchen with few cabinets or drawers, a kitchen pegboard can be a creative solution.

15. Dish Drying Cabinet

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An overcrowded dish drying rack is one of the biggest eyesores in kitchens, especially small ones without a pantry. If this is something you mentally fight with regularly, a dish-drying cabinet could be the solution you need. By customizing a cabinet above your sink with drying racks, a draining tray, and an open bottom, you can stack all your washed dishes and have them tucked away.

16. Cleaning Products Cubby

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Under-sink organization can very quickly go from orderly to disarray, which is not only frustrating but can also become a hazard. You can use baskets, containers, and additional shelving to maintain the order of all your cleaning products. That way, you can store items like sponges, gloves, towels, detergents, and other common items that you don’t want to have to search for.

17. Vertical Storage

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If you have the means to do kitchen renovations or customization, vertical storage spaces will be a game changer in the kitchen. Naturally, you can design a new kitchen with vertical storage, but often, you can also find space in your existing kitchen.

It is surprising how much storage can be fitted into a space. Perhaps there is an empty wall or a perfect gap where you can add more space for what you need. This will help keep your kitchen a lot more organized and will help you utilize space more effectively.

18. Zone and Organize Your Fridge

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When you return from the grocery shop, don’t just toss everything into the refrigerator without giving it much thought. Certain items fit in specific parts of the refrigerator better, especially with additional storage containers. You can organize your fridge by allocating certain areas for specific items.

Keep items you frequently use at eye level and milk and other perishable foods stored on the lowest shelves or the coolest shelf closest to the freezer. If your fridge is organized, you will find anything more easily, and there will be less chance of missing items that are far beyond their expiration date.

19. Conceal Your Trash Bins

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Keep your trash bins out of sight for a pleasant and orderly environment. An easy and affordable method to organize the kitchen and clear floor space is to install a built-in trash can cupboard. A cabinet door can be fitted with bins that rotate, slide, or swing open as the door opens. They will also aid in masking any unpleasant odors that could develop.

20. Rods and Hooks

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Utilizing rods and hooks can be a great way to organize your kitchen and save space. You can place rods on any unused wall space and add S hooks to hang cups, utensils, chopping boards, and dish towels.

They are easy to access and can be arranged in a way that adds to your kitchen aesthetic. Additionally, they can be used as a decorative element to make your best-looking cookware and utensils a distinctive feature of your kitchen space.

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Final Thoughts

Upgrading your kitchen doesn’t need to be costly or stressful! From huge to tiny kitchens or professional chefs to home cooks, there are various kitchen organization ideas to fit every lifestyle. By using some of our organization tips to tackle a few of your challenging spots, before you know it, your kitchen will go from chaos to clutter-free!

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