No matter what size your kitchen is, staying organized can be challenging. With small appliances, food and pantry items, utensils, dinnerware, cookware, and glassware, there’s a lot of stuff to stow away in your kitchen—not to mention, it can be difficult to figure out how to store things like plastic food container lids (no one likes to open the cabinet to a plastic avalanche!), cutting boards, baking sheets, food wraps, pot lids, and more. And every kitchen has its quirks, so you have those to factor in, too. Whether you’re navigating tiny cabinets, narrow drawers, or an overall lack of storage space, there’s a lot to contend with when you’re trying to keep your kitchen tidy while also making sure everything you need is still accessible.
1. Rethink your refrigerator
When it comes to organization that looks good, the refrigerator is usually the last place anyone wants to tackle. There’s nothing pretty about packages of produce and cheese, right? Wrong. Instagrammer Amira of Dusk2illDawn has proven that even the shelves holding this week’s grocery run can still be beautiful with the help of baskets, clear food containers, and thoughtful arranging.
2. Declutter for happy hour
Your butler’s pantry or at home bar doesn’t need to display all your goodies. Select a few special glasses or prized items to highlight, like YouTuber Taryn Newton did here, which will create a clean, minimalist cabinet look that’s as stylistically stunning as it is well-organized. Stash your not-so-pretty glasses, generic bottles, and more utilitarian items neatly behind non-glass front cupboards.
3. Colorful Plastic Containers inside Cabinets
DIYer Cat of Modern Boho Cottage found a more stylish alternative to your classic plastic bins, which can look a little plain to those that have an eye for design. She opted for opaque black and white storage containers to make her pantry pop and keep her snacks tucked away.
4. Organize by Color Coordination
Focus on curating a color story for tea towels and utensils so you’ll feel invested in keeping your kitchen tidy and looking its best. Blogger Megan of Sugar Color House exemplifies this idea perfectly with her drawers, which are filled with pastel colored linens, measuring cups, and serving pieces. When things look this visually organized, you’ll be more motivated to keep them that way!
5. Neatly Filed baking sheets and muffin tins
No one wants to pull the cookie sheet out from under six others. Store them vertically instead of piling them on top of each other. A tension rod gives you instant, usable slots so you can slip bakeware in and out with ease.
6. Turntables inside Cabinets
Turntables are the kitchen storage secret weapon when it comes to making any dead space functional. Use them to make spices accessible or so that you can see and grab exactly the right hot sauce from your collection. They’re also great for organizing bottles of oil that you might keep in the cabinet next to the stove for easy access while you’re cooking
7. Drawer Dividers
Drawer dividers keep like items with like and help direct your hand to exactly the utensil or tool that you need. They also keep items from being piled on top of each other and from sliding around in drawers.