38 Ways To Organize A Small Kitchen


If you’ve got a small kitchen, these tips, tricks, and products make it no problem.

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Make the most out of narrow cabinets with a stackable, two-tier basket drawer. The days of standing on your tippy-toes looking for the cinnamon that somehow got lost in a sea of jars is in the past.


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Promising review: “I first bought four for inside a cabinet. Then got two more for another open door area. These things are excellent for organization. I’m using the original four for storing all my kitchen gadgets (coffee bean grinder, garlic press, ricer, etc.) and the last two for onions, potatoes, garlic and the like. Possibly my best purchase at Amazon… And I buy a lot.” —J. Standre

Get it from Amazon for $27.87 (available in three style/color combinations).

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Save that important counter real estate by tossing your room temp-friendly produce in a hanging basket. Now whether you eat it before it goes bad is a different story.


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One reviewer used it to plant her herbs for possibly the cutest herb garden ever.

Promising review: “Love it! I had a fruit and veggie bowl on my counter but I was running out of counter space, and it didn’t hold much. This is very sturdy and I love the color. I knew it would be more of a rose gold than a copper just by looking at the pics, so I didn’t expect a copper color. I now have counter and refrigerator space and a cute way to display my foods. Would definitely recommend!” —Amy

Get it from Amazon for $17.45 (available in four colors).

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Find a new place for your coffee mugs (that always end up consuming sooo much space) by hanging a cute wood shelf with hooks and compartments.


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Psst! This is from a cute small biz, HBCY Creations. They specialize in creating home and office decor, so if you love this, be sure to check out their Amazon page!

Promising review: “I love this shelf, it’s absolutely perfect for my drink station space in the corner of my dining room. Fits a ton of K cups, or other items. Very sturdy, but was easy to install. Also, probably weird, but it’s natural wood smell is nice, not overpowering, only when up close.. I think that’s a bonus. Drawers slide in and out easily and the hanger hook are super sturdy. Very happy with this purchase.” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

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Or for something on the simpler side, use small tension rods and S-hooks to prop mugs up and create extra space below for more glassware.


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These can be used to organize sooooo many other things around the kitchen. Use them in drawers to keep Tupperware and water bottles lids neat, or in cabinets to separate baking sheets. Line multiple of them up in any cabinet for a makeshift shelf that can hold paper towels.

Promising review: “These rods are exactly what I was looking for: strong high tension that stays up! I bought the 18-26″ set and have one in my 25-inch cabinet space to hold up coffee cups. After two weeks of holding up six to seven coffee cups at any given time, it hasn’t budged at all.” —Van

Get a two-pack of tension rods from Amazon for $6.99 and a 12-pack of S-hooks for $7.99.

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Oooor if your mug collection keeps on growing (*not me coming home from T.J. Maxx with five new mugs I don’t need*), a storage rack to neatly display ’em all.


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Promising review: “Love this mug rack! The anchors and screws hold it in place and as you can see from the photo, it’s not crooked once on the wall. Super happy with it! If you hang large mugs, know you won’t be able to fit one on ever single hook, but I fit about 21 comfortably, which is plenty for me!” —Anelise Baugus

Get it from Amazon for $89.95.

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Declutter your pantry from the half-empty boxes and random chip bags by trading them in for air-tight food containers. This is some Instagram-level organization that gets my blood pumping!!!


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Promising review: “Love everything about these! Not only do they look great and help me not stress me out every time I open the cabinet, they work very well. The air lock seal is perfect. Plus the tall ones are great for a box of cereal and cute enough to leave out on the counter for the kids! Hoping they last over time, but right now I feel these are worth the investment. Will buy more soon!” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two different sets).

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Try your hand at a DIY project that’ll give you trendy kitchen storage for all your utensils. I mean, this is too cute not to add to your kitchen, right?!

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Keep all those unorganized cans in one easily accessible place with a beverage dispenser. It holds 12 12-ounce cans so you can keep one in the pantry for soups and other canned goods!


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Promising review: “When comparing this with other soda or beer can holders for your fridge, know that this one is sturdy, not flimsy. Also note that it has a shelf on top so you get additional square footage in your fridge, two rows of cans plus a shelf area the same size as the footprint of the can holder. Bought another one for our other fridge I liked it so much.” —cpnytwenty

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

9.

Hang up a magnetic knife strip to give your packed drawers some relief and more room for other utensils.


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Promising review: “Gorgeous and holds all 10 of my knives, including kitchen shears. I wish I had bought it sooner! Installation was super simple using 3M Velcro strips — we didn’t want to drill holes in our tile backsplash. Would recommend this to anyone. I am glad to have the ugly knife block off my counter, this replaced it beautifully!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $20.99, or a stainless steel option for $17.99.

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Get your sink a roll-up drying rack that you and your DRY countertops will be thrilled to have around. And for those with minimal cooking space, this can be used for washing veggies!


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Promising review: “We have tried to minimize the amount of stuff taking up our kitchen countertop, so we got rid of the dish rack. I still wanted the ability to dry dishes and big pots/pans after cooking, so I got this rack. Thing is AWESOME. It is extremely versatile and rolls up neatly for storage under the sink or wherever else you’d want to store it. It repels water and makes cleaning it very simple. Gunk doesn’t want to stay on it and anything that does stick to it comes right off with a light scrub and some dish soap. It doesn’t smell at all and is lightweight, but very sturdy and able to hold two to three big pots and pans over the sink. You can also fold it in half if you want to access the sink but want to dry a pot or some glasses while washing.” —Jay C.

Get it from Amazon for $22.08.

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Utilize even the teeniest of spaces with a narrow storage unit that you can slip into a narrow crevice or convenient area, and then slide out when you need something because it has WHEELS! It hardly takes up any space, yet holds so much. #Blessed.


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Promising review: “Fits perfectly between the refrigerator and cabinet. Need every spot of storage available and this did the trick.” —kkupsky

Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in three colors).

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Give your fridge some attachable drawers and take full advantage of all the extra space that’s been impossible to use…until now. Next-level organization = unlocked.


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Promising review: “Absolutely love these drawers! They aren’t huge, but they add a good amount of storage in places that were basically unusable and empty. They work great for meat, cheese, or other smaller items. Really easy to install and are holding up and working great after a month.” —Lauren D.

Get a set of two from Amazon for $32.99 (also available in an egg drawer).

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Place a baker’s rack in any unused space since your kitchen had the audacity to give you two cabinets and a tiny slab of counter space to work with. This thing has two shelves, a drawer, magnetic knife plate, prep space, and upper wire wrack to hang utensils and recipes.


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It’s large and sturdy enough to hold accommodate a microwave!

Promising review: “This baker’s rack was exactly what I needed for my galley kitchen. It arrived without any damages and was easy to put together. It’s sturdy enough to hold a microwave. I’m surprised how sturdy on the top is — it can hold several baskets with veggies no problem.” —Caitlin

Get it from Wayfair for $139.99.

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Add a small wine rack under your cabinets because having vino in an easy-to-reach place is adult rule number one. This will also take you like five minutes to assemble, and I will cheers to that. *clink*


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Promising review: “The perfect storage solution for those of us with a smaller kitchen space! Easily installed, simplistic design, and super convenient!” —Amy O

Get it from Amazon for $18.49.

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AND! while you’re at it, you might as well grab a wine glass holder to store your finest stemware. You’re about to have so much empty room in your cabinets, you won’t even know what to do with it all!


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Promising review: “Great product, real wood, and easy to cut to size for your project. I used them to mount some glasses to some burned wood shelves I had installed. They were about two inches too long for the shelves I had, but they cut down easily with a miter saw.” —JayS

Get a set of four from Amazon for $22.99.

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Use tiny hook screws (or Command hooks!) and cute decals on the inside of a cabinet door for a measuring cup storage system that takes up practically zero space. This decal set even includes a measurement conversion table, so a quick open of the cabinet will tell you exactly how many cups are in a pint. PHEW.


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Promising review: “Put them on my cabinet and my friends/relatives think I am a genius! So handy, just open the door and there they are no thinking involved! Don’t know that my baking taste will be any better but I can’t blame it on incorrect measurements anymore!” —Toady

Get it from Amazon for $13.99, and an 80-piece screw hook set for $8.99, or the Command hook strips for $9.99+.

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Configure *that* messy utensil drawers exactly the way you like it by installing adjustable bamboo dividers. But don’t stop there — these are also great for organizing your dresser that’s currently filled to the brim with sweaters.


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Promising review: “My kitchen utensil drawer was literally so unorganized I could barely open it. I really needed a ‘system’ and these drawer dividers did the trick. Even though I have a lot of items crammed into my drawer, I can now find what I am looking for so much easier! The dividers popped right into place, and are automatically self-adjusting due to the spring system inside each divider. They seem very sturdy (they are not easily pushed around inside the drawer), and I love that these can be removed at any time for cleaning or to make adjustments as needed.” These are great! —Honest4u

Get a set of four from Amazon for $29.99.

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Hang an adjustable rack behind the pantry door or on the wall for instant ample storage. We’re talkin’ eight shelves you can pack your cooking sprays, plastic bags, foils, and everything in between on.


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Promising review: “Added 50% more space to my pantry. I LOVE this organizer! I had one very similar from The Container Store that cost around $80 and was not as sturdy and useful as this one. It was extremely easy to install, but you really need to screw it in the door, otherwise it will move and the food will fall out from behind. I use this for jars, boxes, cans, etc. and have never had an issue in the year I’ve had it. I plan to order another one for my laundry room to store laundry and cleaning supplies.” —Jenny

Get it from Amazon for $37.02 (available in two sizes).

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Organize your never-ending collection of water (…and wine) bottles with a stackable drink vessel rack. This will help you actually see everything and ensure no bottle gets lost in the black hole that is the back of a cabinet.


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Promising review: “I had been searching for the perfect way to organize my fridge and create more space. These were just the thing. They allow me to keep my Nalgene bottles, water bottles, wine bottles, etc. cool while not completely taking over my fridge. I haven’t found anything that doesn’t fit nicely in these. The quality is also quite good, nice smooth edges and well designed for stacking.” —mjmendo

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two set sizes).

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Give your dish-cleaning supplies their own tidy home in the corner of your sink courtesy of this small (but mighty) caddy. It has two drain holes for brushes and sponges, plus suction cups to make sure it stays in its place.


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Promising review: I am so happy with this purchase! It is very functional and handy to have in my kitchen sink. I was tired of having water and soap leaving the kitchen area gross all the time, as well as sponges and scrubbers hanging out behind the faucet or in the sink itself. This caddy saves space at the sink by hanging over a back corner of the sink area. It keeps water from sitting near the hand and dish soap since it drips into the little easy-to-clean tray instead, which tilts towards the sink. The suction cups work great to keep it in place. It is the perfect size. Still holding strong several months later. Excellent product. I love it!” —C.J. Moses

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

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Use a magazine organizer as a convenient way to store baggies, foil, and bottles. You can leave ’em under the sink or attach to the inside of the cabinet with Command strips…and is there anything Command strips CAN’T DO?


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Promising review (left): “Okay I’ve been wanting to buy magazine holders for ages, specifically to get our kitchen wraps out of the way. When I finally decided to spend the money (I’m very cheap), I was excited to find these ones at their price point. Strong cardboard instead of plastic, bright colors, well reviewed.” —Cynthia L.

Get a 12-pack of the cardboard version (left) for $16.87 or the plastic version (right) for $39.99, and Command strips for $2.88+.

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Take full advantage of the above-the-stove space with a rustic pan rack. A) it’s beautiful!!! and B) it’ll provide you with extra space for your most-used pots, pans, mugs, and utensils.


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This piece is from small business Reclaimed Brass Co. based in Philadelphia. They create home design products and custom shelving pieces, so whether you’re looking for something for your kitchen or closet, they’ve got you covered!

Get it from Reclaimed Brass Co. on Etsy for $157.50+ (available in four sizes and three finishes).

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Use a pull-down spice rack that can store up to 24 bottles and comes with labels so you can always find exactly what you’re looking for. Ooh, I am excited just thinking about how much ~thyme~ you’re going to save!


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Promising review: “I do not regret getting this spice organizer! I can finally find all of my spices without having to move several out of the way. You know, like when you have to move ten bottles from the shelf just to get to that one random spice in the back of the cabinet that you barely remembered that you even had? This organizer not only holds the standard size spice bottles, but also the medium sized ones, too! This comes with several labels that you can add to the front of the drawers to help further organize your goods. I did find that there were several spice names that were not offered, but the blank labels serve that purpose as needed. I only have one, but it does look like another one could easily stack on top of this for those who are spice hoards!!” —TeamDavidAndSarah

Get the new, adjustable version of the 24-bottle rack from Amazon for $39.99 (available in three colors).

Read our full write-up on this spice rack.

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Put an end to Tupperware lid madness by storing them in a handy bin designed to keep them upright. Imagine living in a world where you can open up your cabinet and not be attacked by a waterfall of crashing lids!


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Promising review: “I really like this organizer since it has the capabilities to switch sizes for my needs! The plastic separators are pretty easy to move around and the unit itself is pretty light and still sturdy. I also like that it is incredibly easy to wash or just to wipe down when I need to. It has helped my tupperware stay organized and myself to stay accountable for my tidiness.” —D

Get it from Target for $12.99.

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Think of your fridge as a great storage opportunity for non-refrigerated goods. These magnetic racks stick to the side and offer up more space for utensils, spices, dish rags, and whatever else you can think up.


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Promising review: “Small but strong. It’s a perfect addition for a small (usually messy) kitchen. Now I always know where the paper towels are. The top shelf is a great place to keep often-used items (honey, Sriracha sauce, garlic powder, etc.), and the hooks at the bottom work well for small pot holders. The magnet holds well — I have not had any issues with the rack sliding down the side of my fridge. I think this is a great product.” —C. A. Fuchs

Get the larger one (left) from Amazon for $45 and the smaller one (right) for $19.99.

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Tidy up your fridge and freezer (and then keep it that way) by storing food in this six-piece bin set. Consider this your new way to keep track of everything in your fridge — no more moldy leftovers hiding in the back, stinking up the place.


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Promising review: “Very happy with these organizers. They are very sturdy and help keep my refrigerator organized. It’s so much easier to find things. Things don’t get lost in the back of the fridge. If something spills, it is easy to remove just that container and clean it than to clean the entire shelf. My refrigerator just looks better when the door is opened with these handy organizers. Should have purchased them sooner!” —Thoreauback

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

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Easily access your pots and pans with the best invention ever: this standing rack. May you never again shout another profane word from trying to remove one pot just to have them all tumbled out on you.


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If you prefer your pans/lids to stand vertically, this can also be used on its side!

Promising review: “I was tired of stacking my frying pans on top of each other and was looking for something to both organize my pans and give me easy access to them. Before this organizer, I would have to unstack several pans in order to get to the middle pan that I needed. Now, I can just reach in and immediately get the frying pan that I need without having to unstack. The quality of this organizer is pretty good.” —Linda Roberson

Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

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Or if you need to save the limited room you have for other things, you can hang your small pans on a wall-mount organizer. It comes with handy accessories (like hooks for pans) that’ll give you quick access to all your kitchen essentials.


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Promising review: “We needed this rack in our kitchen as our cabinets started getting full of pots and pans all over the place including their lids. Our kitchen is small but this rack was the best thing we bought for our kitchen. Very robust metal construction, light for its size and extremely easy to install. I had to drill six screws in the wall. One for each level and finally two more for the supporting bars that are extended to the front. I recommend this product to anyone who wants to organize their kitchens and have their pots and pans they use frequently at one spot.” —Niklas Henricson

Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in two colors).

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Add some much needed function to any cabinet with a pullout shelf system. When you need something, just slide out so you can see EVERYTHING, grab, and you’re done. Ahhh, so easy.


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Promising review: “LIFE SAVING!!!! I have a very narrow cabinet next to my stove and I could never put anything that I used often in it because it had a useless half shelf, was very deep, and I could never reach anything. This fit perfectly, was installed within 20 minutes start to finish, and now I have a very useful storage space where I can finally put things I use all of the time! The product is built very well, it is very heavy duty metal yet the bins glide easily and smoothly. You will not be disappointed!!” —LMB

Get it from Amazon for $108.99+ (available in two sizes).

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And fret not, there’s one for even pots and pans. Install this basket organizer in a cabinet and your lids and best cookware will stay neatly propped up and be easily accessible.


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Promising review: “Exactly as I expected. This fits nine of my pots and pans, with the biggest being 11.5″ in diameter. I show it to everyone that comes into my house :). A little expensive but on par with other ones I could find online. It forces me to stay organized. I love this thing!” —Zedpanda

Get it from Lowe’s for $159.

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Keep on takin’ advantage of ALL the cabinet doors in your kitchen and use an over-the-door-organizer for holding a variety of things like cutting boards, cleaners, and cooking sprays. Get creative people, the kitchen is your oyster!


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Psst! It comes with screws so you don’t have to use the hangers if they don’t fit on your cabinet. With that being said, you should definitely measure before buying if you *do* want to hang it over the cabinet door.

Promising review: “This organizer is so useful! I recently moved and ended up with a much smaller kitchen, so I’ve been doing everything I can to make sure there’s a place for everything and no wasted space. Luckily, I have pretty wide cabinets, so this works out perfectly. I have one holding my cutting boards (four standard plastic boards) and another holding my foil, cling wrap, and parchment paper boxes. The organizer is super easy to assemble and it’s completely versatile: hang it over the cabinet door or attach it to the wall/cabinet door, which means it’s great for renters and owners.” —Kerry

Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

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And for the other door, hang a shopping bag holder because we’re all adults here and it’s time to stop shoving them in the back of your cabinets.


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Promising review: “Holds a ton of those little plastic bags! Very sturdy metal too! Am very pleased with this purchase! Those bags were overtaking our cabinet underneath and now, everything is all neat and organized! Makes me smile every time I open the door! :)” —Shannon O

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in eight colors).

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Give your messy drawer the makeover it deserves with a simple DIY project you can handle, promise. All you need is a pegboard, some dowels, and a few craft supplies!


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Watch the full tutorial plus complete written instructions here.

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🗣🗣 Recycle the tea boxes taking over your pantry and replace them with THIS: The ultimate tea organizer that can hold up to 100 bags!!!


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Promising review: “I have a lot of tea that I typically just toss in a basket. Finally caved and ordered this tea bag organizer. 100% recommended. It’s amazing and a real space saver. The drawers are great and easily slide on and off the tracks. The bottom drawers make great use of bigger bags or misc things. The whole piece itself is very thin so its easy to fit places without it being in the way.” —Juliet

Get it from Amazon for $17.99

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Trade up any old, bulky measuring spoons for a set of magnetic stackable ones. These are double sided and stick together — and hey we already savin’ space here, folks!


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Promising review: “OMG! The spoons are pretty, save space in my drawer and they’re easy to clean. There is an added bonus too, since they have a round and an oblong side to them they fit into the narrower herb jars, Big advantage. I am thrilled with my decision to purchase these!” —Lin

Get a set of eight from Amazon for $14.97.

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And while were on the subject of warm, cozy beverages, slip a coffee pod organizer under your coffee pot or Keurig so you have all your sugar packets, K-cups, and creamers at your disposal (and NOT tossed around the kitchen).


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Promising review: “For me this works perfectly! Fits just right under my coffee maker and between a couple of other countertop appliances. I use the drawers for a variety of the pods so it provides a convenient selection. What’s really great is the study metal construction that supports the coffee maker yet allows the drawers to open and close easily. Just terrific!!” —Timothy N.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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Assign your over-the-door shoe organizer a new job and use it for storing cleaning products, snacks, baby food, and soooo many other kitchen things.


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Promising review: “LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product! I used it in my pantry for snacks! I love being able to see everything when you open the door, and the kids love being able to just grab a snack and go. Plus, there are no more empty snack boxes in my pantry!” —Mila McClain

And check out BuzzFeed’s write-up on this organizer to find out other creative ways this thing can be used!

Get one from Amazon for $8.97.

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And lastly, place Lazy Susan turntables in the corners of your pantry to transform it into a tidy wonderland where you can *actually* find the things that get pushed to the back just to never be seen again!


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Promising review: “These are great for organizing! I have several in my fridge and pantry and I feel like I can see everything now. They also spin easily.” —Morgan

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

Let’s celebrate your very tidy, organized kitchen!


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