7 Smart Kitchen Storage Ideas

GuestBlogger | Feb 11, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Most people would agree that their kitchen could use a little boost in the organization department. After a quick examination of your current kitchen storage situation, you notice a few places that could use some long-overdue attention. If this is you, and it likely is, then it is time to make a change.

Attacking the task of reorganizing your kitchen space can be extremely daunting, but the finished product is always worth it! Get excited about starting your next fix-up project with these fun and inspirational kitchen storage ideas.

1. Recycled Spoon Holder

What did you do with your last empty coffee container? Chances are you thought it had a cool vintage look to it but tossed it anyway because the last thing you want is clutter. Well, next time you use up the last of your dark roast coffee beans, place that trendy container on your counter and fill it with those large wooden spoons and utensils that are taking up way too much drawer space. Voila! You have just recycled, decorated, and created additional storage. Of course, you can use any kind of tin or other repurposed container that you like for this.

2. Hanging Pots and Pans

Pots and pans are an awkward and bulky kitchen necessity, and the clanging and banging that comes with finding the right-sized pot in your cupboard can be irritating. Hanging your stovetop essentials is a simple solution to increase convenience as well as storage space! Drill some hooks into the underside of a sturdy, secure shelf (make sure you don’t surpass weight limits) or purchase a rack with hooks to hang from the ceiling. Not only will they be easy to reach, but they will also add a decorative element to your kitchen. Remember to drill into the studs, not drywall, and use anchors for extra support.

3. Lid Racks

If you insist on leaving your pots and pans in a cupboard, then utilize this storage-saving trick to make your lids readily available. Drill a metal bar, like a towel rack, into the inside of your cupboard door with one to two inches of space between in between the door and the metal so that the lids can fit through but will be stopped when their handles catch on the bar. This will serve as an organized and efficient rack to store your stovetop lids.

4. Measuring Cup Hooks

Do you sift through stacks of measuring cups while cooking, dirtying all of them in the process? Keep your measuring cups separated and organized by size by hanging them from small hooks on the inside of your cupboard door.

5. Pantry Containers

Do you look through kitchen décor magazines and wonder why your pantry does not look as beautiful or as bright? This solution may not make your pantry magazine-ready, but it will definitely be on its way. Purchase matching containers of all different sizes to store dry goods. This will clean up the look of your pantry, provide you with more storage space, and possibly lead to less waste and overbuying.

6. Bins and Baskets

Matching baskets or bins can be a great way to conveniently keep loose things together. You could have a basket for fruits, a basket for breads, and a basket for snacks. This solution can open up a ton of pantry space and make these healthy options easy to grab on the go.

7. Entertaining Cart

A cart on wheels can be a great space-saver at the end of your counter, next to your island, or close to your dining room table. By filling the cart with entertaining essentials you can create extra storage space, make items easily accessible to guests, and roll heavy platters to the place that you need them.

The options for increasing storage space in your kitchen are endless. With the right inspiration, a little creativity, and an end-goal in sight, you can take your kitchen from drab to fab in no time!

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