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14 Small Kitchen Storage Hacks to Make the Most of Your Space

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Kitchen storage is always at a premium if you live in a small apartment. It can be difficult to find space for preparing and cooking food, let alone storing utensils, pots & pans, and appliances. But no matter how small your kitchen might seem, these DIY hacks demonstrate there are lots of creative kitchen storage solutions to eke out more space .

1. Declutter Your Cutlery with a Mason Jar Organizer

Source: Pottery Barn

Mason jars are versatile kitchen containers for storing utensils and this organizer is easy to make. Simply find a piece of wood, sand and stain it. Drill hose clamps into the wood at intervals, attach the mason jars and hang it up. Different sized jars can be used for different sized utensils. A great way to free up precious drawer space!

2. Use a Utensil Organizer Drawer

OK, if you simply can’t bear to part with your collection of spatulas, then a clever storage option is to turn an unused drawer into a upright utensil organizer. Get the full tutorial here.

3. Or Try Hanging Utensils on a Wire Kitchen Rack

A wire kitchen rack is a space-saving storage solution that lets you hang all your utensils and free up kitchen counter space. Most utensils are designed to be hung, and might even have a hole or a loop for this purpose. Follow these instructions and install this kitchen rack behind your stove.

4. Opt for a Storage Shelf for Hanging Pots & Pans

Making use of your wall space is a smart move in a small kitchen. This nifty shelf is designed to hang pots & pans on the bottom, but can also store other kitchen items on the top, such as recipes books, a small coffee maker or cooking tins.

5. Move Up with a Ladder Pot Rack

An old ladder can be transformed into a cheap kitchen organizer for pots and pans, with a little sawing, mounting, and a chain. Find out how to make your own DIY ladder pot rack to keep your pots and pans from cluttering up your kitchen.

6. Magazine Holders Make for Great Freezer Shelves

If your kitchen is small, your fridge and freezer probably are, too. Plastic magazine holders can be inserted into your freezer space as makeshift shelves to organize and store bags of frozen fruit and veggies. Check out how this cheap and instant hack can free up space in your freezer.

7. Clear Desk Organizers Tidy Up the Fridge

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Think office supplies are just for the office? Think again. A great way to keep your fridge neat and tidy is to use clear desk organizers. These are totally stackable and let you easily see what’s what.

8. Use the Side of Your Fridge

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Like wall space, you can also use the side of your fridge as space for storage. It’s a perfect place to hang a multifunctional storage kitchen rack to store items if your kitchen is lacking pantry storage.

9. Or Stick Spices on the Fridge

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A fancy way to display your spices is to transfer them to magnetic spice tins and place them on the side of your fridge for easy access. To make sure you know what’s in them, label the tins on their backside.

10. Create a Vegetable Drawer Dispenser

Rather than storing potatoes, squash, and beets in bags that can quickly take up space, convert the space under your sink into a cabinet. Add sliding wicker basket drawers and you have ideal kitchen cupboard storage for vegetables that need to be kept in temperate dark places.

11. Or Try Storing Fruits in an Under-Cabinet Box

Big fruit bowls take up much needed bench space in a small kitchen. Instead, an under-cabinet fruit box is a much better idea. Who knows, if the fruit is more accessible you might be more inclined to eat it?!

12. Decorate & Organize by Hanging a Three-Tiered Wire Basket

Utilize the ceiling in your small kitchen by hanging a three-tiered wire basket in one corner. This is a great cost-effective storage option and the baskets are different sizes. A small one on top for holding garlic and onions, a medium sized one for bananas, avocados, and oranges and a bigger one on the bottom for bread and other large items.

13. Keep Tidy with a Lazy Susan Under Your Sink

Organize your kitchen cleaning products by inserting a Lazy Susan under your sink. This easy under-the-sink kitchen cupboard storage idea is great for keeping the space tidy, and when you need something, just give it a spin.

14. Hang Cleaning Supplies on a Tension Rod

Spray bottles galore under your sink? Mount a tension rod underneath and suspend bottles by their spray triggers for quick and easy access to cleaning products. This leaves plenty of space for small kitchen storage baskets containing cloths, sponges or any other cleaning products underneath.

Author’s Bio

Angela Pearse is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.

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Pot lids have to be one of the most difficult things to organize in a kitchen cabinet, but this super-simple trick will keep your pot lids organized for good without taking up space on your countertops or in the cabinet itself. All you need are a few plastic adhesive hooks—the kind you can get at any department store.

This ingeniously simple method gets the pot lids up off of the bottom of your cabinet and gives them a place to rest on the inside of your cabinet door. Just space out the hooks so the pot lids will rest into the hooks without falling, and attach the hooks to the inside of the cabinet door. If you get the really good kind, they’re cheap and they’re easily removed if you need to move them around (or if you’re a renter and you’re about to move out.)

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We’ve shown you plenty of other methods to organize pot lids in the past, but this one keeps them out of sight, is cheap to install, easy to remove, and is completely unseen when your cabinet doors are closed. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s similar to this method we shared a few years ago, but trades out hooks that are screwed directly into the cabinet door for inexpensive removable ones that get the job done just as nicely.

Easiest Cupboard Pan Lid Organizer | Instructables

One of the things that really annoys me is when I pull a pan out of the cupboard and the lids to my pots go crashing around. I have never had cupboards that allowed me to organize them on the door, until now. So today I want to show you how I organize pot lids in my cupboard, and give you four other ways to organize them using everyday items in your house.

I purchased these 3M Command Hooks to organize my pot lids because they are super easy to put on and they come off without leaving any residue on the cabinet.

Then I measured my lids and attached the Command Hooks to the cupboards. It took 3 hooks per lid, two for the bottom and one to hold the top of the lid. Here’s what they look like.

Here’s what my cupboard looked like before,

and here’s what it look like now. It’s not a huge change but it’s one that will make a big difference and make it much easier to access my pots and pans!

After posting my friend Melissa’s organized kitchen I received another great tip, from a reader, for organizing pot lids. She said she purchased these CD racks at a Dollar store and they work perfectly for organizing her lids.


Photo credit: Minta (Ask Anna reader)

Here’s another great way to organize pot lids. Purchase a simple towel bar and hang it on the back of your cupboard door. Place the lids in the towel rack and you have instant lid organization!

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This next idea for organizing pot lids is one of my favorite. I would never look at a dish rack and think “hmmm, I think I could organize some lids in that.” But it’s a great idea!

Photo credit: Nettacow

I also love this idea if you have cupboard with shallow shelves. This pot lid rack is from IKEA but if you don’t have an IKEA near you, file holders for the wall, would work just as well!

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These are 5 simple tricks for how to organize pot lids in your kitchen! I would love to hear if you have another idea, I always love to learn new ways to organize household items!

An easy household hack to store pot lids

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Welcome to Day 26 of my month long series “How to Organize Your Kitchen Frugally in 31 Days”. Every day during the month of October I will be sharing an organized space in my kitchen with you. My goal is to inspire you and give you ideas on how you can organize your kitchen.

If you missed it, you may want to read why I’m embracing my outdated kitchen. It might give you a little perspective on why the pictures of my kitchen organization won’t be “magazine worthy”, but helpful for real life organization.

Today we are looking at pot and pan storage. Of all the ideas I have posted for this series, this one is by far my favorite. It’s one of those that is so simple, yet has saved so much aggravation and I have been looking forward to sharing it all month!

I have struggled with organizing my pots and pans for years. I have tried almost every inexpensive solution I could find to organize them in a way that worked well. Sure, I’d buy a pull out drawer with dividers if I had hundreds of extra dollars, but I wanted a solution that wouldn’t break the bank!

I’ve searched for products that would make it simpler to get my pots and pans without having to unstack them every time. They are heavy, cumbersome, and since they are stored in a lower cupboard, I sometimes have to get down on the floor and dig through the pile of pans. Lets just say this is not my favorite thing to do!

And then one day I saw this product:

Source: Amazon

Can you say ***LOVE***!?!?! Besides the fact that it appears to be featured in the dream kitchen I have in my head and not my real kitchen, I think this is such a great use of space! However, I realize this is definitely out of my budget right now!

So what to do with a great idea on a small budget? DIY a knock-off!

One of the things that I love about this organizer is that the pan dividers are adjustable. The pots and pans I use most frequently are all different depths, so the need for adjustable dividers was a must.

I wanted to keep the pots and pans I use daily right in the front so I could grab them easily without having to unstack! I don’t mind keeping pots I don’t use often in the back of the cupboard, but I want easy access to those I do use regularly.

Here is what my pot and pan cabinet used to look like:

When I was first married I got a whole set of expensive cookware. But over the years, I have added a few and gotten rid of a few. Of course my frying pans have had to be replaced, so I have somewhat of a mix-matched set.

So what did I do?

I found these adjustable bakeware organizers here on Amazon:

I could see that the dividers could easily be removed to make wider spaces for my deep pots. I ordered 2 at just over $13 each.

I put them in my cupboard and decided on the placement of my pots and pans so I knew which dividers to remove.

They came with hardware, but since I wanted to be able to access the pots I infrequently use (which I was planning to store in the back of the cupboard), I didn’t want to screw them to the bottom of the cupboard.

I simply set them side by side and put my pots and pans in. The weight of the pans keeps them in place. I was ecstatic with the results!

Now I can easily grab the pot I need without unstacking! And it only cost about $26! I wanted to live with it for a while before I told you about it. I’ve been storing my pots like this for over six months and it’s worked wonderfully! I’ll tell you that they do shift slightly with constant use. It doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve thought of screwing the two bases together, but then it would be harder to get to the pots in the back.

When I need a pot from the back of the cupboard, I remove one of the racks and the pans on it, and pull the pot out (which is why I didn’t screw it into the cupboard). Honestly, I only pull those pots out when I have a lot of company. Pretty much on Thanksgiving only. The six pots and pans in the front are the ones I use regularly.

The only thing this storage method didn’t do for me was allow space for my vegetable steamer (it’s from Pampered Chef in case you’re wondering). To solve that problem, I put an under shelf storage basket under the lids shelf just for my steamer. It’s the perfect size to fit over my smaller saucepans and allows me to have ALL of the pots and pans I use front and central.

If you don’t have a shelf for your lids, you could store them on the inside of your cabinet door using a small curtain rod like this pin or with 3M Command Hooks like this pin. I keep mine on my shelf because I usually only use one lid most of the time and it’s easy to grab on the shelf.

I hope you’re inspired to organize your pots and pans frugally! Tomorrow we’ll be taking a look at why I HATE deep shelves and what I did to fix the problem in my pantry.

10 Storage Solutions For Pots And Pans

Becky Harris, Houzz Contributor

Some of the gorgeous cookware collections I see around Houzz are displayed in downright mouthwatering ways. It doesn’t matter if the pieces were transported in a carry-on bag en route from France or in a plastic bag on the way home from HomeGoods. The ways these pots and pans are composed, lit and hung on well-thought-out racks and rails are worthy of admiration. Go ahead and steal these ideas to give your cookware a starring role in the kitchen even when the stove is off.

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1. Shine the spotlight on a standout collection. This kitchen design began with a beloved cookware collection. Interior designer Sandy Brock and her husband have brought pieces back from their world travels for decades, and displaying them prominently keeps their memories front and center. Brock designed the pot rack, which has integrated lighting in the center. The copper pieces bounce the light around beautifully.

2. Let the backsplash take a back seat. This movie critic’s pots all come from the same place but have been collected over many years. Every year after attending the Cannes Film Festival in France, he returns with a treasured handmade piece of Mauviel cookware. The enviable collection inspired much of the kitchen’s design, including the custom bronze pot racks, copper-colored Art Deco hood and accents on the lower cabinets. By using large-format white tiles with coordinating grout, nothing distracts from the cookware and vent hood.

3. Make the most of a small range backsplash area. This kitchen has just a small space dedicated to the hanging cookware collection. But thanks to a gorgeous copper weathervane topping off the copper pots and pans, the area is a powerful focal point. Note the way the lighting placement keeps the area highlighted.

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4. Play off a kitchen island’s proportions. This is a hefty island, and the structure of the rack overhead is substantial to match. A pot rack over an island needs to be scaled accordingly. For example, if your island is a square, a smaller square rack overhead is pleasing to the eye. If the island is rectangular, scale down the dimensions and center a smaller rectangular or oval pot rack overhead.

A good rule of thumb is to imagine that the countertop edges extend up to the ceiling. All pieces hanging from the rack should fit within this imaginary box. As for height, you’ll want a clear view across at eye level and to keep the pieces within reach. Use the dimensions of the longest pieces plus the length of the hooks in your calculations.

5. Use open shelving around the range. The countryside kitchens that interior designer Tanya Capaldo fell in love with in France and Italy were strong influences on her design for her own kitchen. She eschewed the usual American approach to cabinetry, keeping things open via upper and lower open shelving around the range as well as by using glass cabinet doors.

Though many of her pots and pans are copper, the kitchen features a mix of metals, including stainless steel appliances and antique bronze cabinet hardware. Capaldo loves her HomeGoods finds as much as she loves the ones she found on far-flung travels.

6. Find order. For these homeowners, incorporating their beloved cookware collection in a way that kept it easily accessible was a must. Two simple custom iron rails let the homeowners line up their beloved pieces according to size, shape and color. The collection is neat and within easy reach without overwhelming the kitchen design.

7. Save space with rails. You don’t have to have a large central spot or custom railings and racks to keep your cookware beautifully displayed. This wall is shiny with the mix of metal pots and pans hung efficiently from inexpensive pot rails and hooks from Ikea.

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8. Fashion a special rack. Homeowner Marie Barth never met a found object she couldn’t find a use for. In the Italian countryside-inspired kitchen she designed herself, she used a piece she discovered in the dirt at a salvage yard to hold her pots. It’s an old iron lamp minus the dirt and rust she cleaned off. The dark patina and unique silhouette draw the eye to her collection.

9. Enjoy the reflection. In this kitchen, shelves in a lovely organic material, Italian black basalt, provide sturdy support, while LED strip lights tucked into the shelves illuminate the collection.

This kind of arrangement is the reverse of what many of us grew up with, since the pots and pans are up top, with the china and glassware stowed in lower cabinets. The efficient way lower cabinets are designed today makes this possible — they are outfitted to hold plates and glasses safely.

10. Display more than the usual pots and pans. This collection went linear. A simple piece of coordinating molding and hooks allowed the homeowners to display shapely copper molds along with the pots and pans.