Kitchen Storage Tips

Kitchen storage tips will show you some simple ways to clear up your kitchen. Lately we’ve been talking about de-cluttering your living spaces, especially during the Spring. This article will show you some ways you can make more space in your kitchen without having to buy a brand new one. Efficient and effective storage is essential in every room of the house. The kitchen and bathroom are even more important if you want your home to look its best. See how to update your bathroom in one weekend here. Now let’s tackle the kitchen. I use all of these kitchen storage tips myself and can fully recommend their usefulness. 

Kitchen storage tips


wouldn't it be great if we could fit all our kitchen utensils in this tiny space?

Kitchen storage tips 1: storage shelves


Add shelves to store your everyday items so you can free up the cupboard space for things you want to hide away. Kitchen storage tips would be worth nothing if we didn’t address this very basic problem most smaller kitchens have. We fill our cupboards so well that it’s hard to find things we need to use. Before we did our extreme home makeover I had so many things in my kitchen cupboards, I went out and bought new items of things I’d forgotten I had! Ikea shelves and shelf brackets are great for this because they’re stylish as well. You can even use your storage shelves to showcase hard-wearing art or pieces you want to display but don’t know where else in your home they’d fit.  Displays on shelves like these can be a perfect conversation starter while your guests are waiting to be fed. Cookbooks can also be visible on these, a great way to inspire your cooking.

Kitchen storage tips 2: chopping boards

Make sure you have different cutting boards for different jobs – meats, veg, bread etc. You can store them vertically in a small space left over near your fridge, microwave oven etc. Each kitchen has these little nooks and crannies.  Ikea also does great little vertical shelves that you can install yourself for storing cutting boards and other kitchen essentials. It’s not healthy to leave your chopping board face down on your kitchen counter indefinitely. They can pick up  a terrible amount of germs from the constant damp contact of the counter.

Kitchen storage tips 3: have a spice drawer


magnetic spice board

You don’t have to have a specialised spice drawer to store your spices away. You can convert or use any of your existing drawers for this. Spices are at their optimum if they’re stored away from sunshine and bright lights. Therefore, storing them in a drawer is ideal. This also means less dusting for you and less clutter on your counter tops. You don’t even have to buy new spice jars to adopt this principle. If you have kitchen drawer dividers these would be ideal, if not – no problem! I have a small kitchen and am always looking for clever ways to use the space. I have a magnetic board (like the one in the picture above) in a darker corner of the kitchen and use magnetic spice containers with it. Wall storage is definitely one of my top kitchen storage tips. This enables you to make use of spaces which are otherwise not working hard enough for you.

Kitchen storage tips 4: pull-out storage

You can install a pull-out  or roll-out storage system in any of your existing cupboards. Do you have a large corner cupboard in which you lose things and can’t get to the stuff at the very back? You could purchase a pull-out system to make viewing your larger items like pots and pans more easily. You could also use this kitchen storage tip to plan your recycle cupboard – either in your kitchen or in another location in your home. I find these extremely useful because they’re so simple to install and use. This could be one of your most useful buy yet. And as a bonus, you don’t have to wait for a new kitchen to enjoy it.

Other little kitchen storage tips I use in my home

        • Under-shelf rack – useful for cook books, kids lunch boxes, kitchen towels and knicks-knacks.
        • Wall-Mount grocery bag holder – fantastic for keeping all the plastic bags tightly fitted in one small space. Wall storage in action once again!
        • Can rack – I’m thankful for can racks because they literally multiply my storage space into 4. Yes! I can store 4 times as many things with this rack in my cupboard. I use them for storing mugs and glasses too.
        • Adjustable Pantry door rack – I have 4 smaller versions of this pantry door rack. I use 1 inside a kitchen cupboard doors to store small bottles, packs etc. I’ve always had these in all the houses I’ve lived. I also have one in the utility room behind a cupboard door – for storing cleaning supplies. I can’t get enough of them, so I have one on the door of my bin cupboard to store various bits and bobs. I can vouch for their usefulness. I love them so much I made a few (different design, of course) to go in my kids bedrooms for other storage solutions there.
Have you got other kitchen storage tips to share with us? We’d really love to hear them because they can help us all keep a better, safer and cleaner kitchen. I love great ideas for storage and the ones I make best use of are wall and inside-cupboard-doors storage. I want to make every space work as effectively as possible. Smart storage is a great way to do this.
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23 Responses to Kitchen Storage Tips

  1. Patsy Tierney August 15, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    I have encountered some DIY efficient storage space systems that could go well with the kitchen. One example is the spice cabinet. Instead of buying a spice organizer, one could use a mesh tray that is usually sold in office supplies section. Then, buy some small glass jars and magnetic strips to attach at the bottom of the jars. This way, you have made an even cheaper version of a spice cabinet organizer.
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  2. Labeling Machine March 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    I like this one Anne! Our kitchen is really hilarious! I don’t know if I should be happy with its wide space since it irritates me to reach the spices, which is 4 steps away from the stove. I don’t know with my Mom, she is just weird when it comes to organizing stuffs.

  3. Dean December 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    I love these ideas so much! Thanks for the article! I have a very small kitchen because it is separated into 2 parts (1 is kitchen, 1 is laundry room) and thus causing a space and storage constraint. I only have a 4-doors cabinet top and bottom which can barely hold all of my utensils, containers, baking apparatus etc. Hence, an “island” mobile counter top trolley has been my best friend since. I store my chopping board, condiments and containers in the drawers and push the trolley out of sight once I am done.

  4. Elena Anne June 11, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    Another helpful recommendation for decluttering your kitchen is to go through all of your utensils and appliances, making sure that these are things that you use. Sometimes we accumulate clutter or by things for the kitchen that we really do not need. Also, keeping drawers free from “junk” is another way to free up space.

    • Anne June 11, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      Definitely, Elena. I do this regularly so I’m not taking up valuable storage space with things I don’t need or never use. In fact, if you start at the core of the problem and don’t buy too many ‘gadgets’ this should take care of the problem before it occurs. I deliberate for a long time before buying a new gadget that does exactly what a knife or tin opener etc. can do.
      Thanks for your input.

  5. Elaine Salt June 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    These great kitchen storage tips can help keep our kitchen organized and look clean at all times.

  6. Ari Z May 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Shelf space is great for freeing up cabinet storage. You can even turn some of your prettier kitchen ware like serving platters and pitchers into art and bring some color and personality into your kitchen.
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  7. Sue Donovan May 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    These are very helpful tips! My kitchen is full of clutter and badly needs a makeover. I’m glad I found this post! I really need to throw out most of the kitchen stuff that I no longer need and add more storage.
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    • Anne May 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      It’s easier to do than you think, Sue. Some people feel that they’re too attached to things to throw them out, but once you start, it becomes much easier. See my feng shui tips to see what I mean.

  8. Elena Anne May 4, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    This is a really helpful article. I do stock up my kitchen stuff in drawers too! I want my kitchen to look clean and all the stuff hidden so as much as possible I don’t really mount anything on the walls.
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    • Anne May 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

      Hi Elena. The clean, minimalistic look is great, but sometimes little pictures on the wall can make the kitchen look homely and welcoming.

  9. Judy
    May 2, 2012 at 2:42 am #

    Anne, these are great tips and I have one to add which helped me save space in my tiny kitchen. My storage containers are all rectangular or square so that they do not waste the space of round containers as they fit snugly together and stack well too. I have an armoire in my dining room which we use to store the blender, crock pot, steamer and so forth.

    I am excitedly awaiting your book publishing. Dave’s story broke my heart, but his success mended it again. I am so glad that you survived too. His social worker’s comment caused me to think of your childhood too. I tried to rescue a cat once who had been mauled by a German Shepard. She scratched the heck out of my face. I could not get close to her to take her to a vet. I picture abusers like wounded animals now; attacking the wrong party….

    Blessings, Judy
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  10. Reese April 30, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    Thanks for the tips. I am also thinking of getting mobile kitchen shelves to save on space and it’s also great that they can be multi-functional. I saw one moving shelf with a top that be used as a chopping board.
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    • Anne May 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

      I’ve never seen one of these, but I’ll keep an eye out. Sounds quite interesting.

  11. Pete Goumas April 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Hi Anne,
    You have given some useful tips on how to store items in kitchen without making mess. We could manage our kitchen easily by using simple tips. Sandwich makers take a bit space especially in small kitchen, what advice do you give for the proper placement of sandwich maker especially in small kitchens.

    • Anne April 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      Hi Pete, I think that anything in the kitchen which takes up too much space could be put on a shelf (as in the first tip). Another idea may be to display things you use often – like plates – and use their space in the cupboards to hide away things like sandwich makers. I don’t have one. I think we’re tricked into buying a lot of kitchen items that are really not necessary. I think many of us can get rid of half the gadgets in our kitchens and still live very comfortable lives.

      Years ago I promised myself to stop buying kitchen gadgets unless I could not do without them. I can’t think of anything I’ve bought since then apart from necessary things like crockery etc.

      If you haven’t used a gadget in the last 4 months, it’s safe to say it’s redundant. 🙂

  12. Steven Papas April 25, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    I really need the roll out drawers. I have cabinets that have stuff so far back in them I doubt that I will every get them out. I may someday need the magic bullet blender or something of that nature.

    • Anne April 26, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      I know what you mean, Steven. We haven’t had a chance to sort out the old kitchen as perfectly as we want it. One of the good things about these pull out drawers is that you can install them in any cupboard. I know I’ve lost things in big cupboards in our old house.

    • Anne April 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      It may be easy to get rid of all the things in the back of the cupboard. If you haven’t used them in ages, you probably don’t need them clogging up your space. 🙂

  13. Asma Khan April 21, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Beautiful tips as always . spice drawer is awesome.
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    • Anne April 26, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      …And extremely useful.

  14. Harriet April 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    The thing I hate about my student kitchen is our lack of space which means that everything gets jumbled up and we often lose things! I love the look of those stacking chopping boards, think I’m gonna get some of those when I have my own place.
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