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The kitchen is arguably the most overworked room in the house. Put through its paces on a daily basis, this poor room acts as a tireless workhorse every single day of our lives. Kitchens deserve a little love every once in awhile, and to us, love equals organization. We’ve come up with this list of some of the most innovative kitchen organization tips to organize your kitchen while keeping it happy and beautiful.
Tip #1 – Use the Walls
For most of us, lack of space is the primary reason our kitchens feel overworked and underpaid. A clever way to get around lack of counter and storage space is to look up and use the walls. Magnetic knife strips, wall hanging utensil and drying racks, pegboard wall storage, and floating shelves are all ingenious fixes for this common kitchen problem. Plus, if you plan these accessories well, your hanging storage will be both functional and fabulous to look at.
Tip #2 – Invest in clever storage space
If you’re building a kitchen from scratch or undertaking a large renovation project, we highly recommend splurging on custom-made cabinetry that maximizes storage space. Bespoke corner cabinets, vertical pantry storage, and layered drawers will help you organize more efficiently than you ever thought possible. If a large-scale project isn’t on the horizon, you can pick up inexpensive drawer dividers and drying racks to creatively make the most of what space you have.
Tip #3 – Don’t forget the inside of doors
Even the most organized homeowner can easily forget that doors have insides and outsides. One of the easiest – and craftiest – ways to maximize your space is to use doors as storage. Hang aprons, brooms, and dustpans on kitchen doors, organize spices and baking supplies on pantry doors, and store cleaning supplies and paper towels on lower kitchen cabinets to free up space inside the units themselves.
Tip #4 – Organize and display all in one go
Decorative storage is as popular as ever, but we think that if you’re going to go down this route, fill your Mason jars with things you actually use in everyday life. We prefer clear jars of varying shapes and sizes in order to see what we’re storing, but feel free to add chalkboard labels or tags if you plan on changing out your ingredients often.
Tip #5 – Choose frosted glass cabinets
We love the look of glass cabinet doors, but unless your contents are always organized to perfection, frosted glass may be an even better solution. This way, any lapses in your cabinet organization will be glazed over with a beautiful, classic finish.
Tip #6 – Make the most of your island
An island is arguably the most important part of the kitchen (as homeowners who don’t have one will often lament), so make the most of what you have. Great kitchen organization tips include hidden trash storage, drawers and cabinets, and end shelving (or an end of island wine rack!), which can increase your storage space and free up your countertops for food preparation and appliances.
Tip #7 – Make organization a work of art
While this kind of look won’t work for everyone, we love the idea of combining kitchen organization and art. A wall-hung unit like this one doubles perfectly as a small utensil holder. If you like the idea of this but think it’s too far removed from your personal style tastes, stick to a traditional wall-mounted utensil rack.
Tip #8 – Organize the rest of your life in the kitchen
For most of us, the kitchen is the center of our home life, so it only makes sense that it also be home to an organized family command center. While we would love a smart fridge like Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, an organized corner of the counter with a whiteboard and file tray will suffice for the time being.
Tip #9 – Make a vertical wall kitchen garden
Homeowners with a green thumb probably have countertops and windowsills overflowing with fresh herbs, flowers, and microgreens. An unique way to organize this green chaos is to create a vertical garden on your kitchen wall. We love this idea because it not only saves precious space, but it also adds to the aesthetic of the room.
Using all or some of these 9 innovative kitchen organization tips and tricks in your overworked kitchen will make for a more cohesively organized space that will function better than ever! And, isn’t that what we all want?
Kaitlin Krull is a writer and mom of two girls living the expat life in the UK. She enjoys writing for various outlets with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on home projects with confidence.
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