FOOD STORAGE IDEAS – Benjamin Franklin famously said, “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” If kitchens are the heart of the home, storage is at the heart of an organized kitchen.
Here are 30 storage ideas and DIY projects that will help make your kitchen the clean, calm space you’ve always dreamed of.
- 1 Store Above Your Window
- 2 Add Shelves To Your Backsplash
- 3 Try Floating Shelves
- 4 Go Vertical
- 5 Hang Mugs
- 6 Optimize Your Pantry
- 7 Clear Food Storage
- 8 Leave No Space Unused
- 9 Tackle Your Closet
- 10 Use Vertical Space
- 11 Use Book Bins as Dividers
- 12 Keep Lids in Check with Tension Rods
- 13 Store Lids in a Hidden Magazine Rack
- 14 Basket Full of Herbs and Cooking Utensils
- 15 Convenient Trash and Garbage Rolls
- 16 Lid Storage on Your Cabinet Doors
- 17 Utensil Drawers in Unused Cabinet Space
- 18 A Wall-Mounted Mug and Glass Holder
- 19 Fruit Baskets Hanging from the Wall
- 20 Easy-to-Reach Pantry Drawers that Pull Out
Store Above Your Window
No matter the size of your kitchen, every little inch matters when it comes to storage. A simpleabove a window increases display space for plates, bowls, and art.
Add Shelves To Your Backsplash
An awkward corner can be maximized by adding in easy storage., tucked underneath cabinets, gives you a space to stow glassware — and since the glasses match the shelf, the effect is nearly invisible.
Try Floating Shelves
Floating shelves on either side of a window offer space for dishes and glassware. Don’t worry if you only have a small amount of wall space to work with: petite shelves can still get the job done.
Don’t limit storage to areas within arms’ reach. A sliding ladder helps you reach ceiling-height cabinets, which are perfect for that breadmaker you never use.
This copper-pipe shelving holds hooks for coffee cups and cookware, keeping the countertop free for actual cooking. Plus, it looks seriously chic.
Optimize Your Pantry
Make the most out of your pantry space by organizing your groceries. Keep a rotation of your cereals, dry goods, and spices, so that you’re not adding clutter to your shelves with expired items.
Clear Food Storage
Get crafty with your food storage by using etching cream. Clear food containers are great for small spaces because they let you visually identify your dry goods quickly and easily, without having to rummage through cluttered or cramped cabinets. Putting a label on the container makes it all easier still.
Leave No Space Unused
Don’t forget to make use of even the smallest spaces to get the most out of your kitchen. a tilt-down drawer at your sink, for example, is a handy way to store sponges and knicknacks that would otherwise take up valuable counter space.
Tackle Your Closet
Keep your utility closets tidy to avoid letting your brooms, mops, and dustpans from taking over. Wall hangers go a long way to help keep these items in place.
Use Vertical Space
With smaller kitchens, cabinet and drawer space can be limited, so get smart with your vertical space. Pierced corbels are great for hanging larger kitchen utensils that would otherwise crowd your drawer space. Additionally, glass-front mounted cabinet doors are a beautiful way to display your servingware and to leverage wall space.
Use Book Bins as Dividers
For a super simple solution to keep plastic containers of varying sizes neat and tidy, Better Homes & Gardens turned book bins on their sides and used them as dividers.
Keep Lids in Check with Tension Rods
Small tension rods are a smart way to keep lids from getting out of hand, since they can be extended to fit just about any size drawer, like in this example from Montana Prairie Tales.
Store Lids in a Hidden Magazine Rack
The cure for out-of-control lids? Add a magazine rack to the inside of your cabinet door like Better Homes & Gardens did here for hidden, easy-to-reach storage whenever you need to put leftovers away.
Basket Full of Herbs and Cooking Utensils
Grab a basket and a few items to use as holders, such as measuring cups, crocks, jars, and mugs. Then, gather items you use the most often for cooking from drawers, cupboards, and counters. This idea provides easier access to your most used items, uncluttered counter space, and new space in your drawers and cupboards.
Convenient Trash and Garbage Rolls
For quick and easy access to garbage bags, buy garbage bags in rolls. Then, mount some inexpensive curtain rod holders and rods on the side of the kitchen sink base cupboard, and slide the garbage bags onto the rods. The garbage bags are easier to access and no longer taking up space on the bottom of your cupboard.
Lid Storage on Your Cabinet Doors
To organize pan lids, use sturdy adhesive hooks on the back of the cupboard door to hold them. Make sure the handles of the lids won’t hold the door open by resting against pans. Place hooks on an angle at the four o’clock and eight o’clock position for each lid. Now you have easier access to your lids and pans.
Utensil Drawers in Unused Cabinet Space
Narrow, unused cupboard space in your kitchen can become usable with pull-out cabinets like this one. They can hold all manner of items for quick and easy access, and the shelves can be adjustable. You can do it yourself, or if you are not handy, hire a contractor to install the pull-out cabinets.
A Wall-Mounted Mug and Glass Holder
Mugs and glasses are one of the items in kitchen cupboards that do not stack well. So, they end up spread out. Hanging a rack in an empty wall space frees up more cupboard space, gets the mugs and glasses out of the cupboard, and puts them within easy reach.
Fruit Baskets Hanging from the Wall
Try this idea for another use of empty wall space that clears up counter space and makes room in overcrowded refrigerators. Just attach some boards to the wall; add some sturdy, decorative baskets; and you have a place to store fruit to provide healthy snacks for your family within easy reach.
Easy-to-Reach Pantry Drawers that Pull Out
Replacing the shelves of the pantry with drawers makes it easier to fill the pantry and reach everything it contains. The drawers make better use of the pantry space. You can buy them and install them or build them yourself. Whichever you choose, this will make the best use of an already existing space in your kitchen.