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This post is full of affordable and easy kitchen organization ideas to maximize space and get your kitchen organized and clutter-free for good! These products will help you fall in love with your kitchen all over again, even tiny apartment kitchens!
In my last two posts, I taught you how to declutter the kitchen and how to thoroughly deep clean your kitchen. Now that your space is clean and clutter-free, it’s time to organize what we have left. In my next few posts, I am going to show you some of the best organization tips for every section of your kitchen, from the pantry, under the sink, cabinets, refrigerator, drawers, and more.
In this post, I am going to share with you my all-time favorite kitchen organization ideas and products that will get your whole kitchen organized, These tips are affordable, easy to implement, and will save your sanity when it comes to being in the kitchen!
First – let me tell you why I personally love having an organized kitchen, and why I think you’ll love it, too. I can:
- Find everything I need quickly without rummaging through drawers, cabinets, and unknown dimensions looking for my stuff.
- Be motivated to cook meals knowing everything is clean and organized, which saves me money from giving up and ordering a pizza.
- Grant my kids more independence by setting up my kitchen in a way that is kid-friendly.
- Prevent things from falling out of their space and wasting time cleaning up unnecessary messes.
Overall, having an organized kitchen saves me time, money, patience, sanity…ya know, some of those things we run out of a little too quickly 😉
If you are ready to finally get your kitchen organized and wondering what products and ideas I have personally used and tested, keep reading!
Kitchen Organization Idea #1 – Organize your water bottles with a rack
This is the product I use to organize my family’s water bottles and my husband’s protein bottles! Before I started using this, I was extremely frustrated with the bottles constantly falling over in the cabinets, and some of the water bottles being too tall to fit into the cabinet at all. This helped make sure all my water bottles fit properly in the shelves and stopped them from toppling over! You can find the exact one I use here!
Pro tip: Put this unit in your pantry or a bottom cabinet that way your children can easily grab their own bottle to fill up with water all by themselves!
Kitchen Organization Idea #2 – End your day with a clean kitchen
Out of all the tips in this post, this tip is my favorite, and it’s a tip I apply to every room in my house, ESPECIALLY the kitchen. I promise, there are few things better than waking up to a clean kitchen.
Every night, I wash the dishes and load the dishwasher. The next morning, I put all my dishes away. This helps take out the guessing game of “are these dishes clean or dirty?” It may take some getting used to, but once you’re in the habit you’ll love it!
Here are a few more things I do every night before I close down the kitchen.
- Do a quick clean of the sink: Rinse out food, scrub with soap or baking soda, and wipe down with a multi-purpose cleaner.
- Wipe down all surfaces including countertops, stovetops, and tables.
- Empty the garbage if necessary.
- Replace my dirty washcloths with clean washcloths.
- Sweep the floors.
It sounds like a lot of work, but now that it’s part of my daily routine, it doesn’t take me much longer than 15-20 minutes to clean, and it is completely worth it to wake up to a sparkling kitchen. Of course, it may take you longer if this is new to your routine or if you have a large kitchen.
Kitchen Organization Idea #3 – Use a riser to organize cans (or spices)
This is the organizer I use to organize the cans in my pantry. And feel free to take a tip right from the picture itself! I love how this photo shows how to organize spices and baking goods as well! I like that I am able to see exactly what I have instead of having to move cans around. I cannot begin to describe the amount of money I have wasted re-purchasing cans of food I already had just because they were hidden in the back of my pantry! You can find the riser that I use here!
Kitchen Organization Idea #4 – Use air-tight containers to keep food fresh
These are hands down my favorite bins to organize pretty much anything, but especially food. I love how nice and neatly they stack on top of each other, and the little button to press the lid down is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine. They fit so nicely in my pantry and really help you take advantage of verticle space since they are so easy to stack. You can keep anything in these containers, but this is what I keep in mine:
- Protein powders (could also use baking powders as well)
You can find the set that I recommend here. The set below is what I use to organize snacks and cereal:
Kitchen Organization Idea #5 – Take advantage of your vertical space
If you have a small kitchen, it is so important to use every space you can to get organized. And more likely than not, you have some vertical space that is going unused that you could be taking advantage of. I love how this blogger below created a wall-mounted fruit basket in her pantry. What a great use of that verticle space! You can find similar wire baskets here.
Tip & Image Credit: Joyfully Treasured
Kitchen Organization Idea # 6 – Don’t underestimate the junk drawer
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the words “organization” or “clean,” the word “junk” doesn’t exactly come to mind. However, don’t underestimate the power of the junk drawer. It’s the perfect place to hold all those small odds and ends without having to find a brand new place for them.
That being said, it can also become cluttered very fast since it’s a “catch-all” spot, and you need to keep it under control. Go through your junk drawer and purge anything you know you don’t need or haven’t used in a while. Those random screws, unused coupons, take out menus, you name it – it’s time to go!
After you have removed the clutter & cleaned the drawer out, I recommend using these containers to organize what’s left in the drawer! Using these organizers will ensure that this space doesn’t get out of control and will help keep you organized. Be sure to go through it monthly to keep it clutter-free!
I also like to use these containers to organize kitchen gadgets as well!
Kitchen Organization Idea #7 – Use scrapbook holders to organize cookie cutters
If you are a baker, you will fall in LOVE with this tip! This blogger used organizers meant for scrapbook paper to organize her seasonal cookie cutters! They stack perfectly on top of each other and are easy to label. You can find a pack of six here.
Tip & Image Credit: Tikkido
Kitchen Organization Idea #8 – Hang your measuring cups instead of keeping them in a drawer
If you’re tired of rummaging through drawers in order to find the right measuring cup, consider hanging them onto a cabinet or pantry door with the measurements listed above. This is a great way to find the correct measuring cup quickly!
Tip & Image Credit: Pink Fortitude, LLC
Kitchen Organization Idea #9 – Organize the lids to your pots and pans
Here’s a confession: I don’t use anything fancy to organize my pots and pats. I’m perfectly okay with stacking them on top of each other and moving them around to find the one I need. It works for me because I don’t have a lot of pots and pans to begin with.
That being said – I ABSOLUTELY have to organize the lids. They don’t fit nicely inside of my pots and pans, and if I don’t have them organized, they are loose in my cabinets and falling everywhere. So even if you don’t buy a separate organizer for your pots and pans, consider purchasing something to organize the lids!
Kitchen Organization Idea #10 – Forget the knife block
I really didn’t like the fact that my knife block was taking up room and using my precious counter space! If you want to clear the clutter from your counters as well, I recommend taking advantage of some of your wall space and installing a magnetic knife strip. You can find one here.
Kitchen Organization Idea #11 – Keep your sink area organized
When you think about all you keep at your sink – hand soap, dish soap, sponges, rags, wands, etc. – it can get out of hand quickly. It’s important to keep this area organized to stop bacteria from breeding. Check out the organizer I like here.
Kitchen Organization Idea #12 – Keep Your Fridge Organized
There is nothing more frustrating than a cluttered refrigerator. You could end up losing leftovers in the clutter, food can expire because you couldn’t see what you had, and it invites a whole mess of spills. Keeping your fridge organized will save you so much time and money. You can check out the organizers I like to use here!
Kitchen organization idea #13 – Use baskets to organize your pantry
These are my favorite baskets to organize my pantry. I can fit two of them perfectly into my teeny tiny apartment pantry, and I like that they are shallow compared to wicker baskets. This allows me to see all the food I have without anything getting lost at the bottom. Check them out here!
Kitchen Organization Idea #14 – Keep all your cleaning supplies in a caddy for easy-to-grab access
I like to keep my cleaning supplies in an easy-to-access cleaning caddy. I like being able to grab the caddy and take it to any room in my home and get to cleaning! It’s so great to have it portable and easy to use! Check out the one I like here.
I hope you picked up some awesome tips to finally get your kitchen organized for good! In future posts, I will be going over how to organize every single nook and cranny in your kitchen! So stay tuned!