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DIY Kitchen Storage Organization

by on Aug 18, 2011

Organization plays a big role in a house, but nowhere is it quite as important as in the kitchen. There’s just so much stuff in such a small space that it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Here are a bevy of project ideas to get your wheels turning and the elbow grease churning! Oh, and to get things in order, too. 

A closed recipe book on a table next to a mug.

First and foremost, what do you spend most of your time in the kitchen doing? Cooking, most likely. If you’re like me you have your cookbooks, but you also have piles of recipes you’ve online and printed out. Grab a binder and this download from Prudent Baby and gather them all together. Voila, done.

Jars of spice with magnetic tops.

Next up, spices. There are a million and one ways to get these little jars of flavor in order, but one of my favorites is this magnetic wall-mounted spice rack that uses small canning jars. Most canning jars even come ready with their own stickers for labeling. Easy to make, easy to find what you’re looking for when you need it.

Some kitchen utensils are hanging in the kitchen walll.

Let’s moving on to pots and pans. In my opinion, on of the most annoying things to organize. Mine are in a lower cabinet at the moment and getting one out involves a combination of percussion and yoga. I love this simple pegboard storage idea, especially for smaller spaces. 

Kitchen cabinets with egg tray and kitchen storage utensils inside.

Speaking of space, you definitely want to maximize on what you’ve got. One place I bet you didn’t think of is in the kickboard under your lower cabinets. It’s not necessary to the structure and be utilized much better with these under-cabinet drawers – perfect for storing cookie sheets and shallow dishes.

Pantry items stored in a wooden rack.

While maximizing space is key, you also want to be able to find things easily when you need them. These tiered shelves are incredibly basic to construct and will make your cabinets feel like a window display.

Flour and sugar in the showcase.

An easy way to store basics like flour and sugar is to pick up a few glass jars at your local craft store. Then check out this little glass etching tutorial using vinyl letter stickers for a great presentation.

"Canning jars are  placed in a shelf that are perfect for storing a variety of pastas and grains"

Plain quart-sized canning jars are perfect for storing a variety of pastas and grains. They’re easily identifiable and the tight sealing lids keep pests out. Also, CHEAP!


A clever magnetic strip is a great way to organize your knives and also free up some drawer or counter space. They also make your knives look like a little art installation, just make sure they’re out of reach of tiny hands.

DIY kitchen storage ideas.

Last, but certainly not least, are your recyclables. Extra pantry space is ideal, but not necessary. These sweet printable labels from poppytalk are great for labeling your bins for easy separation, no matter where they sit. 

What are your most valuable tips when it comes to keeping your kitchen organized?

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  1. Where do i find the drawers for the toe kick. This is an awesome use of space