15 Ways to Guarantee You'll Keep Your Kitchen Cabinets Organized

by Holly Wade
15 Products for Organizing your Kitchen Cabinets

Small space living is not ideal, but I make it work thanks to the abundance of helpers out there that 1) support my slight hoarding habits and 2) keep my house somewhat organized. I have a small rental kitchen, and despite the fact that I have way too much stuff (and I own it!), I stay extremely organized and you can too! These 15 products are perfect for organizing your kitchen cabinets, so no matter how much or how little space you have, you experience Zen at home.

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72 Organization Tips for Every Room of the House

by M.E. Gray

The ultimate roundup of organization tips, tricks, and projects for every space in your home

Organization: you either love it or hate it. No matter your stance, having a good system of organizing is the key to a clean, calm living space. And who doesn't want that? We've rounded up our favorite organization tips and DIY projects to help turn your home into the oasis it should be.       

What are your favorite organization tips? Let us know in the comments!

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ENTRYWAY

DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design Sponge

1. DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage: Keep shoes tidy by storing them vertically.

 

Over the Stairs Mudroom | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Apartment Therapy

2. Over the Stairs Mudroom: No space for a mudroom? These stair-cubbies beg to differ. Make the most of the space where shoes, coats, and gloves will inevitably end up.

 

Hidden Key Storage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Planq Studio

3. Hidden Key Storage: There are certain things that are best kept by the door, but that doesn't necessarily mean they need to be seen. Unsightly objects can be kept contained behind a pretty picture. 

 

DIY Mail Basket | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design Sponge

4. Mail Basket: You need a place to toss your mail. We're loving this simple leather strap stunner!

 

Order Matters | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Real Simple

5. Order of Things: Put hooks, containers, and mats in your entryway to correspond with the order in which you unload at the end of the day. Always take your shoes off last? Put a shoe rack at the end of your mudroom. Keeping things simple will keep you organized.

 

Try Narrow Shelving | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Nordic Bliss

6. Narrow Boxes: If you're limited on space, mount a narrow shelf on the wall to store what you need.

 

Minimal Wall Hooks | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Muuto

7. Wall Dots: If you're looking for a cleaner look, simply mount wall hooks to hang your belongings.

 

Giant Calendar | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Simple Shapes

8. Giant Calendar: Putting a calendar by the front door means everyone can stay on schedule. Get a giant planner like this one to organize absolutely everyone's agendas.

 

IKEA Fintorp System | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Cup of Jo

9. IKEA Entryway: If you don't have one, create your own mini-mudroom. A bench and this Fintorp rack from IKEA are just enough to keep the entryway tidy.

 

Recycling Station | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Martha Stewart

10. Recycling Station: If you have the extra space, organize your recycling by the back door to keep it out of the kitchen. Use a pegboard and baskets to sort items.

 

Magnetic Homework Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Idea Room

11. Organization Board: Use metal boards and magnets at the entryway to keep kids' homework and assignments in order. 

 

Bucket Umbrella Stand | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Martha Stewart

12. Umbrella Station: Make a space for everything and every situation. A heavy duty container (like this metal bucket) is perfect for storing wet umbrellas.

 


KITCHEN

Create Vertical Space with a Kitchen Pegboard | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Apartment Therapy

13. Small Space Kitchen: Organize pots and pans on a wall-mounted pegboard.

 

Organize the fridge with bins | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

14. Fridge Bins: Step up your refrigerator game by keeping similar foods in labeled bins. Bonus - create an "almost expired" bin for food that's about to go bad. Store it near the front of your fridge so you're sure to pull from it first!

 

Etched Jar Labels | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Martha Stewart

15. Etched Glass Storage Jars: It's one of the classic organization tips: keep track of dry goods by storing them in matching containers. 

 

Harmonious Vinyl Jar Labels | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Painted Hive

16. Magic Decals: If etching isn't your speed, try organizing with easy-to-apply decals.

 

Create a Magnetic Fridge Work Station | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Paper Mama

17. Fridge Work Station: If you can put a magnet on it, it can be stored on your fridge! Create a mini command station by using small boxes and magnets to store all your odds and ends.

 

This bookshelf is a pantry! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: My Sweet Savannah

18. Bookshelf Pantry: If your home doesn't have a pantry, make your own by using bookshelves.

 

Fintorp Hook System in the Kitchen | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: A Living Space

19. IKEA Fintorp Kitchen Organization: Take advantage of any empty wall space by using a bar and hook system.

 

Hidden Pocket Organizers | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Organizing Home Life

20. Cupboard Pocket Organizers: Don't waste the space inside your cupboards! These plastic envelopes are perfect for keeping track of receipts, mail, and bills.

 

DIY Magnetic Paper Towel Holder | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

21. Magnetic Towel Bar: Make the most use of metal surfaces by utilizing magnets to hang what can't fit on your countertop.

 

Hidden Kitchen Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Two Twenty One

22. Hidden Kitchen Organizer: Take your cupboards to the next level by making this DIY command station just inside the door - no more clutter on the refrigerator!

 

Canned Food Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Classy Clutter

23. Canned Food Organizer: Store cans and jars on a rolling cart next to the fridge.

 

Airtight containers above the countertop | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: HGTV

24. Airtight Containers: Cut down on wasted pantry space by trading cardboard containers for uniform glass ones. They'll keep food fresh for longer, and they're easier to organize.

 

Wire Spice Rack | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Freckled Laundry

25. Wire Spice Rack: Store seasoning directly on the wall for easy access.

 

Keep Your Trash Bags on a Roll | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Simply Organized

26. Trash Bags on a Roll: You use them frequently - make them easy to reach! Store trash bags on dowel rods under the kitchen sink.

 

Tension Rods Make Organizing Easier! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Apartment Therapy

27. Tension Rod Organizer: Speaking of under the sink... you can easily keep cleaning bottles within reach by storing them on a tension rod.

 

How to Tame a Junk Drawer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

28. Junk Drawer: The junk drawer doesn't have to be a pit. Use rubber bands to store like-items together.

 

Magnetic Knife Hooks do Double-Duty | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

29. Magnetic Knife Rack Hooks: Knife strips do double-duty. Use magnetic hooks to keep track of odds and ends.

 


OFFICE

Take your office supplies to the wall | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Lovely Drawer

30. DIY Hanging Organizer: It's as pretty as a picture, but also holds all your stuff! If you don't have any room on your desk, use wall space to store additional office supplies.

 

Create your own organizer from a slab of wood | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

31. Wood Desk Organizer: Take control of desk clutter by creating a unique wood slab organizer.

 

Organize on the cheap using cardboard and glue | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design for Mankind

32. DIY Cardboard Organizer: Here's an organization tip for you: You don't have to spend a bunch of money just to have a non-cluttered desk. Make your own organizer from layers of cardboard.

 

These magnetic dishes are game-changing | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: A Girl and a Glue Gun

33. Magnetic Dishes: Never lose another paperclip. Keep a magnetic dish on the side of your filing cabinet for pushpins, binder clips, and other metal odds and ends.

 

Chalkboard paint makes it easy to label and re-label file drawers | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design Improvised

34. Chalkboard Filing Cabinet: Paint a filing cabinet with chalkboard paint so you can label and re-label drawers as needed. It's also great for scrawling notes to yourself.

 

IKEA Fintorp Rack system used to organize craft supplies | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Renovation Tracker

35. IKEA Double Duty: This Fintorp rack system can literally be used in any room of the house. Here it is storing pens, pencils, and other tools via small buckets.

 

Keep like-items together | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Harri Wren

36. Paper Pencil Cup: Again, organization doesn't have to be expensive! These pencil cups are made from paper. The main goal when organizing a desk is to keep like items together, and frequently used items within easy access.

 

Go vertical with hanging baskets | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: A Pair and a Spare

37. DIY Hanging Baskets: Go vertical with your storage using hanging baskets.

 

Personalize your desk with DIY organizers | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Homey Oh My

38. Wood Desk Organizers: Being hands-on means being able to keep everything uniform and matching. Make your own desk cubbies from wooden craft boxes.

 

Gold and glam knockoff | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: View From the Fridge

39. Anthro Knock-Off Gold Organizer: Can you believe this is made from old cans? Being organized can be so glamorous.

 

Wrapping paper can be conveniently stored on dowel rods and hooks | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Woman's Day

40. Wrapping Paper Rolls: Use small hooks and dowel rods to hang gift wrapping paper.

 

Plastic bottles as organizers?? | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Make It and Love It

41. Plastic Bottle Bins: Can you believe these used to be plastic bottles? Organization on the cheap! By hanging these containers, they can be easily moved and rearranged as needed depending on the project you're working on.

 

Hide that unsightly printer! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: DIY Playbook

42. Printer-in-a-Basket: Unsightly electronics don't have to be seen. Hide 'em in a basket.

 

Labels are love | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Dabbles and Babbles

43. Washi Tape Cord Labels: Mark your cords with colorful washi tape to avoid the dreaded "pile of wires".

 

Use drawer dividers to keep your sanity in the office | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Modish & Main 

44. Desk Drawer Dividers: Don't let your desk drawers become endless pits of junk. Improve efficiency by storing them in dividers.

 

Binder clips are your buddies! Use them to hold cords in place along your desk | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Life Hack

45. Binder Clip Organizer: No more looking under your desk for that missing plug! Keep cords in the same place by affixing them to your desk with a binder clip.

 


CLOSETS

Save on space and spare the wrinkles | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IKEA

46. Stacked Pants:  Save on space and spare the wrinkles with this IKEA hack for hanging pants.

 

Enforce Limits | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Real Simple

47. Enforce Limits: Use restraint when storing your belongings in a communal closet, like this hall closet. It's everyone's space - be mindful!

 

DIY Bungee Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Brit Co.

48. Bungee Organizer: These stretchy ropes hold just about anything. If you don't have the built-in space to hold your belongings, try creating your own.

 

Add a little light to your closet, making it easier to navigate through | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

49. Let There Be Light: Adding a little light to your closet will make locating things a breeze. Use a stick-on L.E.D. lamp or strip of lights to illuminate the space.

 

Hang those heels to prevent scuffing | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Stylizimo

50. Heel Bar: Keep your high-heeled shoes scuff-free by storing them on the wall with a towel bar.

 

Fold linen sets inside their matching pillowcases | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Home Goods

51. Organize Linens: By folding sheets inside of their corresponding pillowcases, you're sure to never lose track of a set!

 

Don't waste a lick of closet space | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Just a Girl and Her Blog

52. Utilize the Whole Space: Closets are small by nature, so don't waste a single inch. If you have space on the floor, you can use it to store shoes. Space above? Store objects you don't need everyday access to, like out-of-season clothing.

 

Make this sliding scarf organzier | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: View Along the Way

53. Slide-Out Scarf Organizer: Scarves are tricky to keep organized, but this DIY sliding organizer does the trick.

 


LAUNDRY

Built-in folding station | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Vintage Revivals

54. Laundry Countertop: Use the space above your laundry machine by creating a folding station out of wood. 

 

Laundry tips for little ones | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

55. Laundry System for Kids: Give your kids their own (labeled) laundry bins to teach them the importance of taking care of their belongings. 

 

A drawer on its side make a great shelf | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

56. Re-purposed Drawer Shelves: Mount a brightly colored drawer above your washing machine for added storage - plus the drawer pulls act as hooks!

 

Iron-on labels make sorting laundry a breeze | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

57. Iron-on Laundry Labels: If you sort your laundry as you're putting it in the basket, guess what you don't have to do before washing a load? Keep your colors separated with labeled bins. 

 

Learn how to actually fold a fitted sheet | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

58. Properly Fold Your Sheets: Your laundry will look seamless once you learn how to fold those pesky fitted sheets. Plus when folded properly, they take up way less room in your closet. 

 


BATHROOM

Interchangeable pallet system | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Ich Designer

59. Pallet Rack: This pallet-and-hook organizer is interchangeable, making it an ideal solution for those of us who like to rearrange.

 

Keep your earrings wired! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Morning Creativity

60. Wire Earring Organizer: Earrings are notorious for getting lost. Display what you have and keep track of your collection with a frame and some mesh wire. 

 

No shelving in your bathroom? Make your own! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Redbook

61. Towel Rack: No shelving in your bathroom? Bring in your own, like this IKEA-hack towel rack.

 

Easiest way to keep rings organized | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: michele ng

62. DIY Ring Box: With a cardboard box and some foam, this ring holder is almost too easy.

 


GARAGE

Bikes stored vertically take up way less room | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

63. Vertical Bike Storage: Bikes can take up a lot of space in a garage or basement. Try storing them vertically by mounting hooks to a wall or a low ceiling. 

 

Keep like-items together in the garage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Maillardville

64. Garage Garden Station: As there usually isn't a focal point in a garage (other than the car), it's easy for things to feel like they're getting out of hand. By storing similar items together, your garage will develop a sense of cohesiveness. 

 

Colorful screwdriver rack | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Homemade Modern

65. Screwdriver Rack: Store your tools with... well, other tools!

 

DIY PVC Storage System | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: NewlyWoodwards

66. PVC Tool Storage: Few things are more frustrating than repeatedly knocking over the same shovel every time you move things around in your garage. Cut out that horrible clanging sound by keeping yard tools in this awesome do-it-yourself PVC storage system.

 

Use tin cans to organize supplies | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Hi Sugarplum!

67. Pegboard and Can System: Organize efficiently and for less by using recycled cans.

 

Gutters make great shelving! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Anyone Can Decorate

 68. Gutter Shelving: You heard that right. Gutters make great shelves!

 

The Ultimate Workstation | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Popular Woodworking

69. The "Hold Everything" Tool Rack: The ultimate craftsman's storage system.

 

PVC for Power Tools | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Remodelaholic

70. PVC Power Tool Holder: PVC is at it again! These large pipes make perfect containers for power tools.

 

A magnetic knife rack is a great solution for keeping track of drill bits | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

71. Magnetic Holder: A knife holder can be a great solution to keeping track of drill bits.

 

Keep touch-up paint in easy-to-mix wide-mouth jars | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Hi Sugarplum!

72. How to Organize Paint: Wide-mouthed jars are great for holding touch-up paint, plus they're easier to shake and mix than a full bucket.

 


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The Tetris'd Kitchen: Putting Everything in its Place

by Alicia Lacy

This summer, Bruno told you all about our sometimes-trying, very-rewarding kitchen makeover (parts 1, 2, and 3). What he didn't tell you about was all the work I put in behind the scenes to make our kitchen look photographable (huh, musta just slipped his mind). No, our kitchen doesn't always look like that:

The Tetris'd Kitchen: Putting Everything in its Place

Today, I'll tell you about all the organizational hoops I had to jump through to get our cupboards, pantry and lazy susan under control. Let's start with the bad stuff:

Yuckkkkkk.

That's how our kitchen looked when I started. I will not say explicitly that this is all Bruno's fault, but I will imply it. Explicitly.

A dangerously disorganized cupboard

"Hi! I'm your dangerously disorganized cupboard; good luck trying to find anything in me without getting brained by a can of crushed tomatoes." It's like a Home Alone booby trap waiting to happen ...

But wait, the pantry must be better, right? 

It's a pantry party, and everyone's invited.

It's a pantry party, and everyone's invited! That space beneath the lowest shelf? That's where our recycling monster lived:

Recycling monster, ho!

And the upper pantry?

Get insured!

No biggie, just a bunch of fragile glass stuff waiting to fall on you...

'neath the sink

Beneath the sink. Hide your kids, hide your wife.

... and this is just a gratuitous Ayla shot (that face is how she feels about the sorry organizational state of the kitchen):

Snarf!

Ok, so I started like any sane person would, by REMOVING EVERY SINGLE THING:

Bruno annoyingly captured this process on video:

 

After a lot of sorting and trashing, things started to get better in a hurry. The cupboard got sorted out with the help of these amazing air-tight storage containers from OXO (I love pretty much everything OXO makes, and these are no exception):

OXO containers help a lot

Woah! Organized!

The pantry was more about old-school organizing and getting rid of crap that didn't belong. Looks way better now:

And Bruno stepped up and made some awesome custom recycling bins (read about that here) to tame the recycling monster:

The upper pantry; still glassy, but less precariously so:

A few castoff plastic containers made the sink cabinets nether-regions a lot more tolerable.

The entire project took me about four hours (spread out over a couple of weekends, and some trips to the store). It was worth every minute, and although the kitchen hasn't managed to remain in that pristine, just-stare-at-me-cause-I'm-clean state, the improvements I made have helped keep things reasonably organized, and given us a template to follow next time we need to clean up a bit.

 

This post was sponsored by Caesarstone (thanks!), makers of quality natural quartz surfaces for your home. Although we were compensated for writing this post, the opinions expressed here are ours alone.
  
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Cupboard Organization: Hanging Measurers

by Craftmel

 

Cupboard Organization: Hanging Measurers

I know the Great Kitchen Month here at Curbly is over, but why not share one more kitchen organization tip?  I know that my measuring cups and measuring spoons have always sprouted legs and walked away when I need them most, so I am thinking this is a great way to keep tabs on those elusive measurers.  

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Kitchen Organization Ideas from Melanie's Small-But-Practical Kitchen

by Craftmel

Kitchen Organization Ideas from Melanie's Small-But-Practical Kitchen

As seemingly perpetual renters, we've seen our share of gross and really, really small kitchens.  I absolutely love the kitchen we are in now...not that it is everything I want in a kitchen, but in that everything works and isn't falling apart.  It makes a big difference!  An organized space makes it a better space, too.  Want to see how I make our small space work for a busy family?   For me, it is all about designating work stations.  This applies in any size kitchen, but it is particularly important in small spaces.  The first thing we had going for us was a great working triangle- I'm all about the least movement possible while preparing food with kids underfoot.

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Most of our time in the kitchen is spent over here, at the "cooking station," although we never refer to it like that in real life.  We're not that weird.  We have our pots, pans, utensils, and stove all in the same spot.

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When I am feeling particularly domestic (read: rarely), I concentrate my efforts in the corner "Baking station" where my mixer is.  My cupboards may not be the most organized, but it has everything I need to whip up a batch of cookies or muffins in that space.

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Then, since I don't want to deprive other members of our household from fun things like unloading dishwashers or setting tables, I have a drawer designated for kid dishes.  Everything is non-breakable, and they can reach everything themselves.  The dishwasher next to it makes unloading their stuff easy enough for them to do it.

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At the end of the kitchen is our very large pantry.  Considering this is the only pantry we've had in 6 different apartments, of course.  I've tried to organize that space too according to food purpose.

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You'll notice I haven't been grocery shopping in a while; I have an aversion to it.  Anyway, one of the bummer things about our kitchen (and any closets in the condo) are the cheap shelving.  But it works ok, I deal.  It is convenient for me to velcro on my grocery bag holder (far left) through the holes, but I have food stuff fall through all the time.  In an attempt to remedy this problem for free, I have been using boxes and flats from stores to hold my dry goods.  I've even wrapped some in wrapping paper to make them less of an eyesore.  The pantry extends far to the right, so I store extra stuff in there.  Like the ever-important caffeine-free Dr. Pepper.

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I do have a lot of baking dishes, but those are stored in the kitchen's larger extension: the dining area.  This has the only touch of traditional in our place, and I know you modern DIY'ers are screaming for me to paint it or something!  I hate to disappoint, but it belongs to someone else, so... traditional it is.

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The reason why I love my traditional hutch so is because it houses my Pyrex collection.  A small and comparitively unimpressive collection, but it makes food taste better. I swear. I'd remove the doors on the hutch, but that is also a no-go because of small and curious people around our place.

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This part of our eating experience also is home to my most fun DIY project I've done: utensil art.  Just painted MDF with forks, knives, and spoons glued on.  With a no-paint policy, I needed color somewhere, and this was a great way to get a lot of color with a lot of personality in our small space.  Whenever people come over for the first time they always have to go up and touch it- I love it!

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My kitchen is actually the home of a bazillion of my own DIY projects, mostly sewing.  It is the room I can physically change the least, so I add my own textile touches instead. They are currently all in need of laundering, of course, since I do laundry almost as often as I go grocery shopping.

Conclusion: Keeping things organized and in specific "stations" helps eliminate small space frustrations that I have experienced time and time again.  I'm sure my kitchen is double the size of many out there, but the theory is the same.  I learned early to get rid of all those kitchen-ish wedding gifts that weren't used enough to take up valuable space, and I'm picky on what I buy to add to our kitchen cupboards and counters.  It has really made our small kitchen have a big impact.

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Bruno & Alicia's Kitchen Makeover, Part III: The Final Reveal

by Bruno Bornsztein

It's Kitchen Month on Curbly! So Kelly, Melanie, and I will be doing a series of kitchen tours. We'll walk you through our kitchens, point out what we love and what we don't, and show how they got to be the way they are.

Our old kitchen

This week, I wrote about how our kitchen used to suck, and how we went through a tough DIY remodel to make it better. Today's the kitchen tour! So without further ado ... pretty pictures!

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Turn an Armoire Into a Custom Kitchen Pantry

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Turn an Armoire Into a Custom Kitchen Pantry

Do you cry out in the night for a kitchen pantry? It's not impossible, if you have a few square feet of floor space, you can easily convert an unwanted armoire into a smart, stylish pantry that either fits in your kitchen or stands right around the corner. Ebay and Craigslist are inundated with old TV and bedroom armoires, available for next to nothing. Here are few we found for sale and ideas for customizing...

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A Beginner's Guide To Pantry Organization.

by Chris Gardner

A Beginner's Guide To Pantry Organization.
The Organized Home offers a useful article on keeping your cabinets clean and your groceries stocked and, well, findable. "It's the secret weapon of a well-organized kitchen: a working pantry. A planned reserve of foodstuffs and sundries used in the. home, a pantry saves time, money and stress in the kitchen.

Tap the pantry for unexpected meals and reduce trips to the supermarket. Stock it with frugal finds to lower grocery costs. Set aside...

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