If you haven’t read my first kitchen organizing post, please go read that one first.  The first post explains how to reduce kitchen clutter and set up work zones.  This post picks up where that one left off: where and how to store the remaining kitchen items.

Now that you have purged the unnecessary items and determined what area you would like to keep each category of kitchen items in, we are ready to do everyone’s favorite part.  It’s time to containerize all that kitchen gear!

There are several goals for containerizing categories:  Keep like items together, make finding items easier, make clean up easier, make small items visible, make items accessible.

Messypantry

Drawers and roll-out shelves are the most accessible type of storage in the kitchen.  If you have an abundance of these, you may not need many storage devices and containers.  If you do not have lots of these, as most of you likely do not, then here’s the low-down on kitchen storage options.

When shopping for containers (either from your vast pile of now empty containers or from a store), remember that square and rectangle containers are the most space-efficient.  Not sure what are the best types of things to put in containers?  Read on!  You should keep the categories that you created during the sorting process containerized in some way.

  • Spices
  • Vitamins, medicine and supplements
  • Tea bags or coffee pods
  • Snack cups or packets
  • Granola bars
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Plastic drink cups or baby bottles
  • Container or pot lids
  • Cooking gadgets
  • Candy
  • Flour, sugars
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Homework supplies
  • Mail and paper tasks that you prefer to do in the kitchen
  • Baking supplies (chocolate chips, sprinkles, icing tubes, cupcake liners, cookie cutters)
  • Water bottles (They are so top-heavy that having them in a container keeps them from tipping)
Twotierspicerack

Place short spices on lower-tier

Best Containers

Take a look at all these options to get ideas of what container is best for your items.  Oftentimes, a simple plastic basket is the best option.  I love that there are many sizes and materials available.

Artsupplycaddy

Place short spices on lower-tier

Rolloutshelves

Bars and oatmeal packages are stored in simple containers. Snacks are stored in rectangular containers that the kids can open and CLOSE easily!

Kitchen Paperworkorganizers

Kitchen paperwork is contained!

Customdrawerorganizer

Custom drawer divider for this awesome deep drawer!

Binswithhandle
Kitchendrawerdividers

Inexpensive Drawer Dividers

Counterstorageforcookinguntensils

If you need more space in your kitchen still, go vertical!  The walls, backsplash and doors all make excellent options for finding additional storage space.  You can also stack baskets, use wire shelves to add space above a cabinet shelf or use vertical storage devices on shelves to make use of the vertical space.

Verticalpanorganizer

Pan divider makes access easy. No lifting required! No installation required

Overthedoorpantryorganizer

Easy-to-install over-the-door organizer

Stackablebaskets

Stackable baskets from Sterilite add a second layer of storage

Wirekitchenorganizers

Simple wire accessories to double the storage

Custom & Retrofits

There are many ways to make the items in your kitchen more accessible.  And the more accessible they are, the more likely you are to use them and return them to where they belong!  Take a look at these custom and retrofit options.

Cookware Organization Vertical

Can be used vertically or horizontally. Courtesy of The Container Store

Retrofitrolloutshelving

Retrofit roll out that works around the plumbing

Cornercabinetrollouts

Custom blind corner cabinet configuration is accessible and makes more efficient use of space than a lazy Susan

Shelf Genie Rollout Shelves

Retrofit any cabinet with Shelf Genie to make items in back easy to reach

Pulloutpantrycabinets

Roll out pantry cabinets are accessible from both sides

Remember the pantry photo from the top?  Check out how this pantry turned out!

Messypantrybefore

Pantry BEFORE

Organizedpantryafter

Pantry AFTER