There is never any room in the kitchen for everything that you need to store. Really, no matter how big your kitchen is or how many cabinets you may have, you are going to face storage issues from time to time.
Whether you need more cabinet space for canned food, need bigger drawers for utensils or you just have coupons and other things that need to have a place of their own, you will need additional storage at some point.
We have a great list of DIY kitchen organization and storage ideas for you that will make your life a little easier. You can choose the one that you need or use several of them. Imagine a kitchen that is perfectly organized with everything in its place and a place for everything. Many of these projects are so easy that you can do several in a weekend and have your kitchen perfectly clutter-free in no time.
Use Door Interiors
One great way to organize your kitchen pantry is to use baskets and other containers to keep supplies neat and tidy. Baskets are great for cereal bars and other foods and you can use clear containers to keep cereal, pasta and even cookies where you can always find them easily.
Via Better Homes and Gardens – Kitchen Storage Solutions
Bag in Sugar Dispenser
A dispenser that not only holds an entire 5 pound bag of flour, sugar or cornmeal not only helps you to better organize, it can help to save time as well. These dispensers have handy pour spouts for easier measuring and they are see-through so you can tell which bag you are getting. They help you to save time and keep your staples dry and fresh. Via: Amazon.com – Bag-In Dispenser
Pallet Pot and Pan Holder
How about taking an old pallet and building a great storage area for pots, pans, knives and other utensils? You just have to paint the pallet, anchor it to the wall with drywall screws and then add some hangers for your pots and pans. A magnetic strip makes the perfect kitchen knife holder and you can keep everything neat and tidy.
Via: Organizing Military Mommy – Pot and Pan Holder
Free Kitchen Pantry Organizing Label Printables
Labels are essential for keeping things organized. You can print labels from many computer programs and then just glue them to jars and other containers so you always know where everything is. Use different colors for different supply groups to really get organized.
Via: Wordlabel Blog – Kitchen Pantry Organizing Labels
Free Kitchen Pantry Jar Organizing Labels
You can easily keep your spice racks and pantries organized by simply putting labels on your jars. There are a number of printable spice jar labels and you can change the font to look however you want it. Imagine having all of your spices perfectly labeled!
Via: Worldlabel Blog – Kitchen Pantry Jar Organizing Labels
DIY Canned Food Organizer – Build your own extra storage!
With a few boards, a couple of wheels and a little time, you can put an end to all of your kitchen storage problems by building your own hideaway storage for canned foods. This is a really easy pull-out shelf that you can hide beside your fridge. You just pull it out when you need something and then hide it away when you don’t.
Via: Classyclutter – Build your own extra storage!
Want to really keep your spices organized? How about alphabetizing them? You can also put a tiered rack inside an empty drawer and keep them well organized. Just choose a rack that fits in the drawer that you have available and voila! You have perfectly organized your spices and when you alphabetize them, you can find what you need much easier.
Via: Better Home and Gardens – 17 Kitchen Organization & Storage Tips
DIY Apothecary Jars
Keep things organized on the cheap with homemade apothecary jars. You can use any old jars that you have on hand and then just attach an old drawer handle at the job. Just paint the lid and you have a great looking apothecary jar for pennies. You can then use those jars to keep things in the bathroom or kitchen beautifully neat and organized.
Via: Parties for pennies – DIY Apothecary Jars
Food Label Printables
Kitchen is the place where the whole family gathers in the morning. Some are making coffee or tea, some are preparing breakfast or lunch for school/work, and we are all looking for the ingredients we need for our morning routines. But how not to make a mess during that morning rush? The best solution for organizing a kitchen is to label and sort all the canisters and boxes where we store our food.
This collection of printable food labels will help you keep your kitchen in order even when you’re rushing somewhere in the morning. It includes 5 different kitchen-organizing labels:
- Weekly meal planner for organizing your meal menu for the whole week.
- Pantry labels for sorting the basic ingredients in every pantry, such as sugar, flour etc.
- Healthy food tags for those who have food allergies or have some special diet regime.
- Pet food labels for pet owners who have to feed their furry friends.
- Lunchbox stickers for parents who want to make their kids’ school lunches fun and motivate them to eat healthy food.
DIY Pegboard Kitchen Storage
Use a pegboard in the kitchen to add inexpensive and effective storage solutions. Just attach a pegboard to any wall that you have available and then add hooks to hold your pots and pans, potholders, utensils and anything else that you can hang. Pegboards are relatively inexpensive and they give you great options for different sizes of storage.
Via: Better Home and Gardens – Affordable Kitchen Storage Ideas
Store Cutting Boards in Your Cabinets with a Magazine Rack
Magazine racks give you great storage options. You can install them right inside your cabinet doors to hold things like cutting boards, lids and anything semi-flat. Just screw them directly into the inside of cabinet doors and you have a great storage solution that is inexpensive and very handy.
Via: Lifehacker Davida Galloway – Store Cutting Boards in Your Cabinets with a Magazine Rack
DIY Chalkboard Knife Block
Turn your knife block into a great place for memos by painting it with chalkboard paint. You can pick up a can of chalkboard paint at any hardware store. You just paint your knife block and let it dry. Then you can use it to doodle little memos to yourself, keep a to-do list going or leave yourself notes about your favorite recipes.
Via: Dans Le Townhouse – DIY Chalkboard Knife Block
DIY Measurement Conversion Chart
You can organize your measuring cups inside your cabinet doors and add a handy conversion chart so you never have to stop and look up conversions. Just paint the conversion chart on the cabinet door and then add a couple of strips of wood with hangers to keep measuring cups and spoons neat and within reach.
Via: Infarrantly Creative – Measurement Conversion Chart
How to Setup a Magnetic, under-shelf spice rack
Instead of looking for space in your already overcrowded kitchen to store spices, why not just store them underneath your cabinets? You can easily make a magnetic holder for your spices that attaches underneath your cabinet so you don’t have to have room on the wall for a hanging rack or an empty drawer.
Via: Garrett Tillman Instructables – Magnetic, under-shelf spice rack
How To: A Kitchen Pegboard Wall Organizer
Pegboards cost less than $20 and you can put them to really good use. Whether you need extra storage in the kitchen, bathroom or any other room in the house, you can hang a pegboard, add a few hooks and then keep everything perfectly organized. You can even paint pegboard to match your walls.
Via: Paperblog – How To: A Kitchen Pegboard Wall Organizer
Easy DIY Pantry Transformation
Baskets are great for organizing the pantry. You just need to find a few inexpensive baskets, print out labels for what those baskets are going to hold and then keep everything perfectly organized. Keep all of your sweets in one, your baking goods in another and so on. Choose baskets that will fit perfectly on your pantry shelves or even get a few that you can stack for even more storage.
Via: Design Dining and Diapers – New Pantry Organization
DIY Door Organizer
Use an old door to create an awesome organizer for your laundry room. Just paint an old door, the vented kind that is used for closets works great, and stand it up or screw it to the wall. Add some of those Command brand hangers in all different sizes and you have the perfect organization for any room.
Via: Creating really awesome free things – Rental Trick #3: A Door Organizer
Kitchen Command Center
A kitchen command center will save you space and time. You can make your own command center using just a few boards and a few other supplies. This helps you to keep all of your bills, mail and other essential documents organized and gives you space for a calendar and just about anything you need to keep track of.
Via: Clean and Scentsible – Updated Kitchen Command Center
Easy DIY Gallery Wall Shelves
Need to hang a lot of pictures? You can actually make your own gallery wall shelves to keep pictures and smaller knick-knacks in place. You just need a strip of crown molding, a little paint and a few screws. Just paint the molding whatever color you want and then attach it to the wall. This is a great way to keep pictures and collectibles organized and out of reach of children and pets.
Via: Simplicity in the South – DIY Gallery Wall Shelves That Even a Beginner Carpenter Could Make
DIY Built-in Spice Rack
Build in a spice rack to save space and give your kitchen a little décor boost. You just need a few boards and maybe some decorative molding. You can build the spice rack wherever you have a small wall and even leave room at the top or bottom for decorative plates.
Via: Thistle Wood Farms – Built-in Spice Rack
DIY Wine Rack under 15$
You can actually make your own wine rack for under $15. This is a great idea for those who just need to store a few bottles and wine bottles are so decorative that you can hang them in the kitchen or dining room and give the room décor a little lift. If you want, you can label the shelves or just leave them blank so you can add whatever wine you want.
Via: Shanty 2 Chic – DIY Wine Rack
DIY Wooden Utensil Box… with Burlap Flower!
If you have a few small pieces of wood just lying around, you can make your own utensil box and decorate it however you want. This is a great way to keep mixing spoons and other things organized in the kitchen. You could also use it in a smaller version on your desk to keep pens and pencils organized. Just nail four pieces of wood together into a box and add a bottom.
Via: The frugal girls – DIY Wooden Utensil Box… with Burlap Flower!
24 Ways to Organize Your Pantry…
There are many ways that you can keep your pantry organized. Keep a dry erase board attached to the door so that you can keep a running grocery list. You can also use mason jars to keep cupcake papers neat and tidy, use clear labeled containers for spices and dry goods or put a small lazy Susan there to give yourself easier access to whatever you need. The possibilities are endless.
Via: The frugal girls – 24 Ways to Organize Your Pantry…
Organize Fruit with a Plant Stand
Keep your fruit organized and give yourself a great center piece for the table with a small plant stand. Just take a three tiered stand and add your fruit. These come in a wide variety of sizes so you can use a small one for fruit and a larger one (that will stand on the floor) for things like potatoes, onions and other vegetables.
Via: Design build love – Organize Fruit with a Plant Stand
Kitchen Storage Solutions: Pantry Storage Tips & Cabinet Organization Tips
Organizing the pantry is not difficult. You just need to know where to start. Add wire racks at an angle so that canned food rolls toward the front. You can also use T-molding on the bottom of your upper cabinets to make a great place to keep stemware glasses. Or how about attaching an empty tissue holder to the inside of your pantry door to keep plastic bags organized?
Via: Family Handyman – Kitchen Storage Solutions: Pantry Storage Tips & Cabinet Organization Tips
How to Build Kitchen Sink Storage Trays
Roll out trays are a great way to keep under the kitchen sink neat and tidy. You just need a free afternoon and about $80 worth of supplies and you can have different slide-out drawers that will keep all of your cleaning supplies organized. You can do this in the bathroom as well to keep bathroom essentials organized and within reach.
Via: Family Handyman – How to Build Kitchen Sink Storage Trays
Brilliant DIY Container Store
A few strategically placed shelves, some plastic containers that double as drawers and a bit of imagination could give you the pantry of your dreams. When designing your pantry, remember to space shelves with everything that you want to store in mind. Add a few wire racks for canned foods and leave space for the plastic drawers to hold paper towels and other bagged goods.
Via: Honey and fitz – My Container Store elfa Pantry – recreated!
Fabulously Organized Kitchen Shelving
Sometimes all it takes to get organized is knowing where to begin. Putting up shelves in the kitchen is a great place to start. If you don’t really have enough cabinet space, you can add shelves around the table or anywhere that you have room and move things from your cabinet to the shelves. You can purchase shelves premade or make them yourself and then paint them the color that you want.
Closet Organizing DIY
Mason jars make great storage containers. You can use them to store dry goods like pasta, sugar and flour as well as other things. If you take the time to make placards, you can label each jar so that you know exactly what they contain which will make it much easier to find what you need. Use chalkboard paint to make the placards and you can rewrite whatever you want when you change out what the jars contain.
Via: I love do it yourself – DIY organize your closets !
Organize Kitchen Storage With Kitchen Cabinet Rollouts
Rollouts are great for keeping things organized and making it easier to get to the items that you need. With just a few key supplies, you can create rollout drawers for your kitchen cabinets. You need to measure accurately to ensure that the drawers are going to fit properly and then add them wherever you want to keep pots and pans, lids and even your kitchen garbage can within easy reach.
Via: Family Handyman – Organize Kitchen Storage With Kitchen Cabinet Rollouts
Organizing Cleaning Supplies and Free Label Printables!
Keeping your cleaning supplies organized is really easy. You will need a few plastic totes and of course a few labels. Just get all of your supplies together so that you know where to start. You can pick up plastic totes of all shapes and sizes for a relatively low price and then just put labels on them so you know what is in them. Add buckets to the inside of your cabinet doors for smaller items and keep mops in a labeled trash can or similar tote.
Via: Tatertots and jello – Organizing Cleaning Supplies and Free Label Printables!
Under Sink Organizing
Keeping cleaning supplies under the sink organized is essential for efficient cleaning. a tension rod is a great place to hang spray bottles and you can add baskets of different sizes for cleaning supplies that you can’t hang. Keep a smaller basket for sponges and other cleaning rags and hang a plastic bag on the inside of the door to hold smaller wastebasket bags.
Via: Jenthous and words – Under my sink
Keeping silverware in its place can be difficult. Instead of laying it flat in a drawer, why not build in boxes to hold it upright? Other ways that you can organize kitchen areas is to add shelving for recipe books. This not only displays your favorites but if you put the shelf at eye level, you can prop the book open while you are baking and never lose your place.
Via: Chalk and Talk – Kitchen Solutions
25 Freezer Tips and Do-Not-Freeze Foods
Freezing meals is a great way to save time. You just cook the meals that you are planning to serve at some point through the week and freeze them. There are other ways that you can use your freezer to make your life easier and if you take the time to make your own meals, they are much healthier. Like frozen pizzas? You can make your own and freeze them and they are just as convenient (and healthier) than what you buy in the store.
Via: Thekitchn – 25 Freezer Tips and Do-Not-Freeze Foods
MAGIC Decal Tutorial with Free Printables
Print decals out on special paper that allows you to just peel and stick. If you are planning to organize your dry goods in jars, these decals are a great way to save time and get labels in place. You just print them off, peel off the decal and then stick it to the appropriate jar. Easy peasy.
Via: The painted hive – MAGIC Decal Tutorial with Free Printables!
Freezer Storage Labels
Knowing what’s in your freezer is essential in saving time when cooking. If you freeze your own foods, it is important that you label everything before you put it in the freezer. There are a number of decals and clip arts that you can use to label frozen foods. Remember to put the date on and rotate foods when you freeze new batches.
Via: Martha Stewart – Freezer Storage Labels
No Eating off the Floor – Free Printable
Make rules fun by embossing them in picture frames. Whether you have small children and you want to enforce the house rules or you just like unique art on the wall, you can print off your own rules and then just add a picture frame. This is great for kitchens and dining rooms and really gives it that country look.
Via: Whimsikel – No Eating off the Floor – Free Printable
Conversion Chart DIY – Free Printable
Having a conversion chart handy in the kitchen will help you to save time when cooking. You can print off your own chart and then just affix it to a piece of wood or even a wooden cutting board. You just print the conversion chart off on heavy paper, any color that you want, and then stick it to the board. Add a few hooks at the bottom to hold your measuring spoons or cups.
Via: Shanty 2 Chic – Conversion Chart DIY – Free Printable
DIY Drawer Dividers
Instead of throwing out old cereal boxes, use them to keep your desk drawers organized. You just cut them to whatever size you need and then you can cover them with wrapping paper to make them look like store-bought organizers. This is a great idea for the bathroom cabinet as well.
Via:The stony brook house – Messy Desk Dilema
The DrawerDecor System is a neat thought. It allows you to organize kitchen drawers in any color. The gist of the system is that it separates things so that they are no longer just jumbled together in the drawer. You can also choose hangers that just attach to the wall and allow you to simply push your utensils into them where it holds then neatly in place.
Via: Kmnhome – Drawer Decor
So, I Organized my Refrigerator :: A Conversation Starter
A few pull out bins and plastic totes will help you to organize your refrigerator like a pro. Just select the sizes that fit with your fridge shelves and begin adding items to them. Group like items together. If you have loads of veggies, use one tote to hold them and then label the tote appropriately. You will be surprised at how much easier it is to find things when you organize.
Via: Goodbye house hello home – So, I Organized my Refrigerator :: A Conversation Starter
The Great Pantry Makeover
If you have the space, lazy Susans are a great way to organize your pantry. To really get the storage space you need, just make a list of the number of shelves you will need and then revamp that pantry to hold all of your stuff. A line of lazy Susans will give you plenty of space for canned foods, spices and just about anything else that you can imagine.
Via: Decor chick – The Great Pantry Makeover
A place for everything in this pantry with awesome door storage.
Organizing means utilizing every bit of space that you have. Use pegboards to hold things that can hang, baskets for groups of items and even the inside of your pantry door as a spice rack. Large pots can be stored on floor space below the bottom shelf and small bins are perfect for holding snacks and other items.
Via: The perfect pantry – Other People’s Pantries #156
High/Low: Kitchen Drawer Organization
Organizing kitchen drawers is often as easy as placing dividers into them. You can make dividers out of small boxes or just add strips of wood to separate items. Instead of having all of your utensils just thrown in the drawer, separate them by use. You can also add dividers to deeper drawers for holding fruits, bottled water and just about anything else that you need to store.
Via: Thekitchn – High/Low: Kitchen Drawer Organization
Savvy Ways to Store Food
If you normally spend more time searching for food items than you do preparing them, a little organization may be in order. Plastic baskets and totes make excellent storage containers for pantries, refrigerators and freezers. Just label the baskets and put like items inside. You can have a basket for fruits, vegetables, meats, etc. or you can separate them by days of the week and put everything you need for each meal inside.
Via: Better Homes and Gardens – Savvy Ways to Store Food
Cookie Sheet Kitchen Command Center
You can make a great kitchen command center using just an old cookie sheet and a few other supplies. This is a great place to keep a shopping list, weekly calendar and anything else that you need to help you stay on track. Paint the cookie sheet with chalkboard paint so that you can write in memos and other notes as needed.
Via: Crafty Staci – Cookie Sheet Kitchen Command Center
Drawer Storage for the Kitchen
You’ve seen those amazing kitchens that seem to have a space for everything. Well, you don’t actually have to spend a fortune getting organized. You can add bins for veggies and fruits, pull out drawers for cutlery and even a slide out chopping block that will help you to save space and keep everything in its place.
Via: Ccabinet – Drawer Storage for the Kitchen
Old Silver Trays Into Spice Holders
Flea markets and thrift stores are a great place to find organization help. You can use old trays to build your own beautiful spice rack and hang it on the kitchen wall. You just have to add wood to make shelves within the tray and then a little piece in the front to keep spices from falling off.
Via: Mod vintage life – Old Silver Trays
Hanging Metal Storage Bins (A Tutorial)
Metal storage bins are very inexpensive and they make great organization solutions. Just nail or screw them to the wall and label so that you know what should go inside. You can use these in your pantry to keep snacks and other foods separated or put them right on the kitchen wall for utensils, bags or other items.
Via: Lilblueboo – Hanging Metal Storage Bins (A Tutorial)
Kitchen Pantry with a Screen Door
If you have an open pantry and you want to enclose it just a bit, think about putting an old screen door on it. You can find a screen door at a yard sale or flea market. Then just paint it whatever color you want and hang it over the opening to your pantry. This is a great way to bring some country charm into your home and helps you to keep the pantry closed off from the kitchen.
Via: Apartmenttherapy – Kitchen Pantry with a Screen Door
Kitchen Cabinet Organization
You can pick up all sorts of cabinet organizers to help keep your kitchen in order. If you have a lot of pots and pans, glass casserole dishes or other baking essentials, these will help you to keep them stacked neatly so that they are easier to find when you need them. The organizers are relatively cheap and they are very easy to install.
Via: Kevin and Amanda – Kitchen Cabinet Organization
You can buy pull out cabinet organizers that will hold your cookware and keep it neatly in place. They work about like the drawers in your dishwasher. In fact, you can install old dishwasher drawers in your cabinets and get the same effect. Just make sure that you get the right size to fit your cabinet.
Via: Kitchens – Cookware Organizer
Method for Organizing Cookie Cutters
Get all of your baking supplies organized with clear plastic bins. You can pick up 12X12 bins that are made to hold scrapbook paper for about $9 each. These are great for keeping your cookie cutters and cake decorating supplies organized. Just label the bins and you can separate them by occasion for even more organization.
Via: tikkido – Method for Organizing Cookie Cutters
Sponge Holder from a Shampoo Bottle
If you need a handy holder for sponges in the bathroom or kitchen, you can make them easily from an old shampoo bottle. Just cut the top off the bottle and then cut away the front section about halfway down. Make a hole in the back section so that you can hang the holder and you’re set.
Via: Revolutionaries blog – Sponge Holder from a Shampoo Bottle
2 Easy DIY Kitchen Cabinet Organizers
Revamp the inside of your kitchen cabinets with tiered shelves. This gives you additional storage space and helps you to keep everything organized so that you can find it easily. If you have a lot of top space in your cabinets, you can utilize that space by adding a tiered shelf and give yourself a bit more room to keep dishes, canned foods and other essentials organized.
Via: DIY Life – 2 Easy DIY Kitchen Cabinet Organizers
Pot Lid Organizer
An old towel rack makes a great organizer for pot lids. You just have to attach the towel rack to the wall wherever you want to store lids and then slip them in. Make sure that you choose a rack that does not stick out too far from the wall or lids may fall through.
Via: Instructables – Pot Lid Organizer
Pantry Ideas – DIY Canned Food Storage
You can make wonderful canned food organizers with just a little wood, some Gorilla glue and a little time. These are great and allow you to easily store canned foods so that that roll forward for easier reach. They work sort of like those Fridge Packs of soda that you store in the fridge, only you can use them in the pantry to make reaching in for canned foods a lot easier.
Via: Shanty 2 Chic – Pantry Ideas – DIY Canned Food Storage
Space-Savvy Ways to Store Spices
To keep spices in order, use the thinnest spaces in your kitchen. Add a small shelf just below your top cabinets or at the end of your counter. Keeping them in narrower spaces ensures that they never get crowded behind each other so you can find them much easier when you need them.
Via: Better Homes and Gardens – Space-Savvy Ways to Store Spices
A Pantry Project To Be Proud Of!
When organizing your pantry, think in terms of zones. Make separate sections for pastas, breads and crackers, canned foods, etc. this gives you someplace to start and helps to ensure that you get completely organized. Once you have a list of the zones that you want to create, start labeling shelves, putting in drawers and whatever else you need to do to be sure that you have a space for everything.
Via: IHeart Organizing – A Pantry Project To Be Proud Of!
Brilliant Under-Sink Storage
Pull outs are not difficult to make and you can save a fortune if you make them yourself. You will need to purchase the appropriate wood pieces and slides but once you do, you can create pull out drawers for just about any cabinet. Wastebaskets are much easier to access when you can slide them out from under the sink and you can do pull outs to store knives and silverware and utilize the space under your top cabinets.
Via: American Woodworker – Brilliant Under-Sink Storage
Spicy Spice Storage
Turn a drawer into a great spice storage station. You can add contact paper if you want and then put spices in small clear jars that match. Small jelly jars are great for this. Just remember to print on the lid which spice is in which drawer and you can even add a small section in the drawer to hold measuring spoons.
Via IHeart Organizing – Reader Space: Spicy Spice Storage!