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Updated on September 15, 2023

Pro Tips

Smart Storage: Our Best Kitchen Organization Tips

To keep the kitchen organized and say goodbye to clutter, you need kitchen-specific storage solutions, such as shelves, racks, compartments, hooks, and pull-out units. Read on to discover our most effective kitchen organization strategies and create a functional and efficient space for cooking and meal preparation.

Why Take the Time to Organize the Kitchen?

Organizing your kitchen is essential for a smooth and efficient cooking experience. When everything has its designated place, you can easily find what you need, saving time and reducing stress. By organizing your kitchen, you can also maximize your storage space, prevent clutter, and make meal prep a breeze. Take the time to implement storage solutions, declutter, and categorize to keep your kitchen organized in the long term. Here are some ideas for smart storage.
Clear containers filled with food

Before You Start

Before we look at specific ways to improve storage and free up space in your kitchen, here are a few general kitchen organization tips: 

  1. Declutter: Start by getting rid of any items that are rarely used or no longer needed. This will create more space and make it easier to organize the remaining items.
  2. Categorize: Group similar items together to create categories. This will make it easier to find what you need when you need it.
  3. Create Zones: Create specific zones in your kitchen for different tasks such as food preparation, cooking, and cleaning. This will make it easier to find and access the necessary tools and ingredients.
  4. Clean Regularly: Regularly clean and organize your kitchen to prevent clutter from building up. We recommend setting aside time each week.
  5. Label, Label, Label: Use clear containers or labels to easily identify the contents of containers. This will help maintain an organized system in your kitchen and save time when searching for specific items.
Kitchen storage cabinets

Add More Kitchen Cabinets

There’s a wide range of custom kitchen cabinets to complement your space. However, we also offer two lines of ready-to-install multi-purpose cabinets, which allow you to customize a storage project in no time:

  • The Eklipse collection, with its pre-assembled, ready-to-install pedestals, offered in many styles that are both trendy and timeless.
  • The Cubïk MIX AND MATCH custom cabinet system, which features a wide selection of cabinets, cabinet doors, shelves, and hardware. The wood veneer finish can even be painted any colour you like, for a perfect match!

Optimize Your Kitchen Cabinet Storage

The best and most effective way to optimize your kitchen cabinet space is to compartmentalize, which makes it easy to find what you are looking for. Consider the following elements: 

You can use the inside of cabinet doors! Install supports to hang tea and hand towels and store cleaning products, brushes, washcloths, etc.

Sliding drawer in a kitchen
Organized kitchen cabinet
Kitchen cabinets with a lazy susan

Pro Tip

Arrange items in cabinets and pantries based on frequency of use. Keep frequently used items within easy reach and place rarely used items on higher shelves.

Pick Space-Saving Kitchen Appliances

There are many ways to improve organization and free up space thanks to kitchen appliances and small appliances

  1. Choose models that offer storage space. For example, an oven with a storage drawer is perfect for keeping baking sheets, muffin tins, or even pots and pans.
  2. Pay attention to the capacity. There are tons of large-capacity models to choose from.
  3. Go for compact models. You can find standard-depth fridges in counter-depth designs!
  4. Select a fridge design that meets your needs. Twin-door and 4-door keep food in easy reach and can be good in tight spaces. Remember that full-width doors need ample space to open!
  5. Pick a large-capacity dishwasher. To avoid piles of dirty dishes on your counter, pick a dishwasher with convenient options such as adjustable racks and a third rack (dedicated to cutlery, utensils, and chef’s tools).
  6. Consider a 2-in-1 model. There are over-the-range microwave ovens that free up counter space, blenders that blend and cook, systems that offer the versatility of a blender, food processor, and dough mixer in one.
  7. Don’t forget wine storage. We have racks and cabinets to complement any style, but also convenient and trendy undercounter wine cellars!
French-door refrigerator
Stainless steel oven with a storage drawer
Wine cellar under a kitchen island
Walk-in pantry

Optimize the Pantry

Pullout drawers and shelves are ideal in the pantry for quick and easy access to food.

The pantry is coming into its own! No longer restricted to a cabinet or two, it can be installed in a small room off the kitchen. Think walk-in closet with shelves on all four walls. Allow space for vertically stored items, such as a broom, a small stepladder, a vacuum cleaner hose and other accessories. If you don’t have the option of a walk-in pantry, you can create a space between a cabinet and a corner of the room.
Well organized kitchen drawer

Keep your Drawers Neat and Tidy

A wide assortment of compartments is available to increase storage possibilities in drawers. For example, layering two utensil organizers makes it possible to store cutlery you use for formal occasions underneath and keep your everyday cutlery on top.

Free up Space on Counters

Try to group items together, such as cooking and food preparation utensils in vases or bowls that are both attractive and practical. A knife block is an excellent solution for keeping knives together and close to the food preparation area.

You can add storage under the wall cabinets, thereby freeing up work surfaces and keeping objects used most often within easy reach. Consider installing:

  • Various racks, including for paper towels, plastic wrap, and wine glasses. There are also horizontal magnetic strips on the backsplash for knives and spice canisters.
  • Cup and mug hooks
  • Horizontal rods with hooks attached for measuring cups and other equipment.

Pro Tip

Avoid the eyesore of a mess of wires on the counter and designate a specific spot for a cell phone charging mat.

Black kitchen cabinets with wooden wall shelves

Use Wall Space

Vertical spaces are often underused in kitchens. Walls are great places to store items, so think storage from floor to ceiling. Traditional shelves are still unbeatable for holding dishes, bottles of oil, spices, and various ingredients.

Open shelves create a sense of openness and spaciousness in your kitchen, making it feel more inviting. However, take care not to place too many items on your shelves, which will make them look too busy and cluttered. A few everyday essentials and curated decor items will do the trick!
White kitchen island with wheels

Think about the Floor as Well

A kitchen island adds lots of storage space, plus an extra work surface! For small kitchens, islands on wheels with cabinets and racks are a great solution. You can increase your food preparation space and have more storage for your cookware and accessories. When it’s no longer needed, simply roll it into a corner.

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