Limited on space or have too much stuff to deal with? These storage ideas and solutions will help you declutter the heart of your home: the kitchen! To get you started, here are a few golden rules to follow for home storage:
Opt for square containers. Unless you have open shelving, square storage containers are always a better option because they maximize space. Round containers are less space-efficient and never fit flush against a wall.
Don’t get cheap containers. If you’re storing items in a closet, you can get by with most basic containers, but if you’re storing them in an area where they will be exposed to the elements or changes in temperature, spring for the better-made versions. Plastic is best for long-term storage.
Look for nesters. Nesters are containers that stack well together. They’re both stylish and practical.
Don’t buy sets. Sets of containers tend to have only one container of each size, which often doesn’t match reality. Usually it’s best to size containers based on what you’re storing.
Identify your storage space first. It’s always best to locate a storage space before you start boxing everything up. Working backward will save you time and headaches.
As a bonus, here are a few DIY kitchen storage projects that you can create to enhance your organization even further:
DIY Canned Food Organizer
If you have a small kitchen, this could be a huge space-saver for you. That space between the wall and the fridge is usually “dead space.” Make the most of it by creating a tall, narrow pullout storage cart or rack to hold canned goods, spices, and oils.
Magazine Holders for Storing Veggies
Magazine holders are surprisingly versatile when it comes to home storage solutions. You can use them to store root vegetables in your cabinets or any other cool, dry place.
Save Counter Space with a Dish Drying Cabinet
This trick is currently all the rage in Northern Europe where modern design always seems to be on the forefront of everyone’s minds (think: IKEA). Install a dish drying rack in a cabinet above your sink to save space on the countertop.
Organize Your Water Bottles and Travel Mugs
This storage idea may seem simple and obvious, but travel mugs and water bottles aren’t the easiest things to organize. How often have you hunted through your cabinets looking for a travel coffee mug while on the way out the door? By labeling dishpans or shallow bins for smarter, more compact storage, you’ll never waste time searching again.
Organize Your Tupperware
Tupperware and food storage containers aren’t that easy to store either. By adding a drawer to your cabinet, you can nest your storage containers together and keep them streamlined and organized.
Pretend Pull-Out Drawers
If you can’t install pull-out storage, bins are the perfect alternative. This solution allows you to see what’s in the back of your cabinet without having to remove all of the items in the front.
DIY Plastic Bag Dispenser
The idea of repurposing an item rather than throwing it away is not a new concept, but when a good idea comes along, especially one so simple, it feels like a spark of genius. Save your empty tissue box to keep plastic bags organized and within easy reach.
The key to making high-up storage work is visibility. Wire baskets let you see through them; woven baskets don’t. Wire is also more durable and much easier to clean (an important benefit for exposed storage containers in the kitchen).