Storage Solutions for Kitchen Cabinets

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Storage Solutions for Kitchen Cabinets
You have many options to keep kitchen cabinets organised. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

With dishes, food, appliances, utensils and all the everyday items you use in your kitchen, finding storage solutions for cramped kitchen cabinets can be difficult. Organising your kitchen is easy if you consider which items you need to keep handy and which items you can store. You can organise items using store-bought storage solutions as well as take advantage of the space in your kitchen to store everything neatly.

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Clear Containers

Clear glass containers with tight-fitting lids can be a good storage option for dry goods like rice, beans or flour. Many clear glass or plastic food containers are also stackable for even more efficient use of space. You can also use clear plastic containers for storing loose items like packets of salad dressing mix that seem to clutter up kitchen cabinets. When choosing plastic storage bins, shop at a store that has grocery items, as well as plastic storage items, and place the grocery items in the bins as you shop to find the right fit.

In-cabinet Storage Items

In addition to clear containers, there are many other storage solutions that can fit inside kitchen cabinets without requiring a remodel. A rotating shelf called a lazy Susan is a good way to store canned goods or spices. Hanging baskets can be an attractive way to store fruit or dry fresh herbs. You can hang metal baskets under shelves to provide extra storage space. Folding shelves and racks made especially for storing lids and other awkward items can also be found at home improvement or bath and kitchen stores.

Pull-out Drawers and Shelves

While many people are intimidated by home improvement projects, pull-out drawers or shelves are relatively easy to install. Simply measure the inside of your cabinets, and take these measurements to your local home improvement store. The professionals at these stores can help you chose a pull-out drawer system that you can install yourself with a few screws. Tracks can even be installed on your existing shelves to make them capable of rolling out.

Vertical Spaces

Small vertical spaces in the corners of cabinets might seem like wasted space, but you can put them to use. Tall vertical spaces are good for storing baking trays and other flat items. You can also install narrow drawers in vertical spaces to hold long, thin kitchen items like rolls of tin foil.


Pantries aren't just for food. If you have room in your pantry after organising canned and dried goods, you can store appliances and even dishes in your pantry. If you have lovely dinnerware that you like to display in glass-front cabinets, you can store your everyday dishes in the pantry out of sight.

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