Quick and clever kitchen storage solutions

September 9, 2015

Sometimes it seems like your kitchen is a magnet for clutter. If yours is in need of some organizing, check out these quick and clever kitchen storage solutions.

Quick and clever kitchen storage solutions

The measuring cup storage solution

  • Hanging measuring cups inside a kitchen cabinet to free up drawer space.
  • Position and mount a wood strip so that the cups will hang between the shelves and allow the door to close completely.
  • Mount a second strip for your measuring spoons, then screw in cup hooks on both strips.

Cookware organizer

  • Most kitchen base cabinets lack vertical storage space for big, flat cookware like cookie sheets and pizza pans.
  • To create some vertical storage space, just remove the shelf inside most cookware cabinets, then cut a vertical panel of plywood and wedge it into the cabinet so that you'll have enough space for your pans and sheets.
  • Next, fasten the plywood divider at the cabinet bottom with furniture braces and at the top with a strip of wood.
  • Drill holes in the plywood for the adjusting pins that are matched to the holes on the side of the cabinet.
  • Trim the shelf to length and set it back into the cabinet.

Plastic bag holder

  • An empty rectangular tissue box makes a convenient holder for small garbage bags, plastic grocery bags and small rags.
  • Simply use a thumbtack to stick the box to the inside of a cabinet door.

Concealed message centre

  • Don't let shopping lists, phone messages and to-do notes clutter up counter space.
  • Mount a dry-erase board and a plastic bin on the inside of a cabinet door with double-sided foam mounting tape.
  • The bin will protrude into the cabinet, so be sure to position it where it won't collide with shelves or the stuff inside.
  • Get the board, bin and tape at a discount or office supply store.

Tidy file centre

  • Countertops are a landing pad for paper — mail, news clippings and other assorted notes.
  • Get that mess off the counter with folders and a file holder.
  • If there's not a suitable vertical surface, get a file holder that sits on the countertop.
  • It will take up less space (and look neater) than a stack of loose papers.

Bag dispenser

  • Plastic grocery bags turn up everywhere these days, so you might as well corral them for reuse.
  • First, cut the top and bottom off a two litre (half gallon) plastic soft drink bottle with a utility knife.
  • Make the hole in the top about eight centimetres (three inches) in diameter.
  • Next, use small screws and washers to mount the bottle on the back of a cabinet or closet door with the 8 centimetre (3 inch) opening down.
  • Stuff the bags into the bottle and pull them out as needed.

Spice storage

  • Small spice containers use shelf space inefficiently and are difficult to find when surrounded by taller bottles and items.
  • Use a small spring-tension curtain rod as a simple shelf.
  • It's easy to install and strong enough to support the spices.

Racks for canned goods

  • Use those leftover closet racks as cabinet organizers.
  • Trim the racks to length with a hacksaw and then mount screws to the back side of the face frame to hold the racks in place.
  • The back side of the rack simply rests against the back of the cabinet.
  • Now you can easily find your soup and check the rest of your inventory at a glance.

If your kitchen is in need of organizing or you just want to spruce the room up, just follow these quick and clever kitchen storage solutions.

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