15 Organizing Ideas That Make the Most Out of Your Cabinets

Get ready to put those doors to work.

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No matter how much storage space you have (or don't have) in your kitchen, these ideas will help your cabinets live up to their potential — and then some.

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Hang measuring cups on the door.

The cork board also adds a place to pin recipes.

What you'll need: cork board ($6, )

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Stack shelves to make use of head room.

These mesh versions come from U.K. site , but similar versions abound at .

What you'll need: cabinet shelf ($17, )

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Decant everything into labeled containers.

Without the visual cacophony of logos, you can easily find what you're looking for.

What you'll need: plastic containers ($29 for a 5-piece set, ), labels ($5, ) 

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Mix and match organizing products.

Don't feel limited to just using one product per cabinet. , a hook, dividers and a hanging caddy ensure every inch of this tall and narrow space is being used to its fullest potential.

What you'll need: wire hooks ($5, ), dividers ($12, ), plastic caddy ($6, )

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File away baking sheets and cutting boards.

You can repurpose a wire filing rack or purchase custom cabinet inserts.

What you'll need: pull-out drawer ($62, )

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Add a pretty liner to your cabinets.

It not only looks lovely, the contrasting paper (or fabric) makes lighter-hued items stand out.

What you'll need: fabric ($7, )

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Corral smaller items in bins.

This way, you can pull out the whole bin to get what you need, instead of having to rifle through the entire cabinet.

What you'll need: white bins ($13, ), plastic containers ($29 and more, ), labels ($5, )

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Turn a small cabinet into a pull-out pantry.

In designer Stephanie Stokes' tiny kitchen, pull-out cabinets make it easy to access dry goods.

See more kitchen ideas that go beyond cabinets »

What you'll need: pull-out cabinet ($107, )

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Store spices on a Lazy Susan.

A turntable lets you access every little jar with ease.

What you'll need: Lazy Susan ($14, ), plastic containers ($29 and up, )

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Install slide-out shelving.

A shelf system that slides out lets you easily pick up (and store) awkward items like heavy pots and pans.

What you'll need: sliding drawers ($30, )

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Organize plates with a rack.

Nix the stacks in favor of an upright rack that makes it easy to grab a dish.

What you'll need: divider rack ($7, )

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Use your door for cutting boards.

When not in use, these chopping essentials tend to topple over in cabinets or take up tons of space on the counter. This blogger hung a wire rack on the inside of an otherwise unused cabinet door to keep hers out of the way.

What you'll need: wire door rack ($5, )

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Nestle your wine glasses.

To make more space in your cabinet, add a riser for plates and bowls, then alternate the direction you stand your wine glasses to fit more onto your shelf.

What you'll need: riser ($4, )

PHOTO BY KATHRYN WIRSING; DESIGN BY BETSY FARRELL
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Use dowels to control containers.

Doesn't it seem like every time you go to grab a plastic container for your leftovers, the lid is missing? Use a sliding drawer and wooden pegs to keep all of your items in an orderly cabinet.


What you'll need: sliding drawer ($67, ), wood peg system ($54, )

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Give oddly-sized cabinets a purpose.

You could use the space to display pretty items, or you can set up a station for coffee or tea.

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