18 Organizing Ideas That Make the Most Out of Your Cabinets

Get ready to put those doors to work.

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Chez Larsson + Eric Piasecki

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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Driven by Decor
Repurpose a file for sports bottles.

$20

To prevent clunky water bottles from falling out of the cabinet every time you open the door, store them on their sides using a magazine file like in this idea from . Or, you can use a rack that offers multiple levels of storage.

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Or, use a file for canned goods.

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This clever idea from is similar to the dispenser-like soup displays you often see at the grocery store. Simply stack canned goods on their side in a mesh magazine rack, or in an acrylic dispenser.

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Homeroad
Use a towel bar for kitchen cleaners.

$8

In this idea at , a hanging bathroom towel bar becomes a holder for spray bottles when used on a cabinet bar.

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Two Twenty One
Hang a handy cork board.

$6

The back of a cabinet offers a convenient spot to create a small command center. To recreate this idea from , add a stick-on whiteboard and key caddle. In the kitchen, you could also use the cork board to hang recipes, or add hooks to keep measuring cups organized and within reach.

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Add pop-up shelves.

$17

This will optimize the unused space in cabinets, especially those that only hold low-profile things like dishes. These mesh versions come from U.K. site , but similar versions abound at and the kitchen organization aisle of your favorite discount retailer.

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Decant everything into labeled containers.

$15

Toss out any expired items, then transfer your most-used staples into simple labeled jars or bottles, a la . Without the visual cacophony of logos, you can easily find what you're looking for.

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Access pans easily with a pull-out drawer.

$60

You can repurpose a wire filing rack to hold pans and boards upright — but for extra clever points, add in a pull-out drawer for even easier access like in this idea from .

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Kathryn Wirsing
Stick a caddy inside a slim cabinet.

$5

This particular cabinet uses a wire divider to keep cutting boards and pans upright, but that . Stick on a plastic caddy for things like meat thermometers. You can also go one step further for optimizing this space by adding a hook for ladles and spoons.

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Add a pretty liner to your cabinets.

$7

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

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Corral smaller items in bins.

$16

This way, you can pull out the whole bin to get what you need, instead of having to rifle through the entire cabinet. (Just make sure to add a label so you know which bin to grab.) Plus, it looks really pretty, like this pantry from .

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Turn a small cabinet into a pull-out pantry.

$100

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

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Store spices on a Lazy Susan.

$14

As seen in this cabinet by Benita of , A turntable lets you access every little jar with ease.

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Install slide-out shelving.

$31

A shelf system, like this one spotted at , lets you easily pick up and store awkward items like heavy pots and pans.

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Organize plates with a rack.

$5

Nix the stacks in favor of an upright rack that makes it easy to grab a dish, like in this kitchen by Christina of . Though this particular version is a DIY built-in, a wire plate rack does the job just fine.

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Use your door for cutting boards.

$9

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

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PHOTO BY KATHRYN WIRSING; DESIGN BY BETSY FARRELL
Nestle your wine glasses.

$8

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.

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MERRYPAD
Use dowels to control containers.

$50

Doesn't it seem like every time you go to grab a plastic container for your leftovers, the lid is missing? has a solution for that: Use a sliding drawer and wooden pegs to keep all of your items in order. You can customize the layout to suit your containers — just move the dowels.

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Give oddly-sized cabinets a purpose.

$15

You could use the space to display pretty items, or you can set up a station for coffee or tea like Jenn Lifford of . To keep the surface free from stray drips from flavoring syrups, place a coaster on the shelf.

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