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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Repurpose a file for sports bottles.


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.



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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Use a towel bar for kitchen cleaners.


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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Hang a handy cork board.


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.


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.


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.


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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Stick a caddy inside a slim cabinet.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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.

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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? 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.


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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