15 Tips to Reorganize Your Kitchen After Thanksgiving
Learn how to reorganize effectively after conquering the kitchen’s biggest holiday.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and chances are your relative wasn't the only one who got on your nerves. Spending that much time with your kitchen is bound to bring out its worst qualities. Maybe those lingering feelings of resentment left you ready to tackle some kitchen organization projects. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Choose the problem that best describes your Thanksgiving, and find tips to ensure your next holiday is angst-free.
You realized your cabinets and drawers are jam-packed.
Utilize Cabinet Doors
Hang Measuring Cups on Back of Cabinets for Added Space
The secret to a more organized kitchen is utilizing a long-forgotten space: the back of the cabinet door. Jule Eller, Lowe’s director of trend and style, says it is the perfect place to hang racks for measuring cups and spoons. “That’s kind of a hidden secret,” she says. “It really helps with organization.”
The backs of cabinet doors are a great place to store kitchen gadgets that are cluttering your drawers. Simply attach a rod to the inside of the door, and use binder clips to hang items like measuring cups and spoons.
Display Your Spices
Dry Spices in Glass Jars
Dry spices are stored in glass containers in Atlanta interior designer Eryn Houck’s kitchen, adding color and interest to what would otherwise have been a blank wall.
If you desperately need cabinet space, consider emptying the spice cabinet and displaying your spices, instead. Just be sure to place them into uniform containers to achieve a clean, sophisticated look.
Try a Hanging Pot Rack
Illuminated Pot Rack
A pot rack with an integrated light fixture with small halogen bulbs takes advantage of vertical space and can add task lighting to the work space below.
If you have an appropriate spot for one, a hanging pot rack can be an excellent storage solution. Your pots will be easily accessible, and you’ll open up a cabinet to store other items. It's a win-win!
Sneak In Some Pegboards
A set of columns on either side of the sink look purely decorative, but they’re totally practical with their pegboard-style storage. Design by John McGilvray.
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Think beyond decorative when it comes to super-narrow spots like this one. A pegboard can create instant storage space for a variety of kitchen supplies. Design by John McGilvray
Or Don’t Sneak Them
White Kitchen With Pegboard Backsplash
A pegboard backsplash allows for extra storage as well as display space. The inexpensive panels are fastened to the walls, then hooks from the hardware store are used to hang utensils and kitchen gadgets.
Lindsay Raymondjack, Designs by Joanne Palmisano, photos by Susan Teare
If you’re totally on board with pegboards, consider installing them as a functional backsplash. Just imagine all the drawers you could reclaim!
Make Space Under the Kitchen Sink
Spring-Loaded Curtain Rod to the Rescue
When organizing your kitchen, it’s easy to forget the dark area below the sink. Stop tossing in the miscellaneous cleaning supplies, and give them a space that’s all their own. By adding a small curtain rod below the sink, you will be able to hang your cleaning supply bottles while also opening up the bottom of the cabinet for other items.
The cabinet under the kitchen sink often gets crammed full, decreasing its functionality. Create space by adding a small curtain rod to hang cleaning supplies. That way, the bottom of the cabinet will be open for other items.
You couldn't find ingredients quickly.
Float Your Food
Magnetized Mason Jars Hanging From Cabinet
Maximize your counter space by hanging Mason jars from the bottoms of your cabinet. By attaching sheet metal underneath your upper cabinets and magnets to the tops of jars, you can free up counter space and ensure your spices are always nearby. “For me, it’s nice to have your spices within reach,” says Jule Eller, Lowe’s director of trend and style. “So if they’re right there, you can grab them pretty easily.” Decluttering your counter space will ensure there is extra space for cooking come mealtime.
Place foods you frequently use in jars, and hang them from the bottom of your cabinets. Attach sheet metal underneath your upper cabinets and magnets to the jar lids.
Organize Your Spices
When your spices are unorganized, using them is a pain. Spend some time organizing, so they’re all within easy reach. Tip: If you don’t have a drawer to dedicate to spices, a lazy Susan is great for organizing them in a cabinet.
Organize Your Refrigerator
Emily Fazio, 2017
Do items get lost in the abyss of your fridge? It’s time to spend some time organizing. Consider using a turntable for condiments and other clear containers to organize staples.
Get the Pantry Under Control
Baskets + Bins
Organize your pantry staples in see-through, pull-out baskets it'll make it easier to see what you have and what you need.
Organizing your pantry isn’t as difficult as you think. It is, however, super-helpful when it comes time to finding the 37 ingredients for the casserole you volunteered to make.
Store on the Door
Just as you can utilize the back of your cabinet doors, you can also utilize the back of your pantry door. Attach wire organizing units, and fill them with items you use most often.
You totally ran out of counter space.
Consider Large-Appliance Storage
Rev-A-Shelf Stand Mixer and Appliance Lift
If you’ve got an appliance that needs to move — say, a heavy stand mixer or a clunky breadmaker — you could be in for serious pain upon lifting. Remove the danger with an in-cabinet appliance lift like Rev-A-Shelf. It can elevate hefty items almost as if they’re weightless.
When you’re working with limited counter space, you can’t leave all your appliances out. But if you’ve ever tried lifting a stand mixer into a cabinet, you know it’s no easy task. That’s why you’ll be ultra-thankful you installed .
Designate a Paper Towel Drawer
Paper Towel Drawer
An open-face drawer with a built-in paper towel dispenser makes the towels easy to reach but it is not an obvious part of the kitchen. Design by John McGilvray.
Jason Kisner, 2012, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Paper towels are a must for most kitchens, but they don’t have to crowd your counter. Consider dedicating a drawer to them. Design by John McGilvray
Make the Most of Open Shelves
Modern Kitchen with Rustic Touches and Open Storage
This modern kitchen, including a wall of windows, adds rustic touches with a farmhouse sink, open shelving made of reclaimed wood, and a butcher block island. This kitchen leaves everything on display and accessible. Open shelves provide plenty of storage while keeping everyday serveware, pots and pans within easy reach. For the serious chef, built-in knife slots in this kitchen's butcher-block island keep culinary tools handy.
Keep your countertops bare, and load up your shelves, instead. Place the items you use most often on the bottom shelves, working your way upward.
You tripped over toys and dropped the turkey.
Add Kid-Height Toy Storage
Kitchen Toy Drawer
Keep little ones busy while you finish up dinner prep with hideaway kitchen storage for art supplies. Roll-out shelves make the most of the storage space at the end of this colorful island and make it easy for kids to access crayons and paper then neatly put everything away again. Photo courtesy of Mullet Cabinets, Inc.
OK, I really hope you didn’t actually trip and drop your turkey. But, since kid clutter is a universal problem in almost every room of the home, I thought it necessary to address. Kid-height kitchen storage allows kids to put their own things away and will (hopefully) keep them from dragging other rooms’ toys into the kitchen.
Let It Slide
Slide-out racks, drawers and baskets make finding everything you're looking for a breeze.
Up, Up and Away
Make the most of your space, and don't be afraid to stack items all the way to the ceiling when you keep a handy step stool within easy reach.
With a swing-out pantry, you can maintain a sleek look in the kitchen while still having plenty of room for all your cooking essentials.
Time to Purge
Looking to start fresh? Clear all expired, useless products. Then organize what's left into clear, pullout bins. This process will make cooking dinner and packing lunches a snap.
Feels Like Home
For a kitchen pantry that fits your every need and makes use of all available space, combine a moveable cart and behind-the-door storage.
A walk-in pantry with shelves stacked high on either side offers plenty of space for spices, canned goods and even dishes. Plus, there's still room to walk around.
Push and Pull
A pullout pantry is the perfect way to gain useful storage space without taking up too much space on its own.
Moving On Up (Or Down)
Make use of adjustable shelving, and make room for all your favorite treats and products.
When your pantry is this organized, there's no reason to hide it. Skip the doors, and make your kitchen seem larger in turn.
For an extra dose of organization, invest in shelf separators to keep similar items grouped together.
Make It Happen
Are you making the most of your space? If you don't have adequate room in your pantry, consider turning a closet into a luxurious walk-in pantry.
In Clear Sight
Keep fresh produce in sight and on hand with see-through wire baskets — also great for storing snacks!
If you need to add pantry space but don't have the money to renovate, simply add spacious shelves to your walls for a custom look on a budget.
Dose of Color
It may not help add storage, but a fresh coat of paint in a fun hue can certainly lift your spirits and make dinner prep a little more fun.
Make Your Own
If you're really running low on pantry space, it's possible to add pullout shelves to a basic cabinet. The result? A storage-packed mini pantry!
Whether you're looking to keep dry goods fresh or to group small items together, you can never go wrong with clear, stackable storage containers.
Think you'd have to have a walk-in pantry to ever have enough storage space? Think again! This pantry, which makes use of pullouts of every kind, creates all the room a person could need.
China Cabinet Alternative
Store your dishes right alongside your nonperishables with wire racks made especially to keep plates safe and sound.
Make pans and platters look right at home with vertical shelves that make finding and pulling out the right one a piece of cake.
One pantry option that often gets overlooked is the standalone pantry unit. But it's the perfect solution for those who don't have a pantry but do have an empty wall or two.