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Affordable and Easy Ways to Organize Your Kitchen

22 cheap and easy kitchen organization ideas and tips

Genius Tips and Ideas to Organize Every Inch of your Kitchen

Sometimes you just need some really easy ways to organize your kitchen.

The kitchen is one of those areas that has so much stuff crammed into so many different areas, it’s easy for it all to start looking like a complete disaster area. The problem, of course, is that our kitchens are probably one of the most used areas of the home.  If we can’t keep everything neat and tidy, just the simple act of pulling together a snack for the kiddos can become a huge time suck!

Do you ever worry about a pile of baking sheets toppling over when you go to make some cookies?  Are all of your corn cob holders impossible to find when you need them?  And how about your spices? Oh, don’t even get me started on the spices.  We’ve tried risers, but the little jar of pumpkin spice is still impossible to find when I need it!

Now, we can’t just go out and renovate our kitchen with all of the bells and whistles and handy storage compartments already built in.  Instead, what I’ve  pulled together here are some super-simple, inexpensive ways to to keep your kitchen neat, tidy, and well-organized.

Easy Ways to Organize Your Kitchen: Must have items for cheap kitchen organization

Getting your cabinets and all of your little bits and pieces in order is going to be so fast and easy, you’ll be slapping your head for not thinking of these things sooner.

All you need to start organizing your kitchen are these 3 things:

simple supplies for kitchen organization

Small tension rods can be purchased in packs of three from Amazon for around $6. They make great dividers and help hold various items in your kitchen upright instead of stacking them up on top of each other.

Command Hooks are the duct tape of kitchen organization.  These little miracle workers pull their weight by helping you move nearly anything to a door instead of having it take up space in a cabinet. Regular hooks are also useful, but Command hooks in particular have that wonderful sticky back system which is perfect for anything you don’t necessarily want to keep permanently in place. Also, they come in many different useful sizes.

Magazine files, or magazine holders, help to stack things up vertically in a space so that you can use the inside of your cabinets more efficiently.  The mess file folders in the photo above are $6.99 for a pack of two, but you also find plastic or cardboard ones for less.

Ok, now that you have the basics of what you’ll be using to get your kitchen in order, let me share with you some really genius, easy ways of using these items in your kitchen.  Check out the images below for the ultimate kitchen storage hacks.


Easy Ways to Organize Your Kitchen: Use Magazine Files to Go Vertical in Your Pantry

1. Keep Paper Plates and Napkins in Order

A simple Dollar store magazine file helps keep paper plates and napkins contained (via Organizing Made Fun)

dollar store kitchen organization hack using magazine rack for storage

2. Store your Canned Goods

Store your cans vertically (via PB&J Stories)

using magazine holder for pantry organization

3. Keep Spaghetti in Place

Use this idea from Mom with a Prep) to keep spahetti boxes lined up neatly

using a magazine holder for pantry pasta storage

4. A Place for Your Potatoes and Onions

Potatoes and onions can still breath in these mesh file folders (but apparently onions and potatoes living side-by-side is a no-no) (via Mimi’s Crafty World)

magazine holder pantry organizer

5. Line up Your Food Wrap Boxes

Contain food wrap boxes in a magazine file (via Pretty Providence)

hold food wrap in magazine file

6.  Get your Reusable Water Bottles Under Control

I love this idea for keeping water bottles neat and tidy using magazine files.

water bottle storage using magazine holders

Easy Ways to Organize Your Kitchen: Put anything on a door using Hooks

7. Hang Your Food Wrap Boxes

Here’s a DIY for hanging your food wrap boxes from hooks on a door (via I Heart Organizing)

food wrap storage with rods and hooks

8. Mount Your Lids

Strategically placed hooks can be mounted on cabinet doors to hold your pot lids (via Instructables)

pan lid organization with command hooks

9. Hang Measuring Cups and Spoons

Measuring cups and spoons are kept nice and neat, and out of the way, on hooks (via Simply Darling)

measuring cup organization with command hooks

10. Easy Oven Mitt Storage

Oven mitts were meant to be hung, not stuffed in a drawer! (via A bowl full of lemons)

command hooks kitchen organization

Easy Ways to Organize Your Kitchen: Use Tension Rods Everywhere

11. Spice Drawer Organization

Spices in a drawer are kept neatly in a row with these tension rods (via de Jong Dream House)

spice rack organization with tension rods

12. Spice Cabinet Organization

Tension rod for little spices from Joyful Home Making

tension rod for spices

13. Storage Container Organization

This drawer can handle the clutter of food storage containers easily with handy tension rods (via BHG)

tension rod kitchen organization

14. Manage Your Bulky Casserole Dishes and Serving Plates

This use of tension rods to keep these large dishes on their side instead of stacking them on top of each other is genius. (via chez larsson)

using tension rods to organize bakeware

15.  Under Cabinet Paper Towel Holder

Add instant counter space by getting your paper towel roll on a tension rod under the cabinet (via Alejandra.TV)

under cabinet paper towel holder with tension rod

16. Keep Cleaning Supplies Ready for Action

Spray bottles hang easily with under-sink mounted tension rods (via A Thousand Words)

holding spray bottles with tension rod

17. Cutting Board Organization

Martha Stewart shows us she stores her lovely vintage cutting boards and platters vertically with tension rods.

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Sunday 15th of October 2017

I love the tension rod storage usage, I keep my plates in large drawers for easier access, I use Akea folding dividers , they are accoddian with pegs that screw on and also their plate holders, round wooden with curved sides to pile on the plates, adjustable to any width of plates, but it still seems messy. I think putting the rods front front to back as 3dividers might keep things more tidy. I appreciate your ideas alot. Arleen, Tampa, Fl

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