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Store More in Your Kitchen—Today!

Cut kitchen clutter and calm the chaos with these solutions to maximize storage, pronto

By Jan Soults Walker

Whether your kitchen functions for only you, a couple, or a crowd, you can simplify cooking and clean up chores by incorporating these quick-to-implement storage ideas.

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Declutter behind doors

Cabinet shelves do double duty when you add organizers. Set a stack shelf (essentially a rack on legs) anywhere on an existing shelf to double usable space. Use a stack shelf for holding plates, coffee mugs, canned goods, spices, and more. You can also customize cabinet interiors with specialty organizers designed for canned goods, spices, and cooking packets.

Add hooks beneath cabinet shelves to hold coffee cup handles and measuring spoons.

Conquer corners

Improve corner cabinet storage with a pair of lazy Susans that rotate stored items into the light. Other specialty corner inserts allow shelves to swing out of the cabinet so contents are easy to retrieve.

Tame drawers

Your drawers can hold more and remain tidy when you add inserts that sort utensils and flatware and prevent it all from rolling around. You can also find inserts for holding knives, spices, bread, and other specialty needs.

Look high

Claim space on top of upper cabinets by adding baskets or bins for stashing away items you use infrequently, such as a fondue pot, seasonal linens, and picnic supplies.

Look low

Install shallow drawers in the toe-kick space beneath cabinets and use them for storing pet supplies, a folding step stool, and storage or waste bags.

Boost backsplashes

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Put the vertical space between countertops and upper cabinets to work with systems specially designed for the backsplash, such as stainless steel rails that accept hooks for hanging essentials in plain sight, including utensils, storage bins, paper towels, and other items. You can also add open shelves to the backsplash for organizing spices, oils, and vinegar. A magnetic strip holds knife blades in an orderly display on the backsplash, close to your cutting surface, and makes them easy to retrieve or put away.

Pimp the pantry

Make your pantry shelves work harder by adding pullout bins, stack shelves, pegs, hooks, and lazy Susans that rest on shelves. Don't overlook the inside of the pantry door—use it for holding additional shelves, bins, hooks, or pegs.

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