It doesn’t matter whether your kitchen is as small as a ship’s galley or as large as one you’d find at a top London hotel; keeping things organised is vital. However, it can be challenging. 

There are lots of things to contend with if you want to keep your kitchen tidy but at the same time ensure everything is near to hand. Glassware, dinnerware, utensils, food and pantry items, small and large appliances, to name just a few.

To help you take a step in the right direction, here’s a list of the top 23 kitchen organisation tips.

1. Give Each Storage Space a Purpose

To maximise the potential of your storage spaces, think about what you need in terms of the type and amount. Then, divide it up into zones. Not only will it be more organised, but you’ll also be able to find things easily and quickly.

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2. Create a Coordinated Display

Make a statement by painting the backdrop and shelves in coordinating colours. A light colour at the top will enhance the space.

3. Use Glass-fronted Cupboards

Make a focal point in the kitchen with your glassware by storing it inside glass-fronted cabinets. The glass will reflect the light and make the space appear bigger. You will also be able to light it from the inside. 

4. Maximise Space in a Small Kitchen with Tall, Slim Cupboards

Space-saving options include pull-out larders where you can store utensils, food, and appliances. 


5. Versatile Corner Units

Units in the corner of the kitchen can be difficult to use, but not if they have racks that slide in and out as the door opens. 

6. Awkward Alcoves? Not a Problem

Alcoves in a kitchen can seem like a waste of space unless you turn them into a functional storage area with the help of a pocket door and shelving.

7. Islands can be a multifunctional option

Kitchen islands, whether small or big, will help you get the most out of your kitchen. They offer various storage opportunities as well as a worktop area.

8. Internal Storage Solutions

Optimise drawer space with wire racks, drawer dividers, or plinth drawers for pans, plates, utensils, or spices.

9. Experiment with Open-shelving

Add that wow factor and create additional storage with open shelving. Combine dark and pale timbers or use a painted finish combination. Add interest by adding materials such as fabric or wallpaper.

10. Fitted or Freestanding?

A fitted kitchen isn’t to everyone’s taste, but there’s always the option to include freestanding storage such as a kitchen dresser, work table with wheels, or butcher’s block.

11. Double-duty Shelving

There are two ways you can utilise shelving. First, store pretty dishes and seasonal platters on the top while you can hang oven mitts and chopping boards underneath.

12. Use Clear Jars

It’s possible for kitchen staples to look very eye-catching when displayed correctly. Use glass jars and mark them with a customised chalkboard label.

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13. Utilise a Pegboard

Paint a pegboard with a bright accent colour, and it’ll suddenly become a functional focal point. Use a range of different hooks for hanging measuring cups, mugs, and other utensils.

14. Hanging Rack

Include a hanging rack as part of the decor, and you can use it to display your pots and keep them handy for cooking.

15. Define a Cooking Zone

Designate a cooking zone around your cooker. Store pots, pans, and cooking utensils as close to the stove as possible.


16. Better Utilise Spaces with the Right Lighting

You’ll be able to use certain areas better by lighting them right. Under storage cupboards, for example, can be lit and used for storing appliances or a dish towel rail.

17. Over-the-door Storage

The back of a door is a seriously underused area in the kitchen. You can stash a range of items with an over-the-door organiser.

18. Declutter your Countertops

Phones, calendars, and to-do lists can all take up valuable space. Declutter your worktops by mounting them on the wall.

19. Consider a Lazy Susan

Several items never seem to stray far from the worktop, such as sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Gather them all together and store them on a lazy Susan. A turntable also works well in the larder, fridge, or as a spice rack. 

20. Cabinet Sides

This is another seldom utilised space. If your cupboards have exposed sides, there’s no reason you shouldn’t use them. Add hooks, a rail, or perhaps an additional shelf.

21. Do Your Cabinets go All the Way Up? 

There’s no reason why they shouldn’t, but it’s common that they don’t, which leaves a whole lot of space between them and the ceiling. Use this space for storing bulky pots, cookbooks, or perhaps your collection of mugs.


22. Affordable Tension Rods

Rather than stacking things, it might be better to store items on their side. For example, baking trays and cake pans can be stored sideways if you add tension rods in a cabinet.

23. What To Do With Appliance Attachments

The storage of appliance attachments can be challenging as they’re often not the same shape or size. However, they tend to be metal, which means you can attach them to a magnetic knife strip. This idea also works well for spice jars, pot lids, and a wealth of other things.

Final Words

These 23 tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to kitchen organisation ideas. If you like the sound of any of them, give them a try. If there’s nothing that’s caught your eye, at the very least, they might help inspire you.

For a kitchen to feel organised, any items you need must be close at hand. If your storage ideas also look stylish and are budget-friendly, all the better. Create a sense of order in the heart of your home, and it could well spread to the rest of your living space.