15 Easy Solutions- Kitchen Organization 2018

We have all heard the phrase that the kitchen is the hub of the home.   It not only holds cooking utensils and essentials, it is a memo station for important activities, a linen closet for table settings and entertaining, and a utility closet for cleaning supplies and tools all rolled up into one area. 

So it’s no surprise that having an organized kitchen will help you  have an organized lifestyle (or at least get you one step closer).   If you’re looking to start fresh in 2018 to get more organized, start here….yep….in the kitchen! 

Here are 15 EASY solutions for kitchen organization you can try without spending a ton of money, or hiring a carpenter to do.   *** Stay tuned for Kitchen Upgrades & Remodeling Ideas – Post coming soon!!! ***

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15 Easy Solutions – Kitchen Organization 2018

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Add an area with cork board or dry erase board to the inside of cabinet doors or wall.  Add hooks to hold keys or pet leashes, and containers to hold pens/markers/pencils. 

Create an area to hold mail or other important documents, and a notepad when you need to write a quick note to take with you on the run.  Don’t forget a NEW calendar for 2018!! 

Go with a small station, medium station, or large station depending on your needs.








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Choose one drawer or cabinet to hold all of your spices.  Place a foam spice liner, wooden spice rack, or plastic spice rack in it to keep them from rolling around. 

These organizers will help cut down on time searching for the spice you need while cooking, and alert you when the spice is running low. 

Plus you will be able to see the front of each label. Sometimes oregano looks like basil, or maybe it’s rosemary….LOL!!!  You get the idea.

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Put tupperware in storage bins or baskets to keep lids and containers together.  The bins will keep the lids from sliding down and help match container to it’s lid. 

They will also help save room in your cabinet or drawer by stacking them vertically rather than horizontally.  Go with small/medium/large bins, or multiple sizes to work with all drawer and cabinet dimensions.







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Attach a paper/wrap organizer to the inside of a cabinet door to hold saran wrap, foil, wax paper, etc….  It saves space and is easy to grab quickly when needed. 

You can also do the same thing with ziploc bags.  The boxes stay upright when grouped together, and can be seen through the mesh screen.









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Keep trash out of sight (and smell) by storing it under the counter.  Use one can pull out or two cans pull out, depending on your needs, and keep extra trash bags in the same area. 

Plus you can roll out the drawer and wipe food items from the counter directly into the cans.  Gotta love that!!






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Gain more space in cabinets by arranging baking sheets vertically versus horizontally.  Use a wire organizer so the pans have something sturdy to lean against, and room for stacking multiple pans in small sections. 

This also would work for muffin pans and broiler pans.


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With the growing trend of open shelving being used  more and more in the kitchen, there is a greater need for under counter storage.  Use large drawers for dishes and and glasses with wooden partitions. 

These partitions will help dishes from sliding around, and the wood helps the dishes from breaking.









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Instead of having wasted space at the sink, use  hinged doors with plastic containers to store cleaning sponges and brushes.  These containers hold water that may leak from sponges and help to keep wooden cabinets dry. 

They also also allow porous sponges to dry (lying vertically) instead of lying flat (lying horizontally) on top or inside the sink bowl.








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Attach doors to side of unused cabinet walls for laundry and cleaning supplies.  Make a long section for taller items like brooms and mops, and a shorter section for cleaning products. 

Add storage hooks to hang items on the wall in the longer section to free up space, and add shelves to the shorter section to hold multiple products and refills.


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Use a wine rack- type of organizer to store water bottles, thermoses, etc… that can’t be stacked one on top of each other. 

Laying them horizontally helps them from rolling around or falling over like dominoes, and you can see the exact bottle you want to use.  You can also stack more bottles because you are utilizing the entire cabinet height.







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Attach a wire rack to the inside of a cabinet door to keep cutting boards all in one place.  The rack keeps them from sliding (if stored upright), and allows you to see the one you want to use (because it is facing you). 

If you store them shortest to tallest (like the picture) you won’t have to dig around looking for the one you want to use.







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Use a ceramic crock (new or old) to hold cooking utensils and store on top of your counter.  The crock holds the utensils upright to so they are easier to see and grab. 

You won’t have to dig through a drawer to find the one need, and you can put your favorite utensils in it .  Plus, it’s super cute!!  Try stainless or ceramic.


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Attach top and bottom wire wracks to inside of cabinets or drawers to store pots, pans, and lids.  Use narrow dividers to hold lids, and wide dividers to hold pots and pans. 

These racks help utilize the height of cabinets and drawers to gain the most out of these spaces. Use a pot & pan organizer and a lid organizer also.






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This area seems to get the most congested since it is a “catch all” for a variety of cleaners and supplies.  Add racks with shelves to sides of cabinet doors for frequently used items, and a lazy susan (that is sturdy) for less frequently used items. 

Use a plastic bucket to fill with products you can take with you for cleaning areas of your home.  All of your products will be ready to go (for a quick grab), and any drips from cleaners or sponges will drop into the bucket.




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Store utensils in organizer that fits the entire drawer.   You won’t waste unused space in the drawer, and you can add more utensils or serveware.   

Try out this DIY project or use this flatware organizer – it expands to fit any size drawer.  Since utensils are used every day, keeping them organized causes less wine drinking when cooking -LOL!!!






Let me know which one (or two) you try- I’d love to hear your feedback!!  If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look.

Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!  Love & 2018 HUGS!!! 🙂


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Opening up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room

I have always liked our kitchen, but the floorplan for the connecting dining room was awkward.  The wall between the two rooms had a dead space on the kitchen side that really couldn’t be used for anything, and the dining room side had two panel doors that were taking up space that the room really couldn’t afford to give up.  I knew if we could open the wall up between these two rooms, the dining room would feel bigger…… and the kitchen would get more natural light.  Plus, it would just give the area better flow between both rooms.   Let ‘s get to it!  Opening Up Kitchen Wall To Dining Room.

To see more of our updated kitchen click Hurricane Harvey Flooded (part 2) –  for our most current pictures.  To see our painted cabinets makeover (before we flooded) click Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White.

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BEFORE from dining room side:



The panel doors take up space on the adjoining wall and just don’t allow for enough room to move around the table.  When there is a Captain’s chair placed at the end of the table, the doors bump into it which is highly annoying.

I first thought about putting a single or double barn door here to save space, but quickly realized that decision would solve only one problem-  the “hinged door” problem.If I was going to change this area and spend the money, I knew opening up the wall would give me the best option for both rooms.








BEFORE from kitchen side:



Here is the dead space to the left side of the opening on the kitchen side.   I have tried everything in that space, and nothing seems to work properly.   I have used a rolling microwave cart, hooks for hanging functional items, decorative items, etc…. but there is just not enough room.

The rolling cart was functional so I could bump it up to the island to gain extra work space, but moving  it back and forth got old quick.  Anything that attached to the wall, only interfered with walking traffic.  Plus, when the pantry door opens (door to the left), it would bump into anything new I tried.  BRU-TAL!!





BEFORE from living room side:



The kitchen floorplan is designed at an angle (at the bar area shown here) so that the area of focus nauturally directs the eye to the pantry door & dead space.  Since the height of the panel doors was the same height as  the pantry door, I knew something was lacking here.

This little area is also my “mama” space where I have my morning coffee and check emails.   It was essential to my sanity that I had something more inspiring to look at than a blank wall.










Taking out the doors completely changes the look and function of both rooms, and adds extra space to the dining area around the table.  There are no longer doors bumping into chairs or guests.

BEFORE …..                                                        AFTER…..


The dead space is  completely gone, and is now replaced with a view of the outside.   The awkward wall area is removed creating  better traffic flow between rooms and more light.

BEFORE…..                                                      AFTER……



The opening to the dining room is higher than the pantry door which allows the focus to be  diverted into the dining room.  The pantry door is still in view, but the lamp and buffet draw your attention away from it.  The extra height also allows for more natural light to shine into the kitchen, and helps make the kitchen feel bigger.

BEFORE…..                                                        AFTER…..

***FYI- In this picture, the pantry door is still the old builder grade paint color, but has been changed.  I’ll show updated pictures later when I do the post on painting the cabinets white.  One project always leads to the next….am I right?  Click Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White to see that post.


So, how does something like this come together?  Let’s take a look at the process.  Clear your dining room and kitchen as much as you can, and cover everything.  It WILL get dusty.

First, the panel doors and frame come off.  You (or your contractor) decide where to cut the wall, and move any electrical switches, plugs, etc…  I wanted to keep the light switch, but removed the plug.

I also asked that they make the opening the same height as the arch on the other side of the dining room opening.  This will also help the room feel more balanced.


Then, they will cut out the frame and put in bracing boards on top and sides.  They will add sheet rock, and begin the tape and float process.


Closeup of tape and float and adding texture.


Next they will add the trim pieces to match existing trim, or you can buy new trim for all of it.

At this point, I chose to prime and paint the trim myself to save the $300 painting quote.  (no picture)

I also had them change out my chandelier in the dining room and the foyer, because there’s ALWAYS something new to add to every project.

The dining room light pendant is by Regina Andrews from Horchow.

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And the light pendant in the foyer is E.F. Chapman Darlana 6-Light Pendant, polished nickel.


E. F. Chapman Darlana Large Lantern, Polished Nickel







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Have a Great Day!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

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