7 Tips to Add Savvy Storage to Your Kitchen

by Kerrie KellyOctober 6, 2016

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s safe to say that nobody wants a cluttered space when preparing dinner, working at the counter or simply spending time with family and friends. By keeping your kitchen tidy and organized, you can spend more time cooking a tasty meal instead of digging around for a long-lost casserole dish. From affordable additions to more extensive upgrades, here are seven easy tips to quickly add savvy storage to your kitchen.

1. Consider Open Shelving

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Increase storage and keep things within reach with prettily arranged open shelving. Not only does open shelving put lovely, often-used items on display, but going vertical with storage also creates more space in your kitchen. Light shelving adds an element of visual interest without cluttering the space with more cabinetry.

2. Hang a Utensil Rack

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One of the biggest annoyances in the kitchen is jumbled utensils. Hang a matching set of your most-used utensils above the stove for quick and easy access. This is an exceptionally versatile option for smaller kitchens, as it frees up much-needed drawer and cabinet space.

3. Try a Narrow Rollout Cabinet

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Short on space? Consolidate your cooking oils and spices into a handy rollout cabinet. Perched at cabinet height or higher, these narrow pull-out cabinets are a space-conscious way to create a nook for smaller pantry essentials. The kitchen shown here knows how to maximize small unused space next to the fridge—narrow rollouts easily store cutting boards, baking sheets and other items.

4. Add Drawer Dividers

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Sick of digging through drawers trying to find matching lids to your pots and Tupperware? Here lies the beauty of drawer dividers and inserts. They’re a simple and affordable option for pull-out drawers that puts everything in its correct place.
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Drawer dividers are great for creating a space for pot lids and Tupperware pieces, keeping them separate and easy to navigate when it comes time to wrap up leftovers. Tuck away baking tins, racks and cookie sheets with horizontal or sub-drawer dividers for easy access when baking.

5. Maximize Corners

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Why waste perfectly usable space? Maximize hidden corners with lazy Susans, magic corners and corner drawers. We love using corner cabinets for storing small appliances and dishware we use sparingly, like rice cookers and holiday dishes. Corner drawers are wonderful additions if you find yourself needing more space for items that don’t get pulled out as regularly as your favorite cereal bowl.

6. Hide the Trash
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It’s a fact — no one likes clunky trash cans on display. Free up space with a waste and recycling bin cabinet system that can be hidden when necessary. Pull-out drawers make trash access convenient for those of all ages and mobility. Take advantage of extendable drawers for additional storage for cleaning supplies and trash bags to free up under-sink space.

7. Purchase a Movable Kitchen Island

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Islands are amazingly versatile additions to any kitchen—there is a reason they’ve become a staple in modern kitchen design. If space allows, invest in a movable island to instantly add storage and food prep space. Narrow islands with locking casters are perfect for smaller kitchens and can easily be moved out of the way should you have guests over. Islands are also a great way to add a dash of contrasting color or material to your space while simultaneously creating storage for clunky appliances, mixing bowls and hand towels.

What are some of your go-to ways to create storage in your kitchen? To review a wide selection of carts, utility tables, and kitchen storage accessories, you can visit Home Depot’s website here or reach out to Kitchen design specialist, Kerrie Kelly, the interior designer who heads up Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento, California.


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About The Author
Kerrie Kelly
Bio: Kerrie Kelly is an award-winning interior designer and founder of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento, CA. She has authored two books: Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide, published by Oxmoor House, and My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education. Kerrie is a certified member of ASID and IIDA.

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