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8 Smart Organizing Tips for the Kitchen


What makes a great kitchen is how you organize it. Learn 8 smart organizing tips to help you get your kitchen organized in no time!

8 smart tips for organizing kitchen



If you’re anything like me, once the holiday decorations come down you’re ready to start getting your house a little more organized.

The kitchen is the first place I need to start!

Here are 8 smart tips to help you organize your kitchen!

Kitchen Organization

I can’t believe I never thought to put these organizing tools to use in my refrigerator.

Fridge Organization

source : Martha Stewart


I love this idea! Use tension curtain rods to create dividers. Buy rods to fit the space, and position pairs of them at intervals. Great for storing platters, cookie sheets and cutting boards

tension rod pantry dividers

source: Martha Stewart


Use vinyl to place a measurement conversion chart right inside your cabinet door.



source: Infarrantly Creative

I don’t have much cabinet space, so I use a wall mounted pot rack to hang my pots over my stove.

Pot rack

purchase wall mounted pot rack

I already use hooks inside my cabinet doors for dish rags to dry, but I love the idea of adding buckets to doors for sponges and tools too!

add buckets and hooks

source: Tatertots & Jello

Make a chalkboard for the kitchen to keep track groceries needed, menus and to-do lists.

make a chalkboard

source: She Wears Many Hats

Use jars, containers, and baskets to keep pantry items organized.  Use labels to make sure everyone knows what goes where.

kitchen pantry jars and labels

source: House of Smiths

Make better use of the space under your sink.  Hang spray bottles from a tension rod for easy access.

undersink spray bottles

source:  A Thousand Words

You May also enjoy:

 Spring Cleaning the Kitchen

How to clean your dishwasher

A great kitchen is an organized kitchen

I’d love to hear more kitchen organizing ideas in the comments!  Or share pictures of your kitchen organization on the TidyMom Facebook Page!


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

146 Responses to “8 Smart Organizing Tips for the Kitchen”

  1. Sarah C posted on March 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm (#)

    Love it!

  2. Toni posted on March 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm (#)

    I love the idea of the tension rods and could use them in a hundred ways. Do you know where I could find them? Found you via Stumble upon.

    • PAT replied on April 5th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Tension rods can be found at walmart.

    • Cassandra replied on May 8th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Also, I don’t know if you have an “Anna’s Linnens” near you, but household items/housewares are really inexpensive there. :)

  3. NoWickCandle posted on March 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm (#)

    I just made a chalkboard for my kitchen, I love it!!!

  4. Maggie @ Snag A Bargain posted on April 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm (#)

    I saw this on the Rite Aid facebook page. I just love the tension rod for spary bottles idea. This is so awesome!

  5. Rebecca posted on April 7, 2012 at 9:27 am (#)

    I love you! I love these ‘dug why didn’t I think of that’s ideas. My kitchen is going to look faaaaabulous!

  6. Teddybear posted on April 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm (#)

    Great idea re using a rod in the under the sink cupboard, ours is a right mess! Wish i was as organized as you!

  7. CindysIdeas posted on April 26, 2012 at 11:10 am (#)

    I love all your ideas! The use of the tension rods is a fantastic idea. Your panty and kitchen looks so great and everything looks so organized.

  8. Maricris of Zensible Mama posted on May 29, 2012 at 11:22 am (#)

    Ooh these are great ideas! I specially liked the idea of the under the sink organization. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Vedette posted on June 6, 2012 at 11:25 am (#)

    The last one I want to try. What a coincidence, just 2 weeks ago, my kids told me to put a chalkboard on the kitchen so they could put things that they want to eat there. And I find it very convenient too because I can just write down things that are needed at home.

  10. Candlelight Obsession posted on June 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm (#)

    Wow! Fantastic ideas and it looks so organized.

  11. Tanya posted on June 12, 2012 at 7:04 am (#)

    Found you on stumble upon. Love the pictures. It’s inspiring me to organize!!

  12. Tracy W. posted on July 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm (#)

    I love the gray and white pattern inside of the pantry. Did you stencil that on or is it some kind of wall paper? Thanks!

  13. Carolyn Timmerman posted on September 3, 2012 at 8:45 am (#)

    Really good ideas, thank you. I wouldn’t hang pots over the stove top though, they’ll get dirty fast from whatever is cooking, they could warp from the heat, & if the handles are covered in wood or a polymer, they could split.

    • TidyMom replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Mine have been hanging there for over 10 years – they don’t get dirty because I use them often and I’ve had no problems with warping or splitting

  14. Julia posted on December 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm (#)

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be using all of these… I just moved and haven’t the slightest clue how to start organizing my kitchen. I mean sure, I guess the pots should go near the stove… and the silverware should all be in the same drawer, but other than that, I am in serious need of some creative ideas. Glad you posted this!

  15. Taria Lorehand posted on December 17, 2012 at 2:29 am (#)

    the tension rod inside the cabinet under the sink works good if you are using light weight bottles, bit as soon as I put the heavy ones on the whole thing comes crashing down. any suggestions on how to fix this without having to add another tension rod?

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    I love the tension rod especially. Thanks for sharing your ideas with the world!

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    interesting tips

  37. Gabrielle posted on December 2, 2014 at 4:03 am (#)

    I love all of these ideas! I don’t have a lot of space in the kitchen so, any of these tips is great for me. I love the turning table in the fridge. I had no idea that I can put such a thing there. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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