Kitchen Storage Ideas

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The kitchen always seems to be the trickiest room to organize. If we had to make a list of faulty kitchen characteristics from our past apartments, it would probably go something like this: Lack of cabinet or countertop space, odd placement of a sink, refrigerator only opens on one side, never a convenient spot for the garbage can...the list can go on and on. So, we've decided to compile a few examples of kitchen storage space solutions that are affordable and effective...check 'em out after the jump...

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Truth be told, we usually cram our pot lids in the same cabinet with the rest of the pots, making it difficult to find the right lid when we're in the middle of cooking. So here's one handy solution: Hang a wire metal magazine rack on the wall and slide pot lids in each slot.

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Open shelving always looks so great in magazines; but in reality, it can be a pain to maintain. If you've got cupboards and want open shelves, why not have both? Choose the dishes and glasses you use the most to display in one row on open shelves, and stash the rest in the cupboards.

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This solution is practically a classic: Ikea offers various kitchen rails with hooks to create a versatile storage system for pots, mugs, cutlery, etc. Our favorite is Ikea's Bygel rail system. It's also affordable: each accessory ranges from $0.99 to $1.99.

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This could be a cool solution for a small kitchen: instead of installing a refrigerator cabinet over the fridge, place it above the sink (cabinet faces optional). The bottom of the cabinet is ideal for lights or a rail storage system.

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Got an awkward space in your kitchen? Expand your storage and countertop space by adding a kitchen cart. If you're afraid of blocking a cabinet, add wheels so you can move the cart around easily.

Got your own kitchen storage tips? Share it with us in the comments!

[ Photos from Living Etc. ]

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