The Best Kitchen & Pantry Organizers from Our 2023 Organization Awards

published Aug 14, 2023
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A disorganized kitchen can sometimes make daily cooking and cleaning difficult, not to mention frustrating. But when everything is in its place (a little “mise en place” for your items, if you will), these tasks can become easier to do and more enjoyable, too. 

If you’re looking for the best organizers for your kitchen and pantry, we’ve got you covered. Whether you have a small kitchen with limited cabinet space to store things in or a large one that’s lacking in organization, you’ll want to see our winners from the Kitchen & Pantry category of our 2023 Organization Awards.

Best Kitchen & Pantry Organizers

What Makes Up This Category of Winners

In this Kitchen & Pantry category, we gathered the best organizers for the kitchen and pantry, including food storage containers, pans, lids, and bottle organizers, as well as our pick for Lazy Susans. See the very best kitchen and pantry organizers here.

Kitchen & Pantry Organizers Winners

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This is your starter pack to getting your pantry organized. The Home Edit’s 5-Piece Pantry Storage System, sold at Walmart, features large bins, bins with inserts, and a three-tier riser for your canned goods — all clear products made of durable BPA-free plastic.

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These stack-and-store jars from the well-known brand Ball are the best for decanting pantry goods into them. The airtight containers can stack on each other, and the wide-mouth openings are perfect for scooping, too.

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The YouCopia FreezeUp Freezer Rack practically doubles the space in your freezer. "The FreezeUp Rack helped me use my freezer space more efficiently," says Best List Editor, Britt Franklin. The adjustable dividers allow you to store things upright to make the best use of your space and provide visibility.

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We love how Rubbermaid Brilliance glass storage containers are leak-proof and completely safe to use in the dishwasher, microwave, and oven (sans lid). Associate Lifestyle Editor, Sofia Rivera, says hers have survived being dropped on the kitchen floor, which proves just how sturdy and reliable they are. "And unlike other containers I've tried, the lids snap on easily and securely, for an airtight fit that keeps food fresh and leftovers from stinking up your fridge."

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This bamboo five-compartment flatware drawer organizer from Target is a favorite among many editors. It's budget-friendly and extremely durable. And because it's made with bamboo material, it's aesthetically pleasing and can be used both inside the cabinet or on a tabletop or shelf, depending on your needs.

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"The organized chaos that was my spice cabinet was transformed into a streamlined way to see and grab spices with ease," says Best List Editor, Britt Franklin, once she added this YouCopia SpiceStack to her small kitchen. The spice rack has three shelves that slide out, and each one lowers at an angle, which makes grabbing what you need a breeze.

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This two-tier organizer does wonders for the under-the-sink area of your kitchen. It's a multipurpose organizer, so use it to store your cleaning products, extra sponges, trash bags, and other items.

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Fridges can become cluttered fast, but the simple addition of refrigerator organizers can easily prevent this. OXO came out with this 8-Piece Refrigerator Organization Set — a modular system that’ll organize your eggs, beverages, condiments, meals, and more, all while creating extra storage space you didn't have before.

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If you’ve ever had difficulties finding the matching lid to your cookware, your answer lies in the YouCopia StoreMore Expandable Cookware Rack. The StoreMore Rack can expand up to 22 inches wide and has 10 dividers to hold even large pans, platters, and lids. “Being able to store my pans vertically freed up half of the cabinet and made it possible to arrange other kitchen tools that needed a home — specifically my ceramic bakeware,” says Best List Editor, Britt Franklin.

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Just spin, grab, and go when it’s time to find hard-to-reach pantry and cleaning items with the Copco Lazy Susan Turntable. This two-pack has 9-inch and 12-inch non-skid revolving turntables to use anywhere you need to make instant sense out of clutter. You can trust the rimmed edge to keep your items safe and secure.

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You'll never have to deal with a cluttered cabinet of lids again, once you buy the Joseph Joseph CupboardStore Cabinet Door Pan Lid Organizer. It sticks right onto your cabinet door (an underutilized storage space, if you ask us). Make sure to give your door a clean before applying for the best adhesion.

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Don't forget your pets! If you feed your animals dry food, this food storage duo will keep it safe. Both containers are airtight, with the larger one holding up to 25 pounds of food. Plus, it's great for households with multiple pets because you can divide their food and treats between the two bins.

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Stasher Bags are our go-to reusable storage bags. The list of reasons why we always reach for one goes on and on. The bags are leakproof, microwave- and dishwasher-safe, and come in a variety of sizes to meet all your food storage needs. Not to mention, they're easy to open, reseal, and clean.

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This compact flatware organizer can fit into even the most narrow drawers. It’s a space-saving genie, taking up half the space of a conventional tray, while offering five compartments to store all your utensils. It measures 15.6 x 4.33 x 2.25 inches, and its unique design steals the show when you open your drawer.

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We love OXO POP Containers, and this one takes the cake in storing baking supplies. The OXO 8-Piece POP Container Baking Set delivers five baking storage containers in various sizes, along with a brown sugar saver and two scoops (which are great for easily taking out sugar, flour, or oats when you need them).

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That wet, smelly sponge collection on your sink deserves better than the soggy soap dish that’s taking up precious counter space. The simplehuman Slim Sink Caddy is the smartest solution we've seen. It can hold up to four standard sponges or a small brush, and the combination of the wire ledge hanger plus four suction cups keeps it locked in place. The bottom is lined with venting holes to ensure your sponges dry fast, while the sleek, stainless steel gives it a modern, stylish touch.

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“With this organizer, I’m now able to see every bottle in my collection at once and reach them with ease,” says Commerce SEO Editor, Sarah Vazquez. “The best part? Because of its two-shelf design, I can actually take advantage of the open space at the top of my cabinet and stack bottles on top of each other.” So not only does it organize your bottles, but it also creates more storage space for other things, too.

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In addition to storing your cookware, you need to properly organize your bakeware, too. YouCopia has you covered here as well. This adjustable bakeware rack has seven dividers to hold baking sheets, muffin pans, cooling racks, and more.

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From plastic wrap and foil to storage bags and parchment paper, every kitchen needs a spot to store these essentials. Enter: the Joseph Joseph CupboardStore Plastic Wrap, Foil, and Bag Cabinet Organizer. You can keep it inside a cabinet, pantry, or any other shelving area to take up as little space as possible.

How We Picked Our Winners

The Organization Awards is our guide to the best organizers of 2023. Apartment Therapy editors truly believe these 80 outstanding winners, across 10 categories, are the finest home organizing solutions around. To create this list, we focused on common clutter issues that often arise in everyday life, identified the best products to solve them, and then tested them to see which worked the best.

Here are some of the key things we looked for in an organizer.

  • Durability Is it sturdy and long-lasting? Will it withstand heat, water, or other factors, depending on where it is stored?
  • Availability — Can you easily access this item?
  • Affordability — Is it budget-friendly or worth the splurge?
  • Functionality — Does it serve its desired function or beyond that? Does it solve the organizing issue at hand?

The ultimate goal: Help get your space sorted and free of clutter. Above all, we know there’s no right or wrong way to organize your home, so whether you have 300 or 3,000 square feet of space, we hope this list of adored and approved organizers serves as the best starting point for getting you organized. 

2023 Organization Awards

Want to see more winners? See here for the full list of winners for the 2023 Organization Awards.

All prices were accurate at the time of publishing, but may have changed since then.