17 Smart and Beautiful Ways to Organize Your Kitchen Shelves & Cabinets
Okay, we admit it: We’re obsessed with organizing. So naturally, we thought it would be fun to round up some of the sharpest ideas and hacks from our home tours for organizing kitchen cabinets and shelves, to inspire your own home organizational endeavors. From color-coded cookbooks to art-filled floating shelves, read ahead for 19 clever ways to organize your kitchen cabinets in style.
1. Mason Jar Mania
Who knew mason jars were so insanely chic? Obviously Liz and Adam, who use mason jars to store their spices and pantry essentials, allowing them to show off their chartreuse-colored kitchen built-ins.
2. Color Coded
Searching for an artful way to display your cookbooks and colorful cookware? Consider organizing your cookbooks by color spine color, and using similarly hued appliances as bookends just like Amanda and Justin did in their home tour.
3. Open Up
Open shelving and door-less cabinets can work wonders for a tiny kitchen. Case in point: Carina Michelli’s small but inviting Buenos Aires kitchen, where she uses open bookcases and armoires to display her favorite kitchen wares without cramping up the space.
4. Industrial Style
5. Minimalize It
When it comes to your kitchen cabinets, a little organizing can go a long way. Instead of packing your kitchen shelves from top to bottom with supplies, pare down your collection to just the essentials—just like Kirstie did in her 420-square foot San Francisco apartment—so you can keep everything you need within arm’s reach.
6. Heightened Matters
Believe it or not, organizing the stuff in your kitchen cabinets by height can actually make it look pretty awesome. Next time you’re in the mood for a quick kitchen revamp, consider re-arranging everything in your pantry from tallest item to shortest, just like Max and Emily did with IKEA jars in their home tour, for an unexpectedly sophisticated display.
7. Mix Heavily
A solid mix of open shelves and pullout drawers can transform a tiny kitchen pantry into a well-organized storage room in no time. Follow in Gina Martin’s footsteps and stash large appliances in open cabinet areas and use cute decorative baskets for storing smaller items.
8. Float On
Turn a small sliver of your kitchen wall into a space-savvy display with nothing more than a couple of wall-mounted shelves and a small storage basket, just like we saw in Jessica Garvin’s home tour.
9. Employ Multi-functional Furniture
Not working with a ton of kitchen cabinets? No problem. Forge your own storage system with an attractive open shelving unit—like the vintage bookcase we spotted in Kelsey and Mike’s home tour—to store your treasured kitchen wares.
10. Add Art
Searching for a stylish way to upgrade your rustic kitchen shelving? Place a colorful painting or a couple of art objects, along with your favorite dishware, on an open shelf to turn your wall storage into a mini-masterpiece, just like Carol and Lee Estes did in their home tour.
11. Magnetic Attraction
If you like to keep your spices near the stove but lack the space to store them, boy do we have the solution for you. Magnetic spice racks can be mounted on any wall—or under any cabinet like Ursula did in her home tour—so you can create an actual spice rack just about anywhere your heart desires.
12. Rise Above
13. DIY Pantry
Looking for a way to forge more storage room but stuck with an awkwardly shaped kitchen wall? Take a cue from Lauren’s home tour and employ a handful of spice racks to convert an unusual space (in her case a defunct pullout ironing board cabinet) into a proper kitchen pantry.
14. Hang Time
15. Antique Appeal
Love the look of a uniform pantry but not a big fan of mason jars? Antique canisters and filing units, like the ones Kathie has in her home tour, are incredibly cool to look at and can be easily sourced at flea markets and thrift stores.
16. Pegboard Power
Want a stylish way to store your large pots and pans while also freeing up some cabinet space? Just follow the lead of Bev Wilson and install a standard pegboard on your kitchen wall and hang up bulky kitchenwares that take up too much room in your cabinets.
17. Label everything
The only thing better than a well-organized kitchen pantry is one where everything is labeled, too. Do yourself a favor and pick up a pack of labeling stickers, or an old school label maker like Chris and Amber used in their home tour, and upgrade your pantry in seconds.