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Smart ideas for kitchen storage

18 October 2016

The kitchen might be the busiest room in your house, but it needn’t be the most chaotic. We’ve chosen some of our favourite organisation and storage ideas from kitchens around the world to help make your mealtimes easier and more enjoyable.

Wall shelves are great for storing your most-used kitchen items and ingredients


Keep glasses on display so guests can help themselves


Make it easy for everyone to help themselves in the kitchen with open storage. Keeping crockery and glasses next to the dishwasher and sink makes restocking the shelves a much speedier process.

Create your own window garden to grow herbs and salad leaves


Even urban homes with no outdoor space can still have their own vegetable patch. Transform your windowsill into a mini kitchen garden and keep your pruning tools to hand in a hanging wire basket.



Free up drawer space and start using the walls for extra storage. Stashing knives on a magnetic rack near your food preparation area is more convenient than having them all mixed up in a drawer.

Interior organisation

Keep your cutlery drawer organised with trays and dividers

Keep everything you need to cook in drawers near the hob, and store the most frequently used items right at the top.

Think about how best to store kitchen items before filling each drawer. Stack pans vertically and lids horizontally so that it’s easy to grab the size you need.

Store ingredients in glass jars so you can see what you have
Stack pans and lids separately to make the most of space
Modify your kitchen cabinets to create more room for storage

Make smarter use of space

Increase the functionality of old kitchen cabinets by modifying them to make smarter use of space. If your cabinets are short on shelves, add wire baskets and plastic containers to keep the contents neat and well-organised.

Everyday routines

Hang kitchen items from rails if you are short on counter space


A drying rack doesn’t have to mean doubling the area the sink occupies. Hanging a rack from the wall saves on space and helps the air get to wet crockery.

Make recycling simple with a dedicated waste-sorting drawer


Get smart with rubbish and recycling storage. Choose different sizes and shapes of containers to suit different sorts of waste, and save on time spent sorting.

Use a portable kitchen trolley as extra storage

Add space to your kitchen with a portable trolley. Use it to store bulky items, or to wheel everything to the dining table in one go, rather than going back and forth.

Store everything you need to set the table in one spot for easy access

Simplify table setting

Make it easier to set the table each day – create a one-stop station of everyday essentials, including crockery, cutlery and napkins.

Food storage

Transparent storage containers make it easy to see what food you have


Use transparent boxes and jars for food storage so that it’s easy to see where everything is – and to check what’s running low before you go to the supermarket.

Make the most of tall drawers by adding a shelf insert or stacking storage containers


If your kitchen has deep drawers, use every bit of that height to store jars upright. Save your shallower drawers for items like cutlery or flat tins.

Herbs last longer in the dark so store them in a shallow drawer


You don’t need a separate spice rack to store your dried herbs and spices. In fact, they’re best kept in the dark, so a drawer is the perfect spot to keep them.