6 Creative Kitchen Storage Solutions

There’s nothing quite like opening a kitchen cabinet door to grab a dash of kosher salt and finding everything is in its proper place. The hallelujah chorus starts faintly playing in the background.  You close the cabinet door and walk away feeling that all is right in the world.  Therefore, when it comes to keeping order in the kitchen, getting a little creative with storage is key. These six simple and effective kitchen storage tips will keep your kitchen running like a well-oiled machine so explore what options will work best for you.

Hide Appliances & UtensilsTips from the JWH Team: Kitchen Storage

It’s the first rule in Kitchen Organization 101: The less “stuff” stored on the counter, the cleaner your kitchen will feel. Hide larger appliances like toasters, stand mixers, and food processors behind an appliance garage door.  Stash dishwashing materials behind closed doors. Or add a narrow pullout under the sink to cleverly store dish soap, scrubbers, sponges, and towels.  If you are lucky enough to design your Kitchen with these needs in mind, custom cabinetry allows the most flexibility.  Luckily, however, many of these cabinet organization items are available “aftermarket” through vendors like Build.com and Amazon.

Use Hooks

If you’re a baker, you likely have a few oddly shaped mixing blades for your Kitchen Aid Mixer. For utensils that don’t typically fit into a drawer, you can save space by hanging them with small hooks inside your cabinet.   Ladles are usually the worst offenders and can easily find a new home behind a base cabinet door. The idea is to make your life easier by finding convenient ways to access your most-used utensils and alleviate clutter.

Add Storage to an Island

An island serves as an anchor for your entire kitchen. It provides an extra work zone, storage, and casual eating space. To maximize the functionality of your island, we like to include wide and deep drawers for easily accessed items.  Roll-out shelves prevent items from getting lost in the deep recesses.  And even shallow storage under the seating area is a good spot for seasonal serving pieces and accessories.

Boost Space with Baskets

In the event that you run out of drawer or cabinet space, baskets can save the day! Use the easy functionality of a basket to neatly organize towels, snacks, and utensils without adding additional clutter to counter spaces. Artfully arrange fresh fruits in a countertop basket for a two-fold reward. The result? More storage space and an aesthetically pleasing enhancement to your eating area. Exquisite and innovative!

Add an Extra Pantry

JWH tall storage shelves
Tall storage pantry shelves

Is your pantry bursting at the seams? Or do you not have a pantry at all? Nonetheless, there is a surprising way to add a storage area. Utilizing the empty space alongside the refrigerator to create a vertical organizer is aesthetic and efficient. A tall pullout with shelves allows for added storage space for snacks, spices, utensils, and whatever else you need to stash in a pinch.

Take a Lazy Susan Spin

Despite her name, Susan is anything but lazy. This brilliant kitchen standby has saved the masses from emptying entire cabinets when trying to get to an item in the back. Thus, a Lazy Susan works wonders for making essentials easy to find. So, instead of consigning this spinning wonder to a deep cabinet, add one to the pantry for simple retrieval of kitchen utensils.


If you’re ready for a custom solution to your storage needs, call the experts at JWH Design & Cabinetry. Our Team specializes in space planning with 20 years of experience designing fabulous kitchens, family spaces, libraries, and baths. Browse our Design Portfolio to see our custom cabinetry projects and let us help you turn your dreams into reality.  Hope this helps!  Jennifer W. Howard