30+ Best Kitchen Cabinet Organizers and Clever Storage Solutions

Maximize every nook and cranny with these clever products.

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January 09, 2022

How’s your kitchen cabinet situation? Are the doors hiding chaos? It happens. Out of sight, out of mind. But haphazard heavy pots and pans can be dangerous especially if you have little chefs in the kitchen. Safety aside, crammed cookware or items stacked unevenly can lead to chipping on glass or scratches on enamel coatings. If you need a complete kitchen cabinet overhaul, consider this your organizational boot camp. We’ve rounded up the best kitchen cabinet organizers for every problem area, from under the sink to products that double shelf space to a nifty hack for those awkward corner cabinets. Take a look at our top picks below most under $20! — and start outfitting your cabinets with smart storage solutions.

Shelf Maximizers

The first mistake people make with cabinets is organizing inside the lines of shelving. Most shelves can be adjusted! And you should adjust shelves to better suit the height of your items. If you still have a lot of empty space per shelf, hanging racks and tiered stands can turn the space of one shelf into two or three. These dividers, such as this stand from mDesign, are great for cabinets with dishes and bowls of different sizes because it keeps like items together and prevents you from stacking items infinitely. Another great way to hack more space on a shelf is with a vertical tray sorter like this one from The Container Store. If you have the cabinet depth, these are a godsend because they turn baking sheets and cutting boards on the side so they take up less space.

Pull-Out Storage

We're big fans of pull-out storage here at HGTV. It just makes life easier. And kitchen cabinets are one of the best places for pull-out drawers and racks. We love these chrome sliding racks from The Container Store. And these heavy-duty pull-out drawers from simplehuman actually come with little inserts so you can break each pull-out into smaller sections. But, if you can splurge, this pull-out shelf from Walmart is a godsend for heavy appliances. No more lugging them out and chancing to drop them on toes because this cabinet pull-out pulls all the way out to create additional counter space. Genius.

Corner Cabinet Storage

Corner cabinets are the worst. You either get a really long cabinet that extends into the darkness where dishes are never seen again or you get a huge wealth of storage that would be really cool except for the fact that you can barely fit a hand through the tiny cabinet door. We can't come to your house and redo your cabinets, but we can make that corner cabinet work better with these efficient accessories. If you have one of those lower cabinets with tons of space but no way to get in, you need a lazy Susan. Cabinet lazy Susans keep items quickly and easily within reach. Plus, you can use dividers to create themed zones, which is really handy for spices. For the infinitely long cabinet, try a tiered stand designed for corners. This will elevate what's hiding back there and keep everything in sight.

Door-Mounted Storage

The name of the game in kitchen organization is to use all available space and that means cabinet doors, too. Door-mounted racks and baskets are great for storing plastic bags, cutting boards and other items you use frequently. This spice rack from mDesign is perfect if you don't have the space for a dedicated spice drawer. If you have deep cabinets, there is nothing more satisfying than this rack for all of your pot and pan lids.

Over-the-Door Storage

If you live in a rental or would rather not screw things into your cabinet doors, there are tons of over-the-door racks and baskets that require no installation. We love this over-the-door trash can as an XL basket for foil, sandwich bags and plastic wrap.

Under-Sink Storage

The sink cabinet is such a random catchall for cleaning supplies, and it's important to have storage that prevents spills and keeps all those bottles organized. If you can swing it, The Container Store has a great starter bundle for a little over $100. It comes with a pull-out wire shelf, an over-the-door bin, a clear cleaning caddy and a tiered shelf insert to give your under-the-sink cabinet a complete makeover. For something more budget-friendly, you could pair this caddy from mDesign with these pull-out drawers from Amazon for under $100. If you're looking to maximize as much space as possible, this expandable rack from Amazin is U-shaped to fit around pipes and garbage disposals.

Smart Sorters

And now for the miscellaneous trouble makers. There are the loose plastic lids that aimlessly float around shelves never to find their matching tub, the water bottles that roll off the top shelf and nearly hit your face and the boxes of foil and parchment paper that fall erratically — always with that very sharp edge pointed up. It's time to contain them. YouCopia has some seriously nifty organizers to keep everything in place, from a plastic food container sorter to an adjustable rack for foil boxes.

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