Kitchen Storage & Organization Ideas & Inspiration

modern kitchen storage idea with wood cabinets and concrete countertops
credit: Nicemakers

We can't get enough of gorgeous kitchens, with their seemingly perfect pendant lights, stunning islands, and gleaming hardware. But, guess what? We're here to tell you that aesthetic value is pointless if you don't have enough storage.

That clutter on the countertops and those overflowing cabinets will take away from striking visuals in a hurry. Plus, if you feel stressed out because you have nowhere to stash your stuff, you'll never want to venture into the kitchen for fear of the splitting headache it gives you.

Which is why, when you're remodeling or simply giving your space a refresh, we wholeheartedly believe that kitchen storage should be top of mind. From shelving to cabinets to clever cubbies and pantry closets, scroll on to learn how you can implement some of these amazingly practical ideas in your own kitchen.

Stylish Kitchen Storage Options

Today, we have more items in our kitchens than ever before. With the number of gadgets and tools out there (and those frequent trips to Trader Joe's), it's not hard to see how our kitchens become stuffed to the gills. That's why modern kitchens require so much storage.

The classic kitchen storage go-to is cabinetry, of course. This practical solution has been around for hundreds of years, and now, you even have the option to tweak your cabinet design. But before you start stashing your essentials, decide if you want both upper and lower cabinets (or perhaps one or the other)? A mix of cabinets and open shelves? Or, do you want cabinets in your island, too? Keep in mind that for deep cabinets, you can always purchase handy pull-out drawers so you don't have to break a sweat digging around in the deep underbelly of your lower built-ins.

modern kitchen storage idea with wood cabinets and concrete countertops
credit: Nicemakers

Once you decide on the best cabinet situ for you, think about the color. Or maybe you prefer wood cabinets instead á la this handsome kitchen designed by Nicemakers. We can't stop staring at how the subtle chevron pattern beautifully complements the industrial metal backsplash. Swoon!

Kitchen island storage can be surprisingly versatile. It's the focal point of your cook space, so it makes sense to have a place where must-have items can be found quickly and easily. Install a combination of drawers and cabinets, incorporate cubbies throughout, and hide away your vintage bottles of wine in a convenient, built-in rack.

kitchen storage idea with white cabinets and white subway tile on wall
credit: New Darlings

We for one can't get enough of open shelving, and clearly we're not alone, because the popular kitchen storage solution has been all over our Pinterest feeds. One of our favorite examples of the culinary trend is this charming kitchen belonging to Robert and Christina of New Darlings. It's an easy way to bring additional decor into your space, and break up the cabinet monotony, while also keeping essentials within arm's reach. Use your shelving for frequently-used bowls, plates, vases, and kitchen utensils. And you can weave in decorative objects as well.

Also, consider bar carts, baskets, or even the space above your cabinets as under-the-radar spots for kitchen storage.

Kitchen Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

A diminutive pad doesn't mean you'll lose out on kitchen storage. It just means that you'll just have to inject your space with an extra boost of outside-of-the-box thinking.

In a small kitchen, include vertical storage with over-the-door organizers, racks that hang on the wall, and floating shelves. Consider purchasing a small island, or a table on casters that you can move around. It'll provide a little extra space to stash culinary must-haves. And always search retailers for ingenious products like lazy Susans, bins, drawer pegs, risers, and slide-out drawers that can be placed within your cabinets to make life and organization easier.

A myriad of storage options are showcased in this beautiful kitchen designed by Kristina Lynne.

Kitchen Pantry Storage

Most of us are totally guilty of shoving everything in our pantry, or pantry closet, closing the door, and forgetting about those ancient crackers lurking in the back. In order to avoid this tragic situation, take a page from Heather Bullard and devote some time to organizing this often forgotten space.

Don't smoosh those open cereal boxes and loose oatmeal packets onto your pantry shelves. Instead, come up with an organizational system that incorporates baskets, bins, risers, and lazy Susans. If you really want a gold star, be sure to label your storage containers, too. You can also include built-in drawers and cubbies if you have the budget.

To save even more room, pour spices, grains, cereal, rice, and oatmeal into glass jars and canisters, just like they did in the old days. This pantry trend is oh-so-popular and for good reason. Outfitted with labels and secured with air-tight lids, you'll save precious real estate in your pantry, and it will look pleasing to the eye, too.