83 Top Ideas for Organizing Your Kitchen and Bathroom

Organization and Design Ideas for Storage in the Kitchen Pantry

If you don’t have a pantry but you do have an empty wall, a standalone unit is one possible storage solution.

Unofficially, January is Organization Month on DIY. And aside from the epic Blog Cabin voting that’s underway, it’s also Unofficial Kitchen and Bath Month. This isn’t an accident. Every new year, many folks are eager to get organized and focus on the interior rooms of their homes.

I was confronted with a lack of kitchen space when my brother re-gifted a juicer to me the size of a small suitcase. The solution? Moving items up, not over. Open shelving works and it also keeps you honest, forcing you to keep your kitchen neat and tidy.

When you’re talking shelves, what goes up can also go down. Adding shelving below a kitchen island is perfect for classic meal prep items like sugar and flour that occupy too much counter space.

If you’ve looked high and low and can’t find additional space, turn your attention inside — specifically inside cabinet doors where you can add racks to store cans and spices, under-the-shelf racks for plates and bowls or pan racks for lids.

The same rules apply to bathrooms, where you can use floating shelves above and open shelves under sinks for easy access and sharp looks, or vertical cabinets that reach all the way to the ceiling.

Two tips (found below) I took advantage of recently: clear jars keep our bathroom organized and looking good, allowing quick access to the items we use most, and turning my towel edges to the back of the linen closet provides an orderly look every time I open the door.

Noting how my daughter Mathilda desired (or should I say demanded) her myriad bath toys be within easy reach, an adjustable bathtub storage basket was a thoughtful gift from Santa (though it didn’t get the hype Minnie Mouse did).

If you’re looking for more information, inspiration and practical advice, look no further than our Bathroom How-To and Kitchen Facelift features, completely updated with the latest trends, techniques and projects.

11 Responses

  1. You have a best setting of your kitchen. I loved it and going to decorate my kitchen like this from now on. Thanks for sharing.

  2. MarcioWilges says:

    The key to a good kitchen layout is actually moving things around when you find that they would be better suited in a different place once you've started using the kitchen! As much as removals or certain implements and shifting them to another location may be tedious at first, trust me you'll be glad you did in the future when things are so much more convenient!

  3. Vince says:

    Some very beautiful ideas for kitchens and bathrooms. I'm always thinking of ways to coordinate my decor with my appliances.

  4. JennyJohn says:

    Its quite amazing blog post! we are trying to make some amendments in our kitchen for this I'm searching for some new and unique ideas, thanks for sharing this. Granite Worktop

  5. Jenny John says:

    Exactly we also are planning to add some extra space in our kitchen to manage things, I'm thinking to add some extra cabinets in my kitchen and also want to change my kitchen worktop, Thanks for sharing.

  6. Shopandbake.com says:

    Great idea! I need to organize my kitchen cabinets, so checking and see if I can do it this weekend. Thanks – shop and bake

  7. rikkiclarke89 says:

    Great idea to make kitchen beautiful. Huge modular cabinets and counter makes this room seem big enough for a large crowd in a cooking show! Kitchen Finesse provide silestone kitchen worktops, with their non-porous surface, are highly resistant to scratches.

  8. Stamped Artistry says:

    Keeping your kitchen tidy and attractive is a thing discussed over and over again, but the fact most people ignore is that it is not always necessary to opt for kitchen remodeling when you can find a better yet affordable solution to organize your kitchen.

    Good piece of content here by Watson Hawkins.

  9. FRLewis says:

    Open shelf storage does not work in California…..earthquakes! Do you have storage solutions for us? Also..not a good idea to store TP in the bathroom…too much humidity :( I love you idea of small spaces….really? I guess your viewers figure if it's not 4000sq ft it is "small". Getting some ideas,but our house is wee.

  10. Dessy Anaiwan says:

    Collection of Great tips !!

    Before spending a lot of time and money on unnecessary remodeling, declutter first. Deep clean and organize each room and bathroom.

    Discover the best Bathroom accessories & kitchen appliances from the Best Sellers.

  11. merrypad says:

    All great ideas. Making a mental note about the pan lid organization for the kitchen. I must implement something like that during my little kitchen upgrade this year!


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