How To Organize Kitchen Cabinets With 23 Ideas

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Does a mini avalanche happen when you open your kitchen cabinets? I can relate! It’s not that I didn’t know how to organize kitchen cabinets, but after we remodeled (see a tour of the kitchen here), I wasn’t sure how to best use our new space. A small problem became a bigger problem!

I hired a professional organizer who specializes in how to organize kitchen cabinets with smart, easy solutions. I’m showing you the inside of our cabinets, and sharing all the organization systems she introduced me to!

How To Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets With 23 Ideas

Our smart storage solutions made everything easily accessible, but I mostly just love that it’s easy to see what we have now. It gave us a lot more space!

before and after of organizing a kitchen drawer

Allison Flinn with Reclaim Professional Organizing of NC is who I worked with. She truly is magical! Her team arrived with folding tables to lay all my kitchen items on and helped us purge (she’s very… encouraging!). In addition to organizing my kitchen, they handled donations, trash, and ordering / returning of supplies.

Prep work: Before you organize, you must purge!

Take everything out of your cabinets and go through each item! No keeping doubles. Take a small vacuum (we are still using our beloved Shark vac) to each cabinet / drawer while it’s emptied.

One Last Prep Step, Get Yourself A Decent Label Maker

Either one is fine! My organizer uses two label makers:

label maker that prints photos to make labels for how to organize kitchen cabinets

Organizing The Spice and Oils Cabinet

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Organizing The Food and Pantry Cabinets

The food cabinets being a mess was the most stressful part of our kitchen for me, and this change made the biggest impact on our family life!

Breakfast Cabinet

a breakfast pantry organized in a kitchen cabinet

Snack & Dinner Cabinet

This is floor to ceiling cabinet. Above this is space for bulk items that are extra.

how to organize food pantry in a kitchen cabinet
sharing how to organized canned goods
a pantry food cabinet organized in a kitchen
  • Bottom shelf has long bins in two sizes; 16 x 6 x 5 and the 16 x 3.75 x 5 (bigger boxed snacks: chips, popcorn, crackers, sweets)
  • Middle shelf has 3 metal open baskets (bread, onions/tomatoes, potatoes)
  • Top shelf has long bins in two sizes; 16 x 6 x 5 and the 16 x 3.75 x 5 (dinner foods like rice, dinner, pasta etc.)

The “Leftovers Drawers”

ziplock bag and tinfoil organizers in kitchen cabinets
organized reusable bags

Under Stink Organization

how to organize under the sink cabinets in a kitchen

Pots and Pans

We had this put in during our renovation. While large pots are in a deep drawer, smaller pots are put in this pull out shelf. This is an affordable solution you can install with a small amount of space!

pull out pans
  • Rev-a-shelf hangs pans in a narrow shelf to save space

Knives and Utensils

how to organize utensils in a kitchen cabinet

Dinnerware and Glassware, Outdoor Dinnerware

how to organize your kitchen cabinets with glassware and dishes
outdoor forks in a basket
napkins organized in a basket
  • The cabinets below are lined with these baskets, (outdoor silverware, melamine items for outdoor eating, etc)
  • On the other side these same baskets hold extra napkins and all our paper products.

Coffee Bar Organizer

coffee bar organizer

Grilling + Firepit Items

how to organize kitchen cabinets and drawers, grilling items

How To Organize Kitchen Appliances

Appliances take up such a large amount of space, purging the ones you don’t need is equally as effect as organizing the ones you have. We held onto bulky appliances thinking “but maybe one day….”.

Larger appliances need the cabinet space, while smaller appliances / accessories can be organized and grouped into bins.

appliance cord organizer keeps cords stored safely
organized appliances and baking items in a kitchen cabinet

Baking Items

organized baking items in a kitchen cabinet


I never placed much importance on organizing the refrigerator until I lived with it. Just like your cabinets, it’s much easier to see what you have when items are grouped together in a “home”.

inside a subzero refrigerator
inside a sub zero refrigerator

So how do you organize kitchen cabinets?

Primary with these bins! Only half kidding, since we used them everywhere.

But I am amazed at how grocery shopping, making kids’ lunches, and figuring out dinner is so much easier when I can easily SEE everything we have!

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