Kitchen Storage Solutions: Pantry Storage Tips & Cabinet Organization Tips

These simple tips will help you quickly cut the clutter in your kitchen.

Need more space in your kitchen? These tips will help you take advantage of every nook and cranny to help you instantly organize and cut the clutter in the hardest working room in your house.

Racks for canned goods

Use closet racks as cabinet organizers. Trim the racks to length with a hacksaw and then mount screws to the back side of the face frame to hold the racks in place. The back side of the rack simply rests against the back of the cabinet. Now you can easily find your soup and check the rest of your inventory at a glance

Video: How to Organize Your Pantry

Elisa Bernick, an editor at The Family Handyman, will show you a quick and easy way to organize your canned goods in your kitchen pantry. This very easy and quick project utilizes wire shelving.

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Wine glass molding

T-molding designed for wood floor transitions makes a perfect rack for stemware. Just cut it to length, predrill screw holes and screw it to the underside of a shelf. For a neater look, use brass screws and finish washers. Prefinished T-molding is available wherever wood flooring is sold. A 4-ft. section costs about $25

Video: How to Store Wine Glasses

Kitchen storage is always valuable real estate. Elisa Bernick, an editor at The Family Handyman, will show you how to store wine glasses with an easy and inexpensive DIY project that will keep your glassware out of the way and easy to access.

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Stop drawers from falling out

To keep a drawer in the cabinet where it belongs, drill a hole in the side of the box and make this stop with a dowel, a screw and a fender washer. It's easy to make and to remove.

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Plastic bag holder

An empty rectangular tissue box makes a convenient holder for small garbage bags, plastic grocery bags and small rags. Simply thumbtack it to the inside of a cabinet door.

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Thyme saver

If your spices are jammed into a drawer with only the tops visible, this nifty rack that slips neatly into the drawer will solve the problem. And it only takes an hour to build. Make it with scraps of 1/4-in. and 1/2-in. plywood

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Spice storage

Small spice containers use shelf space in - efficiently and are difficult to find when surrounded by taller bottles and items. Use a small spring-tension curtain rod ($3) as a simple shelf. It's easy to install and strong enough to support the spices

Video: How to Make a DIY Spice Rack

Elisa Bernick, an editor at The Family Handyman, shows you a new use for a curtain rod. This simple project uses a curtain rod to organize your spices to give you more room in your kitchen cabinets.

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Cookware organizer

Most kitchen base cabinets lack vertical storage space for big, flat cookware like cookie sheets and pizza pans. To provide it, just remove the lower shelf, cut a vertical panel of plywood and fasten it at the cabinet bottom with furniture braces and at the top with a strip of wood. Drill holes for the adjusting pins to match the original locations and trim the shelf to length.

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Under-sink archives

Don't file away the manuals for your kitchen and bath fixtures. Instead, slip them into a zip-top plastic bag and hang the bag in the cabinet under the sink. They'll always be right where you need them. Toss in paint samples and spare cabinet hardware too

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Measuring cup hang-up

Free up drawer space by hanging measuring cups inside a kitchen cabinet. Position and mount a wood strip so that the cups will hang between the shelves and allow the door to close completely. Mount a second strip for your measuring spoons, then screw in cup hooks on both strips.

Video: How to Organize Your Kitchen Measuring Cups

Elisa Bernick, an editor at The Family Handyman, will show you an easy way to organize your kitchen measuring cups so that they are easy to access and will free up room in your kitchen drawers.

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