10 Kitchen Organization Hacks to Keep Clutter Contained (PHOTOS)

10 Kitchen Organization Hacks to Keep Clutter Contained (PHOTOS)

Your kitchen is likely one of the most used rooms in your home -- especially if you have kids -- so it doesn't always take much for clutter to pile up or for counters to fill to overflowing. Sometimes it just means spending an extra 15 minutes every day getting things cleaned up, but what if all you needed was a few ways to organize things so they functioned according to your space and needs?

I've rounded up 10 beautiful examples of real kitchen clutter busters that help these families stay on top of the messes. They allow their spaces to be functional without sacrificing in the aesthetics department and likely help them save time by keeping things more organized. A clean and organized kitchen is a happy kitchen!

Do you have any specific tricks that have made your kitchen serve your needs better?

Images via Mandi Johnson; Victoria Smith; Alison Faulkner; House of Smiths; Kristine Franklin; Jennifer Bridgman; Laura Gummerman

  • Bar Cart Solution


    Image via Victoria Smith

    Bring in a chic storage cart to store the servingware you only occasionally use. Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay has also used hers to house coffee-making supplies with plenty of extra mugs available for unexpected company. 

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  • Magnetic Mail Holder


    Image via Laura Gummerman

    Here's a fun way to keep your paper clutter neatly stashed away. Laura Gummerman shows you how to make your own trendy customized mail organizer and keep those pizza coupons ready for action.

  • See-Through Storage Baskets


    Image via goldenboysandme.com

    Utilize see-through storage, like these wire baskets found on Golden Boys and Me, to keep items handy that you use regularly. It's also a good excuse to upgrade to cuter cloth napkins since they'll always be on display! It not only frees up counter space but drawer space, too.

  • Vertical Shelving


    Image via Jennifer Bridgman

    When Jennifer Bridgman of The Chronicles of Home needed more storage, she took her storage vertical! Look for unused or wasted wall space and add shallow shelving or a handle for hanging utensils, pots and pans, or hand towels.

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  • Under-Cabinet Space


    Image via Mandi Johnson

    If you're short on cabinet space, consider adding cup hooks under your cabinets or shelving to display your favorite mugs or teacups. These white mugs from Making Nice in the Midwest blogger Mandi Johnson's vintage collection complement their kitchen redesign so well. 

  • Cupcake Liner Storage


    Image via Julie Wampler

    Think outside the box when it comes to containing random supplies that you may not use every day. Julie Wampler of Table for Two stores cupcake liners in a mason jar, which is not only genius, it's pretty! 

  • Beautiful Bulk Displays


    Image via Kristine Franklin

    Keep your bulk dry goods on display in style by using pretty glass storage jars and adding pretty DIY waterslide decals. Kristine Franklin of The Painted Hive shares this easy DIY, as well as free printables so you can make your own.

  • Hanging Organization


    Image via Alison Faulkner

    Don't let empty wall space in a small kitchen go unused. Put it to work with a hanging organization system just like Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show utilized in her recent kitchen makeover.

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  • Cake Stand Organizer


    Image via Liz Marie

    Sometimes elevating everyday items can make things feel a little more contained and tidy. Liz of the Liz Marie Blog shares a simple DIY for making a custom Cake Stand Kitchen Organizer, which can help corral the items that need to be near the sink.


  • Behind-the-Door Order


    Image via House of Smiths

    The inside of your pantry or cabinet doors is the perfect place to create a Family Command Center, like this pretty magnetic one from House of Smiths. Make one central location where you can check your family's schedule, leave notes and update grocery lists, and hang those keys you keep misplacing!

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