Organization Tips from The Kitchn

7 Kitchen Storage Spots You May Be Missing

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Traditional storage space, like countertops, cabinets, and drawers might be at a premium in your kitchen, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're lacking storage space. From high to low, make sure you're not ignoring these seven smart storage areas.

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1. The space under shelves is just as important as the shelf itself.

Shelf space isn't just about what goes on top. Both inside your cabinets and on any shelves hanging on the wall, don't ignore the space just underneath the shelf.

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2. The empty space above the doorway is your friend.

Take advantage of the space above your kitchen doorway. Use it to store items you only use once in a while, like large serving bowls, cake stands, pitchers, or even cookbooks.

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3. Floating shelves are storage miracles.

Floating shelves are a great way to make a little extra storage space. Use them to make the most of a narrow wall or extend cabinet space, or place them right above your backsplash.

4. Consider the ceiling.

If storage space is at a premium in your kitchen, consider taking advantage of the ceiling to install a hanging pot rack. You can even store pot lids on top of the rack.

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5. Look above the cabinets.

Take advantage of the space between the top of cabinets and the ceiling. This is an ideal place for things — like large serving bowls, cake stands, and roasting pans — that only get used once in a while, or larger appliances, like slow cookers.

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6. Take advantage of wide open wall space.

If you have a large open wall in your kitchen, a pegboard just might be the ideal storage solution. From pots and pans, to cutting boards, knives, and kitchen tools, there's not much you can't store here.

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7. Don't forget the space under lower cabinets.

Yes, under the lower cabinets, where the toe-kick would otherwise be. I recently saw a kitchen that used this space for low-level pull-out drawers. It blew my mind. These drawers are ideal for baking sheets and pans.

What are the smartest storage spots in your kitchen?