15 DIY Ideas to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Cooking Tools, How-To, Relish Style
on January 10, 2017
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Lauren Koyln | Apartment Therapy
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If you’re anything like us, your countertops are overflowing with cookbooks, Tupperware, and an ever-growing stack of specialty ingredients you haven’t had a chance to crack open yet — but it’s a new year, folks. And we’re here to guarantee that an organized kitchen can save you time, space, and ultimately, a whole lot of energy.

Apply some of these simple DIY organizing techniques, and before you know it, there will be a place for everything, and everything will be in its place!

Use a cake stand to de-clutter your countertop.

Elevate your essentials on a simple cake stand, and you’ll find yourself with a few extra inches of counter space in no time.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Kulor.no

 

Install a pull-out garbage can.

Sometimes this kitchen essential just doesn’t have a functional space. This in-depth DIY from Honeybear Lane walks you through everything you need to know to transform an empty cabinet into a pull-out garbage can holder. (There’s room for recycling too!)

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Honeybear Lane

 

Build a plate rack.

Your go-to plates deserve a safe home in your cabinets. This DIY plate rack keeps your everyday dishware easy to reach—and it’s a lovely display piece if you have glass cabinets (or none at all).

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Remodelando la Casa

 

Create stacking pan storage.

Stacking pots and pans can be a disaster. Avoid the avalanche and mount a file divider (or two) for easy storage.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Martha Stewart

 

DIY your own coffee station.

If you’re a coffee-lover, you’ll agree that your beloved brew-machine deserves a place of honor. If you’re tight on counter space, create a coffee station near the kitchen—an adjacent hallway even works. In the morning, just head to your one-stop shop.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Live Simply

 

Show off your dry ingredients.

If you’re a fan of consistency, you’ll love the way this DIY displays your dry goods. These labeled glass jars are the perfect solution for cleaning up those open shelves.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

A Beautiful Mess

 

Hang wire baskets.

The side of your kitchen island or cabinet doesn’t have to go wasted! Hang a wire basket or magazine rack, and you’ve got yourself a great place to store extra dish towels, pot holders, grocery bags, or anything else in need of a home.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Golden Boys and Me

 

Hang it up!

Adhesive wall hooks are about to become your new best friend. Create a baking or measuring cabinet, and you’ll never have to search for one of these again.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Two Twenty One

 

Turn a cooling rack into DIY spice storage.

Say goodbye to a cluttered spice cabinet or drawer and hello to this easy, cheap organizational dream.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

The Stonybrook House

 

Utitlize vertical space.

A few inches of bare wall is great for a little extra storage. Mounted shelves and baskets keep your kitchen odds and ends out of sight.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

My Perfect Nest

 

Take advantage of cabinet space.

Lower cabinets and under-sink space is not to be wasted! Traditional desk storage like file or pen holders are ideal for stashing foil and plastic wrap or cleaning supplies.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Apartment Apothecary

 

Create a measurement conversion chart.

Tablespoons to cups? Cups to quarts? No need to look it up! You can find your answers right inside your cabinet.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Infarrantly Creative

 

Organize your bakeware.

Installing a few simple dividers can save you from the hassle of sifting through your cabinet to find the right size dishes and lids.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Taking on Today

 

Store your lids separately.

Try nesting your pots and pans in one space, and store your lids elsewhere. You won’t believe how much space this DIY lid rack will save you!

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Martha Stewart

 

Use shelf risers to buy counter top space.

Instantly double your counter space with shelf risers—a great way to keep your everyday essentials in reach while avoiding cluttered counters.

15 DIY Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen Space

Lauren Koyln | Apartment Therapy