16 Ways to Organise Your Under-Counter Kitchen Cabinets

There is hope for that part of your kitchen yet.

Updated on June 12, 2017 17:06 pm

Camille Besinga

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For many of us, the cabinets under the counter often become a catch-all for kitchen clutter. Pots, pans, takeaway boxes, appliances, cleaners, trays, cling wraps, aluminium foils, lids, baking pans—you name it, the kitchen’s underbelly has it.

Have no fear of sorting and organising this part of the busiest room in the house, because once you’ve created some sense out of it, you’ll wonder why you haven’t lived this way before. Below, some 16 ideas to get you started on the most organised under-counter cabinets ever.

1. Use an office filing rack to store your cutting boards. Screw it up on the inside of the cabinet door to maximise space.

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2. Install pegs at the side of the counter or island to provide more ways to store items that can be hung, such as cutting boards and a colander.

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3. Outfit your drawers with metal-frame CD racks, to make sorting and organising container lids much easier.

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4. Create additional storage by making your own paper towel holder with a shelf to contain bottles and cans of cleaners and solutions. Instructions here.

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5. Cut a shoe pocket holder in half, then hang from the cabinet door as a place to stash cleaning tools.

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6. Hanging up a tension rod helps you get stuff—like sprays—off the floor, creating more space for other items. This is especially useful for unusual spaces like under-sink cabinets.

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7. Build a pullout drawer that easily lets you slide it out and gain you easier access to items in the innermost corners of an under-sink cabinet.

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8. Or, invest in a ready-made pullout drawer from a modular kitchen supplier and have it installed in your under-counter cabinets.

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9. Hooks and boxes can be used to corral related items together—i.e., hair tools in one, mousses and sprays in another.

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10. If you already have a pullout drawer, organise items some more by dividing them into smaller compartments.

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11. Instead of stacking them one on top of the other, separate trays and pans into low, horizontal shelves within a cabinet. Makes the task of retrieving them so much easier too.

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12. Towel rods on the backs of cabinet doors serve as pot and pan lid holders.

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13. Demystify corner cabinets by screwing hooks on the tops and hanging pans from them instead of keeping everything in chaotic piles.

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14. Place light items like sponges and brushes in a wire basket suspended from the cabinet door with cheap, adhesive hooks.

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15. You can also choose to build dividers that will serve as compartments for differently sized items.

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16. Place recyclables in separate, small compartments that fit in an under-sink cabinet, to keep things from spilling out until your next dropoff at the recycle box.

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Cover photo courtesy of Kitchen Culture.

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