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13 Clever & Simple Storage Hacks for Your Kitchen Top & Cabinets (updated 2018)

Maintaining Your Kitchen Top & Cabinets Can Be A Breeze (Not A Chore)


You’ve gone through the hassle of hunting, designing, and bargaining for the perfect kitchen top.

You enjoy cooking and baking for your family every day, and showing off your gorgeous kitchen to your friends and relatives during their short visits and special occasions.

But we both know there’s the other side of the coin… the tiring housekeeping to keep your luxury kitchen top in perfect condition always.

Well, if you’ve been spending too much time and energy daily trying to keep your kitchen spick-and-span, here are 13 nifty storage hacks to keep your kitchen top tidy and beautiful always…


1. Spice Shelves Under Your Upper Cabinets


If you cook frequently, one of the biggest sources of clutter on your kitchen top would be the spices.

Instead of scattering them around, or just chucking them into a drawer, you can actually have a simple shelving to store them right under your upper cabinets.

This way, you’re making full use of the empty space between the upper kitchen cabinets and your kitchen top.

It is so much easier to reach them while you’re busy cooking — and in fact, when placed nicely, they’ll become part of your “kitchen decoration” too.


spice shelf underneath cupboards


2. Curtain Rod with Hooks for Kitchen Utensils


Now, this is a handy kitchen storage hack we love. You can DIY this very easily by repurposing an old curtain rod and some simple hooks to hang your arsenal of kitchen utensils, and even some mini pots and pans.

It’s a great way to save space on your kitchen top and make full use of your kitchen backsplash. Plus, it’s definitely easier to grab the utensils you want from the hooks — than from a messy bunch in a dish basket (whether it is to rush a quick meal, to fend off a villain — or to intimidate your mischievous kids).


Curtain rod with hooks to hang up utensils


3. Floating Shelves at the Side of Your Kitchen Cabinets


This is one mini kitchen storage hack that most homeowners would not think of — the simple additions of floating shelves at the side of your lovely kitchen cabinets, whether you have a minimalist or luxury kitchen cabinet set.

In fact, when done properly, these floating shelves can truly beautify your kitchen cabinet… while giving you highly useful storage space, whether it’s for your cooking pots and pans, spices, recipe books… or just for you to place some pots of greenery for a soothing ambience (or even some art pieces to give your kitchen more character).

Now, if you’re renovating or remodeling your kitchen soon, be sure to include this in your design… and let your friends and loved ones marvel at your ingenuity!


kitchen cabinet side shelves for more storage


4. Pull-Out Utensil Bin


Know that awkward and irritating space at the corner of your L-shape cabinet? Well, you can actually make good use of this pesky corner by building a pull-out utensil bin.

No more blood-boiling moments of struggling to reach for your barang barang in the dark corner, no more accumulation of dust and infestation of cockroaches… because now you’ll be happy to keep your frequently-used utensils there.


pull out kitchen utensil bins


5. Kitchen Cabinet Lazy Susan


Another alternative of fully utilizing your pesky L-shape kitchen cabinet corner is to use the Lazy Susan there to store your cookware for easy retrieval.

We’ve known a number of homeowners who prefer to hide their cookware than displaying them, whether it’s placing them on the kitchen top or hanging them on hooks.

Of course, instead of storing your cookware, you can choose to keep other stuff like your dry goods here (but no tidbits, please — you wouldn’t want to risk the invasion by rodents, insects… and of course, your sneaky little kids).


kitchen cabinet lazy susan


6. The Handy Wide Shallow Basket


Well, sometimes keeping things stupid and simple is the best way to go. No need for fancy ideas to show your organizational prowess, or European designer racks to show off your taste for great style.

That said, having a simple rattan or bamboo wide shallow basket on your kitchen top allows to you chuck your frequently-used utensils, spices, and garnishings all in one place. Besides being a quick and easy storage, this nifty basket can also add a rustic feel to your kitchen.


wide shallow kitchen basket


7. Over-the-Sink Dish Racks


This next kitchen storage hack can literally save your time (and your family’s lives).

Besides saving you prep space on your kitchen countertop, these elegant over-the-sink dish racks can eliminate the hassle of wiping the dishes (and the waste of thousands of dollars for a dishwashing machine — which you can spend on a remarkable oven or a quick romantic getaway instead). And of course, you’ll have fewer chances of breaking any dishes.

More importantly, (now this is the life-saving part) you wouldn’t have a mosquito infestation problem (compared to chucking your dishes in a regular rack on your countertop).


over the sink dish rack


8. Kitchen Window Shelves


This next storage hack is another mini ingenuity. But use this only if you have another window or a back door for fire escape ya…

Because it involves installing a few shelves inside your kitchen windows to provide extra storage space for your cookware and dishes.

This hack alone can save you tons of space on your kitchen countertop — you’ll love this if you’re a minimalist.

In fact, it is a splendid addition if you have some beautiful china or fancy European cookware you wish to flaunt.

If you have little kids, these simple shelves can drastically reduce the chances of them playing with your fragile dishes and causing a havoc when you’re not looking.


kitchen window shelves


9. Kitchen Island with Open Storage


If you are planning to have a kitchen island, make full use of the space by installing shelves inside the island — so you can stash your cookware, recipe books, and other kitchen items easily.

You can even place your favorite tropical fruits like bananas, pineapples, watermelons, or dragon fruits there, to encourage your kids to love fruits more and also add a touch of nature (and splashes of colors) to liven up your kitchen.


open shelving kitchen island


10. Kitchen Appliance Garage


If you have quite a few appliances such as the coffee maker, blender, mixer, or toaster, then you should consider installing an appliance garage.

Because this mini garage will help keep your kitchen top clutter-free in no time, and it’s always wise to keep these dangerous appliances from your kids.

You can choose to conceal them entirely — or if you have a small kitchen, go for the classy translucent design which will make your kitchen look more spacious.


kitchen appliance garage


11. Over-the-Sink Chopping Board


This is a no-brainer for savvy housewives, but it’s worth a mention since it’s a great hack to expand your countertop space, albeit temporarily. There are a variety of designs for this type of large over-the-sink chopping board, and you can get them easily (and cheaply) online from Amazon or Aliexpress.


over the sink cutting board


12. Additional Shelving for Microwave Oven


This is another useful hack to free up more space on your kitchen top… the perfect placement of something that you don’t use that much (though some may say it’s something they can’t live without) — the microwave oven.

As most of us rarely fill up our upper cabinets, it’s a wise move to allocate a small portion of it for the microwave oven. It looks great, you get to look smart for using this hack, and your little kids won’t have the chance to put any metal cutleries inside and blow up your kitchen!


oven shelving


13. Magnetic Knife Strip


Ok, we’re down to the final kitchen storage hack here — the magnetic knife strip. This is a great way to avoid bacteria infestation (compared to keeping your knives in a wooden knife block). Plus, it’ll look super cool on your gorgeous kitchen backsplash.

And best of all, it’s so much easier to grab (and return) your knives. Just make sure you place them at a safe height where your children cannot reach them.


magnetic knife strip


Alright then, we hope you’ve enjoyed (and will be using) some of these hacks to free up more space on your kitchen top and in your kitchen cabinets. Now you can keep your kitchen clutter-free and beautiful always with much less effort (and frustrations). That means more time and energy for tender loving care ya! 😉

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Image Sources:

Spice Shelves Under Your Upper Cabinets (Source: Jen Caputo)

Curtain Rod with Hooks for Kitchen Utensils (Source: Amazon)

Floating Shelves at the Side of Your Kitchen Cabinets (Source: LifeHacker)

Pull-Out Utensil Bin (Source: Pinterest)

Kitchen Cabinet Lazy Susan (Source: allmilmo)

The Handy Wide Shallow Basket (Source: DIY Crafts Decoration)

Over-the-Sink Dish Racks (Source: Pinterest)

Kitchen Window Shelves (Source: Decorpad)

Kitchen Island with Open Storage (Source: DigsDigs)

Kitchen Appliance Garage (Source:

Over-the-Sink Chopping Board (Source: Awesome Stuff 365)

Additional Shelving for Microwave Oven (Source: Pinterest)

Magnetic Knife Strip (Source: Gumtree)