The best way to start spring cleaning is with a little organization inspiration. If you've been less than motivated lately to tackle your kitchen's crumbs and clutter, you're probably still suffering from the winter doldrums. (Hey, it’s perfectly understandable.) But nothing takes us out of a cleaning funk quite like a gallery of 20 super organized kitchens, all taken from our Kitchen and House Tour archives. These are real kitchens, from real cooks. If they can do it, so can you!
A place for everything and everything in its place. That's the mantra of any cook with open shelving. But it really applies to all kitchen shelves, even those hidden behind cabinet doors. By grouping similar items together, assigning a particular place for every piece, and swapping out plastic packaging for containers, these cooks prove just how appealing and organized kitchen shelves can be.
- James' Beautiful Brooklyn Kitchen: IKEA's Grundtal shelving system really works here. So simple, yet effective.
- A Kitchen Island, More Storage, and a Home Office Workspace... All In One: These custom-built shelves serve as both kitchen storage, bar area, and a home office — and look good doing it.
- Joy Cho's Grown-Up Candyland Kitchen: A pastel color palette keeps these shelves bright and fresh.
- Briana & Dominic's Beautifully Designed and Organized Open Kitchen: The slightly off-kilter arrangement of the wooden shelves is an unexpected touch, but the stacked white plates, labeled glass containers, and designated dish towel hooks are go-to ideas.
- An Always-Changing California Kitchen: When collections are grouped together, they look intentional, not messy...
- Kristen's Out-in-the-Open Kitchen: ... which works especially well for colorful, vintage pieces!
- Alicia and Adam's Southern Victorian Kitchen: Working within a given color group (all neutrals, in this case) is one way to bring harmony to the kitchen.
- Alina's Exotic Cooking Lair: A dark backsplash immediately makes things look neater and more dramatic.
- Theodore & Matthew's Open Kitchen in the Hollywood Hills: Hang your most-used pans near the stove, and put the others on a pot rack over the island...
- An Eclectic Open Kitchen in Chicago: ...or hang them all on a giant pegboard and light it from behind! Now it's not only kitchen storage, but a piece of art!
- Victor and Rajiv's Colorful, Collected Kitchen: Cupboards filled to the brim need not be a bad thing, especially if you keep like items and colors together.
- Julie and Andy's Bright, Happy Kitchen: If you're storing an eclectic assortment of things, throw in a few pretty items like cookbooks or a bright container to balance everything out.
- Jeanee's Sunny Vintage Kitchen: A simple wire rack is a great storage solution for the pantry.
- Where I Cook: Stylist Anne Parker: You never go wrong when you store pantry staples in glass containers.
- Tara's Hardworking Writer's Kitchen: See? Even lined up with cookbooks they still look tidy.
- Shawna's Glamorous Custom Kitchen: This pantry may be full, but it's clearly well-organized, with separate shelves devoted to container storage, basket storage, and canned and boxed foods.
- The IKEA Expedit Bookshelf Makes a Great Kitchen Cubby Storage Solution: The Expedit's cubbies are great for storing everything from small electrics to table linens.
- Glenn and Paula's Farmhouse Kitchen: A painted shelf makes an attractive place to store preserved goods.
- Hakarl and Jili's Room for Family: An open stainless steel island stays neat.
- Zoie's Central London Sanctuary: There are little organized vignettes all over this kitchen, from the spice and oil tray on the countertop to the small grouping of appliances on the right.