The Hiding-in-Plain-Sight Storage Space You're Not Using

The Hiding-in-Plain-Sight Storage Space You're Not Using

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When you've got a small kitchen, let no surface go unused! Turns out, there's one spot a lot of us don't even think of for storage: the sides of our cabinets! With clever installation of bars, hooks, racks, nails, and more, you can turn that hiding-in-plain-sight spot into a real space-save.

Here are nine ways to use the sides of your cabinets.

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1. Store your utensils.

In Rachel Yacaparo and Brian Willard's Chicago home, they used hooks hung from a towel rack to line up their utensils and keep them within reach.

See more: Rachel & Brians' Spacious Place in Chicago at Apartment Therapy

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2. Hang pots and pans.

Similarly, Janette, the blogger behind The 2 Seasons, used a towel rack to hang her copper pot collection (the only downfall is that you have to keep the bottoms really, really clean!).

See more: Our New Kitchen Reveal at The 2 Seasons

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3. Corral dish towels and paper goods.

These country-style write baskets, featured on Golden Boys & Me, keep dish towels, lunch bags, and paper plates nearby and at the ready.

Get more ideas: Wire Baskets at Golden Boys & More

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4. Stash spices.

Steph of Saltbush Avenue realized that all she needed was a narrow picture ledge (from IKEA, of course) in order to create just enough space for a row of spices right by her stovetop.

See more: IKEA Tea and Spice Shelving at Saltbush Avenue

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5. Stash wine.

It has to go somewhere, right? Copy Beth of Between 3 Sisters and mount a rack to the side of the cabinet to get your collection of vino perfectly organized.

See more: Kitchen Redo #2: Black Cupboards and Some Extras at Between 3 Sisters

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6. Hold food magazines.

Keep your favorite recipes right on hand with a dentist's office-style rack on the side of your cabinets. Jennifer from White Tulip Designs has the instructions.

Learn how to do it: Wasted Spaces at White Tulip Designs

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7. Grow herbs.

Yes, these are fake plants, featured on House of Hepworths, but you can steal the idea and hang little potted plants near a window for an easy herb garden.

See more: Kitchen Rail Turned Hanging Planter at House of Hepworths

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8. Store your cutting boards.

They're awkward to store in cabinets, so why not store them on the sides of your cabinets? This adorable kitchen from Homelife proves it's totally possible — and super cute.

Tour the space: Woodside Home at Homelife

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9. Hang shelves.

If you have the space (and super-sturdy cabinets), consider hanging larger shelves on the sides of them. Then, you can load the shelves up with books and dishes.

Tour the rest of the space: A Bright, Happy, Family Home...in a Backyard Shed at Apartment Therapy

Do you use the sides of your cabinets? What for?

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