These Ingenious Organizers Turn Wasted Space Into Extra Storage

published Jan 5, 2022
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Whether you’re working with limited kitchen space or a wide expanse, everyone can appreciate clever storage solutions. We’re always on the lookout for small items that can make a big difference, like the space-saving organizers Kitchn readers loved most last year. Right now, we’d like to draw your attention to our favorite under-the-shelf organizers that will not only keep spices, paper goods, mugs, and more super tidy, but will also create storage space out of thin air. 

We turned to some of our favorite organizing brands, including Yamazaki and Joseph Joseph, to bring you these small, inexpensive shelves, racks, and baskets that will help you achieve all your neat-kitchen dreams. By taking advantage of the unused area under your cabinet shelves, these picks are the perfect ways to actually increase storage in your kitchen. The best part is that they’re all extremely easy to install — no hardware required!

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Yamazaki Home

For an under-the-cabinet shelf that is just as stylish as it is useful, this Yamazaki organizer is guaranteed to impress. Hang it under your cabinet or on a floating shelf to make storage space magically appear. The steel shelf is sturdy and capable of holding spices, jars, foil, parchment paper, and more, while the wooden bar is ideal for a dish towel or hanging utensils by attaching s-hooks.

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Sur La Table

Instead of letting your rolls of foil, parchment paper, and wax paper take up precious cabinet space, install this handy shelf that’ll neatly store them in an easily accessible way. All you have to do it clip it on and use the adhesive strip to keep it secure — place it inside or under your cupboard or a pantry shelf.

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was $24.99

Use these wire baskets to instantly double your storage space in any cabinet. All you have to do is hang them from the top shelf for the perfect space to keep sandwich or freezer bags, napkins, coffee, tea, and so much more. I use these baskets in my own kitchen for storing miscellaneous snacks and boxes of tea. It’s been one of the easiest storage solutions I’ve tried in my small kitchen!

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Bed Bath & Beyond

Chances are you have plenty of bulk grains or beans that could be stored in a better way to free up pantry space. These containers hold just under a liter each and easily stick to any shelf, whether it’s in your cabinet or pantry, to take advantage of the open space above the rest of your dry foods. Each container has an airtight lid with easy-pull tabs, so your food will stay fresh and accessible.

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Take advantage of the space under your cabinets with this mug hanger that slides onto your shelf. You can easily fit a few under your cabinet, so it’s perfect even if you have a large collection. It comes with adhesive and a screw if you’re hanging heavy items, but it can hold light items without any additional support — I use mine for dish brushes and rags, for instance.

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Bed Bath & Beyond

Perhaps you need a place to put random items that don't quite fit elsewhere like stock cubes, K-cups, or vitamins — maybe even a secret drawer for your candy stash! This easy-to-install drawer is such a simple way to use up the area under your cabinet shelves. Each one can hold up to two pounds.

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Yamazaki Home
was $38.00

Anyone who struggles to keep their tablet or cookbook clean while following a recipe will love this handy storage solution. Simply slide it onto your bottom cabinet shelf and unfold it when you’re ready to use. It snugly stores a book or tablet at eye level, so you don’t have to strain your neck looking down at your recipe. And as an added bonus, it’ll free up counter space while you’re cooking or baking.

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Sur La Table

We love talking about ingenious spice racks — we’ve raved about magnetic shelves, wall-mounted racks, and a standalone organizer. Here, however, Joseph Joseph has released a spice-storing solution that might be the best space saver because it installs — you guessed it — under your cabinet shelf. It looks like a regular drawer but slides out to easily show each jar. Anyone who wants to keep their spices in tip-top condition will love that this drawer keeps them safe from heat and sunlight.