21 Must-Have Kitchen Organizers (for $20 or Less!) to Pick Up for 2021

updated Dec 2, 2020
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Fact: We never like to tell you that you have to buy a specialized organizer to get your kitchen under control. Seriously. We’ll always try to make over, say, a junk drawer or a corner cabinet without buying a single thing. Because we’d rather buy a giant tub of flaky sea salt than a basket that may or may not fix our pantry shelves. But some organizers really will end up being worth their weight in gold. This is a list of those organizers. They’re all just $20 or less and they’re all very much worth considering this year.

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1. Copco Non-Skid Lazy Susan

A lazy Susan (this one in particular) is always going to top our list as the best organizer for a kitchen. It has a non-skid base and a little lip to keep bottles in place as you spin it. Use it in a pantry, cabinet, or even in the fridge. Just make sure you read this one little tip first.

Buy: Copco Non-Skid Lazy Susan, $8.99

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2. YouCopia Bakeware Storemore Adjustable Rack

If you have a lot of cutting boards, cake pans, baking sheets, and similarly shaped items, this adjustable rack can help get everything under control. We’ve been impressed at how sturdy this thing really is, which means you can load it up.

Buy: YouCopia Bakeware Storemore Adjustable Rack, $19.99

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3. Joseph Joseph DrawerStore

You’ve probably heard us wax poetic about this drawer organizer and we have no plans on stopping. It’s really great for narrow drawers but it also frees up standard size drawers. It holds a full set of flatware and then you can use the rest of the drawer for spatulas and such.

Buy: Joseph Joseph DrawerStore, $9.99

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4. Modern Innovations 16-Inch Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar

Magnetic knife bars are, in our minds, the very best way to store knives. (Knife blocks have all sorts of unnecessary items, and in-drawer storage takes up valuable real estate.) And in addition to knives, you can slap on other magnetic tools like scissors and even food processor attachment blades.

Buy: Modern Innovations 16-Inch Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar, $16.99

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5. Copco Non-Skid 3-Tier Spice Organizer

You can’t use spices that you can’t see. Get things elevated and on display with this three-tiered organizer. The non-skid shelves are also deep enough for canned goods, too.

Buy: Copco Non-Skid 3-Tier Spice Organizer, $6.99

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6. YAMAZAKI home Plate Magnetic Spice Rack

YAMAZAKI home makes some of the most beautiful organizers of all time. They’re not exactly inexpensive, but this magnetic shelf is basically a steal! It can go on the side of your fridge and is strong enough to hold some of your most frequently used bottles and jars.

Buy: YAMAZAKI home Plate Magnetic Spice Rack, $19.99

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7. mDesign Plastic Suction Shower Caddy Storage Basket

Yes, this is technically a caddy for the shower, but we like it stuck to a wall inside the fridge to hold little condiment packets and smaller items that tend to get lost.

Buy: mDesign Plastic Suction Shower Caddy Storage Basket, $7.99

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8. SimpleHouseware Expandable Stackable Shelf Organizer

What’s better than a shelf? Two shelves! This expandable organizer works that storage magic to create an extra perch for groceries or dishes.

Buy: SimpleHouseware Expandable Stackable Shelf Organizer, $14.97

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9. SimpleTrending Under Cabinet Organizer Shelf

These under-cabinet shelves also create bonus shelf space out of thin air, only they hang from the shelf above. We really like these for dishes, linens, or those skinny boxes of foil and parchment paper.

Buy: SimpleTrending Under Cabinet Organizer Shelf, $17.98 for two

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10. SimpleHouseware Kitchen Wrap Organizer Rack

Speaking of those skinny boxes, here’s another organizer to hold them all. If you think you don’t need a solution for them, go look at your current setup and then come back and reconsider.

Buy: SimpleHouseware Kitchen Wrap Organizer Rack, $13.87

11. Large 4-Sort Wire Dividers

Lauren Masur, our lifestyle editor, got one of these for her small apartment and is totally obsessed. Get one for your kitchen if you’re tired of hearing the sound of tumbling pot lids every time you go to make dinner.

Buy: Large 4-Sort Wire Dividers, $5.99 at The Container Store

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12. DecoBros Pan Organizer

Stack your lids in the organizer above and then your skillets in this one. Your cookware cabinet will never know what hit it.

Buy: DecoBros Pan Organizer, $15.97

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13. Medium Command Hooks

There are very few organizational problems that can’t be solved with Command hooks. At their most basic use, we like them on the inside of a cabinet door to hold pot holders and oven mitts.

Buy: Medium Command Hooks, $12.36 for six

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14. iDesign Linus Plastic Fridge and Freezer Storage Organizer Bin

You should never underestimate the power of a clear plastic bin. This can do a lot for your fridge, freezer, or pantry.

Buy: iDesign Linus Plastic Fridge and Freezer Storage Organizer Bin, $11.99

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15. JinaMart Stackable Wine Storage Rack 

More clear bins! These stack and hold bottles of wine, though. We like them for anyone who likes to have a glass or two with dinner.

Buy: JinaMart Stackable Wine Storage Rack, $14.98 for two

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16. InterDesign Fridge Binz Soda Can Organizer

Okay, one last clear bin solution. Anyone who drinks LaCroix on a regular basis will be able to put this to good use.

Buy: InterDesign Fridge Binz Soda Can Organizer, $9.67

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17. SMARTAKE Paper Towel Holder

No one we know has ever regretted getting their paper towel roll up and off of their counters. There are lots of options out there, but this one has earned the “Amazon’s Choice” badge and mounts without any drilling or hardware.

Buy: SMARTAKE Paper Towel Holder, $13.99

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18. YouCopia StoraLid Food Container Lid Organizer

Food container lids are up there with pot lids for the title of Most Frustrating Thing to Organize. This can help. It comes with five adjustable dividers and can hold lids measuring up to nine inches long.

Buy: YouCopia StoraLid Food Container Lid Organizer, $19.99

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19. Holikme Mop Broom Holder

Stop leaning your broom and Swiffer up in the corner of your pantry. Hanging them up will get things in order. It’ll be easier too reach for what you need, when you need it.

Buy: Holikme Mop Broom Holder, $9.99

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20. mDesign Over-Cabinet Towel Bar

Our favorite under-the-sink kitchen organizer is slightly out of this $20 budget (by $2!), so we’re featuring this instead. How does it work for under the sink? Flip it around and hang a few spray bottles on the bar.

Buy: mDesign Over-Cabinet Towel Bar, $9.99

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21. Simple Houseware Over-The-Door Hanging Shoe Organizer

If you have a pantry (or even just a nearby closet), you can use the door as extra storage. We have a few ideas for how to do that.

Buy: Simple Houseware Over-The-Door Hanging Shoe Organizer, $9.47