The $14 Cabinet Organizer That Found Space Where I Didn’t Think Was Possible

published Dec 4, 2023
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If there’s anything I love, it’s finding a new way to expand my storage. Discovering ways to cleverly employ every square inch of your already-packed cabinets is one of the most satisfying life hacks. I love getting creative because, let’s face it, there’s always too much stuff and never enough room for it. This is especially the case in the kitchen, when we have to pack in all those tasty pantry food items alongside gorgeous dishware, high-tech appliances, and entirely too many coffee mugs. (Seriously, why do I have so many coffee mugs?)

Joseph Joseph, a company known for their innovative problem-solving products, heard our cries and has turned the void right under our cabinet shelves into the perfect place to store things. Specifically speaking, all those tubes and long boxes of plastic wrap, aluminum foil, wax paper, and sandwich bags. 

What Makes the Joseph Joseph CupboardStore Plastic Wrap, Foil and Bag Cabinet Organizer So Great

The Joseph Joseph CupboardStore Plastic Wrap, Foil and Bag Cabinet Organizer features two open-ended compartments for anything you might want to tuck away but still keep at arm’s length. The sturdy plastic unit slides neatly onto your existing shelf via two large clips in the front and stays in place, thanks to its tool-free installation of strong 3M VHB tape. When my husband saw me messing around with its placement, he looked quite concerned about my potential need for a power drill, but the sturdy tape keeps the back from dipping down under the content’s weight without any holes. 

Credit: Cheryl Fenton

One of the keys to making this shelf work is your cabinets’ dimensions. They must be wider than 10 1/4 inches, but the thickness of the shelf can’t be more than three-quarters of an inch — this way, the organizer doesn’t stick out awkwardly. And I say this because I didn’t measure my space! Panic set in when the area by my stove didn’t quite fit the bill, so I quickly checked out the cabinet where I keep my Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, and food storage containers. Thankfully, the crisis was averted, as the organizer slid onto the shelf like a champ, and I began filling it with all of my tubes. It ended up being an even better spot than I’d originally planned, as there are times when I can’t find the right lids and would just rather cover a packed container with plastic wrap (can I get an amen on that?).

Credit: Cheryl Fenton

An unexpected bonus to the cabinet organizer? Since the large tubes I’d normally buy at Costco or Sam’s Club don’t fit within the confines of the under-shelf organizer, I’ve stopping buying those gigantic tubes of four miles of foil or plastic wrap that last for a year. Instead I buy just what I need (turns out, it’s a lot less!), and now I have a place to put them.  

Thanks to this clever $14 under-shelf organizer, you can consider this a wrap on over-buying and instead, a celebration of organized kitchen life.

Buy: Joseph Joseph CupboardStore Plastic Wrap, Foil and Bag Cabinet Organizer, $13.49