10 Space-Saving Utensil Organizers That’ll Clear Your Kitchen Chaos

published Jul 28, 2022
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When it comes to organizing your kitchen, it’s no secret that the little things can add up to a big mess. Sure, you may have scored a great organizer for your pots and pans, but unless you also have a method to tame the madness that is countertop clutter (think: spices, dishwashing supplies, and cooking utensils), you might find yourself back at square one with a kitchen in serious need of a purge.

Luckily, here at Kitchn, we make it our mission to hunt down the best organizing solutions out there, including a slew of kitchen utensil storage solutions to help you corral those pesky spoons and spatulas once and for all. From a futuristic clear knife block to an expandable in-drawer organizer, you can practically guarantee that these picks will make your kitchen a neater — and more pleasant — place to cook.

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Say goodbye to messy counters while you cook with this ingenious silicone utensil rest. It can accomodate up to four utensils, which is perfect if you have multiple pots and pans going and you're switching between a wooden spoon and metal spatula. Plus, the wide base will ensure that no spills reach your clean counters!

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This easy-to-install magnetic rack can be mounted to a variety of surfaces — walls, backsplashes, even stainless steel fridges — and at 16-inches, it boasts ample room for a full knife set. The rack securely holds the blades so they won’t slip off, and keeps knives sharper, since they're not constantly being removed from a knife block.

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Billed as a modern and sleek solution to countertop clutter, this innovative piece from Umbra is the perfect way to make sense of organizing your countertop, especially if you’re a renter and are wary of a more permanent storage solution. The telescoping kitchen tension system boats a multi-use caddy, hanging trays, and twelve hooks. Both the width and height of the piece are adjustable, taking the organizer from 15 inches to 20 inches tall and 15 inches to 24 inches wide.

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This knife stand isn’t just good for blades, it’s also space-saving and chic. Measuring 8.5 inches square and only 3 inches deep, the block’s low-profile design makes use of vertical space and doesn’t hog valuable countertop real estate. The transparent plastic box has a flexible, accordion-style slotted inlay that can fit up to 18 knives and allows you to determine exactly which blade you need before pulling it out.

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These handy hooks could not be easier to install — just peel the back off of the mounting sticker, stick it to the underside of your cabinet, and slide on the hooks. They can easily hold any cooking utensil that has a hole or hook on the end, plus other kitchen essentials like measuring cups and spoons.

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The Farberware 30-piece Spin and Store Knife and Kitchen Tool Set stores everything you need for cooking like a pro in one convenient rotating caddy. The set comes complete with an entire knife set, steak knives, measuring cups, measuring spoons, a slew of cooking utensils, a can opener, and a peeler. Plus, at just 8 inches in diameter, it won’t take up any more space than your normal knife block, while also freeing up drawer and counter space.

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Utensil crocks are a timeless and chic way to display your cooking utensils, especially if you happen to be in possession of a farmhouse-worthy wooden set that would make Joanna Gaines jealous. Look for a design that coordinates with your kitchen color scheme or keep things classic with a white ceramic crock, like this one from Bee & Willow.

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This slim knife organizer fits a standard drawer and holds up to nine knives of varying sizes. Longer styles (like chef’s knives and Santokus) fit in the sectioned lower level, while smaller paring or serrated knives are staggered between them on the top, keeping blades sharp and allowing you to find exactly the knife you need.

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If you’ve ever been frustrated by a too-big or too-small utensil rack, this expandable drawer organizer is a game changer. At just over 15 inches deep, it slides to expand from four to five compartments. When extended, long utensils can fit in the extra space, while one compartment has a removable dish that’s perfect for storing short tools and random items like elastic bands.

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For a compact way to store both silverware and cooking utensils, check out this expandable drawer insert. It holds spoons, forks, and knives at an angle for easy access, while the other side is flat and expandable to hold your larger utensils like whisks, serving spoons, tongs, and more. Get all of your utensils in order for just $20!