7 Better Ways to Store All Your Plates, Glasses, Bowls, and Utensils

updated Jan 29, 2021
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Chances are, you have some sort of system for all your plates, bowls, glasses, and utensils. It might not be a great system, but it’s a system. You unload your dishwasher and plates go on a shelf in a nearby cabinet. Bowls stack on another shelf. Cups all get precariously smooshed into a different cabinet. Forks and spoons get tossed into a drawer. It’s all fine. But it could be better? That’s where these organizers come in. Here are seven of the smartest, most useful organizers to help you better store the stuff you use every single day.

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1. Seville Classics Expandable Shelf

Two shelves are always going to be better than one. Store your bigger dinner plates under this organizer and you can put smaller plates on top. This way, you don’t have to unstack things every time you need something.

Buy: Seville Classics Expandable Shelf, $19.97

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2. ORZ Plate Holders

Another idea: Store plates vertically instead of stacking them. We love filing frozen packs of ground beef and cutting boards, so why not do the same with dishes? Two organizers come in this set: The bigger one works best for plates ,and the smaller one is great for salad bowls.

Buy: ORZ Plate Holders, $24.99 for two

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3. SimpleTrending Under Cabinet Organizer Shelf

Like the expandable shelf above, this organizer creates extra storage space and eliminates the need to stack stuff. Only this time, the organizer hangs from the shelf above. Slide one of these into place and use it for small plates or bowls.

Buy: SimpleTrending Under Cabinet Organizer Shelf, $18.87 for two

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4. Salt 3-Tier Mug Tree

Mugs are bulky and the handles end up taking up a lot of space in your cabinet. Our best advice for storing them? Get them out of a cabinet. Hang them on a mug tree like this or even consider installing some cup hooks on the underside of your upper cabinets and hanging them.

Buy: Salt 3-Tier Mug Tree, $14.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

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5. Wine Glass Rack

Wine glasses also take up a lot of cabinet space. If you don’t have a bar cart, consider one of these racks, which takes them out of the cabinet and puts them under the cabinet, freeing up space for other dishes.

Buy: Wine Glass Rack, $21.93

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6. Joseph Joseph DrawerStore

This compact drawer organizer is technically meant for narrow drawers (and it’s a godsend in those cases!), but we like it even for wider drawers. It holds a full set of flatware in a tidy little amount of space, leaving room in a drawer for bulkier tools.

Buy: Joseph Joseph DrawerStore, $9.99

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7.  OXO Good Grips Expandable Utensil Organizer, $24

If you want to go with a wider drawer organizer, this should be the one. What we love most about about it is that it has those little gray clips to keep utensils neatly stacked. And it has an expandable tray for more tools.

BuyOXO Good Grips Expandable Utensil Organizer, $26.40