This $18 Amazon Find With More Than 13,000 Five-Star Reviews Creates Kitchen Storage Space Out of Thin Air

published Jul 7, 2022
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Organizing your kitchen — especially your cabinets — can be a trial of epic proportions. After all, cabinets are one of the first places to get messy (as anyone who has rushed to put away dishes before bedtime knows), and if pots, pans, and dishware aren’t returned to their rightful place, things can devolve into complete chaos.

Another consideration? If you don’t have some method to the madness within your cabinets, whether that’s a handy pan rack or lid storage, you’re bound to be overlooking storage space that could be put to better use just by having the right organizational tool on your team. One of the most underutilized areas of your kitchen cabinetry? The back of your cabinet doors.

Enter: the Over the Cabinet Door Organizer from SimpleHouseware. Meant to hang seamlessly over nearly any cabinet door, this handy contraption makes use of “dead air space” in your cabinet between the edge of your shelves and the face of your cabinet door. Clocking in at just 3.62″ deep (and over 13″ wide), this slim basket shelf is best for storing flat items, like a selection of your favorite cutting boards or rolls of plastic wrap and aluminum foil — though, depending on the depth of your cabinets you may be able to even stash things like cupcake tins on it.

While hanging it over the cabinet door is the easiest and most practical solution, especially if you’re a renter, this organizer can also be mounted onto the cabinet door or wall using screws for a more permanent solution. Worried about causing damage while hanging? Don’t be! Each of the hanging bars is ultra-thin and features a foam lining, so they won’t scratch or chip the wood or paint on your cabinetry.

Don’t just take our word for it, though — this easy solution is beloved by over 13,000 five-star reviewers on Amazon, many of whom rely on the organizer to stash everything from cutting boards and sheet pans to their beloved olive oil collection. “I didn’t know we needed this until someone suggested it to us! ,” says one reviewer. “This is perfect for storing your cutting boards. We have multiple cutting boards (flimsy ones, nice ones, etc.) and we needed a place to consolidate them that was hidden. We use this underneath our sink cabinet and it is perfect! Easy to access and easy to store away our cutting boards. The storage capacity is also nice — it fits about one sturdy cutting board and about 6-7 flimsy ones!”

Other reviewers love the flexibility that the mounting system lends, allowing you to toggle between a hanging mount or a flush mount depending on your needs. “The over-the-door option didn’t work on my cabinet so I opted for the flush mount. It works perfectly for our liquor cabinet and holds five of my smaller bottles. It looks like it was made for them.”

If you’re a renter — or custom cabinetry just isn’t in the budget — this useful organizer is a great way to fake the feel of a made-for-you cabinet interior without the big price tag (hello, it’s under $20!). Warning: You may end up wanting to buy enough for every door in your kitchen!