5 Storage Options for Your Kitchen

Organize your kitchen supplies and utensils with these handy solutions

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

In every kitchen, ample storage is a must! It's also important to maximize the available space to avoid clutter. You may choose to invest in storage must-haves as well as create nooks and install shelves!

If you still can't decide whether you need more shelves or cabinets, here are 5 options that you can consider. Keep in mind your items in the kitchen so you can choose the perfect storage must-have for your space:

Open shelves

These shelves are perfect for condiments and spices—especially when installed beside the range. Make sure you arrange properly labeled condiments and spices according to frequency of use. This will make it easier for you to get what you need while cooking.

Hanging cabinets

These cabinets are ideal for glassware, dinnerware, serving dishes, cooking appliances, and other items not for everyday use. Maximize the space and avoid dust from gathering on the top by having it constructed up to the ceiling.


Kitchen utensils may be grouped together according to their use and stored in separate lined drawers. Metal drawer glides must be mounted on both sides for easy and smooth sliding.

Drawers with canisters

Store pantry staples like pasta and sugar in neatly organized clear canisters. Make sure that these are airtight to make the ingredients last longer.

Bottom cabinets

Place your pots and pans here! The under-sink cabinet is for the garbage bin and cleaning paraphernalia. Corner cabinets should house turntable shelves to allow easy access to stored items.

Photos by Miguel Nacianceno.

This snippet originally appeared in the January-February 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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