Smart Kitchen Organization Ideas for a Tight Budget

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Looking for kitchen organization ideas that will simplify your life? Take a peek inside my kitchen to find solutions for a low budget.

Have you ever wondered how to store or organize certain things, such as pans, wood boards, etc on a budget?

Well… Not to worry momma! I got your back this time! This article may be just what you are looking for. It’s all about smart kitchen organization ideas, especially if you have a low budget or, maybe no budget at all.

Keep on reading to find inspiration from my own kitchen!

I know, from experience how badly you want to get things organized at home, but you feel like you need to step back because of the lack of money in the bank.

Therefore, I’m going to share with you my top organization hacks and ideas for your kitchen.

So, my biggest problem is that I’ve got a quite big kitchen but not as much storage as I’d like so I needed to come up with some clever solutions that would maximize my storage space as well as utilizing wasted space.

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How to find awesome storage solutions when on a budget?

Storage can get really expensive, especially if you are trying to organize an entire house on a budget. So I’ve got some tips and ideas for you to find perfect storage solutions for your kitchen’s cupboards & cabinets.

For this section, Pinterest is going to be your best friend. You can find tons and tons of amazing ideas, so if you’re not using it for inspiration already, you definitely should.

  • Recycle – I absolutely love recycling, especially for DIY projects. There are so many things you can use to create something cool and unique for your house. Pinterest is the best resource for you, so feel free to check it out. Just search “recycle ideas” and you’ll get hit with a lot of ideas.
  • Repurpose – another thing I do very often. I am one of those people who will use shoe or cereal boxes to create drawer compartments. Easy & super convenient. Oh and also, if you have large cardboard boxes you can create your own storage boxes, like this one here.
  • Second-Hand Shops – you never know what gems you can find in these shops (in the UK are also called Charity Shops). I tend to go very often to check out the Home section. You can find amazing & unique pieces. Just keep in mind that you do have to search for them.
  • Poundland or Dollar Store – this is my ultimate favorite way of shopping for storage boxes and compartments. It’s great value for money, plus they are very versatile and you can use them for literally anything around your home.

Kitchen Organization Ideas for Cabinets

We all know how nasty those cabinets can get overtime, especially when you’re searching for something and you can’t find it.

You end up taking everything out, finding what you were looking for and then throw everything back in because you are in a hurry or you have a crying baby in the room.

Oops, sounds familiar? Eh, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Actually, it has happened to me so many times, that my entire house is a complete disaster after that.

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Under the Sink Cabinet***

Utilizing the Entire Space

This is one of my favorite cabinets that I recently organized. Generally speaking, there’s not a lot of space under the sink and it can get easily cluttered if you don’t have a system.

***Please bear in mind that I didn’t tidy anything up when I took this picture.

So I went on Pinterest for research and “stole” some ideas and then implemented my own so that it matches my needs.

You’ll always find “dead” space at the top of the cabinets, so why not do something smart to utilize the entire space. This DIY basket organizer is an amazing way to do so.

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This was a quick DIY project or should I say “quick repurpose” of things I already had at home.

We used:

  • a couple of tension rods (be sure to check the size of your cabinets before buying)
  • 2 plastic baskets (similar to what I have)
  • everything secured together with some zip ties

As I said, a perfect way of utilizing wasted space, that’s usually the top of a cabinet. It’s also a great way of hanging the most frequently used cleaning products.

I have to confess that, on the bottom part I don’t really have a system yet (I am still working on it). All I have is a basket that holds most of my cleaning supplies. I like to call it an organized mess…haha

Then in the front, I left an open space so that my food waste bin would fit in. Probably not the best location for the bin, but it works for now.

How to store wooden boards?

If you have a few chopping boards, you’ll absolutely love this kitchen organization idea. This is something my husband fitted for me a while back and it’s super convenient and useful. No more mess!

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So this is actually a lid or pan holder that I found in a local supermarket. Initially, I wanted to keep my pans, but they are quite heavy or too big for this holder (I have cast iron pan and huge veggie pan) so I decided to repurpose it.

We turned it around and secured it at the bottom of the cabinet so that it can’t move… and VOILA! It’s great for easy access or handling of those chopping boards.

I love to organize them by size, so I can see and grab whichever I want too without struggling too much or having to remove everything.

Kitchen Organization Ideas for Drawers

OK, so first of all, by looking at this picture, I think I might have way too many kitchen utensils. I should probably downsize everything to maximize space 🙂

Anyway, drawers can be quite difficult to organize, especially if you have tall ones as I do. When I moved into this house I didn’t really know what to store in there and how to utilize the entire space.

For one of the drawers, I decided to get some clear containers from Wilko to divide and categorize my kitchen utensils. For the next drawer, I wanted to get some taller storage bins (I found them in Poundland) so that I could store things vertically Maybe not the best idea because you can’t really see the bottom of the bin, but it works for now. I keep in there stuff that I don’t use on a daily basis.

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Drawer one
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Drawer two

I just recently came up with the idea to organize my plastic containers. Before I had them in one of my cabinets, but I was constantly searching for the matching lid. So I think this is a great fix for that. They are easy to access, everything has its own place so I don’t have to go on a hunt for lost lids.

Kitchen Organization Ideas for Countertops

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I don’t know about you, but in my world, countertops can get really busy. And if you don’t have a lot of storage or workspace you need to come up with solutions that would give you the uncluttered feeling.

This is how I organized my “busy” corner. I like to call it this way because this is where we keep most of our kitchen appliances. It’s also another wasted space if you ask me.

So, in this case, I used an expandable countertop shelf that would allow me to store things both on top and underneath it.

I am so happy that I discovered them and I would probably use some more in the future, but for now, this is more than enough for what we have.

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Hi, I am Kinga! In real life, I am a wife, a stay-at-home-mum to a beautiful toddler and a huge coffee lover. One of my biggest desires is to help other first-time mommies out there to “survive” their new life with a baby. And because I’d like to make your life much easier, I’ve created a few free resources that can help you along the way. See you there!

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