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17 Ways to Fake an Organized Kitchen
If you feel like clutter seems to reappear in your kitchen immediately after you’ve cleaned every cabinet and drawer, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are ways to fake a streamlined, hyper-organized look—even if you never actually make it.
To prevent a pileup of stuff, it helps to have systems in place that will help keep the chaos contained (or at least concealed).
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These 17 kitchens do a beautiful job of using storage space smartly and stylishly to keep the room looking pristine—even if inside those drawers or cabinets it’s a total jumble.
Originally published August 2019. Updated September 2019.
Place liquor bottles and other miscellany on a pretty tray on your countertop. Now they're all contained in one place, and it almost looks like a makeshift bar in your kitchen.
Instead of stashing pretty pottery in a cabinet for safekeeping, allow it to live on high shelves, where they're out of the way and less prone to break but are on display.
If drawers are your main mode of kitchen storage, try color-coding yours. It's a quick visual hint for which one to reach for when you're rushing—and it looks cool.
Devote a shelf to cookbooks and other objects you'd like to keep close when you're cooking. It's pretty and practical. Also, place frequently used bottles or dishes (e.g. a water carafe) on a shelf or windowsill near where people actually dine.
If you're a dish, glassware, or pottery junkie and you have the space, devote an entire open shelving unit or cabinet to displaying your collection.
Put shelves in random nooks and crannies, like an unused corner over a sink or stove, and place miscellaneous books or items that need a home.
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A rolling cart can double as a place to prep food, mix drinks, store liquor bottles, silverware, cutting boards, and more. (And you can move it elsewhere if you're having people over and pressed for space.)
For a rustic-chic way to organize pots and pans, hang them above your stove or island, where they become kitchen-themed decorating accents, rather than just items that you couldn't fit in a cabinet.
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