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10 Photos of Hyper-Organized Kitchens That’ll Make You Swoon

Strategies tidy homeowners use (like grids) to make things look pretty.

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Some people have a special knack for making everything seem so put-together in their kitchen, so prettily organized — without buying expensive things.

How do they do it?

They Put 'Like' and 'Like' Together

Tupperware and lids in a wood drawer in a kitchen Image: Main Street at Botello's

Like goes with like, whether it’s a similar shape or a similar function. In the case above, it’s both. Lids are together, organized by shape. The bottoms are together, also organized by shape. And see how the colors are grouped? So satisfying.

They Use Color to Help Them Organize

A white kitchen cupboard with green glasses and jars Image: @lifeinjeneral

Green glasses go on top …

Blue plates go on the bottom …  

Brown mugs go on the right …

Color makes things pretty. By putting like-colors together, you create a sense of order and a way of mentally picturing where something is.

Plus, it makes a large pantry look put-together.

Like this mint green and gold one:

A bright green and gold pantry with food Image: Polished Habitat

Or this black and white one:

A black and white kitchen pantry with food Image: @thedowntownaly

Black and white is probably the most flexible color scheme. In the pantry above, the white pulls together the different canister shapes. The black wire baskets tie into the color scheme to help “tidy” the chaos that is supermarket food.

They Use a Grid

Whether it’s easy to see …

A built-in cabinet with separate compartments for mugs Image: Todd Gieg, photographer | Don Foote Contracting, designer

or not …

A white kitchen with hanging pots, pans, and utensils Image: Julien L. Balmer/Stocksy

Having things lined up just looks neater. You can make the same coffee mug grid above by removing drywall between two studs and inserting some basic shelves. Read More In Creating Storage Between the Studs in Your Walls A grid helps you do that.

They Use Clear, Same-Shape Containers for Staples

Makes it easy to see what you have, and how much. Time saved.

Clear jars in a pull-out drawer in a kitchen cabinet Image: Vivian Johnson

They Use Consistent Labeling

Spices with a black lid in a wood drawer Image: Elizabeth Saypol of Morrissey Saypol Interiors

Imagine how much messier that drawer would look if the labels and jars were all different shapes, sizes, and colors. (Now only if they were alphabetized …)

But it’s this fridge …

Clear organizers in a refrigerator Image: Ann Faber, Marketing Communications Manager at InterDesign, Inc.

And this freezer drawer …

Plastic bags with frozen fruit in a freezer Image: Aimee Wimbush-Bourque

… that have us swooning.

Shape, function, containers, grid, and the color (wow!). Makes you want to clean out your fridge now.

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