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Some hanging over-the-door pantry organizers — they’ll visibly store all your go-to items without eating away at your limited counter and cabinet space.
Promising review: “I love these over-the-door organizers. I know they sell them for shoes but I have never used them for shoes. They are big pockets, sturdy, and very nice heavyweight clear vinyl. If I have a door, I have one behind the door. It comes with hangers, which I like. The hangers are silver. So when I put them over the door (white doors), I just paint them with a little craft paint so that they look white and no one notices. I have one in the bathroom, one in the office, one inside my pantry, and one inside my craft room. They are just handy for all kinds of things you need at fingertips or that you do not want to lose. You cannot go wrong ordering these. They are a good sturdy product, packaged securely, and arrive quickly. I could not be happier with this product.” —MLBGet a set of two from Amazon for $12.87.
A three-compartment lid organizer so you’ll finally have a place to neatly store all your storage-container tops.
Promising review: “This is the best lid organizer I have ever had. At first, when you see it you might think it’s too big. But how many containers with lids do you have? I just moved twice and downsized both times and still used most of the space it offered. Not only does it have enough space, but it also separates into three different sizes!! This makes it even easier to find the lid you need. Last but not least, the material is very sturdy. This isn’t going to fall apart or break on you in a month or even a year! Get one for yourself and then stock up on them for Christmas gifts. They may not thank you right away, but they will when they start using this great organizer.” —ShellyGet it from Amazon for $24.92.
A six-plate, dishwasher-safe cradle to store your salad and dinner plates upright, saving you space and giving you easier access to your favorite dishes.
Promising review: “Just what I was looking for to organize our limited cabinet space. My plates are 12 inches across and made of heavy ceramic with scalloped edges and six of them fit perfectly in the holder.” —TracyGet the salad plate holder for $9.48 and the dinner plate holder for $12.50 from Amazon.
A collapsible measuring cup that can measure up two cups in one go and then shrink right into itself.
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A microfiber dish mat with a built-in, lightweight dish rack you can roll up and keep out of sight when you don’t need it anymore.
Promising review: “I love, love, LOVE this drying rack. I got so tired of having a bulky metal dish rack sitting on my counter taking up space, so I decided to give this a shot and I’m glad I did. I really like that you can move the rack to different positions. The microfiber is very absorbent and the rack is strong. I was skeptical at first if it would be able to hold some of my heavier plates, and it did! The best part is that when dishes are done drying, it can be folded up and stored under the sink, making my counters less cluttered-looking and allowing for more space. Can also be cleaned in the washer. Loved this so much that I purchased it for one of my girlfriends and she loves it just as much.” —Stephanie JonesGet it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and colors).
Or a collapsible, over-the-sink dish drainer that’ll give you somewhere to put your dishes right after you wash them but then easily stores when you put your dishes away.
Promising review: “I rent a small house and I don’t have a lot of counter space. This dish rack is PERFECT!!!! It stores away easily and I can fit way more in there then I imagined. It seemed smaller when I opened it and put it in my sink, but it was deceiving. Currently, I have: one 3-quart teal pot, one 8″ saucepan, one medium plate, one cereal bowl, a small cutting board, and some cooking utensils of varying sizes. I am a single person but I cook a lot and this is perfect for me. I would also think it would work well for a couple. My parents have one in their fifth wheel and they and they love it.” —Erin B.Get it from Amazon for $24.03.
An over-the-sink cutting board and strainer, because how many times have you made a damn mess when you were trying to chop literally anything?
Promising review: “This is an extremely useful cutting board with the collapsible bowl for washing vegetables and/or fruits, draining them, or depositing scraps. It fits nicely over my sink and is easily cleaned and stored. Find myself using it every day!” —Patty BohGet it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in green and red).
A foldable dish tub you can soak and drain your veggies in, then throw them on the counter or in the fridge.
Promising review: “Absolutely great product for small spaces or camping. It made washing dishes while camping so much easier. The bottom drain was great. It compacts down to save room when traveling. Love these products.” —Gardenmomof2Get it from Amazon for $20.99.
A collapsible microwave cover that’ll stay out of sight until you need it!
Promising review: “This product is very nice and convenient. It really has made microwaving plates a breeze. My only gripe is that I wish it had more of a loop on top to be able to fully pull it out as it can be kind of frustrating to fully extend the cover to its full height. Other than that I could not be happier!” —JW tucson Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in red, blue, and gray).
A three-tier shelf organizer to help you utilize every corner of your cabinets and counters while creating even more space.
Promising review: “These three-tier shelf organizers are wonderful. My dishes are quite heavy but it holds the salad plates, bowls, and dinner plates and gives them their own place. Plus, I do not have to lift the salad plates or bowls up in order to get to a dinner plate. Would highly recommend!” —cutiepie71Get it from Amazon for $13.97.
A set of 12 magnetic spice containers you can attach to the side of your fridge (or any magnetic surface) so you won’t find yourself digging around all the damn time looking for them.
Promising review: “There’s nothing to dislike. I will be ordering at least one more set in the near future. The lids are tight, but not too much, the labels are easy to read and apply, strong magnets. A superb alternative to the pricier line.” —M. TilfordGet the set of 12 from Amazon for $15.75.
Or try a set of customizable liners designed to hold your spices in place and fit them into your drawers.
Pop them right out when you need to clean them!Promising review: “This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever purchased from Amazon! The fact that they are so customizable allows you to cut them for any drawer size! I think this will be my go-to gift for all of my friends who love cooking as much as I do! Freeing up cabinet space and having something that can easily be rinsed off in the sink makes this a for-sure buy!” —momononoGet a pack of six from Amazon for $12.99.
An adjustable shelving unit designed to fit around your pipes and give you even more space.
Promising review: “I love it!! I wanted to do a huge apartment cleanse and finally get everything organized and orderly. My apartment’s shelving and cabinets are awkward but this product does the trick and allows me to utilize the dead space underneath my sink. Now I don’t have to sift around when I need something, I can see where it is! One of the shelves did have a minor dent when it arrived, but I don’t really care since it’s an under-the-sink shelving unit. It has not compromised the quality or function of this product.” —XtinaGet it from Amazon for $20.87 (available in silver or bronze).
A set of collapsible prep and storage bowls that are microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
Promising review: “I really like having collapsible bowls!! They take up very little space in a cupboard, but they are also very nice for taking on the go!!! It is very easy to take these for lunch and then quickly rinse them out and collapse them to put back in my work bag to bring home. Very easy to wash!! Really would recommend!! Great for traveling!” —M. WatersGet a set of three from Amazon for $9.69.
A lightweight, collapsible electric kettle for all your on-the-go tea needs.
Promising review: “I have very little counter space in my kitchen so I could not bear the thought of having another appliance taking up space. Unfortunately, my Keurig machine, which is supposed to dispense hot water, requires constant work to make sure the water is coffee free, so I had to find a hot water kettle that would give me easy hot water when wanting tea, while not being a burden on my counter and storage space. This foldable water kettle is absolutely perfect for my needs, takes a couple of minutes to boil, and I can easily store it away when done.” —HBMGet it from Amazon for $29.29+ (available in white and black).
A collapsible coffee mug to take while you’re out and about and that easily stores in your cabinet or purse.
Promising review: “Very easy to wash, dishwasher-safe, and microwaveable. I use it in the afternoons to heat water up in the microwave and add black tea. Also used it once to transport tea for a few hours. I was not very careful with the lunchbox, but despite that, I did not have any spills!” —ARDGet it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in six colors).
A set of collapsible measuring spoons and cups that might actually fit in your drawers without jamming them every time you slide them open or closed! What a concept!!
Promising review: “I love these measuring cups. They are so easy to use, and just wash them with soap and water. They are very easy to store — just collapse them and stack them together. The added measuring spoons are wonderful. My daughter and I bake all the time so these will be well used. They are very well made — the craftsmanship is very good and I am sure they will last for years. I would recommend these for anyone.” —Texas WildfireGet the eight-piece set from Amazon for $9.99+ (available with either blue or green spoons).
A leakproof water bottle you can just roll up when you’re not using so that it doesn’t take up precious cabinet space.
Promising review: “Love the flexibility of the bottle! It can be rolled up and stored away. The solid plastic is great for gripping the bottle and not squeezing it and having water squirt out all over you. The screw top is great for non-spill. There is no bad odor or smell to the bottle. I love this bottle and I am glad.” —Connie BeutelGet it from Amazon for $23.95 (available in purple and white).
A collapsible silicone mixing bowl, because one of the most annoying, space-consuming things in your cabinets is that giant bowl you have to unbury every time you want to use it.
Promising review: “It isn’t as small as I thought. In the picture, I have two cups of flour and 1½ cups of water. As you can see there is much more room to mix more, if I wanted to. Good quality bowl and it didn’t collapse on me while I was mixing. Great idea for very little storage space.” —Voni Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in green and orange).
A chrome over-the-door hanging basket to help you organize your cleaning supplies without having to drill any holes.
Promising review: “It’s perfect for my under-sink cabinet door. Very sturdy and well-made. Cabinet still closes smoothly. I place dishwasher tablets in the top and unused scrub pads in the tray below. It’s a great size, not too big, pretty much just right.” —Miki BabyGet it from Amazon for $12.99.
A stainless steel mug rack designed to slide right into the underside of your cabinets and not take up any of your countertop or cabinet space.
Promising review: “The quality is good, easy hanging on the board, the only thing is it can only hold four medium-sized cups. I thought it could hold more. But it did help me save space in my cabinet — still satisfied with my purchase.” —Amazon CustomerGet them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available for 8 or 10 coffee mugs).
A larger container that holds three separate bins, works in both your fridge or pantry, and comes with a convenient little handle for easy access and that can help you make the most of your limited space.
Promising review: “I really like this concept of a container within a container. I’ve got one in the fridge holding a few items for salad fixings and one on a shelf holding a variety of nuts. It’s great to grab the one container and having a few items readily available. They’re space savers too. Definitely worth the purchase.” —J. NelsonGet a set of two from Amazon for $26.05.
A three-tier organizer for all your baggies, wraps, and foil boxes.
Promising review: “This is a pretty simple rack. I put it in the closet and it has served its purpose well. It seems sturdy enough — not that I stress it much — but the joints are solid and the coating has held up. I think if you use this as intended you won’t have any problems with it.” —JWB Get it from Amazon for $12.87.
A pack of pan and pot protectors so you can stack your favorite non-stick cook wear without risk of damaging them.
Promising review: “Just purchased my second set of these — they are perfect! I use them to protect my good frying pans, my Dutch ovens, nice glass bowls — anything where stacking is needed for space but I was worried about scratching. I love the neutral color, but with a cute, all over pattern and the size is great for deep bowls to protect the sides or large pans. Plus they are definitely the most cost-effective ones out there. I plan to buy more and also use as an add-on gift when giving cookware.” —Sno-cone loverGet a set of six from Amazon for $14.99.
Or a splurge-worthy set of Calphalon nonstick pans designed to safely stack on top of each other so you can store them while using less space.
Promising review: “The cookware itself cooks beautifully with heat evenly distributed and they clean-up easily. The lids are flat with the handle located on the edge so it rests directly above the pot handle which allows them to stack with the pans conserving space. Another feature — the pans stack securely with a tongue and groove style design that is molded into the stainless steel trim on the handles and on the opposite side of some of the pots. While the mechanism does not lock tight it does prevent uncontrolled movement. They’re dishwasher safe and the six-piece set is divided into two pans, 8 and 10 inches, 3.5-quart saucepan with a spout, and a 3-quart sauté pan. There are two lids, one in each size with the 8-inch lid featuring straining holes. That feature is helpful and the lid still creates a good seal keeping steam and heat in. Beautiful pans that stack compactly but like all non-stick cookware they require some coddling.” —M. HillGet the six-piece set from Amazon for $299.99.
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