Container Store in My Kitchen

Life is too busy to mess with what doesn’t work well.  These are some of my favorite kitchen storage solutions in an attempt to create a Container Store kitchen at my house —

Container Store in My Kitchen @ItsOverflowing

1.  I have a small OXO Small Sink Mat on each side of my kitchen sink and a large OXO Sink Mat below the sink where I keep my kitchen cleaning supplies.  I love it! It stays in place, protects my sink (stainless steel here and porcelain at my old house) from chipping and scratches, and is a great holding place for my dishes until I find a moment to load (no more spoons tossed in the garbage after having a spin in the disposal.  And the open design allows air and water to flow freely — discouraging mildew pickup.  I know I’m going on and on, but I also love that it has easy to grab handles for when I need to easily access the drain!

2.  Mommy Cleaning Tip – Refill Foaming Soap.

Kitchen Sink Mat OXO @ItsOverflowing

3.  I keep my scrub brush and soap on the mat and on the counter I have a jar filled with baking soda – it’s a perfect abrasive cleaner.


4.  IKEA’s Variera shelf insert is great for coffee mugs, tea cups, and saucers.  I am surprised how much room just one extra shelf offers.  It created space for saucers on the lower shelf.  Perfect timing to get this cabinet organized with cooler weather ahead!

Organizing Cupboards @ItsOverflowing

Cupboard Organizing @ItsOverflowing 3

5.  In my ranchers kitchen, Stud cut some reclaimed boards for me to use as shelves for my spices, I love custom shelves!  My spice cabinet in this house is a little wider so I grabbed some plastic ready-made spice shelves.  The concept of both is the same, but I’m still partial to my wooden shelves!


6.  I am a little bit of a TOTAL kitchen appliance junkie.  And no, I’m not interest in purging a single one.  Trying to load these pretties and more into my cabinets was a complete time waster.  It just wasn’t happening.  These shelves seem to do the trick perfectly.  These shelves are set up in the laundry room and every last one of my appliances sit here and wait for me to be in the mood for using them.  I love how much easier it is for me to access them when they’re on a spacious shelf.  It used to be tugging to get them out and pushing to get them back into the cabinet.

Small Kitchen Appliances @ItsOverflowing

8.  Details on my organized refrigerator!

Clean Fridge Tips - ItsOverflowing

9.  I tried several different knife holders until I finally found my favorite.  Here are some more of my favorite kitchen knife tips!

Knife Storage @ItsOverflowing

10.  I have had several Utensil Holders, but none compare with OXO Expandable Utensil Holder with adjustable dividers for organizing my utensils.

Expandable Utensil Holder OXO @ItsOverflowing

Loved in both my old and new kitchen.

Expands to store as many utensils as your drawer space allows.

OXO Expandable Utenstil Holder

11.  A few years ago I had a cool stainless steel trash can that had a motion sensor for automatic lid opening.  It was so cool, but there’s nothing better than Pull Out Trash Cans.  They can be stored completely out of sight when not being used.  And can be left wide open for easy disposal when cooking.

Pull Out Trash Can @ItsOverflowing

And behind the trash can, a little space to store the trash sacks!

Best Trash Can @ItsOverflowing

12.  Here’s my new solution for keeping my kids snack foods organized (here).

Pantry Organization @ItsOverflowing

13.  And last, but definitely not least, extra shelves on the back of a pantry door are a must.  These shelves are a great way to extend a small pantry.

Organizing Kitchen @ItsOverflowing

I love working on putting Everything in its Place…it’s all about taking baby steps.  Is your pantry functioning well for you?  If you want more pantry tips you should totally check these out (here).




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  1. Annie says:

    Hi, i would like to know what you have used to create the basket behind the pantry door.? Thanks ni advance.

  2. Love this – some good helps for me for sure. Pinned and am following you on Pinterest. Found you at Ahalogy!

  3. These are seriously great tips, I definitely need to implement some of them! I’d be thrilled if you shared at my weekend party as well 🙂

  4. So many great ideas! Just today I was organizing my pantry cabinet, I think the back of door storage is something I need, thanks!

  5. Diana says:

    This looks so neat and tidy ahhhh! Thanks Aimee!

  6. Debbie says:

    Love all your kitchen organization! I am a huge fan of OXO products, they are wonderful!

  7. I’m totally jealous of your organized kitchen! I think I need that sink mat!

  8. Stacey says:

    When we moved into this house and I saw the pull out trash drawer, I thought it might be kind of gross. I love it!! Trash is very accessible and we store extra bags just like you. It’s wonderful and invisible.

    • Aimee says:

      That was my first thought at this house, too Stacey! At my last house our pull out trash was brand new because Stud had built it so I didn’t have that worry. I scrubbed and scrubbed this one and then embraced it!

  9. Peggy Thal says:

    Looks so great! I am always organizing too. Pull out trash is my favorite thing. Love what you all did. Makes life easier.

  10. Wow – maybe one day for me!

  11. Julia @cuckoo4design says:

    Love this. I wish my kitchen would be this organized.