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Easy (And Effective) Ways To Organise Kitchen Utensils

WRITTEN by CHRISSY, LAST UPDATED ON February 14, 2022

& FILED IN Home Organising 


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Thinking about how to organise kitchen utensils in a way that works for you? So that they look good AND don’t add to that kitchen clutter? – you’re in the right place. Here you’ll find lots of space saving ideas and inspiration for ways to store and arrange your kitchen utensils – whether you want to use a drawer, a cupboard, a door, a wall, or a container on the countertop.

Easy Ways To Organise Kitchen Utensils

Kitchen utensils are HARD to store – and we usually have LOADS of them to deal with (from rolling pins, large spoons, peelers, whisks and many, many more!).

They are all different shapes, all different sizes, and all made of different things.

So – what’s the answer to storing them well in your kitchen, no matter whether you want them on display or hidden, no matter what your style is, and no matter how many you have!?

This post goes through everything related to the storage of kitchen utensils – and will give you loads of ideas to inspire you.

Why not make it a weekend project to get them sorted out once and for all – you’ll thank yourself!

Things to think about when you start to organise kitchen utensils

There are some key things to look for and think about when it comes to choosing how to store your kitchen utensils

  • Easy access – you usually need a utensil when you’re in the middle of cooking or baking – and so you want to be able to grab them pretty easily.
  • Easy to put away – the more simple tidy-up time is, the better – ALWAYS!
  • Easy to clean – As with cutlery drawers, a lot of storage containers that you may pick will gather bits of food/dust etc.. over time – so you want to be able to clean whatever option you choose
  • Looks good – If the storage is on show, you want to think about what style the kitchen is. Do you want to use traditional or modern, metal or wood, etc…
  • Makes the most of the space you have. You may have a drawer, a cupboard door, a whole cupboard, or a wall – whatever you choose should be the best use of that space if at all possible.

Quite a lot to consider! But it’s worth taking the time to think about everything first, as then you’re more likely to be able to pick the right storage solution first time.

Below you’ll find all the very best ideas and solutions for storing kitchen utensils that I’ve found when looking around the web.

Some are DIY options, some can be bought – and there’s something for all budgets.

So – let’s get started, shall we…

Selection of Black Kitchen Utensils on a White Background

Ways to Store Kitchen Utensils

1. Use Hooks in the cupboard that makes most sense (hidden)

In a kitchen there are usually cupboards for specific items – and utensils that are used when those items are used.

Here are a couple of lovely examples of how the cupboard has been used (along with hooks), to store the right utensils in the right place.

Baking Utensil storage area

This can easily be achieved by adding some command hooks to the inside of the cupboard.

You can grab similar hooks HERE.

mixer utensils for baking

Measuring utensil storage

Another common utensil needed when cooking are all those measuring items. This includes cups and spoons usually – and they are pretty bulky when stored in a drawer.

As such, I LOVE this idea – because it takes all the utensils and adds them to a specific place – that’s functional, practical, AND looks great too!

General kitchen utensils in pan cupboard

… and why not add all those bulky kitchen utensils to the back of the door of the cupboard where you keep all the bulky pots and pans?

TIP – Ensure there is enough space when you’ve hung the utensils up to close the door fully. This may take a little trial and error, but will be worth checking!

2. Use containers on the work surface (on display)

To keep utensils that you use by the cooker, or when working on the work surface – you may prefer to have the stored right there.

There are so many gorgeous holders to choose from, so pick what’s perfect for what you need.

Take into consideration things like: –

  • How many utensils you want to store (to get the right size)
  • What height the utensils are (to get the right height so they don’t get lost inside)
  • What style your kitchen is (so you blend it well with the space, and it looks great)
  • How much space you have
  • Whether you will have more than one container
  • Whether all containers will match – or you’ll create an interesting display with a selection you love

Here are a couple of examples: –

Simple pots on the work surface

Nothing wrong with going simple – if it ain’t broke, as they say…

White kitchen utensil pot and wooden utensils inside

Stand Alone Utensil Holder

You can get some really lovely purpose built storage for utensils that work well – just match to the style and decor of your kitchen and you’ll be organised immediately!

stand alone utensil storage

3. Containers / Hooks / rods on the wall (display)

There can be a LOT of wall space in kitchens – so why not make the most of these as well?

utensils in wire baskets hanging from rail

This is a gorgeous idea that’s so so simple – because there are no compartments to contend with.

This has positives if you have lots of any specific type of utensil (and you really, really need to keep them).

But it also has negatives because of the lack of compartments! – However, you can pick something that DOES have more to it – if you like the general idea.

Kitchen rail with hooks for hanging items off the surface
utensils on single hooks on the wall

4. Poles and hooks on the outside of cupboards (display)

I like the idea of using every square inch of space in a kitchen, especially when you have a small one!

The main wasted space can be the OUTSIDE of the cupboards – where there’s a nice lot of flat surface ready and waiting to be used.

You can get similar poles from HERE to create this look.

TIP – Don’t let this get too cluttered. Not only will it be less efficient for you – it will also feel too busy in an already busy space.

5. Use drawer organiser (hidden)

Take a look at what options are out there to organise kitchen utensils in your drawers with a cutlery tray or similar – and make sure you get the right fit for your exact drawer – as this will make the most storage for you.

utensil storage drawer

5. Use a pegboard (display)

A pegboard has a very specific style, so may or may not be an option for your space – but it DOES look great if it works!

utensils hanging from pegboard

{ Related: 18 Pegboard Ideas for Every Room In Your House }

6. Use under the cupboards (display)

Another very forgotten space is the bottom of your cupboards!

You could add a Lazy Susan and hooks to one of those, and hang your utensils off them.

TIP – This could also work inside a cupboard under the ceiling area – especially when then internal height of the cupboard means there’s wasted space.

TIP – You could also just add hooks directly to the underside of the cupboard rather than use a Lazy Susan – this would be a lot more simple, and you could make sure that the hooks were further back so out of the way more.

You could also use this idea for underneath shelves:

utensils hanging from hooks under a shelf

Want to get some utensil storage for your home?

Take a look at this collection for inspiration based on everything in the ideas above…

Note – Clicking on any item below will take you to the store so you can see details and purchase – for your convenience. The links are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission for any purchase you make – at absolutely no cost to you, of course.

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Kitchen Utensils (black) on a white background - with title wording overlaid

There you have it – lots of ideas and inspiration for how to organise kitchen utensils…

I hope they’ve helped you decide what would work best in your own kitchen.

I use drawers at the moment – but I’m really tempted to use the backs of the cupboard doors more. It looks great, AND would free a lot of space in the drawers for other things which is always a bonus!

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