"Remodelista: The Organized Home" is packed with tips for where to keep all your difficult-to-store kitchen items.
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Pantry Organization
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Your kitchen should be a peaceful space. An easy-to-navigate, uncluttered, breezy space for mindful cooking and artfully curated artisanal linens. Problem being? Most of us know what our ideal kitchen looks like, but few of us know how to execute it. The zen culinary chamber filled with mason jars of spices and Nordic tableware feels but a distant dream.

If you've ever stored plates in the dishwasher or stacked your cookbooks in the corner—we're guilty!—the good folks at expertly-curated design site Remodelista have got your back. Their latest book, Remodelista: The Organized Home, by editors Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick, is here to make your dream kitchen a reality.

Here are five of our favorite tips for better living through a decluttering:

Excerpts reprinted with permission. © Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick, Artisan, 2017.

Pesky pot lids

Pot Lids Organization
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Pictured: “An architect-designed kitchen is detailed with a metal lid rack (...find a similar one at Bed Bath & Beyond) right next to the stove.”

Towel hanging rods attached to the inside door of a cupboard do the trick. The Remodelista team also suggests lid racks that fit in the bottom of deep drawers (they suggest one like this from Ikea) or using “a hardware store tension rod inserted at the front of a drawer” to keep the lids from rolling around.

Everyday dishes and glassware

Dish Storage
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Pictured: “Much like the compact shelves made for ship galleys, this stainless steel classic from India (this one came from Stovold & Pogue) does double duty: it serves as a drying rack and storage rack.”

Rather than keeping the things you use every day stocked out of reach or out of order, try storing them where they’re easy to grab on the go. For portability, keep your dishware and glasses on a rolling cart that you can bring into the dining space. The Remodelista team also suggests storing glassware in open shelving over the sink or in deep drawers for easy access.

Paper towel rolls

Paper Towels
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Pictured: “Open the cabinet under your kitchen sink and you’ll discover unused territory: a metal paper towel holder (made by Yamazaki and available at Walmart and on Amazon) fits neatly on the inside.”

Paper towel holders can also fit into unused drawers and on walls near or under the sink. If you want to get crafty, Remodelista also gives tips for fashioning a roll holder out of a tension rod or wooden dowel.

Kitchen knives

Knife Organization
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Pictured: “Made from hygienic, lightweight stainless steel, a wall-hung knife holder is an inexpensive fixture at restaurant supply stores. This one cost ten dollars and has slots that accommodate five knives plus two sharpening steels.”

You can also store them in a small wooden block—Remodelista suggests a David Mellor model—or on a magnetic strip. If you’re on the go, they suggest the David Mellor twelve-pocket canvas knife roll that chefs love.

Pantry items

Pantry Organization
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Pictured: “A jumble of packaging—outsized boxes of cereal, sacks of flour and sugar, and plastic bags of dried beans and pasta—makes it impossible to use your cabinets efficiently. Take a moment to decant your groceries before loading them onto shelves (buy in bulk when possible), then arrange them on trays, and you’ll gain space, order, and a much prettier overall picture.”

Remodelista suggests using canning jars, paper bags, tins, and sturdy boxes to make pantry storage easier on the eyes. They also spoke with Sam Hamilton, a kitchen designer and owner of March, who suggested using risers and shallow storage to keep everything within reach. “You don’t want shelves that hold more than two rows of cans. Anything deeper and your goods get lost in the void.”

Remodelista Home Organization
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Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick, $16 at Barnes & Noble.