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The Pull Out Shelf and 8 Other Kitchen Organization Hacks

As the old saying goes, “the kitchen is the heart of the home,” but for many, it really doesn’t feel that way! Kitchens are not always the most functional, but some items such as the pull out shelf, tip-out trays, and extra storage can help you organize your life better. No matter what your kitchen layout looks like, there are many simple ideas that can help you get the organized kitchen of your dreams! We’ll take a look at 9 awesome organization hacks to help you get the most out of your kitchen. To learn more about pull out shelves and organizing your kitchen, contact the experts at DIY Shelfworks now!

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The Pull Out Shelf and 8 Other Kitchen Organization Hacks

These great kitchen organization hacks can help you take back your kitchen turn it into one that you truly love!

#1 The Pull Out Shelf

DIY Pull out shelfA recently installed DIY pull out shelf with dividers


The pull out shelf, also called the sliding shelf or gliding shelf, is one of the best ways to organize your kitchen. With pull out shelves, you won’t need to awkwardly bend down or reach deeply into your cabinets just to get your favourite snack, ingredient, or cooking accessory. Because of this, pull out shelves are a great solution for those with accessibility issues as well. The pull out shelf can be installed in any cabinet, even under your sink! Under sink cabinets are the perfect way to organize your kitchen cleaning tools and accessories.

With DIY custom made sliding shelves, organizing your items has never been easier. That’s because they extend all the way out of your cabinets, allowing you to have access to 100% of the space inside. You will no longer have to stack items, move items in and out, and reach all the way to the back just to access your food and items. You can also say goodbye to forgetting about food and accidentally letting it expire as it sits unnoticed in the back of your pantry! Learn how you can install your own sliding shelves here!


#2 – Under Sink Tip-Out Trays

Tip-out tray installed into older cabinets

You may be surprised to find that you have a tip-out tray installed right into your kitchen sink cabinet! These handy little trays are often found in older homes, and may even sit empty for months before new homeowners discover they exist! This is the perfect place to store your smaller cleaning items, like sponges, cloths, and scrubbers. If you love this idea but your kitchen doesn’t already have one, you can buy tip-out tray kits at many local hardware stores and install them yourself!


#3 – Create a Custom Paper Towel Drawer

A drawer converted into a paper towel holder
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One of the biggest issues you may find with your kitchen is the lack of counter space. A cluttered counter never looks good, and definitely doesn’t help you stay organized. If you are having trouble finding the perfect place for your paper towels or your extra rolls, why not convert a drawer into the perfect paper towel dispenser? This DIY idea not only allows you to dispense your paper towels away from your counter but also to keep your extra rolls handy when you need them!


#4 – Simple Stacked Shelves For Pots & Pans

Cost-effective metal wire racks to help organize pots and pans
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Organizing pots and pans may be one of the most difficult things you’ll do in your kitchen organization journey! Pots and pans often don’t fit well into regular cabinets or drawers, can fall over when not properly stored, and when stacked on top of each other, make it difficult to access the bottom ones.

However, this super simple, inexpensive kitchen hack will help change that! Instead of stacking your pots and pans right on top of each other, use an insertable shelf to give you double the storage space! This is also a great option for renters who may not be able to install permanent shelving solutions.


#5 – Use stools to display your favourite decor

Succulents displayed on kitchen stools

Whether or not you have a kitchen island, stools are a great way to add extra seating to your kitchen when friends and family visit. However, for most of us, we often find our stools sitting empty and collecting dust. If you have a stool or two sitting around your kitchen, you may want to make use of their space! When not in use, consider using your stools to display your favourite decor, like potted plants, candles, or seasonal decor.

This will help free up much-needed cabinet space without sacrificing your own personal style and flare. When your guests come to visit, simply move your favourite items from your stools to the counter, when you won’t be needing that extra space! Also a great idea for both homeowners and renters alike, as it’s simple, cost-effective, and requires zero construction!


#6 – Add Extra Storage On Wheels

An attractive storage unit on wheels
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Smaller, narrow kitchens, like those found in many condos, often lack the additional cabinet space found in larger kitchens. This is no surprise, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating for those with smaller kitchens! This kitchen storage hack is an adorable way to add more storage space to your kitchen. It’s also a great way to keep some of your most-used items organized and easily accessible.

One of the best things about this tiered storage tray is that it is on wheels! This makes it easy to move around as necessary and keeps your items as easy-to-access as possible. Perfect for small kitchens everywhere – both homeowners and renters can enjoy this adorable storage unit!


#7 – Hidden Storage Toe-Kick Drawers 

Hidden toe-kick drawer to store small, flat items
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Another form of hidden storage similar to the tip-out trays, this toe-kick drawer is an excellent place to keep flat and hard-to-store items safe and organized. You may need to put a bit of work into installing this one, but it could very well be worth it! These drawers are completely invisible unless you know where they are. If you lack pantry or cabinet space, these little drawers may be the perfect solution for you. Learn how you can build your own toe-kick drawer here!


#9 – Make Use of Mason Jars to Creatively Store Small Items

Beautiful mason jars hung from under cabinet space
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Mason jars continue to be a popular household item, and we are still seeing many interesting and creative uses for them. If you have extra mason jars just sitting around, you can put them to use in your kitchen! Organize your small items like uncooked pasta, snacks, and even small kitchen accessories. You can hang your mason jars under your cabinets to get them off the counters and increase storage and counter space! Not only that, but mason jars are an airtight way to store food to help it last even longer.


Get DIY Pull Out Shelves To Help Organize Your Kitchen!

Installing pull out shelves will give you some great ways to increase your kitchen cabinet storage and get you organized. They brilliantly hide everything away and allow you to view every item inside, even those at the very back, quickly and easily. DIY Shelfworks will custom make your very own gliding shelves to perfectly fit into your existing cupboards.

Our high-quality rolling shelves are 100% Canadian made and will be delivered to you in as little as two to three weeks through Canada Post. You can choose from either our premium 9-ply Baltic Birch or our more economical melamine shelves. They come in 3 shelf heights: 3″, 5″, or 7,” and have a limited lifetime warranty. Place your order today and get your kitchen cupboards organized like never before.

“Thanks Ryan…Looking forward to getting more drawers in our bathroom. They are wonderful. I no longer dread having to get down on the floor looking for pots and pans in the cupboards.”

– Patience, A DIY Customer!


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