Storing Things In Plain Sight

For those of us living in smaller spaces, we are always looking for storage solutions. As I mentioned in this post,  one idea for kitchen storage in small spaces is to use the walls. Vertical storage is a trick designers use when they need to maximize space. This got me thinking about other ways to stretch storage in a small kitchen.

This first picture is my favorite. Cutting boards, rolling pins, and bowls left out can look amazing if you create a little vignette with them.

kitchen storage ideas

Homestead Revival

Use a serving tray to group together several kitchen items, such as cutting boards and salt and pepper shakers. There are a lot of things in the tray shown below and it still looks pretty.

Cutting boards


Take advantage of wall-mounted magnetic strips for your cutlery. You could also use these for scissors. They even make small magnetic spice jars that would work with the magnetic strip for a pretty display.

magentic knife bar - brilliant storage ideas for your kitchen

Farm Fresh Therapy 

No room for cookbook storage? Leave them displayed right on the counter. It’s convenient to have them right at arm’s length when your cooking.

Kitchen vignette

The Inspired Room

If you have a lot of cookbooks, storing them together in a vintage basket will make them look neater. If you have items grouped in baskets or serving trays, it also makes for easy removal if you need to free up counter space when hosting a party.

cookbooks in vintage basket

Pinterest Home Decor

Pot lids always take up too much of my kitchen storage space, they usually don’t nest together as the pots do. If you happen to have pretty lids, you can mount them on your wall for a unique display. This idea also works for dinner plates.


 Stone Gable

Arrange your often-used utensils in a pretty pitcher on the countertop to free up drawer space. Take it up a notch by using a grouping of 3 different sized pitchers.

utensil holder


Displaying your dishes on open shelving leaves room in the cabinets for other items like groceries.

open kitchen shelves

My Home Ideas

Create a coffee station. This one was created using Ikea’s Fintorp system. Genius.

coffee station

Apartment Therapy

If your kitchen is too small for a dining set, think about adding a small island or a rolling cart for additional storage. Or replace your kitchen table with a larger island with stools to have both storage and seating.

farmhouse kitchen island with wheels


Lastly, in my own kitchen, I used my wall space to hang my spice racks. My husband loves to cook with spices so we have a lot of them! This makes it convenient when cooking and it looks pretty too!

kitchen storage ideas, spice rack on wall

My friend like this idea so much that I got creative and made her a DIY spice rack to hang on her wall as well!

Storing things in plain sight really helps maximize every inch of kitchen storage space while also being functional and decorative!

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These brilliant kitchen storage ideas are  not only functional but beautiful too!

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  1. I love that storage tray and the milk jugs such great ideas – thank you for sharing Roxanne 🙂

  2. I really liked your idea of arranging the kitchen utensils in pitchers so that they are properly organized but at the same time are easily accessible whenever needed. The problem is that all the pitchers in the house are currently in use for water storage purposes. Maybe I can order another container of the same appearance to store my knives and other kitchen utensils. Thank you for the idea.

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