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The amount of joy that can be found in a well-organised kitchen cupboard should not be underestimated.
Don't believe us? A TikTok curated list of videos called "organizing cabinets kitchen", with content from creators including: @everythingenvy, @smallishhome, @im2organized and @tidycademypro, has amassed more than 490 million views, and clips showing off perfectly aligned pantries and nifty storage solutions amass a flurry of appreciative comments from mesmerised viewers.
Tidy cupboards can not only save you time by ensuring all your most used ingredients and apparatus are easily accessible, they can also help prevent food waste (and therefore save you money), as with a quick glance you'll be able to see what you have in. So there'll be no temptation to add yet another can of chopped tomatoes to your weekly shop "just in case".
If you have decided 2022 will be the year your kitchen gets an organisational makeover, we've rounded up 10 ingenious products (including quite a few we discovered via TikTok), all of which will help get your cupboards in order and keep them that way.
Joseph Joseph Set of 4 In-cupboard Pan Lid Holders | £9.50 at Amazon
Scrabbling at the back of your pan cupboard in search of the right lid can be a thing of the past thanks to these clever stick-on grips. No tools are needed to mount the lid holders on cupboard doors or inside deep drawers, simply use the adhesive tape supplied. Once in place they can hold lids measuring up to 24 cm (9½ Inch) diameter and with a rim thickness up to 1.4 cm (½ Inch). For heavy lids, reviewers suggest also using countersunk screws for extra strong hold.
Le'raze Set of 5 Glass Kitchen Canisters with Airtight Bamboo Lids | £25.99 at Amazon
Instagram is awash with bamboo-lidded glass kitchen storage jars. If you're tempted to swap out plastic packaging for sleek storage, this affordable set offers good value for money. It consists of five jars in varying sizes, all of which seal with a silicone ring to ensure food inside is kept fresh. Great for storing pasta, rice, oats, cookies, sugar, flour, spices and other dry goods. When your kitchen staples look this pretty, you may not actually want to hide them away in your cupboards.
Joseph Joseph Under-Shelf Spice Rack | £16 at Amazon
Maximise the storage space in your cupboards by making use of unused areas above the tops of your jars and cans. This neat pull down container can be attached to the bottom of a shelf using adhesive strips, to neatly store up to seven standard-sized spice jars, so they're easy to access when needed, without taking up precious counter space.
iDesign Kitchen Shelf | £10.95 at Amazon
Stacking plates, mugs or cans of food on top of each other is just asking for an avalanche whenever you need to access an item at the bottom of the pile. These handy shelf storage units are freestanding so they can simply be placed where needed and do not need to be fastened into place. Due to their compact dimensions, (30.5cm x 25.5cm x 14.5cm), they can fit in small spaces or be stacked on top of each other in tall cupboards.
Black Mesh Metal Over-Door Cupboard Organiser | £12.99 at Lakeland
Tea towels have a horrible habit of ending up strewn across kitchen work surfaces. If you've struggled to find a convenient location for a towel rack in your kitchen, this nifty over-door organiser provides a stylish solution.
There’s no DIY required – just hook it over a cupboard door, with a towel rail positioned on the outside and a storage caddy on the inside, which is perfect for storing frequently used items such as oils and pepper mills. The rail may look like it's made from wood, but the whole thing is actually crafted from rust-resistant powder-coated iron, so it won't get discoloured if it gets wet.
YouCopia StoraLid Food Container Lid Organiser | £9.99 at Amazon
Finding a neat way to store the lids of reusable plastic food containers is the bane of many an organised person's existence. There should be a word to describe the annoyance of opening a cupboard to be greeted with an outpouring of lids. This storage box offers a solution - it has adjustable dividers to create the right spacing to keep lids upright and easy to find when you need to pack up some leftovers.
The Home Edit & iDesign Narrow Pantry Bin | £11.50 at John Lewis and Partners
Of all the products seen on the Netflix show Get Organized With The Home Edit this is the most popular item with John Lewis shoppers. This multi-purpose storage tub is slimmer than most, meaning it can fit even where shelf space is tight. Stackable and sheer, it can help to make the most of any cupboard space by grouping together small items (think coffee pods, seasoning packs, chocolate bars) and making them instantly visible. Plus it has integrated handles, which make it easy to grab and go.
Bamboo Expandable Shelf Organiser | £19.99 at Lakeland
You'll never have to wonder what's lurking at the back of your cupboard if you arrange your dry food items on one of these three-tier platforms. Made from sustainably sourced bamboo, it can extend from 32cm to 49.5cm wide making it suitable for most cupboards.
Hahn Metal Wall / Cupboard 3 Tier Spice Rack | £16.99 at Robert Dyas
Turn any kitchen cupboard into a pantry with a couple of these spice racks fixed to the inside of the doors. Each one can hold approximately 30 standard supermarket and branded spice jars or around 24 small glass Kilner jars if you want to go for a more designer look.
mDesign Kitchen Bakeware Organiser | £13.50 at Amazon
If your bakeware and chopping boards are currently residing in an almighty heap which clatters and collapses every time you try to access anything, this neat storage rack could offer a good solution. Who knows, perhaps you'll find that disorganisation is all that has been standing in your way from being the future winner of Bake Off.