It’s not enough to have a beautiful kitchen, it also has to be functional. Everything from the layout to the organization of the interior of your cabinets needs to work hard for you and your family. In the grand scheme of things, your cabinet color and hardware finishes matter very little if the flow of your kitchen makes it hard to actually cook. The good news: It’s easy to build in customizations that feel super luxe, no matter how high or low your renovation budget is. We’re talking hidden trash pullouts, spice rack inserts, Lazy Susan space maximizers, and more. 

We’re here to let you in on a secret resource designers and contractors use time and time again: Rev-a-Shelf. The company makes products to help maximize the insides of cabinets and drawers for the entire home—we especially love their kitchen organizers. Anita Yokota’s BOXI by Semihandmade kitchen makes use of their 8-Inch Utensil Soft Close Pull Out Cabinet Organizer that she placed next to her stove for easy utensil grabbing and spice storage.

According to Yokota, installation is super easy. Could she have designed a kitchen with drawer storage for utensils? Shelves in cabinets for spices? Sure, but this easy solution feels custom, intentional, and functional in the way you want your new renovated space to feel. 

If you’re beginning to design a new kitchen—whether it’s manifesting a future space in your head, organizing inspiration on Pinterest boards, or actually in the layout stage of planning—and want those cool features, but don’t know how to get them on your budget… well, you’re welcome.

Check out a few of our favorites below: 

white trash can pullouts
Wood spice rack pull out
Lazy susan insert for cabinets

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Cleaning and Organization

Did you know there is a type of food you should never cook in your cast-iron pan? What are the best kitchen drawer organizers? How do you actually get a grill sparkling clean? These are the types of kitchen organization and cleaning questions we look to answer here. Every month, we tap professional organizers, top chefs, and healthy home experts to share their top tips on how to organize kitchen cabinets, the best ways to store spices, and what you should actually look for when shopping for cookware (spoiler: Teflon is a big material to avoid, no matter how easy it makes scraping scrambled eggs off a pan). Over the last year, we’ve picked the brains of fan-favorites like Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of the Home Edit and Masterchef star Hetal Vasavada, but we also called on our own design community. Blogger Kelin Zhao, for instance, showed us how to organize a small kitchen and shared her top IKEA kitchen cabinet organizers with us (she even gave us a trick for making your own pull-out trash bin). There’s more to an organized kitchen than its cabinets, too. We explore everything from pantries to kitchen island and appliance garages so that no area of your home is left messy or dirty. Stick around as we share our best cleaning tricks and most creative bathroom, pantry, laundry room, and kitchen organization ideas.
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