12 Organization Ideas to Add to Your Kitchen Renovation Plans

From easy upgrades to fully customized cabinets, here are 12 clever kitchen organization ideas to keep in mind for your remodel.

Written by:Cambria USA
A kitchen featuring white narrow drawers and a utensil holder atop a Cambria Carrick quartz countertop.

Cambria design shown: Carrick™

Discover effective kitchen organization ideas that tackle the ongoing challenge of keeping your kitchen tidy. Explore elegant solutions that work seamlessly with any kitchen renovation and pinpoint your organizational challenges at the onset so you can address them in your renovation. Contact a Cambria dealer to bring your kitchen organization ideas and renovation plans to life.

Here are 12 clever organization ideas to consider for your remodel, including easy upgrades and customized cabinets.

1. Mix Floating Shelves with Traditional Cabinets for Kitchen Organization

Floating shelves are a great organizational tool for showcasing décor and keeping dishware close at hand, but it may not be practical for your entire kitchen. Embrace a mix of both floating shelves and traditional cabinets, like this inviting space with natural woods, white cabinets, and Brittanicca Matte™ countertops.

Wooden floating shelves hang over a kitchen counter featuring a Cambria Brittanicca Matte countertop.

Floating shelves provide a smart balance in this space by Jenny Komenda featuring Brittanicca Matte countertops and a square-tile backsplash.

2. Create Hidden Storage Within Your Backsplash for an Organized Kitchen

Keep cooking essentials organized and neatly tucked away with a hidden spice rack within a quartz backsplash, as seen here with these sleek sliding panels crafted out of Annicca™. This makes for easy access when cooking, so that whenever you need something, it is right in front of you. This helps keep your cooking essentials seen and in one place for a beautiful, yet organized kitchen.

Kitchen with a counter and stove featuring a Cambria Annicca quartz backsplash.

An Annicca backsplash slides to reveal spice rack storage in this luxe kitchen by Urbana and FloForm.

3. Maximize Accessibility with Custom Cabinetry Inserts for Easy Organization of Bulky Items

Free up valuable counter space and maximize the storage capacity of your cabinets with custom inserts. Custom inserts are designed to slide on tracks and extend, providing easy access to items whenever you need them. By using these inserts, you can maximize your kitchen’s real estate while keeping everything you need within reach.

A kitchen featuring smart cabinet organizers, gray Cambria Carrick quartz countertops, and a subway tile backsplash.

This kitchen by Parand Design features smart cabinet organizers, gray Carrick™ countertops, and a subway tile backsplash.

4. Kitchen Organization Tip—Put Dishware in a Drawer Instead of a Cabinet

Drawers are a smart, effective, and organized place to store your plates and bowls. They offer easier access and well-organized stacks. You won’t have to worry about dropping a dish from an upper cabinet, and they’re great to get kids started on helping set the table.

A drawer with plates stored inside gray cabinetry beside a Cambria Weybourne quartz countertop.

Keep kitchens clutter-free with custom storage drawers like this kitchen by Emily Henderson featuring White Cliff Matte™ countertops and blonde wood cabinets.

Cambria White Cliff Matte quartz kitchen countertops featuring open drawer with plates and bowls

Plates stored in drawers are a smart solution in this kitchen from Parand Design featuring Weybourne™ countertops and gray cabinetry.

5. Store Items Where You’ll Use Them for Ultimate Kitchen Organization

Narrow vertical drawers beneath a countertop are the perfect place to keep cooking oils and spices organized and easily accessible. A stylish canister on the countertops can keep kitchen utensils handy, but if you have a cooktop on your kitchen island, a utensil holder may interrupt the flow of your space. Custom drawers with upright containers can keep utensils ready alongside the range.

A kitchen featuring white narrow drawers and a utensil holder atop a Cambria Carrick quartz countertop.

Narrow drawers and a utensil holder keep cooking essentials handy in this kitchen from Parand Design featuring Carrick countertops.

A custom utensil drawer pulled out underneath a counter with a Cambria Kelvingrove quartz countertop.

A custom utensil drawer helps keep the Kelvingrove™ countertops on the kitchen island clear in this breezy coastal kitchen by Kitchenscapes. Photo by Tony Thagard.

6. Add Hidden Platforms for Appliances

Your countertops are precious surfaces, and not every appliance needs to be on display. We love this clever kitchen organization trick: a platform that tucks away for storage and raises for extra workspace when you need it. A kitchen by The Remodel Depot uses this smart storage solution for a stand mixer, creating additional workspace beyond the Cambria quartz countertops.

A vertical wooden cabinet with glass revealing coffee pots and tea kettles inside the cabinet.

Tuck coffee pots and tea kettles away like this kitchen featuring light wood cabinets paired with White Cliff Matte countertops.

A kitchen with various closed wooden doors and cabinets, creating a condensed kitchen area.

Space by Emily Henderson.

7. Customize Your Organized Kitchen to Make Room for Your Routines

When planning a kitchen renovation, think about how you’ll use the space. Design the kitchen to fit your current lifestyle, not an idealized version of it. If you favor ordering takeout over making gourmet meals, you probably won’t need shelving for cookbooks. Love to entertain? Add a beverage fridge to your list. Is your dog your kitchen sidekick? Add a feeding station to match your countertops, like this one made from Brittanicca™. Love your morning coffee? Create a coffee nook like this one alongside a farmhouse sink. No matter the size of your kitchen, there are ways to make space and be organized for your daily routine in your kitchen renovation.

A beverage fridge is installed in a counter's side with a bar tray, and glass barware cabinet atop a Cambria Fieldstone quartz countertop.

A beverage fridge, bar tray, and glass barware cabinet create an entertaining area in this farmhouse kitchen featuring Fieldstone™ countertops.

A bright kitchen with a bookcase hanging above a Cambria Ella quartz countertop.

Dinner inspiration is always on hand in this kitchen by Kitchen Design Concepts with Ella™ countertops and dedicated cookbook shelves.

8. Consider Using Built-In Appliances

Optimizing storage and countertop space is a common kitchen renovation goal that goes hand in hand with creating a more organized space. One way to achieve this is with sleek built-in appliances, such as coffee machines, ovens, and microwaves. Microwave drawers are a great addition to a kitchen island, allowing for an easy reach.

A kitchen island with a Cambria Ella quartz countertop and a built-in microwave drawer.

Kitchen island with Ella countertops and microwave drawer.

9. Divide Your Drawer Space for Better Kitchen Organization

Adjustable dividers and drawer inserts are a simple kitchen organization solution with a big payoff. Use dividers to keep lids neatly separated in the same drawer as their corresponding pots, pans, or reusable containers. Add inserts to shallow drawers to keep tableware, or even spices, neatly contained.

A kitchen drawer with various pots and cup measurers.

This kitchen with New Quay™ features adjustable drawer dividers.

A kitchen island with a Cambria Ella quartz countertop with a pulled out drawer showing flatware, silverware, and spices.

This Ella kitchen island includes well-organized drawers for flatware, spices, and more.

10. Make an Organized Statement

A well-organized kitchen doesn’t have to mean that everything is hidden away. Display items you use stylishly, such as a magnetic knife strip on an accent wall, wooden cutting boards against a backsplash, or metal rods for decorative dishtowels.

Kitchen with a counter and island with Cambria Torquay quartz countertops and a statement wall with clothes hangers.

Chef Mike Ward adds storage to a statement wall in his kitchen featuring Torquay™ countertops. Design by Melissa Davis.

11. Organize Your Kitchen Pantry with Jars, Baskets, and Canisters

Your pantry is an important part of having your kitchen organized. Glass canisters for dry goods offer a clean look and help you keep track of what you need. Baskets and storage racks keep smaller items contained. If space allows, a pantry is a great spot to store appliances you don’t use every day.

Pantry with various jars, baskets, and canisters featuring an island with Cambria Ella quartz countertops.

Pantry goals achieved in this space featuring an Ella kitchen island.

12. Customize Your Island with Storage

A kitchen island is the focal point of your space, and there are ways to add storage and keep things organized while showcasing style. We love how this spacious Summerhill™ island creates an entertaining hub with bar-height countertop, built-in wine rack, and open storage.

A warm kitchen with an island featuring a counter with Cambria Summerhill quartz countertops.

Cambria Summerhill countertops sit pretty on this unique kitchen island design.

Looking for More Kitchen Organization Ideas?

Incorporating smart organization solutions into your kitchen renovation makes your space more enjoyable to live in and adds to the long-term value of your home. The same goes for refreshing your kitchen countertops with durable, maintenance-free quartz countertops like Cambria quartz surfaces. Excited to get your kitchen renovation underway? Contact a Cambria dealer to bring your kitchen organization ideas and renovation plans to life.


[Updated on 12/05/2023]

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