How to Store Plates in a Drawer, Plus 11 Other Kitchen Organization Ideas

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There’s more to kitchen organization than stowing items away behind closed cabinet doors, clearing the countertop of bulky appliances, or divvying up your utensils into little dividers. As much as we love magnetic knife racks, labeled spice jars, and lazy Susans, these products aren’t necessarily a guarantee that your kitchen will be hardworking.

If you really want to set your space up for success, you’ll have to look beyond the cupboards into all the nooks and crannies where clutter tends to gather: the pantry shelves, the back of the sink base cabinet, the corner of the island. Keeping this holistic view in mind, we gathered 12 ideas that make for a truly clutter-free kitchen. 

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Photography by Amy Carroll; Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel

There is a designated spot for every single item in Sarah Sherman Samuel’s walk-in pantry. The designer set the dimensions of the shelves

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The truth about the Junk Drawer on Home Improvement

Beyond what Richardson deemed the “stupid stuff that most people didn’t notice,” the drawer that held literally everything was only one of the many details she shared about the funny hijinks of the show’s earlier years. 

“It was always funny and crazy. And when I think of the funny and crazy things I think of the early years,” Richardson recounted. “Pasquin would have the kids on roller skates, skating through the set. We had this idea of Tim walking into the fridge, we had a snake on the set, and the snake crawled out of the wall and through Tim’s shirt. We were all hysterical.”

With so much that Richardson enjoyed about working on the show, the prospect of stepping in front of the camera with her former castmates once again seems like something she’d be up for. Yet, the actress told fans there was nothing like that in the

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