You'll want to borrow these kitchen cabinet organizers for your own home. 

By Katie Holdefehr
May 03, 2019
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Designed by Emily Henderson Design and Photography by Sara Tramp-Ligorria

As hard as we may try to stay organized, drawers and cabinets are natural clutter magnets. And because kitchens are chock full of them, it's no surprise this room is nearly impossible to keep tidy. For the best chance at a kitchen you can actually keep organized, follow the lead of designer Emily Henderson.

One of Henderson's latest projects, the Mountain House, has a beautifully designed kitchen that's warm yet minimal on the surface. But this stunning room is hiding a few secrets: Peek inside any cabinet and you'll discover hooks, dividers, and kitchen organizers galore. More than just a pretty kitchen remodel, it's also incredibly practical. 

Working with the pro organizers behind the NEAT Method, Henderson first conducted a complete kitchen decluttering and then invested in storage systems to help maintain it. Here are four of the best kitchen organization ideas we spotted inside the place. Don't say we didn't warn you: You're going to want to steal them all for your own kitchen. 

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Designed by Emily Henderson Design and Photography by Sara Tramp-Ligorria


If you don't want to wait until your next kitchen remodel to organize your cabinets, here's an idea you can steal today: Install hooks on the back of the cabinet door for pot holders and dish towels. Meanwhile, let a pan organizer (like this stylish one from Target, $13), keep your collection of cutting boards tidy. For less than $20, you can give one cabinet a complete makeover. 

Designed by Emily Henderson Design and Photography by Sara Tramp-Ligorria


Part of what makes kitchen cabinet organization such a challenge is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole—or rather, stashing round pots and pans in rectangular cabinets. Standard cabinets have similar dimensions, yet we attempt to stash everything from woks to spice jars in them. In the Mountain House, Emily Henderson presents a solution: Install cabinets shaped to accommodate what's stored inside. 

To the right of the stove, a vertical, pantry-style cabinet is outfitted with two shelves: one for large olive oil and vinegar bottles, and a shallow upper shelf for small spice jars. To the left of the stove, a second narrow cabinet has "cups" stocked with frequently-used spatulas and wooden spoons. This way, common ingredients and cooking tools are easy to grab while cooking at the stove, and no space is wasted. 

Designed by Emily Henderson Design and Photography by Sara Tramp-Ligorria


After peeking inside a few drawers in the Mountain House kitchen, you'll start to notice a theme: nothing is free-floating. Every drawer is outfitted with bins, cups, or dividers specific to what's stored inside. In the drawers that hold plates, cups, and bowls, that meant installing wooden pegs that could separate each stack and prevent the dishware from flying around when the drawer is pulled open and closed.

Similarly, the top drawer is equipped with a utensil tray to keep each fork, knife, and spoon in place. Henderson opted for this minimalist drawer organizer

Designed by Emily Henderson Design and Photography by Sara Tramp-Ligorria


Bookmark this idea for your next kitchen remodel: create hidden zones—a wet bar, coffee station, or appliance nook—concealed behind sliding cabinet fronts. When it's happy hour, the fronts slide open to reveal glasses, a wine cooler, and cocktail supplies. When closed, the sleek reclaimed wood cabinet fronts maintain the kitchen's warm yet minimalist aesthetic. 

Want to take a look inside every single cabinet and drawer in this kitchen? Take the full tour here