The kitchen probably has the most traffic in your home, which means it can also be the messiest. Keep your counters and cabinets clutter-free with these clever storage ideas.

1. Looking good 
Display your pretty serving pieces on open shelves and use decorative baskets to house the less attractive and infrequently used kitchen necessities (think small appliances and tools).

2. Mix it up
Varied storage keeps items of different sizes in their place: deep drawers for medium-to-large appliances, stacked shelving for wine bottles and shallow drawers for spices.

3. Within reach 
Keep the items you need most, such as cereal and snacks, between waist and eye level, and move the rest of the goods up high or down low.

4. All access
A pull-out pantry allows you to see inventory at a glance and helps keep supplies organized so that nothing gets pushed to the back and out of view.

5. Now you see it
Cabinets that are tucked behind a sliding door will provide a functional space-saving solution to a typical pantry. This storage system can be built along an unused wall in a kitchen. Use it to conceal mismatched boxes, jars and canned goods.

Beach house bins, $26 to $31, containerstore.com. Zippered Mason jar bags, $5 per set of four, kikkerland.com. Cage wall clock, $80, umbra.com. Bloomingvale ceramic jars, $62 per pair, wayfair.ca. 

Source: Canadianliving.com

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