June 29, 2022

I’m a professional organizer – the 5 products under $20 that I always have in my kitchen

THESE kitchen organization tools aren’t just recommended by experts, they’re also great deals — you can buy all five and spend less than $80.

Whether you’re trying to declutter your drawers or make cabinetry easier to navigate, there’s an affordable product that can get the job done.

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Using the pros’ favorite products, you can organize your kitchen on a budget.Credit: Getty

A group of professional organizers spoke to Bustle and shared the kitchen items they can’t live without.

Below, you’ll find five products that can revolutionize your kitchen storage, and they’re all under $20.

EASY STORAGE FOR BULKY BOXES

The SimpleHouseware Under-Shelf Basket is $20 for a set of two

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The SimpleHouseware Under-Shelf Basket is $20 for a set of twoCredit: Amazon

Aluminum foil, plastic wrap and sandwich bags present a tricky challenge for kitchen organizers.

You can’t keep them in a drawer unless you want the boxes to get stuck every time you try to open it.

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Stacking items on the counter or on the fridge is an option, but also an eyesore – long boxes seem to be a problem no matter where you put them.

But mother-daughter team Stetson Sundin and Margaret Sundin-McCann, co-founders of organizing service Everything Envy, have a solution.

Their recommendation is this Under-Shelf Basket from SimpleHouseware, which fits neatly under a shelf or inside a cabinet.

The basket hangs from one edge, keeping your plastic wrap and foil close at hand without making your kitchen harder to navigate.

Coffee supplies, cleaning supplies or oven mitts and potholders will also fit in the handy locker.

You can buy a set of two baskets on Amazon for $20.

SHELVES FOR EASY STACKING IN CABINETS

Make the most of cluttered cabinets with these stackable shelves

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Make the most of cluttered cabinets with these stackable shelvesCredit: Amazon

Mother-daughter duo Everything Envy also recommended a stacking shelving duo that could revolutionize your closet space.

Easier and cheaper than installing more shelves, these bamboo platforms have sturdy metal legs, so you can feel confident stacking heavy cans or fragile glasses on them.

In addition, sliding shelves can be configured in different ways.

If you want to stack items for easy viewing, slide one shelf under the other; if having more available surface is important to you, you can place the shelves side by side.

Grab a set of two shelves for $20 and choose between black or white metal legs.

LABELS FOR EVERYTHING IN THE PANTRY

These clever, pre-printed stickers give the illusion of handwritten labels

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These clever, pre-printed stickers give the illusion of handwritten labelsCredit: Amazon

Pretend to live up to Pinterest with this set of waterproof labels, and everyone who sees your pantry will think you’re a DIY expert.

Jessica Haizman, professional organizer and podcast host, loves using labels to give her kitchen a cohesive look.

“Tags bring everything together and keep systems running smoothly,” Haizman told Bustle.

These 157 labels have a nice font and the translucent sticker will look clean on the clear canisters.

Every time you open your pantry with these labels on, Haizman said, you’ll see “beautiful perfection.”

For just $15, you can purchase 157 labels covering all food groups, from chocolate chips to chicken broth.

COLORED PLATES FOR EASY ACCESS

Bring organization - and a pop of color - to your kitchen with these lazy susan

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Bring organization – and a pop of color – to your kitchen with these lazy susanCredit: Amazon

A turntable or lazy Susan adds instant convenience to your kitchen setup. These colors also add a touch of charm.

Christen Fackler, founder of iOrganize, said turntables are especially effective when used on higher shelves.

“The turntables will help you not lose things in the back, especially if the shelf is above your head,” Fackler explained.

“They make navigating your pantry smoother.”

This nine-inch turntable is made by Copco and has a non-slip liner to give your condiments a little extra traction when you take them for a spin.

It’s only $8, but that’s not the best part: the turntable is available in 18 color combinations.

A BASKET FOR ADDITIONAL GROCERY BAGS

Store extra grocery bags, while keeping them accessible, with plastic baskets

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Store extra grocery bags, while keeping them accessible, with plastic basketsCredit: Amazon

Next time you bring home a bunch of groceries, wouldn’t it be nice to have a designated receptacle for all the plastic bags?

These baskets come with an adhesive panel that sticks to the wall, keeping your extra bags out of the way, yet easily accessible.

Leslie Hatch Gail, M.Ed., is the founder of Declare Order Professional Organizing, and she said having your grocery bags in one place also eliminates visual clutter.

Because the baskets come in a two-pack for $16, you can keep a backup or gift one to a friend and they’ll be a new organization pro like you.

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