6 Low-Cost Steps to an Organized Kitchen

RX-HGMAG006_Kitchen-Chronicles-142-a_s3x4_lgBy Andrea Davis

Keeping your kitchen organized is essential to cooking and a good room aesthetic. If your kitchen is disorganized, you’re likely scrambling to find what you need when you cook. That’s never good, and it’s completely unnecessary, too. There are various quick, low-cost ways to organize your kitchen and make it suitable to your needs. Here are some ideas to consider:
1. Affordable Storage Options

If you need to organize drawers, shelves, pantry space or under-cabinet areas, there are various options available to you. Some of those options include:

  • Baskets or trays made of plastic
  • Wire baskets that hang over or mount to a door
  • Hooks
  • Drawer dividers
  • Square organizers waste space and should be used only when necessary. Shallow bins are particularly helpful in drawers because of their volume, and installing clear organizers makes it easier to see what you’re looking for.

2. Cabinet Solutions

Your cabinets store a lot of items — plates, bowls, cups, pots and pans — which means you need to optimize space. There are various options available that won’t require you to pull out your cabinets and spend a fortune starting over. Some of those include:

  • Helper shelves – These fit between shelves to increase usable space in your cabinets.
  • Stepped shelves – These help you view what’s potentially hidden in the back of deep cabinets.
  • Under shelf racks and baskets – These are good for storing small items and slide in and out easily.
  • Over the door organizers – These come in the form of trays, baskets, towel bars or bag holders, which may be hooked onto the door for quick organization.

3. Hang a Pot Rack

If you have a lot of pots and pans, you’re likely running out of space in your cabinets for them. Instead of trying to push everything to fit in a cramped space, you can hire a handyman to hang a handrail and some S-hooks for your cookware. Handrails support a lot of weight and S hooks are good for a wide variety of pot and pan handles. You can also buy a pot rack from a home improvement store and have it professionally installed in the ceiling. This is a really good idea if you have a breakfast bar or butcher block in the center of your kitchen. It cuts down the chances of you hitting your head on the pots and pans.

4. Pantry Organization Ideas

Your pantry holds a lot of essential cooking items — spices, sugar, flour, liquids and so on — and this area tends to get cluttered. To smartly organize this space, you should utilize the door. You can use chalkboard paint to keep a shopping list, or you could hang hooks or pocket organizers for storing bigger items. There’s also the option of putting a spice rack in the pantry for organizing all of those cooking essentials. Some other organization options include:

  • Rolling kitchen carts
  • Slide-out shelves
  • Baskets and containers

5. Organize the Sink Cabinet

It would be great to utilize your under-sink storage space, but you don’t want it to get cluttered with cleaning items and linens. You can hang hooks inside the sink cabinet door to hang your gloves and some linens. You can also place a tray at the bottom of the cabinet to store cleaning supplies in an organized fashion. It’s quick and efficient — and it keeps your cabinet space clean.

6. Plywood Panel Solution

Sometimes you have long cookie sheets, pizza pans and other flat cookware that doesn’t fit right in your cabinets. While you have some space underneath the oven for these items, it might not be enough. So, you need to utilize other space options, which is where plywood panels come in. By removing the lower shelf of your cabinet, you can use a plywood panel that you stand up vertically and brace with wood glue. Then you can slip in tall pans easily without them leaning against other items in the cabinet. You might need the help of a carpenter to properly size the plywood panels or drill the appropriate holes for the braces.

About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate