An Expert Guide to Organizing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Over the past 18 months, our kitchens have been like big (or small), warm blankets that wrapped their stainless-steel/cast-iron/wooden arms around us and gave us a safe space to fail at making sourdough starter, and try our hand at kimchi. Many of us a…

Over the past 18 months, our kitchens have been like big (or small), warm blankets that wrapped their stainless-steel/cast-iron/wooden arms around us and gave us a safe space to fail at making sourdough starter, and try our hand at kimchi. Many of us added in new gadgets and tools like air fryers, loaf pans, and pizza stones, and others moved into new homes with empty kitchens to start afresh in.

Now that things are finally starting to look normal-ish again, our kitchens deserve a little TLC after all they saw us through. So, whether your cabinets are new and empty or packed tight, it might be time for a complete cabinet overhaul and reorganization. Where to start (and continue, and end) can feel overwhelming, so we brought in the professionals to help: Leslie Hatch Gail, professional organizer and owner of Declare Order Professional Organizing, and Kristiana Laugen, Home Expert at Handy, an online marketplace for home services. Read on for their best tips to achieve the organized kitchen of your dreams.

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12 Inventive Ideas for Your Most Organized Laundry Room Yet

I wouldn’t count my laundry room as one of my favorite spaces. It’s small, cluttered, and—more often than not—a mess. In general, I tend to just close the door and pretend it’s not there until I have to do laundry, so I’m always surprised to see people…

I wouldn’t count my laundry room as one of my favorite spaces. It’s small, cluttered, and—more often than not—a mess. In general, I tend to just close the door and pretend it’s not there until I have to do laundry, so I’m always surprised to see people who love their laundry rooms enough to not only leave the door open, but actually post photos of the space on social media!

I think the difference between those laundry rooms and my laundry room really comes down to organization. There’s no rhyme or reason to how I stash my laundry supplies or organize dirty clothes, which makes the space feel a bit chaotic. (Okay, very chaotic.) I started looking for ways that I could tidy up the space—keeping in mind that it’s tiny—and here are some of the best laundry room organization ideas that I found along the way.

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Want to Be a Minimalist? Here’s What No One Tells You.

Simply Living is a new column by Christine Platt, aka the Afrominimalist. Each month, Christine shares her refreshing approach to living with less, with clever tips for decluttering, making eco-friendly swaps, and creating a more mindful living space t…

Simply Living is a new column by Christine Platt, aka the Afrominimalist. Each month, Christine shares her refreshing approach to living with less, with clever tips for decluttering, making eco-friendly swaps, and creating a more mindful living space that's all you.


I remember the day I began my journey towards minimalism. I had considered the lifestyle for quite a while—each time I had the nagging feeling that I owned too much stuff. To prepare myself, I’d look for inspiration online, and although I was mesmerized by the beautiful, serene spaces I was seeing, I had real concerns about how I’d whittle down my belongings to a hundred items or less. Still, one day in June 2016, I decided the time had come for me to do more than just acknowledge my overconsumption, and actually do something about it.

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10 Smart-Home Products to Improve Your Life—Not Complicate It

Let’s face it: technology malfunctions. Isn’t always when you’ve got to snap a photo that your phone simply doesn’t to work? Or when you’re really jamming out to a song and your car’s Bluetooth connection loses the will to live?

Yep, it’s frustrating,…

Let’s face it: technology malfunctions. Isn’t always when you’ve got to snap a photo that your phone simply doesn't to work? Or when you’re really jamming out to a song and your car’s Bluetooth connection loses the will to live?

Yep, it’s frustrating, and I’m the first to admit that adding more tech in your life means adding more troubleshooting. However (and this is a big however), there are some products that truly do ease certain parts of your life, instead of bringing more stress to them. Here are some of our most tried-and-true smart home devices that have never failed us.

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The Chrissy Teigen-Approved Method to Organize Your Fridge

There are countless ways to organize your fridge. On this site alone, we’ve suggested bins and baskets and plastic tubs for storing greens. I’ve spent many a moment lamenting the calamity that is my cluttered icebox, wondering if there was some method …

There are countless ways to organize your fridge. On this site alone, we’ve suggested bins and baskets and plastic tubs for storing greens. I’ve spent many a moment lamenting the calamity that is my cluttered icebox, wondering if there was some method to escape all the madness. A clean and tidy fridge is close to godliness… isn’t that how the saying goes?

Well, perhaps this Chrissy Teigen video can offer some advice. A few weeks ago, she partnered with organizing expert Krystal Guinn (who she met on Instagram) to make an informational video about fridge organization. The video, uploaded to Teigen’s YouTube channel, clocks in at just over four minutes and offers a foolproof, easy-to-follow method to fill your fridge in a way that makes sense.

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Single Use Plastic-Free Alternatives for the Home

Easy ways to reduce single use plastic in the home and go plastic free. These are quick, affordable ideas that can even save you money! And while these simple changes may seem small, they make a big impact when we all participate together to keep our p…

Easy ways to reduce single use plastic in the home and go plastic free. These are quick, affordable ideas that can even save you money! And while these simple changes may seem small, they make a big impact when we all participate together to keep our planet clean. The challenge to stop using plastic can […]

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15 Clever Design Tricks to Maximize a Small Living Room

Let me make one thing clear: Living in a small space does not have to prevent you from enjoying all of the fun decor possibilities you’ve been keeping up your sleeve. So if you’ve been swooning over living rooms left and right and worry that you won’t …

Let me make one thing clear: Living in a small space does not have to prevent you from enjoying all of the fun decor possibilities you’ve been keeping up your sleeve. So if you’ve been swooning over living rooms left and right and worry that you won’t be able to recreate the looks you love in your own apartment, I’m here to prove you wrong. Rather, minimal square footage just means that getting a little creative is key—it doesn’t mean you can’t showcase your personality, collections, or love of entertaining.

Not sure where to get started? Take a look at the 15 spaces below, all of which feature clever styling ideas for small living rooms and look quite chic, too.

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This Bookshelf Turned My Dusty Pile of Cookbooks into a Tidy Collection

Welcome to Your No-Sweat Guide to Spring Cleaning, a monthlong series that puts the fun (yep, for real!) back into cleaning. We’re talking spruce-ups that take less than 5 minutes, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that hacks, and hands-off cleaning tasks that bas…

Welcome to Your No-Sweat Guide to Spring Cleaning, a monthlong series that puts the fun (yep, for real!) back into cleaning. We’re talking spruce-ups that take less than 5 minutes, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that hacks, and hands-off cleaning tasks that basically…do themselves—plus our trustiest tools and helpers. The goal: Clean less, go outside more.


I own too many cookbooks, probably (definitely). Between decades of gifts, working as a food editor, and, well, simply loving cookbooks, I’ve amassed quite a collection of the thick hardcovers. Every so often I comb through for some I rarely use that could stand to be donated; for the most part, I can’t bear to part with these heavyweights. Storing them all in one place in one-bedroom apartments has been, shall we say, an adventure.

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The Classic Organizing Tool I Mistakenly Overlooked

Welcome to Your No-Sweat Guide to Spring Cleaning, a month-long series that puts the fun (yep, for real!) back into cleaning. We’re talking spruce-ups that take less than five minutes, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that hacks, and hands-off cleaning tasks that…

Welcome to Your No-Sweat Guide to Spring Cleaning, a month-long series that puts the fun (yep, for real!) back into cleaning. We’re talking spruce-ups that take less than five minutes, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that hacks, and hands-off cleaning tasks that basically…do themselves—plus our trustiest tools and helpers. The goal: clean less, go outside more.


We write, edit, and publish a lot of organizing content here at Home52... it’s kind of our bread and butter (besides, of course, bread and butter). Even in the off hours, I find myself following organizer after organizer on Instagram, saving DIY organizing hacks on Pinterest—even resorting to re-shuffling my sock drawer at 11pm instead of going to bed. It’s kind of a lifestyle, I suppose.

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Clear Containers Are in Every Pantry—Are They Really So Great?

Welcome to Storage Wars, a new series about the best ways to store, well, everything. From how to keep produce orderly in the fridge (or not), to ways to get your oddball nooks and crannies shipshape; and yes, how to organize all those unwieldy contain…

Welcome to Storage Wars, a new series about the best ways to store, well, everything. From how to keep produce orderly in the fridge (or not), to ways to get your oddball nooks and crannies shipshape; and yes, how to organize all those unwieldy containers once and for all—we've got you covered.


While organization is certainly not a new topic (the label maker was invented in 1935, after all), we’ve seen an enormous interest in reaching Pinterest-level pantry perfection in recent years. This is partly thanks to wildly popular shows like Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, in which Kondo gently prods us into parting with things we no longer need, and Get Organized with The Home Edit, where Joanna and Clea bubble and bounce through the homes of celebrities, satisfyingly purging some things while stacking others onto lazy Susans. It’s also likely a result of the affront that is social media, namely Pinterest and Instagram, where we are inundated with photos of closets, drawers, pantries, and cabinets with laboriously-labeled items.

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