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Kitchen and pantry organization checklist: 10 genius finds to make spring cleaning a breeze


Kitchens can easily become the dirtiest and messiest parts of the home, which makes cleaning and organizing them top of mind when it comes time for spring cleaning. Organizing your kitchen can be exhausting, overwhelming and complicated, especially if you are a keen home cook with lots of cooking tools and ingredients on hand. 

To help you navigate kitchen organization, we've selected our ten favorite organizing solutions to help control the chaos of your kitchen's pantry, cabinets and countertops. Read on to learn more about our tips on the best ways to organize your fridge and pantry as well as how to create additional storage space without renovating. What's more, some of our favorite organization products are on sale for a limited time.

Kitchen organization checklist for spring cleaning

There's no reason to be intimidated by spring cleaning your kitchen -- the job can be broken down into smaller, easier tasks. Here are some key areas of your kitchen to organize, plus our top product picks to get it done.

Organize food in your pantry: Vtopmart airtight food storage containers


Pantries can get disorganized and messy pretty quickly. Poorly secured bags of food can leak and/or the pantry can get so filled to the brim that you aren't able to find the ingredients or snacks you want quickly. Vtopmart Airtight food storage containers can solve these common kitchen problems easily. 

This set includes 24 food storage containers of varying sizes, including 12 tall containers (six that are 2.5 quarts and six that are 1.8 quarts), six medium containers (1.5 quarts) and six small containers (0.7 quarts). We really like that these come with chalk labels and that the lids are the same for every container size. Each of these is made of a BPA-free plastic that is dishwasher safe

The Vtopmark airtight food storage containers have a 4.7-star rating on Amazon. One reviewer said that these are "Nice, quality product, great price," adding: "Great for cereal, chips, pasta, rice, beans, cookies, etc. Keeps everything fresh and crisp. Stacks easily. Very pleased."

Organize food in your fridge: Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers


The best way to tidy up your fridge for spring cleaning is by replacing your old collection of mismatched food storage containers. These Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers are perfect for that, as they are stackable, see-through, and according to our CBS Essentials shopping expert, Rachel Center, the best food storage containers on the market. 

What makes these food storage containers the best is their airtight seal. Center tells us the airtight seal is so strong that there has been no food leakage in the year that she has owned them, a feat previous food storage containers of hers could not achieve. You can put these in the dishwasher, microwave and freezer.

The Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers are super popular, boasting a 4.7-star rating out of more than 81,900 ratings on Amazon. One reviewer wrote, "Using these containers daily for my lunches has saved me a bundle. My containers never leak, keep my food fresh and work easy in the microwave at work."

Organize under the sink: Aojia under-sink organizer


Organize up the chaos under your kitchen sink with these genius pull-out drawers from Aojia. You no longer have to bend down to rummage through the supplies located under your kitchen sink. Instead, this organization system's drawers pull out, making it super easy to see what you have and access what you need faster. 

Since it has two tiers, you get double the amount of storage space. In addition to the extra space, we like the hooks included with the organizer, perfect for hanging cleaning tools such as scrub brushes and squeegees. You can get this item on sale when you add the available 15% off coupon available before checkout. 

The Aojia under-sink organizer has a 4.4-star rating on Amazon. One reviewer wrote, "It is an excellent space saver for my tiny under-the-sink area. Well made and sturdy, easy to assemble, and the drawers slide out easily. Very happy I bought this!" 

Organize your spices: Magnetic spice rack for refrigerator


Running out of storage space in your kitchen, especially your countertops, is an all too common problem. That's why we are obsessed with this creative magnetic refrigerator spice rack, which allows you to add extra storage space in a place not known for having external storage space: your refrigerator. 

The pack includes three items: two shelves for spices (one small and one large) and a matching hanger for your paper towels. By separating your frequently used spices, oils and sauces, you won't have to go searching when it's time to cook. 

The magnetic refrigerator spice rack has a 4.8-star rating on Amazon. One reviewer called this product "sturdy and elegant", adding: "I have limited storage space in my home and tired of my spices being unorganized. If you're debating getting this rack or not, DO IT! It's convenient and it's beautiful! Holds up well, it's very strong."

Right now, you can get up to 46% off these magnetic shelves for a limited time at Amazon. Discount varies by color and shelf amount purchased.

Organize your spices: Symple Stuff free-standing spice rack


The Symple Stuff free-standing spice rack is a smart organization option for small kitchens. It sits right on your countertop.

This spice rack has three drawers that can fit six spices each, or 18 spices in total. Not only do the drawers pull out, but you can bend them down to an extent to more clearly see exactly what spices each drawer has. The product comes with labels that make it easier to see where exactly your stored spices are. Buy now and you can take advantage of a limited-time 20% discount. 

The Symple Stuff free-standing spice rack has a 4.8-star rating on Wayfair. One reviewer wrote, "My spices were always falling out of the cabinet; it was annoying! This tilt-down spice rack fit[s] perfectly in my cabinet, which is right next to my stove. I can pull out the drawers, and nothing falls and bonks me on the head! Great buy!"

Organize your shelves: Elfa five-section pull-out easy glider

The Container Store

Food storage containers are, without a doubt, kitchen essentials. But anyone who owns even a few knows how much of a pain it is for them to stay organized when they're stored. This organization system from The Container Store brings some much-needed order to your kitchen storage.

There are five storage compartments, including three designed to hold food storage containers of varying sizes and two elongated compartments for the container lids. It comes with a glider, so reaching what you need is easy.   

The Elfa five-section pull-out easy glider has a 4.9-star rating on The Container Store's website. One reviewer wrote, "I purchased the White Mesh Food Storage Organizer to corral my cabinet full of unruly plastic containers. OMG! This was the best money I ever spent. The organizer slides out effortlessly and enables easy and quick access for putting containers away as well as utilizing them. My cabinet looks so much better and the container and lids are now accessible…"

Organize your drawers: Vtopmart clear plastic drawer organizers


Just about everyone has that one drawer in their kitchen. You know the one -- the junk drawer filled with rubber bands, old keys, playing cards, random tools and other miscellanea. With so much unrelated stuff being stored in one place, it's likely a drawer that requires a lot of digging through to find what you want.

That's why we love this 25-piece drawer organizer set by Vtopmart. You get small storage bins in varied sizes to keep everything separate: there are three 9" x 6" x 2" containers, six 9" x 3" x 2" containers, eight 6" x 3" x 2" containers and eight 3" x 3" x 2" containers. A pack of 200 silicone pads is included to make these tiny trays non-slip.

Regularly $27, get them now for $18 at Amazon. 

Organize your fruits and veggies:Hoyrr rotating storage rack


Loose fruits and veggies, including onions, potatoes and tomatoes, are difficult to contain neatly and can take up space fast in your kitchen. Save room in your cabinets and on your countertops by getting this storage rack instead. 

The Hoyrr rotating storage rack comes with four deep baskets that can pull out, making grabbing ingredients and snacks a breeze. There's also an exposed top shelf that can be used for storing frequently used oils, vinegars and spices.

We like that each basket has a mesh pattern, which allows for much-needed airflow to your food and veggies, and that it has wheels that can lock in place. Being able to easily move the storage rack will help tremendously when vacuuming and mopping your floors for spring cleaning. 

For a limited time, you can score the Hoyrr rotating stock rack for 30% off on Amazon. 

Organize your pots and pans:Mudeela pots and pans organizer


Without storage space that was specifically designed for pots and pans, storing them safely, and in a way that's easy to reach, can get tricky. That's why we love the Mudeela pots and pans organizer, which offers vertical storage, giving you more space to store your cookware in your cabinets. This pots and pans organizer can be configured horizontally too, so there's also an option to store this in a deep drawer as well.

The brand recommends storing lightweight cookware only, so this is best for people who primarily use nonstick and stainless steel pots and pans. If you're interested in this storage solution act fast: The organizer is 52% off at Amazon for a limited time. 

The Mudeela pots and pans organizer boasts a 4.3-star rating. One reviewer wrote, "This fits easily in my builder-grade cabinets. I no longer need to stack and protect my nonstick pans; I can easily retrieve the pan I need without unstacking and restacking pans. The apparatus remains stable regardless of the pan I remove. Very pleased." 

Organize your pot and pan lids: Two-pack pot lid organizer rack


If you've got a lot of pots and pans, then you're well aware of how tricky it can be to find space to store their corresponding lids. We love this pot lid organizer rack for its vertical storage. In our opinion, it's easier to grab lids vertically than to reach inside a cabinet and remove them from a horizontal organizer. 

We like that this can be hung with adhesive hooks, making it renter-friendly. We also like that the metal storage rods are adjustable, allowing you to hang lids of varying sizes. Attach this to the doors of your cabinets, pantry or free wall space in your kitchen. 

The two-pack pot lid organizer rack has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon. One reviewer wrote, "Would definitely recommend. They are very sturdy, easy to install and are great for a small space storage solution. I'm no longer shuffling around lids and stacking them haphazardly all over the cabinet. Would definitely buy again."

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