Using vertical space is one of my favorite space saving ways to organize. You can fit so much storage into small, usually unused areas! Once I realized that the backs of cabinet doors were basically wasted space, ripe for organizing, I was pretty excited by the possibilities. I’ve transformed three of my own doors, and found six more inspiring ideas from others. Most of these projects can be done in just a few minutes!
My whole cabinet door fascination began when I needed an inexpensive and convenient way to store dish gloves under the sink. This almost free, five minute project continues to be one of my most popular posts.
Angela from Blue i Style also likes to keep her dish gloves on the back of her cabinet door, along with a dish towel. The over the cabinet rod would be a much better solution if you don’t want to do anything permanent to your cabinets or even if you were in a rental.
11 Tips for Using Every Inch Under Your Kitchen Sink by Blue i Style
Angie from Country Chic Cottage also had an idea for her kitchen, and I NEED to implement this one myself. She pulled some frequently used items out of the drawer and gave them a dedicated home.
Kitchen Cabinet Door Organization – The Country Chic Cottage
I love the next kitchen cabinet idea by Jessi from Practically Functional for many reasons! Not only will it save space and make spices easy to find, you can save money too! Buying spices from bulk bins is less expensive and you can get smaller quantities of lesser used spices. This is another project I’m considering adding to our kitchen!
Magnetic Spice Rack by Practically Functional
Jenna Burger might be the queen of using her kitchen cabinets. She made a corkboard in one door, and a combo utensil holder/spice rack in another. Make sure you check out her full post, because there is a third brilliant idea you can’t see in the photo below!
Kitchen Organization: Ideas for the Inside of Cabinet Doors by Jenna Burger Design (Formerly SASInteriors.net)
The bathroom is another great spot to optimize your doors. I added Bygel containers under my sink to hold items I use frequently like face cleanser, foam wedges, QTips, and face wax strips (ouch!).
Kimber from The Pinning Mama uses her bathroom cabinet doors to maximize organization as well. I love her easy ideas for makeup brushes and bobby pins!
Easy Bathroom Organization by The Pinning Mama
Using a cabinet door is also perfect in a kid’s bathroom. Angela from Blue i Style found a divided bin to use for her son’s things. He loves that he can reach his toothbrush, and she loves that it makes him want to brush his teeth! Make sure to click the photo to see the other clever way she organizes despite the small size of this bathroom.
Bathroom Storage Outside the Bathroom – Blue i Style
My last idea could work in any room in the house. In our laundry room, we keep Maddie’s (woof!) things in a lower cabinet. I added a piece of chalkboard vinyl (Amazon affiliate link) to the inside of the door. Now we have a message board to remind pet sitters how much to feed her, and to keep track of things like her heartworm pills. The same idea would work great in the kitchen for important babysitter notes, like emergency phone numbers.
If you want to Buy vs DIY…
I hopped over to Amazon to see what they had for cabinets and found way more ideas than I expected. Here’s 7 of my favorites! Links are affiliate links, so you pay the same price and I get a small commission for referring you to the items. I have NOT tried all these, but made sure each item had at least 4* reviews!
For dirty towels under the kitchen sink: Over the door basket
For cleaning products & sponges OR hair products and brushes: Double basket
For that big mess of plastic grocery bags: Bag holder
For your dish towels (and gloves like Blue i Style!): Double towel rod
For paper towels: Paper towel holder
For foil, cling wrap, wax paper, etc: Kitchen wrap organizer
For spices (this one I’d consider a splurge, but I have a single Rev-A-Shelf rack and it is high quality) : Door mounted spice rack
So which one of these ideas do you need to make happen first in your house? My measuring cups and spoons need to get vertical asap. And today I was thinking how much drawer space I would save if I figured out how to mount the straws in the cup cabinet. The holder for the grocery bags might be in my Amazon shopping cart. 🙂 I’m feeling a Round 2 of this post coming on when I’ve done a few more of my cabinet doors!
Love these ideas? There’s a pinnable image below!
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