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Does it seem like no matter how much you put things away neatly in your kitchen, your cabinets are filled to the gills and a bevy of small appliances are eating up all your counter space? 

Don't worry—a solution may be simpler than you think. We spoke to design experts to get their advice on easy ways to add kitchen storage space pronto. And if you're thinking about a bigger project for your kitchen, check out our guide to remodeling your kitchen without spending a lot. 

For information on the kitchen appliances in CR's tests, see our kitchen appliance ratings and buying guides, which cover ranges, refrigerators, and dishwashers, as well as small appliances including microwaves, multi-cookers, and air fryers.

Rolling Kitchen Cart

A built-in island can cost thousands; a cart can provide similar storage for a few hundred dollars. “Some have fold-down tabletops and hideaway stools,” says Caroline Harmon, Lowe’s trend strategy manager.

Shop kitchen carts: Amazon, Target, and Wayfair

Cabinet Organizers

These retrofit solutions “help make use of every square inch of your cabinets,” says Amy Tokos, an organizer based in Omaha, Neb., and president of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals. Her favorites include Lazy Susans for blind corner cabinets, rollout drawers for base cabinets, and tiered shelf stands for pantries. (Check out the storage items organizing pros can't live without.)

Shop Lazy Susans: Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Walmart
Shop tiered standsAmazonTarget, and Wayfair

Toe-Kick Drawer

These push-to-open drawers make use of the space at the bottom of base cabinets. “[It’s] a hidden but useful place to store school supplies,” says Bailey Carson, a home expert at Angi. They can cost $250 and up, depending on whether you need professional installation.

Shop cabinet toe kicks: Home Depot and Lowe's

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the September 2021 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.