Having trouble fitting water bottles into your kitchen cabinets? Or are you looking for a way to organize these awkward containers? It’s no news that water bottles are a pain to store; most of us end up piling them on cabinet shelves for the lack of a better option.
While that works if you have a few bottles to organize on hand, it’s not the best storage solution for a larger collection. Having a water bottle avalanche hit your face every time you open your kitchen cabinets is no fun.
But don’t worry, I know exactly how you can get out of this tricky situation. I’ve got a bunch of organizational ideas, tips, and some handy products recommendations that’ll help you sort your water bottle collection in no time.
Steps to Organize Your Water Bottle Collection
Before we talk about the water bottle storage idea, let’s talk about a problem we all secretly face. I’ll be the first to admit that we ladies can be a bit of a hoarder when it comes to water bottles. Some of them you buy on your own, some you’ve had for years, while others come as freebies.
Whatever the case, all these bottles lead to kitchen clutter. So, if you have a hard time finding your favorite water bottle in the morning, then it’s time to reassess what you do and don’t need in your collection. Follow my tried-and-tested steps below, and you’ll feel less stressed next time you have to head out for a jog or bike ride.
Step 1: Assign A Place to Store Water Bottles
First things first, you’ll have to decide where in your kitchen you want to organize your water bottle collection. Make sure the upper cabinet drawers are big enough to store everything you need.
If you have older kids at home, you may want to choose to adjust the height of your cabinet shelves to allow more vertical space to store taller bottles. Remember, this will be your only water bottle storage space; anything that doesn’t fit will have to be tossed out.
Step 2: Gather All Your Water Bottles
Next, bring out all your water bottles and spread them out in front of you. Pick out the ones you use the most and the ones you don’t want to give away – put all these in a storage box. Anything that gets left out, gift it to friends or family or donate to someone in need.
Step 3: Pick Ones That Should Go in the Kitchen
Now that you have all your necessary bottles together let’s decide which ones need to go in your kitchen cabinet. The truth is most of us have only a few favorites we usually reach for; so, we end up using the same 2 or 3 bottles over and over again. Thus, instead of cramming everything in your cabinet, ask each family member to choose the favorites that they frequently use.
Step 4: Put Away Water Bottles You Don’t Frequently Use
Like me, you must have a couple of favorite water bottles and thermoses that you love to take on the road or for those yearly camping trips. So, what about these bottles you don’t need every day? Simple! Just put them in a box and store those away in the attic or basement. This way, you’ll have less clutter in your kitchen cabinet.
And if one óf your regular ones gets broken or damaged, you’ll have your own backstock.
Step 5: Get Rid of the Extras
Letting go of things isn’t easy – you keep thinking of scenarios where you might need those ten extra water bottles. But while you’re not comfortable giving away the extra bunch, you have to ask yourself, do I really need to have so many water bottles? I’m sure the answer is no. Hence, donate all the spare ones in your collection, so they can find a home where they will be put to good use.
Water Bottle Storage Ideas
Got all your best water bottles together? Phew! Now, it’s time to organize them all. Here are some of my personal favorite water bottle storage ideas. I’m sure you’ll love them too:
Plastic Water Bottle & Wine Rack Storage
Wine racks aren’t only good for organizing your expensive bottles of champagne. You can literally with any old wine rack lying around your house. However, if you don’t have one handy at home, I would suggest you get a plastic free-standing water bottle and wine rack.
This set of four bottle storage rack has the capacity to organize five 350ml to 750ml bottles at a time. The racks are stackable, so they help utilize vertical storage space as well. While metal and wooden racks work just fine, plastic racks have solid transparent walls, so you use them to store any sized bottle and not worry about them falling through. Plus, you can store these wine racks almost anywhere; put them on the kitchen counter, in a cabinet, or in the fridge, it always works great.
Use an Over-the-Door Organizer
If you’ve run out of space in your kitchen cabinets and on the counters, this one’s for you. Over-the-door organizers are a wonderful yet cheap solution for anyone who wants to store many bottles but has limited space.
With an over-the-door organizer like this one, you can store both bottles and their caps in the same pocket. Thanks to its 24-pocket capacity, you’ll never have to throw away another bottle because of a misplaced cap!
Magazine Holders for Vertical Storage and Organization
While you may not have heard of this one, I find magazine holders and baskets useful for vertically storing water bottles. It’s not the conventional way of organizing bottles, but it sure is convenient. This 3.5-inch-wide and 9.75-inch-deep thick reinforced cardboard file holder is perfect for any kitchen counter or cabinet. Alternatively, you can go with this hyacinth basket if you like a more rustic look.
Using Drawer Dividers in Kitchen Drawer
Thinking of organizing your water bottles in a kitchen drawer? Don’t forget to add dividers! If you have a few deep draws in your kitchen, they’re perfect for storing water bottles.
However, you must install drawer dividers before you start organizing to stop bottles from toppling over every time you open and close. You can make your own, or you can invest in these adjustable bamboo drawer separators with high-quality construction.
These can be made to fit any sized drawer, and also come equipped with anti-scratch pads to help you organize better without chipping or scratching the wood.
Dollar Store baskets
Despite being the simplest water bottle organizing idea on my list, this idea still proves to be highly effective. Inexpensive dollar store baskets are can be used as a bottle storage rack especially if you don’t have a large collection.
This 10″x8″x4″ sturdy polypropylene plastic basket is one of my favorites from Amazon. I have them in several colors, and they’re very helpful in organizing water bottles, cups, thermoses, and more.
Try A Bamboo Bottle Organizer Rack
Multi-use bamboo racks like this one from Amazon have also been a game-changer for many of my friends and followers dealing with water bottle storage troubles.
This stackable water bottle storage rack is great for stacking multiple water bottles and thermoses at the same time. You can place them on the kitchen counter for easy access, so you can grab a bottle and head out the door for your morning run.
FAQ on Water Bottle Kitchen Organization
How do I organize my water bottles in my kitchen?
To make water bottles more manageable, I suggest you follow my easy five-step approach:
- Assign a specific place in your kitchen to exclusively store water bottles.
- Gather all your water bottles and only keep ones that you actually use.
- Pick out everyday use bottles to go in the kitchen.
- Put away all other bottles in storage that you don’t frequently use.
- Get rid of the extras by donating or throwing them away.
How do you store water bottles long-term?
To make your reusable water bottles last longer, always keep them in the same place when you’re done using them. You can choose any of my suggestions above or use a DIY, whatever suits your needs.
For best results, avoid long exposure to the Sun to avoid discoloration on your bottles. Also, always remember to wash and thoroughly clean all bottles after use; you don’t want hard water or calcium deposits on the walls. It won’t harm your water bottle, but it sure doesn’t look pretty.
How do you organize your water bottles in the fridge?
Fridges usually have enough capacity to store bottles both horizontally as well as vertically. But, if your fridge doesn’t have enough room, you can use a stackable wine rack to pile up your water bottles without taking too much space.
That’s A Wrap!
Your water bottles are always there to give you crisp and clean water. So, why not show them a little love with these awesome water bottle organizer ideas I’ve shared with you right here? With proper storage and organization, your bottles will last longer, and you will never have to search cluelessly for them in the kitchen again.
Got your own helpful water bottle storage ideas? Share in the comments below!
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