Because you’ll file them vertically, instead of horizontally, this method lets you use the full height of a cabinet. And you’ll be able to grab what you need without having to pull out other things you don’t need.

You can buy vertical file holders (the kind you use on your desk at work) to help you do essentially the same thing, but I find the tension rod method to be sturdier and better because it’s more customizable.

Small tension rods are inexpensive — about $2 to $5 each — and they create a secure enough barrier that they could even be used to organize cutting boards and serving platters. Plus, because you’re “installing” them yourself, you can customize the width! So if you want to slide a relatively wide muffin tin in next to a skinny plastic cutting board, you can create just the right-sized space for each item without wasting valuable inches in between.

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