ELEVATE BACK PRODUCTS
To easily access the items in the depths of your pantry, install stair-like storage shelves that step up as the pantry deepens.
CONTAINERIZE BULK FOODS
Containerize bulk, staple foods, like pasta, cereals, and flour, in sealed glass containers. Chose containers that utilize the entire height of your pantry, so no space goes unused.
OPEN BOXES OF INDIVIDUALLY PACKAGED FOODS
Use organizing bins, or baskets, to contain individually packaged foods, like granola bars and fruit snacks, to easily grab one, without having to reach into a small box each time.
ORGANIZE THINGS BASED ON USE
Arrange your pantry so that your most accessible shelving contains your most go-to foods.
AVOID BULK PURCHASES
Before making a trip to Costco, survey your space to determine if your kitchen has any available storage space, and purchase accordingly.
ARRANGE TALLEST TO SHORTEST
To easily see everything at a quick glance, arrange your things shortest to tallest, front to back.
IF NECESSARY, ADD MORE SHELVES
If you’re low on storage space, add extra shelves between your existing shelves.
TIP 1— ZONE YOUR KITCHEN BY CATEGORY
Divide your kitchen into zones (coffee zone, baking zone) and contain items by category, in the same zone.
TIP 2— STORE YOUR MOST USED THINGS IN THE MOST ACCESSIBLE PLACES
Chose what goes where by prioritizing the things you use most.
TIP 3— MINIMIZE THE NUMBER OF STEPS
Looking at each item in your kitchen, think through the number of steps it takes to access it. When reorganizing your kitchen, strive to minimize the number of steps taken to access any one thing.
TIP 4— PURCHASE STORAGE RACKS
Purchase vertical, slotted, storage racks to organize tall, flat things like cooking trays, cutting boards, pot and pan lids, and serving trays and platters.
TIP 5— UPGRADE TO PULL-OUT DRAWERS
Rather than permeant cabinet shelving, consider large, pull-out drawers, to easily access the things stored towards the back.
HANG HOOKS ON CABINET DOOR INTERIORS
Install hooks on the insides of your kitchen cabinets, to hang things like oven mitts, tea towels, and flat utensils. For easy hanging, loop string through the ends of your utensils.
AVOID DRAWER ORGANIZERS
Avoid confining drawer organizers like silverware organizers, or utensils trays. Instead, opt for drawer separators that span the entire length and width of your drawers, to easily contain whatever you have now, and down the road.
To maximize your useable counter space, limit the items permanently stored on your counter to the things you use each and every day.
CONSIDER OPEN SHELVING
If your dishes and glassware are beautiful, consider open shelving, rather than cabinets.
SILENCE CABINET DOOR SLAMMING
To eliminate the slamming of kitchen cabinets, adhere felt, furniture feet to the inside corners of your cabinets. This trick also works well for kitchen drawers.
ORGANIZE POT AND PAN LIDS
Repurpose a dish drying rack, or a plate rack, to store and organize your pesky pot and pan lids. Before investing in an organizing rack, check that all your lids fit a corresponding base.
ADD SHELVING WHERE NEEDED
Install additional shelves along unused walls, or between your existing cabinet shelves, to maximize shelf storage, and minimize wasted space.
ORGANIZE UNDER YOUR SINK
Get rid of duplicate cleaning supplies, move specialty cleaning products to a supply closet, and use a storage rack to contain your most used kitchen, cleaning supplies.
STORE APPLIANCES IN DRAWERS
Store rarely used appliances in tall, pull-out drawers, so that the entire drawer depth is equally as accessible.
UTILIZE ORGANIZING RACKS
To create another, second level of storage, place plate racks above your existing stacks of dishes.
Inside of your cabinets, rearrange your shelves to eliminate wasted, leftover space between shelves.
MY KIDS DO THEIR HOMEWORK AT THE KITCHEN COUNTER, WHERE SHOULD WE STORE THEIR SUPPLIES?
If you have an available, nearby shelf or drawer, use it to organize homework supplies. If not, purchase anattractive box, basket, bin, or organizer to contain, organize, and hide their homework supplies.
SHOULD I KEEP APPLIANCES ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER OR IN A CABINET?
It depends on the appliance. Our rule of thumb is, if you use an appliance daily, it stays on the counter, and if not, it should be stored it in a cabinet, or storage closet.
HOW CAN I BETTER ORGANIZE MY TUPPERWARE STORAGE?
First, sort through your containers checking that each base has a corresponding lid. If not, get rid of it. Also get rid of anything you don’t like, or don’t use. Next, match, and attach, all lids with their bases, and store them away in a drawer.
OUR SILVERWARE DRAWER IS A MESS OF MISCELLANEOUS THINGS, HOW CAN I PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING?
When everything has a specific home, and everyone knows where that home is, it is much easier to maintain organization. Relocate everything that isn’t silverware to its actual home, and then inform your family where all these miscellaneous things belong. Next, utilize this extra space to organize additional silverware or something else used in the kitchen.
HOW CAN I BETTER ORGANIZE OUR FRIDGE?
If you need more space, consolidate items together based on height and move shelves around to eliminate wasted space. If you’re having trouble accessing the things you need, rearrange things so that your most often used things are the most accessible. If you’re lacking room, check all expiration dates and toss anything expired.
HOW DO I KEEP MY KITCHEN COUNTERS CLUTTER FREE?
Again, when everything has a defined home, it’s easy to put things away. When things don’t have a defined home, they end up as clutter. Ensure clutter-free countertops by giving everything a home, and by creating simple routines that return things to their homes.
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