Kitchen Storage Solutions – Getting Organized, Part II

by Rachel Laurendeau on June 21, 2012

Before moving into our current home, my husband and I lived in older small houses. So, when we were designing our new kitchen, there were two things we were adamant on: it must be large and open and there had to be lots of storage space so we could stay organized. With some planning, it is quite easy to create a well-organized and stress-free kitchen that is fun to spend time in.

• If you are in the midst of a kitchen remodeling project, you can have your contractor include things like a pullout spice drawer or canned goods slide-out.
• If you have specific items that are awkward to store such as small appliances or very tall vases, custom cabinets and drawers can be built to house them.
• A corner pantry or floor to ceiling pantry are the perfect way to create extra food storage. The key: organize your food into like categories and place them together (ex: baking ingredients, canned goods, cereal, etc.).
• For a quick and easy fix, buy some drawer and cupboard inserts and organizers to keep utensils, spices and other items neat and tidy and to maximize space.
• There are tons of kitchen organizing items available for whatever you may need: hanging pot racks, magnetic knife and cutlery bars, plate stackers, etc.
• Organize your kitchen so that the items you use daily are within easy reach. If you have children, you can even place their cups, plates and bowls at kid-friendly height.
• Adding a kitchen island not only gives you extra counter space and work surface, it is also a great way to add storage. An island can house a bookshelf for cookbooks, a wine rack, deep drawers for pots and pans or anything else you can imagine.
• To reduce visual clutter, keep only small appliances that you use daily on your countertop. This will also ensure that your workspace in free and clear whenever you need it.
• Add a whiteboard or corkboard to use a message center. However, don’t let it get cluttered or it will just make your kitchen feel messy. (The same applies to fridge magnets/art/clutter.)
• If you don’t live alone, don’t be afraid to use the label maker. My family laughed at me when I labeled the pantry shelves but they don’t laugh anymore because they can find what they are looking for at a moment’s notice, no matter who unpacked the groceries!

By adding more storage solutions to your kitchen and sticking to the old saying “a place for everything and everything in its place,” you can keep your kitchen organized and make it a place where you are happy to be cooking and spending time with your family.

For more information on designing the perfectly organized kitchen, talk to your kitchen remodeling contractor or local home improvement expert.

If you found this blog post useful, take a look at our earlier post, Basement Storage Solutions – Getting Organized, Part 1 for more good organizational ideas.

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