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Smart and Simple Kitchen Organizing Tips
Whether you're planning a professional remodel or working with what you have, there are plenty of smart and simple ways to design an organized kitchen that will make spending time there easy and fun.
Floating shelves. A smart and inexpensive way to use empty wall space to store things you need to see and access regularly, to decorate, or both.
Adjustable shelves. Customize your pantry in seconds with removable and adjustable shelves. When planning a remodel, this is the way to go. Don't get stuck with space that cannot meet the height and width requirements of your food containers and small appliances. If not remodeling, simply find an inexpensive self-standing bookcase with adjustable shelves and move it into available wall space or a nearby closet for an instant pantry.
Kitchen island. Small or large, on wheels or built just for your space, a kitchen island provides ample storage and work space where their was none previously. Utilize ceiling space above the island to install a hanging pot rack to further expand your storage options.
Kitchen counter stools. Pull up a seat, let's cook and eat! Utilize space around your kitchen counter or island as an informal seating area for day to day meals and homework help time while dad cooks for the kids. A fun way to include company in the dinner making process, even if just with a glass of wine and conversation while the pots simmer.
Large Under Cabinet Stemware Rack - $29.95
Under Cabinet Wine Rack. Inexpensive and easy to install, under counter wine glass storage is a smart way to utilize empty space in the kitchen. Also makes a great instant drying rack for stemware.
Shelf extenders in kitchen cabinets keep you from having to lift heavy dishes to get to what you need as they utilize empty upper cabinet space. These can be found at most home and hardware stores in a variety of colors, sizes and materials.
Pull-out cabinet storage. Another must-have when planning a kitchen remodel. Pull-out shelves bring your things out into the light where you can see and reach them. Use the lower shelves to store the kids snacks and lunch containers.
Pull-out drawer storage. Make reaching for things down below easy on yourself with pull-out drawers. Inexpensive and easy to self-install, you can find them at most hardware and container stores.
Get creative with lift-up cabinet doors. Best used in easy and safe to reach waist or shoulder-height locations that can benefit from more light, as this cabinet does. A traditional cabinet door would block out natural light when opened toward the window, and can get in the way of anything else on the counter. Commonly used in RV's, on trains, planes and buses, these special hinges can be found through most professional cabinet makers.