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Expert Tips for a Well-Organized Kitchen

The kitchen is home to a vast array of articles we use on a daily basis: pots, utensils, small appliances and dishes, recipe books, etc. To be efficient, you need a clear workspace. Shelves, racks, compartments, hooks, pull-out units all come to your rescue. Here are some ideas for smart storage.
Adjustable shelves

Start with the cabinets

  • Adjustable shelves
  • An assortment of plastic compartments and racks to create storage layers
  • A rotating platform under a corner cabinet
  • Hooks to hang ustensils and cutting boards inside cabinet doors
  • Sliding drawers for easy access to items at the very back of deep cabinets
  • Dividers for cutting boards, platters and pot lids that can be stored vertically
  • Storage modules attached to the inside of cabinet doors
  • Sliding modules to store the garbage bin and recycling box under the sink
You can add storage under the wall cabinets, thereby freeing up work surfaces and keeping objects used most often within easy reach. Consider installing:
  • A rack for paper towels and plastic wrap
  • A glass rack, because as well as uncluttering space in your cabinets, they are pretty to look at
  • Cup and mug hooks
  • Horizontal magnetic strips on the backsplash for knives and spice canisters
  • Horizontal rods with hooks attached for measuring cups and other equipment
Put items used less often above the wall cabinets in boxes or baskets, or in various decorative containers.

You can use base cabinet panels and doors to hang tea towels and hand towels. Storage modules attached to the inside of the door to store cleaning products, brushes, washcloths and other items are also available.

Optimize the Pantry

The pantry is coming into its own! No longer restricted to a cabinet or two, it can be installed in a small room off the kitchen. Think walk-in closet with shelves on all four walls. Allow space for vertically stored items, such as a broom, a small stepladder, a vacuum cleaner hose and other accessories. If you don't have the option of a walk-in pantry, you can create a space between a cabinet and a corner of the room.

Pullout drawers and shelves are ideal in the pantry for quick and easy access to food.
Ustensil storage
Drawer for pots and pans

Keep your Drawers Neat and Tidy

A wide assortment of compartments is available to increase storage possibilities in drawers. For example, layering two utensil organizers makes it possible to store cutlery you use for formal occasions underneath and keep your everyday cutlery on top.

Free up Space on Counters

Try to group items together, such as cooking and food preparation utensils in vases or bowls that are both attractive and practical. A knife block is an excellent solution for keeping knives together and close to the food preparation area.

Avoid the eyesore of a mess of wires on the counter and designate a specific spot for recharging cell phones and MP3 players.
Using hooks to hang up accessories is both practical and attractive

Use Wall space

Vertical spaces are often underused in kitchens. Walls are great places to store items, so think storage from floor to ceiling.

Traditional shelves are still unbeatable for holding dishes, bottles of oil, spices and various ingredients.

Increase the number of:
  • Hooks to hang utensils, pots, and cutting boards
  • Magnetic strips to store metal utensils and knives
  • Bars with hooks to hang oven mitts, cloths, and other small items
Pot racks are second to none to add a personal touch to your kitchen

Don't Forget the Ceiling

A pot rack installed above the island makes a practical and attractive addition to your kitchen decor. Some pot racks include lights, which is useful.

Think about the Floor as Well

For small kitchens, islands on wheels with cabinets and racks are a great solution. You can increase your food preparation space and have more storage space for your cookware and accessories. When it's no longer needed, simply roll it into a corner, leaving more floor space to move around.

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