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Home Organization: Kitchen Drawers and Cabinets 101

November 17, 2016

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You may not think of your kitchen cabinets and drawers as crucial to your home organization, but they undoubtedly are. When they are disorganized or dirty, every aspect of meal preparation becomes a hassle. With these handy steps, you can tackle your drawers and cabinets, to make your whole kitchen experience much smoother.

Drawer Organization

26.jpgGetting your kitchen drawers in shape can be a bit tricky. Large drawers provide a lot of storage, but they do not work well if they become too heavy or overloaded with small items. Small drawers need efficient planning, too. Here is how to get started:

Clean and Plan

All of your drawers need a thorough cleaning from time to time. If you never unbury the stuff at the bottom, who knows what may be lurking there? Clear out each drawer completely. Do one drawer at a time if you have a small kitchen. If you can, remove the drawers and wipe them down. Take note of the items you found that you had no idea you had, or that you did not want. This will help you determine if your storage and shopping approaches should change. Make a plan to reorganize your drawers, remembering to save room for cookware and silverware.

New Liners

Drawer liners protect the bottom of the drawer from damage and add a little color or style to your kitchen. Every now and then, you should change up your drawer liners. If they are sticky or stained, you can easily decide to throw them out. Adding new liners ensures that they continue to do their job, and also gives you an inexpensive refresh in your kitchen.

Menu Drawer

You know the take-out menus that clutter up your fridge? You could keep them neatly organized in a menu drawer. If you already use a menu drawer, you should plan to clear it out or update it every six months or so. Restaurants go out of business on occasion, and they may change their menus seasonally. Recycle the ones you no longer want, and put the outdated menus on a bulletin board so you remember to request new ones.

Dividers

You already use a divider for your silverware. Did you know that dividers also work for other drawers in the kitchen? It would be easy to add dividers to your cooking utensils or knife drawer, keeping the ladles, serving spoons and pizza cutters in the right place. Add a divider with a lid to your tea drawer. That way, the bags are kept separate but also protected so they stay fresh longer.

Cabinet Organization

kitchencabinets.jpgThere is probably a better way to organize your kitchen cabinets, and you know it every time you reach for a plastic container and cannot find the lid. Cabinets can be a little unwieldy, but these tips will make it easier to tame them:

Clean and Plan

At least once a year, clear out all of your cabinets and make sure everything inside is sparkling clean, including the shelves. The process keeps your dishes cleaner, prevents crumbs from inviting insects or rodents to burrow in, and gives you an excellent opportunity to revisit your home organization. Think about the placement of the items in each cabinet. If you are going across the kitchen several times to get the serving tools for a single meal, you should group them together to save time. Add organizers to your cabinets to maximize space and make reaching things in the back less difficult.

Pesky Pots and Pans

Your cabinet for pots and pans is probably an injury waiting to happen. Up high, they risk crashing down and if they are too low, you cannot easily get to them. For this cabinet, consider installing a sliding drawer with a low rise so you can grab larger pots or pans easily. Put the most-used items at the front for quick access while the stove is on.

Corner Lazy Susan

The corner cupboard could be the most efficient and largest kitchen storage ever, or a place where food items go to sit forever. It’s all in how you use it. The Lazy Susan is a classic storage tool, largely because technology has not really needed to improve upon it. You can get a Lazy Susan in varying heights and with several shelves. You could use the cabinet for storing smaller kitchen implements, small appliances or pantry goods. In a bottom cabinet, this is an easy way to encourage small children to find their own snacks or help with food preparation. Since you may not be able to easily remove the Lazy Susan for cleaning, invest the time a few times a year to remove all the items and wipe it down.

Lid Organization

The most annoying experience of kitchen life is to find a bunch of plastic containers and lids, none of which match. Stop buying new sets over and over again by keeping the lids organized in the first place. If you put a magazine rack inside the cabinet, you can put the lids inside organized by size. They will take up less space, and you will have an easier time putting the containers and lids away.

Spice Cabinet

If you like to cook, your spice cabinet may be perennially one step away from absolute chaos. Get it under control once and for all with a few different storage approaches. Use a small Lazy Susan for spices of a standard size. Add shelving with cascading heights so you can see and reach the stuff at the back. Install a sliding drawer to keep the bottles in line and ease the discomfort on your back. You can also put a magnet on the back of the cabinet door and attach magnetic spice containers, for the herbs and spices you use all the time.

Every home chef needs kitchen storage that is arranged so it stays neat and clean. To get more information about the benefits of custom cabinets for your kitchen organization and a free quote, contact us today.

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