If you’re like most people, your kitchen isn’t as big as it needs to be.
Other than the obvious solution of buying a new home in Grand Junction—certainly one with a bigger kitchen—what can you do to make sure your storage is up to snuff?
Kitchen Storage Secrets From the Pros
Kitchen Storage Secret #1: Up and Down
New York City-based professional organizer Lisa Zaslow says that rather than stacking pots and pans in your kitchen, store them vertically rather than horizontally.
“A smarter solution is to turn all the cookie sheets, cooling racks, and muffin tins 90 degrees and store them vertically, like books. You’ll be able to pull one out easily without shifting the others. Reconfigure the shelves if you need more room. And keep in mind: Like books need bookends, you’ll need to hold these items in place with dividers,” says Zaslow.
Kitchen Storage Secret #2: Don’t Waste Your Space
According to Andrew Mellen, author of Unstuff Your Life!, you have plenty of space—but you’re not using it all.
“A five-pound bag of coffee makes sense because you drink it every morning, but a 10-pound bag of rice doesn’t. Focus on carving out room in your cabinets. Boxed items are filled with air, so you can fit more of those products on shelves if you decant into sealable square canisters,” says Mellen.
Kitchen Storage Secret #3: Cut Back On What You Don’t Need
Erin Rooney Doland, a Washington, D.C. professional organizer who wrote Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter, says that cutting back on excess can make a huge difference.
“If your kitchen counters are always a mess, you probably have more stuff than space for it. A smart first step is to cut back. Go through one cabinet at a time and pull out rarely used items to toss or move to a high shelf in a cupboard. Then, over the next week, take notice of what’s cluttering the counter, and give those items a home. Do you need a mounted organizer for mail that piles up? A basket for schoolwork your kids hand you right before dinner? Smarter assigned spots for miscellaneous pieces coming out of the dishwasher?
“Once you have those solutions, upkeep is easy if you do it regularly. Every night before bed, do a quick scan of the counter and put away any items that don’t belong,” says Doland.
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