Whether your kitchen is big or small, it seems as though you never have enough storage space. Maybe you fancy yourself the gourmet of the family or are just the casualty of one too many Tupperware parties. Face it, we’re all guilty of accumulating far too many kitchen accoutrements. Not to worry. Whatever your kitchen storage dilemma, we’ve uncovered some of the coolest, space-saving tricks that could change your life forever. Really. We wouldn’t kid about this.
Dishes are a part of everyday existence. You constantly use them, wash them and put them away. It’s the circle of kitchen life. While many of us store our dishes in upper cabinets, here is an alternative that might make more sense. Dishes need to be easy to reach and preferably adjacent to the sink and dishwasher. If your kitchen has under counter drawers, consider using them for dish storage. Outfit the drawers with a customizable peg system to keep dishes securely in place. You’ll find it much easier to grab and replace plates and bowls rather than reaching overhead.
Kitchen islands are great additions to any kitchen. They provide extra counter space, a spot for casual dining and a place for a cooktop, prep area or cleanup station. With a few tweaks, you can also increase your island’s storage capabilities. By removing cabinet doors and reconfiguring shelving, you can create convenient storage for small kitchen appliances that take up counter space. Utilize one end of the island by installing open shelves to hold cookbooks and decorative accessories. For the resident oenophile, incorporate a wine rack or cooler on the opposite end to store your favorite varietals. If you have a small kitchen, a portable rolling cart can pull triple-duty as a prep, storage and serving island.
Many kitchens have dead space on either side of the stove or between a bank of lower cabinets and the refrigerator. These unused slivers are just the right size to install narrow, rollout shelf systems. Store cooking oils and spices on stacked shelving. Cookie sheets and long baking pans fit vertically right next to your oven. Keep towels close by with a rollout organizer complete with a dispenser for paper towels and dowels for hanging dishcloths.
If you’ve ever searched for silverware trays for kitchen drawers, you know it can be a exasperating experience. Short of special ordering custom sizes (which probably won’t fit if you happen to move), you are stuck with organizers that slip and slide each time you open and close the drawer. Forgo the frustration and purchase adjustable silverware organizers. Some expand to fit neatly within the drawer. Other options include plastic drawer dividers that can be cut to size and individual bins that snap together to form a custom-sized silverware organizer. We even found a gliding drawer system that combines two levels of utensil storage for use in deeper drawers. Free up counter space by nixing the knife block. Choose a pulldown knife rack that mounts under your upper cabinets. Magnetic strips that fasten to the backsplash or stick to the side of your refrigerator keep cutlery handy and away from the kiddos.
Nowadays, you don’t need to enlist the services of a professional kitchen designer to the increase the storage capacity and functionality of your cabinets. Most big box stores sell DIY kits and accessories that will transform your standard kitchen cabinets into organized bliss in a matter of a few hours. Choose from a variety of pullout shelves that take cabinets from dark and inaccessible to the ideal spot for storing large baking dishes, pots and pans. We all hate the architects who invented corner cabinets. Turn that dead space into priceless kitchen real estate by installing a multi-tiered lazy Susan. Not all of us have been blessed with a proper kitchen pantry. Transform double-upper cabinets into a storage powerhouse with a host of organizational inserts. Layer in adjustable door racks, stackable gliding shelves and angled racks—you’ll carve out of ample storage for all your spices, canned goods and dry pantry items.
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