An organized kitchen can bring families a sense of peace and tranquillity like few other things in life. With kitchens being so often the place where families and their friends and neighbours congregate, it is important to make it a stress-free and comfortable environment. Ensure that each kitchen item has its own storage spot to be sure that happens.
The pantry is the first stop and needs to be as functional as can be. There are moulded plastic devices that look like steps and allow homeowners to line cans on each step while still being able to see the row of labels above and below. There are also wire racks that can attach to the inside of pantry doors to allow a whole wall of items to be hung there, such as spices, oils and vinegars, sugars, dry drink mixes, etc. Baskets are also used to hold items necessary for a single type of meal. A great example is to have one basket devoted to items used to make spaghetti, such as pastas and sauces. Pulling out just one basket with all the ingredients in it when ready to make that dish will make cooking dinner much simpler.
Next, the pot and pan cabinet is a great place to add a pullout drawer to store the pans and a lid holder to keep the lids organized and upright. This is also a great way to deal with unruly plastic storage containers. Having them separated and organized makes it a snap to store leftovers after dinner.
In the plates and cups cupboard, there are wire shelves that sit inside the cabinet making it possible to store large plates directly on the cupboard surface and smaller plates or bowls on the shelf above the plates. Then, the next level of cupboard shelving can be used for another set of larger items like soup bowls, gravy dishes or other types of homewares.
Finally, there are the countertops and floors. These are the bane of many homeowners’ existence. The trick is to leave as little on them as possible. Install dividers in a top drawer to hold phone books, writing utensils, notepads, and other such items. Hang a mail sorter on the wall to keep paper organized. Put stackable baskets on the counter to collect kids’ school papers. In the end, be sure to add attractive rugs at each of the work areas to make it visually appealing.
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