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6 Low Cost Steps to an Organized Kitchen


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Keeping your kitchen organized is essential to cooking and a good room aesthetic.  If your kitchen is disorganized, you’re likely scrambling to find what you need when you cook.  That’s never good, and it’s completely unnecessary too.,  There are various quick, low cost ways to organize your kitchen and make it suitable to your needs.

1.  Affordable storage options:  If you need to organize drawers, shelves, pantry space or under cabinet areas.

  • Baskets or trays made of plastic
  • Wire baskets that hang over or mount to a door
  • Hooks
  • Drawer dividers

Square organizers waste space and should be used only when necessary.  Shallow bins are particularly helpful in drawers because of their volume, and installing clear organizers makes it easier to see what you’re looking for.

2.  Cabinet solutions:  Cabinets store a lot of items – plates, bowls, cups, pots, and pans – which means you need to optimize space.  There are options that won’t require pulling out your cabinets and spend a fortune starting over.

  • Helper shelves:  These fit between shelves to increase usable space in cabinets
  • Stepped shelves:  These help the view of what’s potentially hidden in the back of deep cabinets
  • Under shelf racks and baskets:  These are good for storing small items and slide in and out easily
  • Over the door organizers:  These come in the form of trays, baskets, towel bars or bag holders, which may be hooked onto the door

3.  Hang a pot rack:  If you have a lot of pots and pans, you’re likely running out of space in the cabinets for them.  Instead of trying to push everything to fit in a cramped space, hire a handyman to hang a handrail and some S-hooks for cookware.  Handrails support a lot of weight and S-hooks are good for a wide variety of pot and pan handles.  A pot rack from a home improvement store and installed in the ceiling is a really good idea if there is a breakfast bar or butcher block in the center of the kitchen.  It cuts down the chances of hitting your head on the pots and pans.

4.  Pantry organization ideas:  A pantry holds a lot of essential cooking items – spices, sugar, flour, liquids, and so on – and this area tends to get cluttered.  To smartly organize this space, utilize the door.  Paint the door with chalkboard paint to keep a shopping list or hang hooks or pocket organizers for storing bigger items.  There’s also the option of putting a spice rack in the pantry for organizing all of those cooking essentials.  Other options are:

  • Rolling kitchen carts
  • Slide out shelves
  • Baskets and containers

5.  The sink cabinet:  It is great to utilize under-sink storage space, but don’t get it cluttered with cleaning items and linens.  Hang hooks inside the sink cabinet door for gloves and some linens.  Place a tray or basket with carry handle at the bottom of the cabinet to store cleaning supplies in an organized fashion.  It’s quick and efficient – and it will keep the cabinet space clean.

6.  Plywood panel solution:  Sometimes long cookie sheets, pizza pans, and other flat cookware doesn’t fit right in cabinets and there is limited space underneath the ovens or none at all.  Remove the lower shelf of a cabinet, stand up a plywood panel vertically and secure with braces and wood glue.  Slip tall pans in easily without them leaning against other items in the cabinet.  You may need the help of a carpenter to properly size the plywood panels or drill the appropriate holes for the braces.

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