5 Tips to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets
Are your kitchen cabinets a fright to look at? Maybe you are afraid to open your cabinet doors because your pots and pans will throw themselves at you. If so, then it’s time to get those cabinets in order. Check out these tips to help you organize your kitchen cabinets.
Store Frequently Used Items in Lower Cabinets
Keep frequently used dishes and small appliances like pots and pans, slow cookers, and the like in lower cabinets so you can get to them easily. Store dishes and appliances that you don’t use very often in higher cabinets, toward the back.
Make Use of Your Drawers
Drawers in your kitchen should be practical and organized just like the other cabinets. Use a drawer that is located near your sink to hold your dish towels. A drawer that is near the oven can hold extra oven mitts, pot holders, and hot pads. Use other drawers to store your large cooking utensils, a drawer to hold items like aluminum foil, plastic wrap and trash bags, and yet another to hold plastic and glass lids.
Make Use of Helper Shelves
Helper shelves are very handy for making the most of your cabinet space. These small, shelves can be placed in any cabinet to create extra space when and where you need it. You can usually pick these up at discount retailers like Dollar General, Wal-Mart or Target for a very inexpensive price. Stick a helper shelf in your drinking glass cabinet and store mugs underneath the shelf while stacking drinking glasses on top to make use of all of that cabinet space.
Use a ‘Lazy Susan’
You remember “Lazy Susans” don’t you? Those round turntables were very popular back in the 60s and 70s, but they are still very handy today. Check around at stores (thrift stores may be a great place to find one of these) in your area or with online retailers for a Lazy Susan to help you organize your kitchen cabinets. These are great for organizing spices, drinking glasses, mugs, and even small pantry items.
Install Racks on the Inside of Cabinet Doors
Install small racks on the inside of your cabinet doors to hold items. You can use these racks to hold pot lids, trash bags, dish soap, aluminum foil, pots and pans, and more. These racks come in assorted sizes and can usually be found at discount stores.
Take a look through your kitchen cabinets to see what can be gotten rid of or stored away elsewhere to make more room for the items you use regularly. Get rid of things you don’t need (like plastic storage containers without lids) and store the things you need in easy to access locations. Whip your cabinets into shape and you will be amazed at how much more efficient your kitchen will be.
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