Kitchen Storage Solutions

Even people who love their kitchens sometimes wish they had more storage space for all of the food, spices, tools, containers and utensils that accumulate. For people who love to cook and entertain, this can become a real issue, especially during busy seasons like the holidays. But with a little ingenuity and planning, you can find ways to rearrange your kitchen cabinets to create more space for the things you need.

Over and Under

Two easy location to add space are over and under the cabinets themselves. If you cabinets are not flush to the ceiling, you may have a perfect spot for lesser used or seasonal items. Do you bake lots of cupcakes at the holidays, or collect platters for each of the holidays? These are perfect items to store high up and out of the way when they aren’t being used. Installing hooks underneath the bottom of cabinets gives you a place to hang mugs, freeing up valuable cabinet shelf space for other items.

Divide and Conquer

Organizing cabinet storage by grouping like items can help you to save on space and make kitchen work more efficient. Store pots and pans together, in a spot that’s easy to access while cooking. Stack plates by size and color, and group glasses and cups according to the frequency of their use.

Consider the User

Think about who will be using the cabinets, and how you can organize for easy access. If you have young children, put non-breakable things in lower cabinets. Put dishes for children where they can get them, so that they can learn early on how to help set the table or put away clean dishes. If everyone wants a travel mug in the morning, it might be a good idea to put popular ones on the counter next to the coffeemaker. They don’t need a spot in your cabinets, because they never really get to stay there!

There are as many ways to organize cabinets as there are cooks and families to use them. Taking the time to consider your usage patterns and organize around them can make your kitchen feel more spacious.