Every night it’s the same routine. Get home from work, scarf down your dinner… and spend 20 minutes looking for a lid to match the container for your leftovers.
You don’t have time for that song and dance every night. Skip the search and salvage your sanity with these six tips for organizing your kitchen cabinets.
Clear the cabinets. The first step in any reorganization project is to start fresh. Empty the contents of the cupboard and group similar pieces together. This will help you visualize how each piece can fit where you want it to go. It is also a good opportunity to purge any containers or utensils you haven’t used in the past year.
Put a lid on it. Food storage containers are so useful… when they have lids. Unfortunately, lids are very easy to lose inside deep cabinets. An easy solution is to store your lids in a roll out lid holder next to their matching containers. No more digging for lids- just choose a container, roll out the shelf and grab the lid you need.
Think inside the box. Plastic containers are affordable, durable and a great way to store dishes and other kitchen items. They allow you to group similar items (lids, Tupperware, spatulas, etc.) and can be stacked on top of each other to save space. Consider using clear containers so you can quickly locate the items you need.
Divide and conquer. Silverware drawers can quickly become disasters if they aren’t organized properly. Tossing sharp knives in a drawer with spoons, for example, is a recipe for disaster. Drawer dividers are an inexpensive way to keep track of your silverware and avoid accidental injury. An expandable-style utensil holder adds even more option.
Hang in there. You aren’t limited to stacking your kitchen items just because a cabinet has shelves. Consider hanging items from the top or sides of your cabinets with hooks. Internal and over the door cabinet hooks are perfect for oven mitts, tongs, coffee mugs and other items that may be difficult to stack because of their shapes and sizes.
Bag it up. Even with the advent of cloth grocery bags, many homes are still plagued with an abundance of plastic sacks. Tame the barrage of bags with an over cabinet door bag holder. By organizing your bag collection, you will free up additional cabinet space and have easy access to bags when you want to repurpose them.
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