Do you ever look at your kitchen and wonder how it got so cluttered? Have you ever wished for just one more square foot of counter space, another few feet of floor space, and/or enough room for an island where you can store your pots, pans, appliances, and kitchen accessories? You’re definitely not alone. While you may not be able to knock out a wall or magically add more square footage to your kitchen, you probably have more space than you know right now. With a few helpful storage tips, you could improve your kitchen’s organization and give yourself a lot more room to move around.
Magazine Files for Water Bottles
Water bottles can take up a lot of space when you just put them side-by-side in your kitchen cabinets. You can instantly increase your cabinet space by placing one or two magazine files on their sides with their tops facing the front of your cabinet. Slide your water bottles in on their sides, and you’ll be stacking things you didn’t even know were stackable. Suddenly, you’ll find that you have a lot more real estate in your cabinet for glassware and other dishes.
A Wall File for Lids
Here’s another way to hack office supplies and make them work for you as kitchen storage solutions. Just get a wall-mounted “inbox” or file holder and hang it on the inside of a cabinet door. Place all of your plastic food storage lids here, and you can easily grab them whenever you need them. Plus, placing them here keeps them in order without constantly matching them with their containers, so you can stack those containers more compactly and save more cabinet space.
Wall-Mounted Shelves and Hanging Baskets
Look at your kitchen. Above your counter and below your cabinets, you probably have some unused wall space, right? It doesn’t take much carpentry skill at all to add a couple of shelves or hanging baskets. Suddenly, you’re not storing your fruit and dry goods on the counter where they get in the way when you need to prepare meals. Instead, they’re “floating” above the counter, out of the way, in a whole new storage area.
Tension Rods Make Great Drawer Dividers
Finally, if you have fairly large drawers that get easily cluttered, you can use tension rods for window curtains as drawer dividers. Place two rods parallel to each other, and you can store lids for pots and pans vertically instead of throwing them in horizontally wherever they happen to land. These dividers also create any easy way to see where you need to put larger or smaller dishes, pots, and pans in your drawers, so you don’t have to remember what went where the last time you cleaned up and reorganized the kitchen.
If you feel like your kitchen is too small and/or you have too much stuff for such a compact space, chances are actually pretty good that you aren’t using the space you have as efficiently as you could. Try these creative storage ideas and see how much room you free up so that you can have enjoy your kitchen more, whether you’re cooking alone or with the whole family.
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