In addition to storing food, cooking tools and dining essentials, the kitchen is also usually the place we keep our mail, keys, papers and other family must–haves. In such a busy and frequently used space, use these tips to find the right storage solutions.
1. A well–designed mix of open and closed storage — drawers and shelving — gives every dining and cooking essential a proper home. To make the most of your existing cabinetry, add a combination of inventive storage aids like variable–height shelving, compartmentalized drawers, a Lazy Suzan in a corner cabinet, cookie sheet and tray racks, roll–out shelves and baskets — the options are almost endless.
2. While traditionally thought of as dining room pieces, in a kitchen with limited built–in cabinetry, a buffet or a glass cabinet is a great alternative. They keep favorite dishes, serveware and artisanal accents easily accessible while letting them double as beautiful display objects. When arranging collections in a glass–fronted cabinet, keep the look neat and organized by arranging items of similar color, size or material on the same shelf.
3. A great option for storing cooking accessories like pots, pans and baking sheets is a hutch or rolling cart. These work especially well in smaller kitchens because they offer an additional work surface for preparing foods.
4. Decorative trays keep hard–to–organize items like flatware and condiments neat and portable. Durable baskets, racks and containers act as ideal catchalls for frequently used kitchen accessories, and keep your family's clutter from accumulating. Because baskets are so interchangeable, they can easily be moved throughout the room and home to be used for different purposes as needed.