Unofficially, January is Organization Month on DIY. And aside from the epic Blog Cabin voting that’s underway, it’s also Unofficial Kitchen and Bath Month. This isn’t an accident. Every new year, many folks are eager to get organized and focus on the interior rooms of their homes.
I was confronted with a lack of kitchen space when my brother re-gifted a juicer to me the size of a small suitcase. The solution? Moving items up, not over. Open shelving works and it also keeps you honest, forcing you to keep your kitchen neat and tidy.
When you’re talking shelves, what goes up can also go down. Adding shelving below a kitchen island is perfect for classic meal prep items like sugar and flour that occupy too much counter space.
If you’ve looked high and low and can’t find additional space, turn your attention inside — specifically inside cabinet doors where you can add racks to store cans and spices, under-the-shelf racks for plates and bowls or pan racks for lids.
The same rules apply to bathrooms, where you can use floating shelves above and open shelves under sinks for easy access and sharp looks, or vertical cabinets that reach all the way to the ceiling.
Two tips (found below) I took advantage of recently: clear jars keep our bathroom organized and looking good, allowing quick access to the items we use most, and turning my towel edges to the back of the linen closet provides an orderly look every time I open the door.
Noting how my daughter Mathilda desired (or should I say demanded) her myriad bath toys be within easy reach, an adjustable bathtub storage basket was a thoughtful gift from Santa (though it didn’t get the hype Minnie Mouse did).
If you’re looking for more information, inspiration and practical advice, look no further than our Bathroom How-To and Kitchen Facelift features, completely updated with the latest trends, techniques and projects.