A well-organized kitchen not only makes it easier to store and find your most-utilized gadgets and groceries, it makes cooking at home a less frustrating experience. Don’t we all wish our kitchens were this orderly?
As part of the kitchen makeover I’ve been doing this year, shelving organization has been something I’ve given a lot of thought.
Our kitchen is straight out of the 1950s, and one of our biggest struggles is the height of the cabinets – each shelf has only 10″ of clearance, which is a few inches too short for cereal boxes to stand upright (ours lay sideways), and too short to stack canned goods on top of each other to maximize the vertical space. Frustrating! Because I’m not yet in a position to replace the cabinets or redo the pantry, I’ve been seeking inspiration that can be applied to my own storage needs.
Maybe some of these ideas for kitchen storage can help you too:
Check out how the kitchen is set up for Jessica Bartley’s show EstheKitchen on Ulive – I love that mini shelf containing spices in what appears to be recycled baby food jars. So perfect, isn’t it? A great space saver!
For more kitchen organization ideas, browse through this gallery:
Installing shelving in an empty and otherwise unused corner is a good way of taking advantage of serious kitchen real estate. Consider your eat-in kitchen space too, you might find that there is an extra foot around the perimeter to slide in a wall-mount unit. If you don’t have a walk-in pantry, this is the next best thing.
For more ideas on creating a custom pantry, check out these photos:
Installing drawers in some of the lower cabinets would quickly help to maximize drawer storage. Store-bought installation drawer kits are available in many configurations, suitable for storing everything from appliances to plates and bowls to big pots and pans. I could also build sliding drawers similar to how I did in my previous kitchen.
Other tips? Share your tried-and-true ideas with us in the comments!