Proper organization and storage is essential in the kitchen to make preparing and cooking food efficient. You can make up for a small amount of cabinet and drawer space by using organizers in them. Lift-out trays allow you to store more cutlery and other kitchen tools in your drawers while organizing and prioritizing what you use most often. Rollout, pullout or stationary cabinet organizers give you the convenience of better organization and ease in getting items out when you need them.
Add shelving to your kitchen walls to complement your cabinet storage. You can store your dishware and glassware on these shelves to free up space inside your cabinets or drawers. Not only will these items be organized and out of the way, they can also add a design element to your kitchen by showing off your finest dishes and glasses. Measure your wall space to determine how much room you have for additional shelving. Determine the length you need. Use a pencil to mark the ends of the shelves on the wall. A level will help you keep your marks aligned. Don’t forget to note where your wall studs are. Use a stud finder to locate them and mark the location with a pencil. You want to position your shelving so that the support hardware can be installed into the wall studs. Cut wood with a circular saw to fit the required measurements, or buy pre-cut shelving boards. Remember that your shelving should be at least 10” deep in order to hold dishes. Sand the shelves with fine-grit sandpaper and then apply a wood finish to them, if desired. Attach support hardware to wall studs using 1” screws and a cordless screwdriver or drill. You can also invest in ready-made shelving and install it the same way.
Always wear safety glasses when working with a saw and follow all other safety precautions for the power tools you’re using.
To maximize pantry space, use wire organizers on the walls, or even on both sides of the door, to store spices and other items. Some cabinetry will also allow room for these to be installed on the inside of cabinet doors. Stackable containers can be beneficial in freeing up shelf space and consolidating dry goods and smaller items that need to be organized.
Use caddies or baskets to store kitchen tools and gadgets for quick, easy and organized access.
Hang pots and pans from a ceiling rack to free up cabinet space.
Use adhesive hooks to hang coffee cups inside cabinet doors, the wall or on the sides of cabinets. You can also use these to hang towels, oven mitts and potholders.
Installing magnetic knife racks on your wall can be useful in storing knives outside of drawers, but within easy reach.
Gain more counter space by using a rolling kitchen island. These can also be used as a location for microwaves, toasters or other appliances, to free up your countertops. The island shelves can also be used to store items.
Shelving can be installed over doorways and windows to gain extra storage area.