1. Hang anything
Consider using the walls to hold items
you use a lot, like wine glasses or
coffee mugs. Install a pot rack to keep
often-used pots and pans within easy
reach, but off of the counter.
2. Organize without
Drawer dividers are excellent space
savers. You can install a tiered shelf
for kitchen cleaning supplies. Ones
with slide-out drawers are great for
organizing pots and pans. If you have
a pantry, use over-the-door shoe
storage units—they double very well
for holding snack boxes and other
3. Use space wisely.
You don’t need to hide everything from sight—that just isn’t practical. Think about
the items you use the most, and either keep them on the counter or in a designated
4. Don’t be afraid to
Use decorative bowls or baskets to
keep items together. Use an inverted
rack to hang glass stemware and keep
items off the counter.
5. Use furniture for
Baker’s racks are perfect because,
spatially, they have minimal impact,
but they provide a lot of storage. You
can store nearly anything small to mid-
size in them, such as your toaster
oven, a Lazy-Susan to consolidate
your spice collection, or a coffee mug
6. Use other spaces.
Lastly, if you find you’ve done all you can without fully renovating your kitchen and still
need additional space, consider storing items in an adjacent room.
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