Your kitchen cabinets may need a lot of help. Right now, it may look like you have more dishes and cups than what your cabinets can handle. If you open a door in your kitchen and everything comes cascading out across your countertops, you need some help with organization. It's easier than you think and it doesn't have to cost you a lot of money.
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Crowded cabinets don't just happen over night. It takes years for them to get so accumulated. The best way for you to get started is to empty them out completely and go through them individually to see what's what.
There may be plastic cups from every theatre and stadium in town that you collected over the years. How often do you actually use these? If they are keepsakes and you never use them, your kitchen cabinets may not be the best place for them - so go ahead and find a new place for them - like in your den where they can get the attention that they deserve.
What else is in your cabinets? If you have things that you don't use, be honest with yourself to determine if you actually want to keep them. You may have a significant amount of stuff that can be sold at a garage sale or donated to a good cause. This can help to clear out a lot of space.
Organize the Uppers and Lowers
The upper cabinets should be for the easy to reach items that you use on a regular basis. This is going to include everything from cups and plates to spices and oil. Depending on where your cabinets are in the kitchen, you may want to keep the items that you use for cooking closest to the stove for convenience.
The lower cabinets are going to be for the harder to reach items that you may not use every day. A home organizing service may be able to help you get creative with the space so that things are no longer stuffed inside. If you have a lot of counter space but no space inside your cabinets, it may also be advantageous to put an appliance or two that you don't normally keep on the counter - such as a food processor or waffle iron.
Pots and pans are likely going to be stored below - though if you have a kitchen island, you may want to store them there. If you have a large floor space in the kitchen with no island, there are reasonable alternatives. For example, you can buy a ceiling rack for the purpose of hanging pots and pans if you are short on space.
If you hire a professional kitchen organizer, you can get tips on how to store everything in a way that makes sense for the flow of your kitchen. There may be ways to add shelves in your kitchen or stack items in a creative manner so that you have room for all you need when you are ready to start cooking or baking.
Organization only works if you are going to keep it going. If you try to organize in a way that doesn't make sense for the way you use your kitchen, it's only a matter of time before things go back to the way they were. This means that you will have wasted your time (and your money) for no reason.
Choose an organizer that is going to focus on you and your cooking habits - and don't be afraid to speak up when you see them doing something that isn't realistic for you.
Whether you organize on your own or with a home organizing service, you have to make the most out of your space. When you can't add more cabinets, you have to get rid of some of what's being stored inside of them or think about ways to maximize the space.
Organizing your kitchen can make it a joy to cook and bake in again because you'll be able to get into a routine. Imagine how nice it will be when you can find everything without digging through those cabinets.
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