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Lennox Herald - - PROP­ERTY - Lor­raine Howard

If you have ever strug­gled to cope with the amount of items in your cup­board or have a small kitchen and need help or­gan­is­ing space then fol­low our guide to max­imis­ing stor­age units.

Open shelves let you dis­play your pret­ti­est kitchen­ware while mak­ing ev­ery­thing easy to spot and re­trieve or put away.

If you don’t want to take down ex­ist­ing up­per cab­i­nets but like the idea of open shelves, sim­ply re­move a few doors and paint cab­i­net in­te­ri­ors to set off your be­long­ings.

In­tru­sive plumb­ing pipes, the sink bot­tom, and pull­out hoses can make bring­ing or­der be­neath the kitchen sink a par­tic­u­lar chal­lenge. Choose stack­able acrylic or wire shelv­ing that fits be­side and be­low the sink U pope to make the most of avail­able space.

Add stor­age bins, shelves, and hooks in­side doors for more stor­age, and con­sider in­clud­ing some spe­cialty stor­age such as a holder for plas­tic gro­cery bags.

To boost stor­age, look for a kit that trans­forms the false drawer fronts on the front of the sink cab­i­net into tilt-out bins for stor­ing clean­ing items.

A deep drawer be­comes a safe har­bor for pots and pans near the stove­top. You can also use draw­ers to hold dish­ware by adding dish di­vider dow­els to keep plates, bowls, and saucers stacked tightly in place.

Make sure the drawer is equipped with qual­ity slid­ing hard­ware that can hold the weight of dishes when the drawer is fully ex­tended.

Add a pull­out rack in­side the door for spices. If you have more space, in­stall a turntable on one shelf so you can spin bot­tles of oils and vine­gars into view. De­cant other foods and spices into clear or la­beled con­tain­ers for quick in­ven­tory and easy stack­ing. If you’ve ever used a flash­light in a fruit­less search to find some­thing at the back of a dark cab­i­net, you’ll love this so­lu­tion.

Trade out fixed cab­i­net shelves for ones that ef­fort­lessly slide out. With slid­ing shelves, you can see items at the back of the shelf as eas­ily as dry goods at the front. A shal­low lip around each shelf keeps sup­plies from fall­ing off.

Keep items from rat­tling around in­side draw­ers by adding an in­sert or drawer di­vider that main­tains or­der so you quickly spot what you need. Fit small con­tain­ers be­tween di­viders when you have es­pe­cially tiny ob­jects to cor­ral.

You’ll need a place to store cut­ting boards, cookie sheets, muf­fin tins, and other items that stack neatly on their sides.

Con­vert a cab­i­net with di­viders and al­low these items to stand on end. It’s an ideal height and keeps them con­ve­niently close to your prep zone.

You’re more likely to re­cy­cle when bins for pa­per, plas­tic, and glass stow neatly in­side cab­i­nets near the kitchen cleanup zone. Pull­out cab­i­nets fea­ture cut outs sized to hold plas­tic waste re­cep­ta­cles that are easy to lift out and empty when needed.

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