QUICK & EASY SOLUTIONS: PUT UNUSED SPACE TO WORK
Look for creative ways to utilize every inch of your cooking area and you might be surprised by how much you can fit in.
ENLIST CABINET DOORS for storage. Wood strips with labeled hooks on the inside of a cabinet door, opposite, make it easy to grab the desired measuring cup or spoon. Also consider hanging barbecue tools here—they’re usually too long for drawers, says professional organizer Kathy Vines.
LOOK DOWN AND UP for slivers of space you can use. Add slim drawers to the toe- kick area underneath cabinets, below. If the spot is big enough, you can slip in a pet’s food and/or water bowl. In the area above the cabinets, store decorative objects or less frequently used vases and pitchers.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PANTRY by expanding storage capacity in any extra space between shelves. “Put in a tension rod and hang a sweater or shoe organizer for instant shelving for things like extra paper products,” Vines suggests. Or use a shelf riser to add another layer of storage.