Look for creative ways to uti­lize ev­ery inch of your cook­ing area and you might be sur­prised by how much you can fit in.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER RE­NEE FREEMON MUL­VI­HILL

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.

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