Max­i­mize ef­fi­ciency in your kitchen by adding stor­age fea­tures that make the most of ex­ist­ing cup­board space.

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

USE THE BACK OF THE DOOR to add stor­age for mea­sur­ing cups, cook­ware lids, foil and plas­tic wrap, or spices and canned goods, op­po­site. “Mea­sure clear­ance from the bot­tom, top, and side of the cab­i­net frame to make sure you can close the door eas­ily,” says pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Kathy Vines.

PUT COR­NERS TO WORK with lazy Su­sans or pull­out racks, below, that pro­vide smoother ac­cess to con­tents. Add stick- on LED light­ing in­side cab­i­nets so you can see bet­ter, sug­gests pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Jamie No­vak. Even with th­ese up­dates, corner cab­i­nets work best for in­fre­quently used items.

BE SMART about how you store items. Take in­di­vid­u­ally wrapped items, such as gra­nola bars and small bags of chips, out of the bulky pack­ag­ing they come in and place in stack­able con­tain­ers. “Square con­tain­ers butt up against one an­other to take ad­van­tage of every inch,” No­vak says.

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