Today kitchens are the centerpiece of the design of most homes. The “open concept” makes kitchen organization just as important for easy clean up as it does for ease of cooking. When a professional organizer sets up a kitchen we look for vertical storage, drawers, pantry and if lower cabinets have pull out drawers.
VERTICAL STORAGE – Often it does not exist, but can be claimed. Narrow spaces in lower cabinets often have pull outs for, well sometimes I wonder? Yes they can be for spices and oils, but many times the space is too small to see what is placed there. Consider removing the drawers and use for vertical storage. Also, over the refrigerator the large deep cabinet space can be divided for baking sheets, serving trays, cheese platters, cutting boards, and large seldom used items.
Drawers are so helpful in organizing your kitchen. For cutlery and cooking tools drawer dividers/organizers essential. Personally, there is nothing so inspiring as an organized flatware drawer! Either by purchasing organizers at a retail store or having custom ones made, this keeps things in order. Deep drawers are great for bowls, plates, and other larger items.
Pantry storage can be unique. If there is not room in the kitchen, consider using a closet, if one is next to the kitchen. Especially if the refrigerator is close. Then all food needs are together. I love having drawers in the pantry. They can be used to hold/contain things like baking items that are small, food storage things like baggies, aluminum foil, saran wrap, even chips and bread.
Lower Cabinet Pull-out drawers make it easy to access the back of lower deep cabinets. Personally, I do not care for pull out drawer boxes above waist height as you loose space where you gain access. The sides of the drawer boxes and glides and cause the loss of several inches at each shelf. Also, when pull outs are above eye level seeing what is inside is impossible. This is an important consideration for you when designing a new kitchen.
The most important secret to organizing your kitchen is to “reboot”. Don’t let past experiences form your plan. Often the layout is different, you have new items, and needs have changed. Keep it simple and do be afraid of trying something creative.