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Recipes strewn across the counters. Pots and pans threatening to take a nose-dive whenever you open your upper cabinets. A pantry overflowing with half-empty boxes, mismanaged spices, and sticky residue on the shelves. It seems that no matter what you do, your kitchen clutter keeps growing each day—and you’re fed up with it.
If the above scenario sounds familiar, you’re in good company. An article in The Huffington Post reports that 84% of stressed Americans worry about disorganization in their homes and 55% consider it a source of their stress. Given the kitchen’s status as the “hub of the home,” it’s no wonder it’s also the “hub of messiness.”
Fortunately, cleaning and organizing your kitchen can be virtually effortless with the right kitchen storage accessories. By following a couple of simple steps, you’ll have your kitchen clutter-free in no time!
Now’s your chance to get rid of unneeded items and tidy up your area. This step will not only clear your physical space, it’ll also clear your mind. Here’s what you can do to clean up your kitchen:
Once you’ve cleaned up your kitchen, it’s time to think about organizing. Simply putting your items back will get them out of the way, but things pile up quickly. Kitchen storage accessories alleviate the stress of cooking for a last-minute potluck or entertaining an unexpected guest. You’ll be able to find what you need at the exact moment you need it.
A tiered spice tray insert works well for the average spice collection. Simply place the insert in a kitchen drawer, organize your spices by flavor or name, and voila! Easy-to-find spices.
For those with a more extensive selection of spices, a pull-out shelf or corner Lazy Susan may better suit your needs. Again, developing an organizational convention will help keep your collection neat and tidy—whether you sort by name, daily use versus occasional use, or flavor.
You don’t have to own a restaurant to take inventory of your kitchen. Hang up a kitchen inventory sheet next to your pantry (Buttoned Up has a cute pantry inventory printable). That way, you’ll know what you need to pick up on your next trip to the grocery store.
Slip clunky items like bottles and plates into racks for rattle-free storage. Plate racks and wine racks can be integrated into your cabinet, allowing you to display your collections in style.
Wire racks create storage space out of thin air. Insert them into your cabinet doors to store bulky items, such as cereal boxes, fruits and veggies, and cleaning supplies.
Wastebasket drawers are a handy solution to prevent stinky smells and trash tip-overs. Safely store away your trash in a top-mounted wastebasket drawer or wire pull-out.
Looking to save time tossing recyclables? Select a two-bin or four-bin recycler pull-out for easier presorting.
Maximize your kitchen area by placing a rail system on the wall. A kitchen rail system is an organizational tool made up of a metallic rail and a series of hooks. These hooks may hold wire-frame storage containers, utensils, pots, pans and towels.
The result? A chic and practical way to keep everyday items close at hand.
Open up your kitchen with floating shelves. Available in a variety of colors and styles, these narrow shelves stand out from your wall without taking up much space. Adorn them with vases, canisters, bowls, and candles—decorative odds-and-ends work well with these shelves.
Keep your pantry orderly with a multi-storage pantry. Multiple swing-out shelves in your cabinet make it easy to store canned, bottled and dry goods by category.
If you need additional pantry space, consider a pantry-pull out. This 3-shelf drawer glides out for easy access to spices and small goods.
Utilize corner space with corner cabinet Lazy Susans and swing-out shelves. Both kitchen storage accessories enable you to effortlessly grab pots, pans, and food items. They can even be layered on top of one another for maximum area usage.
Store pots and pans in deep drawers to ensure they’ll never again be lost in the depths of your cabinet. Make sure to measure your pots and pans to select the right drawer height and width.
Want to further organize your deep drawers? Separate your pots, pans, cups, plates and bowls using deep drawer dividers.
Separate your utensils, baking sheets, cutting boards, trays and cookware with dividers. You’ll easily be able to find all your kitchen items without fumbling around for forks or knives (ouch!).
Tuck away flat items, such as linens and pot lids, in the upper roll-out tray of a deep drawer combination. Larger items, such as plates and cookware, can be stored in the lower drawer. This smart space-saving solution makes the most of your cabinet drawer area.
After cleaning and organizing your kitchen, the next step is to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Upkeep is smooth with the right storage accessories. Simply take the few moments to put your items away after their use, and you’ll reap the rewards!
Select the perfect kitchen storage accessories at Crawford Supply Group. Visit one of our Illinois showrooms to browse through our various kitchen cabinet solutions. You can also set up a free Showroom Consultation with one of our knowledgeable team members.