Kitchen organization and enough storage became a huge issue for me when we moved from Yellowknife to Dawson Creek, it meant I had to downsize!
My dream-kitchen in Yellowknife had a double oven, an island that housed a flip-up appliance centre, a roll out garbage, a huge pantry and walls of cabinets… no shortage of storage. My new 8 x 10 kitchen had peach painted home-built cabinets, no island, no pantry and very little counter space.
Eventually we gave the kitchen a facelift, but we did not add any additional space. Every time I wanted a pot, I had to get down on the floor and drag out the contents of the cupboard. I stored my appliances in the porch, and the freezer was in the basement. So my brain was brewing on how could I make this kitchen bigger without blasting walls. When the time finally came, and our finances were available – so was my design. I came up with a great plan on how to organize my kitchen with lots of storage.
Above Kitchen Cupboards: In my previous home, there was nothing above the cabinets. It was a good place to store things, but they got filthy from the cooking, and it was a greasy dust. I even lined the top of the cabinets with wax paper, but twice a year everything had to be taken down and washed… a huge undertaking.
In my new bungalow, there was drywall (walls) closing off the top of the cabinets – a sad waste of real estate. So in our renovation, I designed small cupboards above the cabinets. We installed glass doors and interior lights. This became my China Cabinet. It is on a separate light switch which makes a very soft welcoming light in the kitchen for a middle of the night snack raid.
Vertical Storage Inside Your Cupboards: If you have your platters and cookie sheets lying flat, there is a lot of wasted space above them, plus it is difficult to get the one you want (which is usually on the bottom) and my platters often get chipped in the process. This nifty organizer stores them vertically. Notice how they use all the space in the cupboard from the floor to the ceiling of the cabinet, and each piece is easily accessible.
Hanging Wine Racks: make excellent use of the vertical space in this cupboard which would have been totally wasted. They are easy to install, and no carpenter is needed to build a second shelf, and then try to finish it to match your cabinets.
Pantry Shelves: If your pantry is behind closed doors, you can add all kinds of hooks and shelves to stretch your space. A Drop Shelf hooks below an existing shelf. Here I have stored my Food Saver above the Deep Fryer. A Basket on the Shelf will hold a lot of smaller items. This basket has high sides and is perfect for all of my Kitchen Aid attachments. They are all together and easy to retrieve when needed.
A Shelf Basket frees up space from your kitchen drawers which are usually premium space. Shown here hanging from the front of the pantry shelf holding my appliance cords.
If you look around with an organizer’s eye, you will surely find ways to stretch your storage. Watch for ideas and new products in magazines and in your local hardware store. Look at ways you can get multiple use from items. For example, I have a Northern Cookie Jar which is etched and trimmed in 18 carat gold. Needless to say, it is too delicate to use every day, so it is in my “China Cabinet” looking pretty. However, I use it to store smaller items that are rarely but occasionally used.
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