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Kitchen Organization — Challenging Spaces

The kitchen is one of the most requested areas my Professional Organizing company gets called to work on. It makes sense as it‘s usually the hub in most households — especially with families. It‘s not easy to keep a kitchen organized when you have shallow shelves, narrow drawers (try to fit in the oversized potato masher), and awkward appliances that weren‘t around when your vintage home was being built!

Corner cabinets, especially, are the most challenging to keep neat, find what you‘re looking for, and maximizing the space. Whether they are your upper or lower cabinets, here are some expert tips.

The first step is always to embrace the “less is more” attitude as it will save you from being frustrated every time you step into your kitchen and try to prepare a meal. Kitchens are infamous for housing items you might only use occasionally so relocate (or better yet re-gift or try to sell or donate) the panini press, ice cream maker, souvenir cups, avocado slicer, etc. (you know what you have that you don’t use!)

For the upper corner cabinet, this expert (and me) suggests using a large lazy susan. My prior condo had a very deep, spacious corner cabinet and without the large lazy susan — maybe 16 or 18 inch — I wouldn‘t have been able to find or reach anything in the space. The back spins around to become the front and the front becomes the back! I kept my everyday go-to items: measuring cup, various cooking oils, go-to seasoning like salt/pepper, and my canister of oatmeal.

Also use shallow, clear bins with handles if you have an L-shaped corner cabinet so they line up flush against the back of the cabinet. Use for pantry items and sort and label pasta, rice, snacks.

For the base corner cabinet, you might already have an attached two-tiered lazy susan. Or you could install one. Use this space for bulkier items. Right now, I‘m using two that we have for: round mixing bowls, salad spinner, colanders, blender, and a small bin for the mixer attachments. Plus, there is room for a variety of small and strange shaped baking dishes I inherited from my mother-in-law which I am putting to good use in our household of 2 since they are very easily accessible.

Or you could install a swing-out shelf organizer. This is also known as a blind corner cabinet organizer for lower kitchen cabinets for the cabinet that is the “black hole”, and you have no idea what you‘ve stored there — and therefore, rarely get used. By pulling the bottom or top tier toward you, the entire shelf comes forward and out of the cabinet. This is most ideal for smaller appliances that are bulky — like the coffee bean grinder, immersion blender, small juicer, rice cooker, etc.

Please call for kitchen organizing. We can make you very happy with the kitchen that is driving you crazy.

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