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Conquering Kitchen Clutter
By Debbie Williams
Did you know that 20% of the total items in your kitchen are used 80% of the time? Wow! If we only use 20% of the stuff in our junk drawers and pantry, then why on earth do we think we need MORE storage space? That's a good question, and below are a few tips to help you reclaim some of that precious cabinet space in your own kitchen.
- Take Note. Use a magnetic clip for the refrigerator to hold all those lists in place: grocery list, coupons, toiletries list, freezer inventory, etc.
- Stack it Up. Use plastic or wicker in-baskets and go vertical to utilize counter space. Don't spread; stack. Purchase wire shelves for pantries and cabinets at your discount store. These double the space for dishes, pots, and pans. Lid organizers and baking tray racks store stackable pots and pans.
- Hang on. Use over-the-door hangers or door-mounted holders to display pantry items. Holders for seasoning envelopes, spice boxes, and plastic wraps consolidate these elusive items once and for all. You can even buy under-the-shelf organizers for paper plates, napkins, and coffee filters.
- Take Stock. Keep a current inventory of freezer items (especially if you do bulk cooking) on the side of the fridge. Use a pencil so you can erase items as they are used.
- No more junk drawer? No way! Just use any type of plastic basket or cutlery organizer for your junk drawer, and clean it out routinely.
- Pretty is as pretty does. Since counter space is at a premium, don't display all your knickknacks on the countertop - hang framed prints rather than resting them on easels. Consolidate fridge photos with a magnetic mat, or adhere a magnetic sheet to each picture creating your own photo magnets. Store tall utensils in pottery or your favorite pitcher. This makes your favorite things do double duty, creating more drawer space and reducing countertop clutter.
By using some of these kitchen-organizing tips, you will reclaim storage space and cut down on the clutter in your kitchen. Keep your eyes open for storage containers and get creative with flea market items - remember, one man's trash is another's clutter buster.
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