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Storage for Small Kitchens

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Increase storage in a small kitchen by installing cabinets, open shelves, hooks and pegs in places that often get overlooked.

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Dishware Storage Tips

• Store dishware, glassware and utensils near the dishwasher or sink for ease in setting the table and washing.

• Use open racks to store plates vertically or glass-door cabinets for an eye-catching look.

• Show off dishes with wall-mounted plate hooks to create decorative displays as well as storage space.

• Turn glassware upside down, and hang from a rack under existing cabinets to keep clean while freeing up space. Fit drawers with adjustable dividers to organize and store flatware.

• Store cooking utensils near food-preparation areas, such a divided drawers or hooks, for easy access. Utilize over-the-door space by hanging a shelf and displaying dishes or china.

Pot & Pan Storage

Pots and Pans Storage Tips

• Store oversized pots and pans in deep drawers with roomy storage. House lids in shallow drawers where they can easily be found.

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• Suspend a hanging rack from the ceiling to display and store pots and pans. Make sure the rack is high enough above the stove to prevent grease from coating them.

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• Inset a Lazy Susan or pullout shelves in bottom cabinets to safely store bakeware and ceramic dishes.

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• Store trays and baking sheets upright with dividers to make better use of narrow spaces.

• Create extra storage space for pans and cutting boards by installing a drawer in the toe-kick space between the cabinet and the floor.

• Place rows of tension curtain rods inside a cabinet to keep baking sheets and serving trays well organized.

Above Countertop Storage

Small Appliance Storage Tips

• Keep items you use every day at hand on the counter or above it.

• Store items used less frequently in base cabinets with a Lazy Susan for easy removal.

• Attach items, like microwaves, coffee makers and can openers, under a cabinet if possible.

• Build a mini garage for appliances by framing the area between the bottom of the cabinet and the countertop, and fit it with a bifold door or tambour door.

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Cookbook Storage Tips

• Store cookbooks and recipe cards in a food prep area for convenience.

• Keep cookbooks on open shelves or in built-in storage areas of your island.

• Install a hanging cookbook rack under a cabinet to prevent stains from spills.

• Organize individual recipe cards into plastic sleeves that can be bound in a notebook and stored with other cookbooks.

• Bring a bookcase into your kitchen, and top with a stone surface, such as granite, for cookbook storage as well as additional counter space.

Cookbook Storage

Table Linen Storage Tips

• Store linens in an armoire or chest.

• Allow air to circulate freely.

• Keep tablecloths and napkins in the dinning room to make more room in the kitchen.

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Food Storage Tips

• Organize your pantry with slide-out shelves.

• Provide enough space for smaller items, like spices and oils, so they don't get lost.

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• Store canned food in a cool, dry place. Discard it if it hasn't been used within two years.

• Store staples, like flour and sugar, in airtight canisters with labels.

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• Divide your pantry into zones for different items to keep organized.

• Add adjustable shelves to customize your pantry.

• Install roll-out shelves in deep or narrow spaces.

• Attach a tiered door rack on the back of the pantry door to increase capacity.

• Free up counter space by using drawer bins or baskets to store larger items.

Utility Storage

Cleaning Supply Storage Tips

• Install slide-out utility baskets so that items don't get lost in the back of deep cabinets.

• Insert an under-sink storage shelf that fits around plumbing.

• Keep sponges and scrubbing brushes in convenient tip-out trays at the front of your sink.

• Drape dishtowels and rags on hooks on the inside of cabinet doors.

• Mount paper towels under a cabinet near the sink.

• Mount hangers designed to hold brooms and mops in a narrow cabinet or closet.

• Fit a cabinet with a rolling shelf to allow easy and discreet access to a trashcan.

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