A cluttered kitchen is a recipe for frustration, but often the solution lies in space customization. Don’t be limited to the spaces or proportions your kitchen offers now, with the addition of some hooks, shelves and risers, and a touch of bravery, your kitchen can offer a lot more storage and organization opportunities than you think.
A Clear Counter
Keep counter clutter to a minimum by installing a paper towel dispenser and mug hooks under cabinets.
Double the surface area
Risers offer a stackable solution to a cluttered countertop or cabinet.
Put Walls to Work
Strategically placed shelves can put wasted wall space to good use and highlight your prettiest items such as wine glasses, bowls of fruit or matching mugs.
A mail organizer hung on the wall utilizes vertical space and creates a home for mail, keys or things you drop when you come in.
To ensure that a space meets your specific needs, do not be afraid to alter it. A closet should be as personal as the clothes they house. Take stock of your clothes, shoes and whatever else lives in your closet and determine what your specific needs are.
The first step to any re-organization project is to examine the items being organized. Examine clothes, shoes and purses for quality and style. Unless it’s a keepsake item, if you haven’t worn it in the last year, donate it.
Put special items in hanging garment bags and store near the rear of your closet, put the clothes you wear most often toward the front. Organize the rest by use: work clothes, weekend wear, and statement pieces.
Store special shoes in boxes. But for shoes you wear daily, instead invest in a shoe rack or small bins. Bins allow you to keep most-worn shoes together and near the front of the closet for easy access, and racks keeps pairs together and give delicate or expensive pairs their own space.
Should your scarves, purses and hats be cluttering the space, install a series of hooks on one interior wall or a hanging accessories organizer like this one from the Container Store. If you have more pants than dresses, a drop bar doubles the hanging space.