Check out this soup-to-nuts guide on how to store everything in your kitchen to make your everyday life just a little bit easier.
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Like most items, deciding how to store kitchen appliances is a decision made based on their size and shape, but also how often you use them. Our advice:
- Store appliances you use daily on the counter
- Store appliances you use weekly in bottom cabinets
- Store appliances you rarely use in a storage space.
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There are two options for storing baking sheets.
- If you have enough height in your lower kitchen cabinets, store them upright. This means storing them on their side to maximize space in your cabinet or pantry. A few options:
- You can also store them on top of each other in the pantry which will make them harder to retrieve, but easier to put away.
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The best way to store these heavy items is in the lower kitchen cabinets. You can either nest them together with the pot lids removed, or you can store them with the lids on lined up next to each other.
The third option is to use roll-out storage. This makes it easier to grab an individual dish because you can visualize the entire cabinet drawer.Continue to 5 of 24 below.
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Sort your cookbooks into two piles: frequently used and rarely used. Store the frequently used cookbooks on a kitchen shelf or in a cabinet so you can easily retrieve them. The others can go on a bookcase outside of the kitchen. Just make sure you know where they are, meaning, keep cookbooks together so you're not hunting and pecking for them when it's time to cook Thanksgiving dinner.
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Cooking tools + utensils
Spatulas, tongs, slotted spoons -- these should be stored very close to the stove in an upright, topless container. That sounds more complicated than it needs to be: Put them in a jar or similar, on the countertop, near the stove, so you can easily grab them. Here are some options:
Tip: Consider getting a dishwasher-safe container so you can throw it in the dishwasher once a week.
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Two things to look for in a coupon organizer: one, make sure it's functional enough to use in the kitchen (i.e. when you're clipping coupons, it's easy to slip the coupons into and has a pockets for built-in organization), and make sure it's light enough to travel well (since you'll be using coupons outside of your home).
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Store cutting boards vertically. I've seen people use a bakeware holder, a file folder rack, and a dish rack, but the best and simplest method is to just prop it against the cabinet wall for easy retrieval.Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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Food storage and food storage containers (see also: Tupperware)
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These may be the easiest thing to store in the kitchen. Three words: on a shelf. If you have open shelving, make this they aren't too miss-matched. You can also fit more glasses into a smaller space by installing an extra shelf
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Measuring cups are usually designed to nest together. If that's the case with yours, then place them in a drawer directly under where you do your prep work. Some people like to hand them on the wall - great - again, place them above the counter you use to do your prep work.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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The best way to store mixing bowls is to store them together, nested, in the cabinet closets to where you do your prep work.
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Store everyday napkins directly on your kitchen table in a tray or napkin holder. You can get a little creative here by making your napkin holder part of your kitchen decor. Formal napkins should be stored in a drawer.
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Store placemats either folded in a drawer, or in the center of the kitchen table when not in use.
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Plates and dishes
Plates and dishes may seem like a no-brainer--cabinets are built to hold them--but, you can squeeze in my room. By using cabinet shelves, you can double the stacking space in each cabinet.
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You can always store pots on a pot rack. The best option--if you don't want to display them on a rack--it to store them in a low cabinet in your deepest drawer.
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- Pull-out cabinet organizer may make it easy to reach your pots.
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I have a whole guide to the best way to organize your recipes.
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You can either store your roasting pans in lower kitchen cabinets or, if you are light on space, in a storage space in your home. If you choose to store them in a cabinet, store them upright similar to how we stored baking sheets, and remove the grid inside and store that separately.
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You must have a drawer organizer for your silverware. It just doesn't make sense to throw things into a drawer without a divider. Another option, which can be very chic, is to store silverware in a decorative cup.
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