As we prepare to welcome fall and get back into a routine, you’re probably trying to organize your house post summer-chaos. As organized as we try to be, there is always that one awkward cabinet or item that try as you may, will always be messy and problematic. Great news! The problem isn’t you or your stuff; it’s the cabinet. Awkward cabinet spaces come in many forms, but so do the solutions. We’ll explore a few of these awkward spaces and items, and share some simple, easy to ways to enact them–no remodeling or overhauling here!
The Corner Cabinet- Known for its diverse ability to be everything from an unusable space, to a random catch-all, to storage for odd or oversized items, to an impractical Lazy Susan, the corner cabinet has become infamous as the most difficult cabinet in the kitchen. Depending on what you use your corner cabinet for, the lazy susan can be a great advantage. If you don’t bake often, the corner cabinet is a great spot for baking supplies such as large bowls and a hand mixer. Keep sugar and flour fresh (and know which one is which!) and ready to pour with a few of these handy, clear dispensers. Add shallow organizers to the turntables to keep measuring spoons and cups, mixing spoons, and cookie cutters things where they should be as you spin the shelves. If you use your corner cabinet for pantry storage, try positioning a few of these can dispensers facing the outside of the turntable to keep soups, sodas, or canned vegetables together and visible.
The Skinny Cabinet-While a skinny cabinet is best used for tall, skinny items such as cutting boards, cookie sheets, and cooling racks, it can be a pain when the cookie sheets nest in each other or the small cutting board you’re looking for gets stuck between a heavy pizza stone and a wood cutting board. Everything in the cabinet needs to come out just to reach one item. Install one or two cabinet dividers to keep your plastic cutting boards, wood cutting boards, baking sheets, and pizza stones separate from one another. These free standing bakeware holders have small ramps that keep round items from rolling and two side stabilizing bars to keep the largest to smallest items from falling over.
Under The SinkWhether it’s the kitchen, bathroom, or mudroom, those darn pipes just won’t get out of the way! You can solve this with an adjustable under sink shelf that will give you a custom fit around any pipes. A great, “why didn’t I think of that before?!” idea is to use a tension rod to hang spray bottles! This is such a simple space saver and leaves plenty of room underneath for baskets. Try these stacked slide out baskets to keep smaller under sink items like your extra supply of dish soap and scouring pads, or in the bathroom for miscellaneous makeup or hair products and accessories.
Short Shelf Space-The best use of short shelf space in the kitchen? Short items. The obvious choice is to
hide store spices, but we all know that it is nearly impossible to get to the bottles in the back without knocking over every single spice bottle in the process. At just eight inches tall, the Spice Stack is the perfect solution to organize all of your spices (27 full sized bottles!), keep them accessible, and behind closed doors when you’re not using them. Don’t store your spices in a cabinet? Try this wrap rack to keep foil, cling wrap and wax paper handy in a compact space.
Bulky Items-Where on earth do you store a blender, a stand mixer, a food processor and any other bulky item? In the basement! That is where my mother kept hers anyway! Thankfully, there are a few options for more practical storage of the heavy, seldom used items. Slide Out Chrome Oraganizers make storing and reaching your kitchen appliances convenient. Finally, the big, giant, one eyed, ugly monster of the kitchen storage war! You guessed it, plastic storage containers. In lieu of keeping the lids on each container and taking up more space than most of us have in our entire kitchen, try this double sided 2 tier sliding organizer. Keep short containers under the top shelf, larger ones on the opposite side, and file lids on the top. Have a lot of storage containers? Try this two tiered version of the sliding appliance rack. Dedicate the top shelf to lids and stack containers by size on the bottom. The best tip for food storage containers? Don’t hoard them! Only keep what you truly use and toss the rest.
It doesn’t take long to get your cabinets working for you. The best news is that there is a solution for every problem; you just have to look or think outside of the box for your specific space.
We’d love to know what some of your best awkward cabinet or storage solution secrets are! Leave your tips in the comments below.