Unless you intend on remodeling or replacing your existing kitchen cabinets, you need to work with what you have. Use these easy steps to help maximize your existing cabinet space, without remodeling the kitchen, and stop wrestling with rolling Tupperware covers and unruly cooking pan covers.
Easy Ways to Maximize Kitchen Cabinet Space without Remodeling
1. Take Inventory
Remove all cooking items including pots, pans, baking pans, measuring cups and storage containers from their crammed spaces in the kitchen cabinets. If you have items that are so unfamiliar to you because they never get used, donate them to someone who can use them.
Other items to discard include stray storage container covers without bottoms. Reuse them as paint trays, in arts and crafts, or recycle them.
2. Sort: Daily, Entertaining/Weekend, Seasonal
Sort the items into different boxes, bins or their own designated spaces on the kitchen cabinet, at least temporarily. Cookware that is used almost daily, or every time you cook should be in one pile.
Kitchen items you use purely for entertaining including large pitchers or serving platters should go in another pile. Appliances or items you use only on the weekend, which could be grilling utensils, a pasta maker, blender or waffle iron also receive their own pile
3. Find a Countertop Home
The appliances which you use every day need to be left on the counter top. It may seem like a good idea to tuck them away in the cabinets to give you counter space, but this will become tiresome when you need the item every morning or at dinner time.
4. Uncommon Housewares
Restock your cabinets by placing uncommon housewares in the far corners of the cabinets, if you do not have pantry storage.
5. Hooks and Doors
Depending on the depth of your cabinets, you may be able to successfully hang small frying pans on the inner doors of cabinets. Use sturdy screw in hooks. Check that the hook size is large enough for the frying pan handle hole. Also be sure you can screw the hook into the door without it coming through the front.
Hooks may also be used to hang lightweight items including long spoons, pot holders, towels or measuring spoons.
6. Pull-Out Cabinet Racks
Install sets of pull-out cabinet racks to corral you pots and pans. These are less expensive than you might think.
7. Butcher Block on Wheels
If adding a stationary butcher block is not the budget, purchase a small butcher block on wheels. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to add countertop space and storage to the kitchen.
8. Clean Out Drawers
Use stackable storage bins to organize utensils in drawers. Remove any lightweight items including aprons which could hang on hooks behind doors. An instant way to maximize your kitchen storage is to lose the junk drawer. Buy appropriately-sized storage containers for batteries, stationary, office supplies, tools and any other items that have been taking up valuable space in a kitchen drawer.
Also make a separate pile for kitchen gadgets and appliances which have seasonal uses, including crock pots or holiday baking accessories. Baking accessories including rolling pins, cookie cutters and cookie presses may be organized into their own drawer, or in a storage container with drawers that fits into your cabinet space.
10. Add Corner Shelves
Take a hard look at your existing cabinets. Is there a place on the outside where you could add open corner shelves or short shelves for small items? The cabinet near the stove, around a window, or above a refrigerator could all be places where you can expand your kitchen shelving space.