Lazy Susan Slide Out Shelves(photo courtesy of www.haskellinteriors.com)

“I can’t get to what I need”
We don’t always have the time to dig through our kitchen and get rid of the items we no longer use or only need once in a while. That said, this kind of clutter adds up and makes finding what we do want that much harder to get to. Combine this with spaces that are hard to reach and items that just won’t stack and you’re bound to get frustrated. At Florida Design Works we pride ourselves in building extremely functional, yet beautiful, kitchens for our wonderful customers. If you aren’t looking for a kitchen remodel, there still some things you can do to organize your kitchen!
Here are a few handy ways to make getting to those hard-to-reach items a little easier, and organizing your kitchen a breeze:

  1. Use lazy susans or swing out shelves in corner cabinets and anywhere bottles, jars and cans are crammed together. You can pick these up in any size from just about anywhere home goods are sold.
  2. Install drawer slides in pantries and cabinets- they do all the reaching for you!
  3. Install magnetic strips for holding spice jars. This will free up shelf space and make it much easier to find your spices. Place the strip near the work area you use the most so you always have easy access to the ingredients you need in a pinch!
  4. Store lids in plate racks. Lids for pots and pans often have top handles that don’t easily stack and are hard to keep in place. Store them horizontally using a plate rack instead, that way you don’t have to dig through a pile to get to the one you need.
  5. Use jars and vases to store utensils. Items like tongs and whisks can get tangled together easily in drawers. Try storing them upright instead. This will keep your drawers clutter free and make it easier for you to get to access the tools you need while cooking.
  6. Store ingredients like flour and sugar in clear jars with easily readable labels. This will take the guesswork out of finding the right ingredient. Add scoops to each jar to make measuring easier and tidier.

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