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Organize Your Kitchen: Storage Solutions and Decluttering Tips

| 1/20/2012 10:01:38 AM

The kitchen is one of the easiest places to find clutter. With a myriad of drinkware, all-occasion dishware, utensils and appliances, it’s not hard to overdo it in this room of the home.

The first step to organize your kitchen should be to analyze what you can get rid of. Do you really need a food processor, Panini maker, deep fryer and electric juicer? Probably not. Many appliances can do double duty, allowing you to purge your stash of underused utensils and free up storage space. (For a list of kitchen appliances that do double duty, see the article “The Minimalist Kitchen.”) This might also be a good time to go through refrigerator and pantry and throw out or donate any expired or unused products.

Some kitchen goods are just too good to go without, however. And if your kitchen is like most, you probably feel like you don’t have enough storage space—or that the space you do have isn’t being utilized well. Don’t feel overwhelmed! Organize your kitchen utensils, cookware and dishes and maximize your storage space with these handy decluttering tips and storage solutions.

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Utilizing hanging storage and storing food in clear glass jars are two ways to help declutter and organize your kitchen.

• Make use of turntables and Lazy Susans in both the pantry and refrigerator. These tools will help you to easily find what you need without removing everything in front of it.

• Tall cupboards? Make use of their height by placing a serving tray between two stacks of glasses.

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