Get Organized in the Kitchen

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5 Minutes
I am not naturally an organizer. My husband is the good administrator, but I love to be organized. When we retired we purchased a home less than half the size of the home we owned to raise our children. I still love to can, bake, and cook for holidays and wanted to keep all my appliances and tools. However, now I did not have near the room. Then I thought about the wasted space in my cabinets. Space is precious to me now! Here are three ideas we adapted to make more room. They all simply hang. There was nothing to install or put together.
First, we added a door hanger on our pantry for those items I reach for when cooking or baking. This saved the big shelves inside the pantry for larger items purchased in bulk or larger canning pots.
Second, I purchased cabinet door hangers for my pot lids to hang in the same cabinets as I keep my pots and pans. I purchased 2 hangers for all my lids. They each hold four lids. It is handy because my pots are on the shelf stacked by size like the lids. This left an extra shelf for my food processor and excess canning tools as well as my electric roaster.
Our third addition was for the cutting boards and cookie sheets. This rack is small enough to fit the average cabinet door, but deep enough to hold 3 cutting boards and two cookie sheets. There is a smaller cutting board inside the cookie sheet. The hangers can be purchased on Amazon, Walmart online, or various catalogs with home improvement gadgets. They are sturdy, well built, and so easy to install. These three simple steps gave me more room, ease to reach the items more commonly used, and peace of mind to know where they are at the touch of a finger.
A final addition to our kitchen was an island re-purposed from a cabinet with two drawers. I had roller feet re-purposed from a former project. The island can be moved as needed and adds storage and surface top on which to work. The top is metal and has a fold out extension built on the back to double the cabinet work surface. The large metal surface allows me to work with hot appliances and pans when doing my canning without a need to protect the top from the heat. The cabinet on wheels took a weekend of work, but it was free from street curb treasures and supplies on hand.

Suggested materials:

  • Pantry door hanger   (Walmart online)
  • 2 cabinet door hangers for pot lids   (Walmart online)
  • Cabinet door hanger for cutting boards and cookie sheets   (Collectibles catalog)

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  • Wendy Wendy on Oct 19, 2017
    I'm so glad you shared your awesome idea! Thank you! :)

    • DesertRose DesertRose on Oct 27, 2017
      Wendy, Thank you for viewing. I hope it helps others out there trying to get some space used more efficiently.