Kitchens always look spacious and clean on the Food Network; no wonder cooks spend all day smiling in them.  So how come your kitchen never looks like the ones on TV? The biggest issue in your kitchen is probably all of the wasted space. Organizing your kitchen cabinets is a great way to utilize the once wasted space and make your kitchen a happy place again. Wasted space in a kitchen is the enemy of the cook, so figure out what items you really need in your kitchen (maybe your piles of old cookbooks that you’ve never opened need to go) and get rid of wasted space.

Wasted space appears anywhere in your kitchen. Wasted space on the counters, wasted space in the cabinets, wasted space in the drawers, and even wasted space in the refrigerator. These tips from the Container Store  can give you a nudge in the right direction to eliminate your kitchen’s wasted space.

Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

Often the biggest problem with standard kitchen cabinets in the home is the inefficient use of space. Shelves that have been installed by the builder are often spaced too far apart, leaving wasted space between stored goods and other shelves. Here are some helpful hints to assist in tackling this wasted space and make cabinets 100 percent more efficient.

  • When choosing an organizer, keep in mind that you want to divide the space. A free-standing stacking shelf placed on the current shelf gives you two complete shelves, where before you had only one. A much more efficient use of your space!
  • When organizing cabinets, you’ll find that you’ll save yourself a great deal of time (and even money) if everything is easily accessible. You don’t have to spend hours searching for that box of cornstarch you know you had somewhere and you won’t have to go out to buy a new box. A good idea is to group like items together in small bins and label the contents or even select bins that you can see through for quick identification.
  • Look for products that are specifically designed to tackle the hard-to-organize items in a kitchen pantry. Choose racks to keep the lids to your pots and pans (and even plastic food storage containers) under control. Your lids will be easily accessible and won’t spill out each time you open the cabinet.
  • Canned goods can pose problems in your cabinets. Because of the depth of the shelves, stacking the cans one in front of the other is just not practical! You will forget what you’ve got stored in the back because you can’t see it. Choose a tiered shelf organizer that provides you with a full view of your canned goods.
  • Many customers complain that spice storage is the biggest problem in their kitchen cabinets. Spices used most frequently can be stored on a countertop spice rack. To preserve the freshness of spices used less frequently, store them in a cool, dark place, preferably away from the stovetop.
  • Many times there is wasted space because cabinets are built so deep. A quick and easy solution to cavernous cabinets is to add sliding drawers. Made in a variety of sizes and styles, sliding drawers are mounted to the manufactured shelf and rest on gliders so that they can be easily accessed. These allow you to bring the back of the cabinet up front and center.
  • If you have a door in your pantry or kitchen area, don’t neglect that often wasted space. Our elfa Door & Wall Rack is designed to fit onto the back of a door. The system’s flexible baskets provide you with extra storage space for canned goods and other dry foods, cleaning supplies and even bottles of soda! The rack will ease the overcrowding in your cabinets and make it possible to have everything at your fingertips.

After reading these tips to fix wasted space in your kitchen there’s no reason you can’t get into your kitchen and be the next Rachael Ray, especially since you can find your EVOO easily now.

Now that you’ve tackled the wasted space in your kitchen, cleaning the rest of your house can be next on your agenda. If the rest of your home looks too daunting, you can contact The Maids to do the work for you.