7 kitchen organization tools worth putting on your Christmas listby Lutes Custom Cabinetry on 2017-12-28 20:36:39
It’s that time of year when family members and friends are asking you to drop hints about what you might like for Christmas. If you’ve been dreaming of getting your kitchen more organized, it’s highly unlikely Santa’s elves will have the time to reorganize your kitchen for you. There are, however, some practical gift ideas you could suggest to get your kitchen in order during the quiet winter days following Christmas. Then, you’ll have both the time and the tools for reorganizing your kitchen!
Here at Lutes, we are experts at customizing cabinets and drawers with organizers built just for your specific needs. If new cabinets aren’t in your plans just yet, adding a few utensil organizers could make life in your kitchen a little easier. Utensil organizers come in a variety of finishes and sizes to fit your drawers, and with your utensils neatly organized, they’ll be at your fingertips right when you need them.
Food storage canisters and containers
Not only are transparent food storage canisters and containers a great way to keep your food fresh, their see-through appearance can help you locate foods quickly without the hassle of sorting through half-used boxes and bags. Food storage containers are great for cereal, oats, pasta, rice, dried beans, coffee and tea, baking ingredients, bulk spices, and snacks. They also help give your pantry or shelves a tidy, uniform appearance.
When it comes to organization, there are a multitude of ways a label maker can be helpful throughout the home. In the kitchen, one of the best uses for a label maker is for food storage. Labeling food containers with the contents and “use by” date can help ensure food safety and prevent unnecessary waste. Labels can also be used for designating areas to keep like items together, such as drawers, baskets, or shelves in the pantry or freezer.
Removable, reusable labels
These versatile labels work well for labeling items you might have on display, such as canisters or decanters. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, and are typically larger and more decorative than the labels produced from a label maker. They can be written on with a dry erase marker and easily removed and reused for different items later…or when it’s time to wash your container.
Tiered shelves for canned goods or spices
After a trip to the grocery store, it’s easy to haphazardly stash canned goods or jars into the pantry, but it doesn’t make it easy to locate items when you’re scurrying to make dinner. Adding several tiered shelves to your pantry or cabinets is a great solution. They sit right on top of your existing shelves, and allow you to place taller cans, jars, or containers in the back and shorter ones in the front so you can quickly see all your items at a glance. Tiered shelves also work well for spice containers.
Under-sink storage solutions
The area under your kitchen sink can become a catch-all for everything from dish scrubbers and rags to cleaning supplies. In fact, when we build custom cabinets, we love to talk with our customers and come up with solutions for these challenging areas. Pull-out shelves for cleaning supplies or convenient, hidden storage for rags and scrubbers are a couple of the ways we’ve helped make kitchen storage more efficient for our customers.
There are a variety of products you can install on the back of your cabinet door or even ones that can be hung right over the door to organize items such as soaps, scrubbers, sponges, cleaning sprays, or boxes of plastic wrap or resealable plastic bags. Some retailers even have freestanding shelves you can add under the sink that are designed to fit around pipes, although additional items such as garbage disposals or instant hot water dispensers may make this a challenge.
In-cabinet dividers for pots and pans
Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of the cooking process is attempting to dislodge buried pots and pans from your cabinets. That’s why when we build cabinets, we often work with homeowners to incorporate built-in dividers to keep large items separated and easily accessible. Purchasing freestanding dividers for your cabinets is a great option to maximize and organize your cabinet space. Vertical dividers work wonders for tall, flat items such as cookie sheets and cooling racks. Horizontal dividers are great for pots and pans and can eliminate the need for stacking.
Cabinets that are custom built to maximize and utilize potential storage space will help your kitchen run smoothly and efficiently. If you’re thinking it might be time to add some custom-built solutions to your kitchen, just give us a call. We’d love to help!