How to Maximize Your Cabinet Space
We’re finally into March here at NuStone Transformations and that means two things:
1. The first day of spring (Monday, March 20) is around the corner
2. It’s time for spring cleaning
When it comes to tidying up your kitchen cabinets, it seems that no matter how well you organize your dishes, glassware and food containers, there’s just never enough room.
Of course, getting rid of unwanted clutter and items can go a long way towards freeing up cabinet space.
You can also choose to increase your cabinet space by undertaking a complete kitchen remodeling project.
But when it’s all said and done, you want to make certain you keep your cabinets roomy and efficient.
And you can do that by following these helpful and handy tips.
Plan first; and then store your items
If you take a good look at your kitchen (or perhaps your bathroom cabinets), you may find that things aren’t stored where they should be.
- You’ve got oven trays or muffin trays above the fridge, when they should be above or near the oven
- Cookbooks are kept closer than dishes or plates
- Heavy glass containers are stored up high while light plastic containers are stored down low
When reorganizing your kitchen this spring, there’s a few criteria you should use when deciding where to store your stuff:
- Frequency of use: The more often you use something (like glasses), the easier it should be to reach
- Weight: If possible, light items should be up high; that way, if they accidentally fall when you open your cabinets, they won’t break or damage your kitchen countertops
Lastly, you’ll want to organize your items in such a way that getting to them is a snap.
You don’t want to be pulling plates over bowls (because you could chip or knock something over). Rather, you want the plates to be beside the bowls.
Use the space above your cabinets
Usually, the empty space between the top of your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling is just a place for dust to collect.
However, you can store rarely used items there instead. They’ll be out of the way but still accessible whenever they’re needed.
Here’s what to do:
- Measure the space first so you know exactly what can fit there
- Purchase boxes (or wire baskets to store your items in); that way, you’ll have a nice, uniform look above your cabinets
- If using boxes, stick labels on the front so you’ll instantly know what’s inside without having to pull them down
Some great candidates for above-the-cabinet storage include things like:
- Small appliances
- Extra bowls, plates and cutlery
Plus, by creating more storage space, you’ll make your kitchen look and feel bigger than it actually is.
The backs of cabinet doors make for great storage too
Let’s say you’ve decided to update your cabinets with cabinet refacing.
When the cabinetry refacing process is done, the doors are going to look fantastic.
They’ll also provide you with extra storage too.
If your cabinets are deep enough – and if the doors are large enough – there may be space for you to hang certain items.
All you have to do is purchase easy-stick hooks inside your cabinet doors to hang items like
Or you can also install a back-of-the-door spice rack too.
That way, all those little spice bottles will have their own place to call home.
While you’re at it, the outside surfaces of your kitchen cabinets are a terrific place for organizing hooks strong enough to hold things like graters, measuring cups, tongs and more.
Get rid of things you don’t need
Perhaps the simplest way to maximize your kitchen cabinet space is to simply declutter it with items you haven’t used in a long while.
Remember that do-it-yourself sushi kit you bought? The one that’s still in the original wrapping? If you haven’t rolled any nori sheets yet, there’s a good chance you won’t.
The Jack Lalanne Fusion Juicer you picked up? The one that made orange juice taste like wet paper? If you haven’t used it in the last 6 months, you may want to consider getting rid of it.
Since March is synonymous with spring cleaning, there are plenty of things you can do with your unwanted kitchen items:
- Sell them and make some extra cash
- Donate them to a worthwhile charity
- Give them to a friend
- Throw them away if they’re simply no longer useful
You’ll be amazed at the before and after of how much room you’ll have in your kitchen cabinets once to get rid of stuff you don’t need or won’t use.
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Take a look at your kitchen cabinets.
When you look at your them, do you think (besides that they’re disorganized) that:
- They’re old and worn out
- They look totally out of style
- They just don’t suit your needs anymore
- It’s time for a new look