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Maximizing Existing Storage

Don't feel limited by the existing storage you have in your kitchen. Take, for example, the cabinet where you store dishes and serving pieces. You can add capacity to that space by looking for ways to use it efficiently. In fact, it can be as easy as installing store-bought plate and bowl racks (1) to add shelves in between shelves; this can all but double how many pieces you can store. Being creative with the way you position items makes a difference, too: Dowels (2) and molding strips -- some placed horizontally, others vertically -- make room for large items stored standing up.

Arrange items in a commonsense fashion, either by use (baking pans all together, for example) or by shape (round pans within other round pans). Once your cabinet is organized, apply similar principles to the rest of the room, and see how appealing it can be.

Comments (6)

  • lenajostmoses 19 Aug, 2013

    I have a cabinet exactly like this and painted it yellow. The wrong yellow! Does anyone know the paint color?

  • Dean Ashby 10 Jun, 2013

    My wife was re-organizing our kitchen storage and used exactly the same concept mentioned in this article. She made use of light storage boxes that I got from the self storage
    facility, which were being discarded. She polished these and re-painted some to make the colors coordinated with our kitchen. She was happy with the outcome of her little re-organization project. She was glad that the mini self storage boxes came in handy. Indeed – one’s trash is another man’s treasure!

  • Dean Ashby 4 Jun, 2013

    This is a beautiful solution.

  • Sascha81 16 Mar, 2011

    They sell plate racks at Crate and Barrel. I saw them there (in Canada, but I bet they have it in the US as well) and they have two different sizes!

  • kfcassidy 17 Sep, 2010

    Where can I buy a plate rack like the one in the picture? I've looked everywhere!

  • vikingmaiden 27 Jun, 2009

    I just love practical organizing tips!