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Streamline the Kitchen

Organizing Good Things 2005, October 2005

Efficiency and organization define this kitchen area. High shelving, wall panels that double as bulletin boards, and bins for sorting mail all help to open up the space and keep it from feeling cramped.

1. A shelf positioned just a foot and a half below the ceiling allows for extra storage and an opportunity to display cake stands and pretty bowls.

2. Cookbooks that aren't used every day are kept on the high shelf, away from much-needed counter and cabinet space but still within easy view.

3. Linen-covered boards are an attractive alternative to the refrigerator door for posting children's art, family photographs, schedules, and important reminders.

4. The ever-changing display keeps the area fresh and colorful, and makes redecorating an ongoing process.

5. Each family member is assigned a clearly labeled bin to keep track of mail and other incoming paperwork. Cup hooks, attached to the bottom of the lowest bin, hold keys.

Comments (46)

  • mrsnipper 7 Feb, 2011

    What about when you have NO wall space? I have to tuck my broom and mop behind the fridge.

  • michele50 15 Jan, 2011

    People forget that when you have kids you have lots of paper and schedules. Any help to organize is a great suggestion to use and apply to your needs.

  • harvetta 13 Jan, 2011

    This is soo below what I think and see as "Martha Stewart Standard" too much clutter. I am surprised at this kitchen

  • SuzanneBa 13 Jan, 2011

    That would suit my kitchen perfectly!

    I like an uncluttered house but my kitchen is very shabby chic (sadly more and more shabby at the moment) and it's the heart of the house.

  • carabau 12 Jan, 2011

    I agree with mahze and think a kitchen should not have paperwork all over. Just on the fridge! Kitchens should be organized but cozy and pleasing to the eye..

  • mahze 12 Jan, 2011

    This would drive me crazy. I think it looks very cluttered. Also climbing up to get anything off that top shelve would be major!

  • Sweeta1250 12 Jan, 2011

    Awesome...........thank you so much for the tip!!

  • barbsrose 12 Jan, 2011

    When the photo comes up press Ctrl and the plus sign on the number key line. That will enable you to enlarge the photo without downloading.

  • barbsrose 12 Jan, 2011

    Another easy way to enlarge the photo without having to download it is to right click and select view image. When it comes up press Ctrl and the sign to enlarge the photo. This is very easy to do.

  • housekitty 12 Jan, 2011

    To enlarge, right click on the picture and copy. In Word, paste it in then go to Format, scroll down to Picture, then hit layout. You can select any layout (Square, Tight, Behind Text or in front of text) and hit OK. The picture can be sized by pulling any of the "dots" around the picture. Easy peasy.

  • kalinn55 6 Mar, 2009

    It seems if I needed more space in my kitchen, I would put full cabinets on the wall behind the table.

  • Sharon Carbine 22 Feb, 2009

    myla08, bravo for telling us how to enlarge and shrink pictures. Wonderful!

  • Viper 22 Feb, 2009

    The first thing I thot of was, how nice! Followed immediately by, but what a pain the neck to keep clean. It seems no matter what you do, kitchens radiate grease, which immediately attracts dust. THAT is a nasty combination.

  • Viper 22 Feb, 2009

    The first thing I thot of was, how nice! Followed immediately by, but what a pain the neck to keep clean. It seems no matter what you do, kitchens radiate grease, which immediately attracts dust. THAT is a nasty combination.

  • beckj28 22 Feb, 2009

    Amen! MsFMG I agree it is a lovely concept but not a lovely way to spend a day ... cleaning all the muck that accumulates on them. EWW!!!

  • MsFMG 21 Feb, 2009

    Aren't you forgetting the fact that kitchens are for cooking, and grease collects all over, especially on open shelves. As attractive as they are, all those lovely bowls, pitchers and books will be dusty and greasy in a very short time.

  • MsFMG 21 Feb, 2009

    Aren't you forgetting the fact that kitchens are for cooking, and grease collects all over, especially on open shelves. As attractive as they are, all those lovely bowls, pitchers and books will be dusty and greasy in a very short time.

  • SMILETU 20 Feb, 2009

    I like the family bins ideas due to son will have a place for his daily mail and mail that goes out. I presently have a sweet decorative tin that hangs for mail.
    Like the self idea and putting decorate supports is cool also. Remember having a base below the shelves can hold hooks of choice to hang small items to go with your decoration.
    I already have a neat shelf with cookbooks, recipe box, assorted church cookbooks above my small low freezer in a cubby [filtered word]. Good Post

  • kitkat0708 20 Feb, 2009

    That is cool!!!! Thank you for sharing.

  • redcatcher32169 20 Feb, 2009

    How cool!!! I learn something new everyday. redcatcher32169

  • redcatcher32169 20 Feb, 2009

    How cool!!! I learn something new every day. redcatcher32169

  • myla08 20 Feb, 2009

    There are 2 ways to enlarge pictures, online. By "file", I think they mean whatever window is open on your screen, such as the picture above. While holding down the control key, press = [equal sign] to enlarge the image or - [the dash sign] to shrink it. OR, while holding down the control key, use the wheel on your mouse. While pushing [scrolling] it away from you, the image on your screen will enlarge. Pulling it toward you, the image will shrink. Both methods work very well. Good luck.

  • myla08 20 Feb, 2009

    I didn't know about the control key and mouse scrolling to enlarge or shrink the image. It works very well online. Thank you, Marleymae, or whoever shared.

  • Pickybingbing 19 Feb, 2009

    Must Have Those Bins. They look like some kind of desk top mail sorter but I can't find them on line.

  • nblack 19 Feb, 2009

    I love this idea--I have just the spot in my kitchen! I just worry about knowing how much weight it can handle--those bowls and books look heavy. And I thank all of you who taught me how to control and zoom--now I can see these tiny pictures better!

  • moj400 19 Feb, 2009

    I collect teapots and have a shelf just like this one in my kitchen. Cookbooks, too! Mine goes around two walls and over the doorway to my dining room. It was easy to build. Wooden shelf brackets, 1x8 pine boards. I put fluted screen door molding on the edge of the shelf boards. Painted everything. Then mounted the brackets and screwed the boards to the brackets, predrill first. I love the celery color!

  • gletay 19 Feb, 2009

    Right-click the pic; choose 'save as..' to your desktop. Open the file with Windows Picture

  • emilyteagarden 19 Feb, 2009

    DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO BLOW UP THE ABOVE PHOTO SO I CAN REALLY SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE?

    THANKS, EMILY

  • steinbecke 19 Feb, 2009

    I have taken thin drywall and staple gunned fabric to it. Make sure you hit a stud to secure it. This works great in a childs bedroom behind their bedroom door and keep all thier "Stuff" pinned to it. Tea cup hooks can hold sports medals, ribbons, jewelry etc. I made a large one and everyone always commented how great that was.....behind the door.

  • JJ4 19 Feb, 2009

    You can create a bulletin board using Homasote, available at building supply stores. It usually comes in 4' X 8' sheets and you can cut it down to the size you want. There is a website by the company and it has a dealer locator that you can use to try to find a store that carries it in your area.

  • PatKauf 19 Feb, 2009

    Can anyone tell me what type of "board" do I use to make the linen-covered bulletin board?

  • DarkRavyn 19 Feb, 2009

    you might be able to find those bins at a michaels art store...they have all sorts of things for organizing scrapbooking stuff and I think they just may have those there!

  • BostonJan 19 Feb, 2009

    Forget Martha's tip today - the tip about the Ctrl key and zooming from Schking is the best tip I've been given in forever!! Who knew? : )

  • Julieta7 19 Feb, 2009

    Yes, can someone please let us know where the bins come from? They look like metal and appear paintable--Love'em. Also love the color of the kitchen....

  • shyshaie 19 Feb, 2009

    Does anyone know where to get the bins? I like the ones in the photo.

  • schking 19 Feb, 2009

    If you have a mouse with a wheel, then press the control key while scrolling the mouse wheel -- that will zoom you in and out right on the page you're on.

  • karlakrafts 19 Feb, 2009

    I tried control = to zoom in and control - to zoom out. I love it! It worked! I learned something new. Thanks y'all!

  • stricklandpm 19 Feb, 2009

    "Guess you girls missed the post on enlarging the image. With the file open press the control key"
    What file? THis sure doesn't work on-line

  • marleymae 19 Feb, 2009

    and the '='. Sorry to be having problems.

  • marleymae 19 Feb, 2009

    the control key

  • marleymae 19 Feb, 2009

    All of my comment didn't load. Sorry. To enlarge the screen image press the control key

  • marleymae 19 Feb, 2009

    Guess you girls missed the post on enlarging the image. With the file open press the control key

  • m_w 18 Apr, 2008

    Yep, had to right-click the photo, save to desktop, open in another program. Not great detail, though.

  • mmsrjs 7 Jan, 2008

    I have an old "word perfect" and it works great to expand a picture, just copy, put arrow on picture, copy and take to WP and paste. then using the arrows you can adjust the size as big as you would like.

  • Mumsy 16 Nov, 2007

    Ditto! I'd love to be able to see more detail.
    Mumsy

  • JDK 15 Nov, 2007

    Would love to see a larger picture of the area--i'll check around the site and see if it shows up, but if anyone knows where, let me know.