What to Store in Upper and Lower Kitchen Cabinets
The Promise of an Organized Life®
Do things get lost in your kitchen cabinets? Do plastic storage containers and lids fall out when you open a cabinet door? If so, then these tips are for you. An organized life is right around the corner.
Most people use upper cabinets for dishes. To make the most of the space, use a freestanding stacking shelf placed on the current shelf. This gives you two complete shelves, where before you had only one. Place larger plates on the main shelf and smaller salad plates or bowls above on the stacking shelf.
The stacking shelf can also be used to separate mugs from glasses.
Many customers complain that spice storage is the biggest problem in their kitchen cabinets. Those spices used less frequently can be stored in a cool, dark cabinet, away from the stovetop. Spices used most frequently can be stored on a countertop spice rack.
Finally, if you are using upper cabinets as a pantry, consider using clear stacking containers for boxed items like cereal, cookies and crackers. Stacking the containers lets you use the vertical space. You can also store staples such as flour and sugar in canisters on your counter.
Lower cabinets are generally the best place for serving ware, bakeware and pots and pans. Make the most of these deep cabinets by adding gliding drawers. Made in a variety of sizes and styles, gliding drawers are mounted to the manufactured shelf and bring the contents front and center.
Look for solutions that are specifically designed to tackle the hard-to-organize items in a kitchen. 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.