Organizing kitchen cabinets requires global thinking. Initially, taking inventory of all items to be stored in the cabinets determines where to locate them. Also, it is good to consider what items should be adjacent to in order to create a more efficient functioning kitchen. For example, storing drinking glasses close to the sink or refrigerator facilitates getting water or other drinks faster. For this kitchen, the ceramic mugs and glasses have been stored on two open shelves near both the sink and refrigerator along with tea and coffee.
The cabinets are shown in clockwise order around the kitchen. The first drawer next to the range held spices which have been relocated to the cabinet above on turntables for easy access and the drawer now has an assortment of cooking utensils. The cabinets above display the relocated spices and other cooking and baking ingredients while the cabinets below hold clear glass baking dishes and a top drawer containing cooking utensils. Above the range are the rarely used cookbooks. Three drawers to the right of the range hold the utensils at top and the pots, pans, and lids at bottom. Above the drawers is a cabinet full of dinnerware including plates and bowls. Next to the dinnerware is a corner cabinet filled with large mixing and serving bowls along with serving platters. Below the corner cabinet is a lazy susan (not shown) with more cookware, bakeware, and measuring cups. The narrow wall cabinet next to the refrigerator stores vitamins and medicines. Open baskets were used to store vitamins and medicines grouped by type and are easy to pull out of the cabinet without searching through a cluster of individual containers. Above the refrigerator are rarely used items including tin bakeware and water filters.
On the opposite side of the kitchen is now a relocated mixer stored in a base cabinet instead of a wall cabinet since it is a large and heavy appliance. Also, the cutting boards fit perfectly in the angled cabinet. Beneath the sink is now a bin with a handle and an open bin to store cleaning supplies. Six more base cabinet drawers complete the kitchen cabinets. The top two drawers previously had an assortment of loose items. Narrow open baskets were added to the drawers to separate writing tools, tape, scissors, etc. The glass dishes used to store food were all located in one drawer and the weight of the glass was too much for one drawer, so the containers were divided into two drawers. A drawer near the sink now holds towels and aprons folded neatly in piles. One drawer at the bottom holds drinking glasses and a collection of cans for a young member of the household to use for drinking and as playthings.
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