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Recipe to Remove Small Kitchen Frustrations

This post was generously written by professional organizer Lea Schneider owner of Organize Right Now, LLC. Lea works in Pensecola, Fl and writes a fabulous blog. Feel free to reach out to her if you could use some help organizing!

It was a recipe for frustration.

Take four children under the age of six; add two parents, occasional babysitters, grandmothers, a kitchen without enough cabinet space and an economy not conducive to home remodeling. Mix it all together and it spells chaos. That’s when my phone rang.

The mission was to see if I could create more space in a modern kitchen with limited storage. I can tell you that it is a real challenge in newer homes. Since they are designed with an open concept, it becomes very difficult as overhead cabinets are often eliminated in favor of a view.

As a professional organizer, I often deal with too-much-stuff in too-little space. Most often, we spend our time dealing with the too-much-stuff part of the job by making good decisions about what to keep. But what if you’ve already eliminated the clutter and you really need to keep what is left? That’s sums up this organizing adventure.

I have to say that making enough space for this large family to really cook and enjoy family meals was made possible by three things:
1.    They were open to new ways to organize the kitchen.
2.    There was under-utilized laundry room storage.
3.    My very favorite organizing product, Rubbermaid Slide ‘n Stack Sliding Baskets, fit the space perfectly!

In the adjacent laundry room, we cleared built-in lower cabinets of their typical laundry room clutter. Out went the citronella candles, dog biscuits, flower vases, assorted light bulbs and miscellaneous cleaning products. The usable items went to new suitable homes.

Rubbermaid’s Slide N Stack Sliding Baskets were quickly installed in the cabinets that you once needed to sit on the floor with a flashlight to access. Now, everything stored was easily at their fingertips. 

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Frequently used food items, such as snacks and breakfast cereals, were left in the small pantry in the kitchen. All of the dinner ingredients, such as rice and pastas, were moved to the baskets in the laundry room. Labels made it quick to find what was needed.

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Not only did the baskets add a tremendous volume of space to the kitchen, it made grocery shopping easier. It is simple to see if more rice or soups are needed or if plenty are on hand.

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7 Responses to Recipe to Remove Small Kitchen Frustrations

  1. Erin Gentry February 4, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Hi Hank,
    For boxes of wax paper, we make a Wrap and Bag Caddy (http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatName=KitchenAccessories&SubcatId=CabinetOrganization&Prod_ID=RP091530) that can be stored on the back of your door.
    We also make an Over the Door Organizer (http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatName=KitchenAccessories&SubcatId=PantryOrganization&Prod_ID=RP091349) that can be used to store boxes, etc. on the back of a pantry door.
    Check out our new pantry products (http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/Category.aspx?CatName=NewProducts) that might allow you to organize there things on your pantry shelf using space that is often wasted/not used efficiently.
    Hope that helps,
    Erin

  2. Hank Goldman February 4, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I am looking for products that can be attached to the back of kitchen closet doors that will hold boxes of wax paper or aluminum
    foil etc. Also items that will hold smaller items.
    Please contact me at sunhank@bellsouth.net

  3. MAS January 31, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I just figured out where the lid should be stored until needed: In the drawer, under the container! Please design / develop / dimension accordingly.

  4. Erin Gentry January 31, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Thanks for sharing the creative use of our totes! That sounds like you found a great solution to a problem :)
    I’ll let our research and development team know about your request and see if there is a greater need for such a product.
    Thanks!

  5. MAS January 31, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    I have a similar request for kitchen drawer organization. More specifically, relating to storage and/or moving needs. This need came about when my landlord requested that all cabinets and drawers be emptied for annual preventive pest control treatment. What a chore! The immediate solution resulted in a pile of utensils and gadgets on the dining table.
    A week later I stumbled upon a solution when I purchased a Rubbermaid Latching Clear Storage Tote that I hoped would be useful for storing folded ties in my bedroom closet. On a whim I took the container to the kitchen to see if it would fit in the drawers. Although it isn’t a perfect fit, I am pleased with the solution. The model number appears to be 3Q16. I plan on buying a few more.
    I could really get excited about a series of containers developed to fit the various standardized (mostly) kitchen cabinet drawer sizes. Something like a drawer liner (with a lid to be stored elsewhere until needed). I especially see this being convenient the next time I move: take the container out, put the lid on, and the packing is done!

  6. Erin Gentry January 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Jacob, we do not make customized drawer trays. You can try our interlocking drawer organizers to make your own configuration. I’m not sure if that will fit your needs or not.

  7. Jacob Goldman January 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    I am looking for customized drawer trays.

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