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What is the best way to store items in the kitchen for easy access?

When you’re figuring out where to store things in your kitchen, think about flow. You want to make it easy to prepare food and to clean up without unnecessary steps. For example, store your dishes near your dishwasher to make it easy to empty it. Store your food storage containers near where you would fill them. (By the way, I’m a big fan of storing food storage containers with the lids on. You can read why in this blog post.)

If you can, minimize the nesting of items, to make it easier to pull out (or put away) items like pots and platters. That can be challenging if cupboard or shelf space is at a premium, but try to store things so that you can access them with minimal effort (two saucepans resting next to one another, rather than nesting inside one another, for example). Or use a product like Rubbermaid’s Pan Organizer, which allows you to stack pans without nesting them.

Remember that the items that you use more frequently deserve the best real estate. Keep closest at hand the items that you use daily and store them near where you use them. For example, we have one drawer dedicated to coffee-related items. It’s near the coffeemaker and the refrigerator (where the coffee is stored). That stuff is used on a daily basis.

Items that you use seldom (a turkey roaster used only at Thanksgiving, or a blender that seldom sees a smoothie) can live in a more remote location, like the top shelf of a cabinet or even on a shelf in the basement.

Janine Adams is a messy professional organizer who loves helping others create order. The co-founder of Declutter Happy Hour, she believes in having as much fun as possible in the organizing process. Check out her web site at Peace of Mind Organizing!

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One Response to What is the best way to store items in the kitchen for easy access?

  1. Susan November 28, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    The refrigerator is death to coffee. It should be stored in an airtight container that is opaque. The moisture makes coffee go stale very quickly.

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