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10 Ways You Can Manage Annoying Kitchen Storage

10 Ways You Can Manage Annoying Kitchen Storage

No matter how many drawers and cupboards you have in the kitchen, chances are they’re not enough to store the large amounts of kitchen equipment and utensils you’ve collected over the years. Below, we’ve collected some of our favorite ideas for managing kitchen storage, making better use of the space you have and ensuring the things you need are easy to find.

1. Think Vertically

Crichley kitchen by Naked Kitchens

    It’s time to add another dimension to your kitchen storage by making use of vertical space. In the kitchen above, large chopping boards have their own vertical storage slots, freeing up much-needed worktop space.
    Storing these boards vertically also makes better use of the space than if this small nook had been used for shelves — which would have been awkward when rummaging around for the right can or bag of pasta.

    2. Hang Supplies on the Inside of Cupboards

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    trash bag storage

      Bin bags are difficult to store – they tend to unroll in the cupboard under the sink, making a mess and getting tangled up in your other cleaning products. Not only has hanging these bags from the wall of the cupboard freed up space on the shelf below, it’s made the space neater and much easier to manage.

      3. Use Drawer Dividers

      drawer dividers

        Chances are, you already have drawer dividers in your cutlery drawer, but why not expand these for use in other drawers used to store other equipment and utensils? For example, sectioning off parts of your drawers can be an easy way to organize bags of rice, pasta, cans of food, spices, and more!

        4. Enlist the Power of Magnets

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        knife storage

          One of the major downsides of using knife blocks is the amount of counter space they take up. You may think the only alternative is to have them loose inside a drawer, but there is a safer option — using a magnetic strip!

          Head to Man Made DIY to learn how to build this magnetic knife strip, allowing you to hang your knives on the kitchen wall, taking up precisely zero space on your counter or in your cupboard.

          5. Hang Awkwardly Shaped Utensils

          utensil storage

            Utensils such as these can be hard to store due to their awkward shapes. Adding hooks to the back, side, or door of your kitchen cabinets is a great way make them easy to find when you need them, as well as clearing shelf space for more stackable equipment and utensils.

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            7. Use Ceiling Space

            ceiling storage

              Who would have thought that you could use the ceiling as storage space? This hanging shelf is an ideal way to store pots and pans without taking up cupboard space, and can even be used to hang pots and pans from – just watch your head! On top of that, this hanging storage unit can really make a focal point for the room, making your kitchen unique!

              8. Store Appliances in a Drawer

              traditional-kitchen

                If your counter space is at a premium, but you still need easy access to your appliances, why not try mounting it on a drawer, like this toaster. Just remember to turn it off when it’s stowed away!

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                9. Give Lids Their Own Hidden Drawer

                saucepan lid storage

                  This kitchen makes use of a slim drawer on top of the main pots and pan drawer to store lids, avoiding the hassle of having to sort through them to find the right lid. What’s more, the additional drawer appears hidden when closed, resulting in a neat look to the kitchen!

                  10. Install a Pull-Down Cupboard

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                    These pull-down cupboards make it so easy to find what you’re after, making efficient use of space that would otherwise have gone to waste – ideal for smaller kitchens where you need every inch of space possible!

                    Featured photo credit: Naked Kitchens via nakedkitchens.com

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                    16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

                    16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

                    The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

                    How about a unique spin on things?

                    These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

                    1. Empty your mind.

                    It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

                    Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

                    Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

                    Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

                    How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

                    2. Keep certain days clear.

                    Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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                    This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

                    3. Prioritize your work.

                    Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

                    Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

                    Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

                    How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                    4. Chop up your time.

                    Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

                    5. Have a thinking position.

                    Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

                    What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

                    6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

                    To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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                    Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

                    7. Don’t try to do too much.

                    OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

                    8. Have a daily action plan.

                    Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

                    Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

                    9. Do your most dreaded project first.

                    Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

                    10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

                    The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

                    11. Have a place devoted to work.

                    If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

                    But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

                    Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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                    Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

                    12. Find your golden hour.

                    You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

                    Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

                    Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

                    Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

                    13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

                    It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

                    By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

                    Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

                    14. Never stop.

                    Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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                    Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

                    There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

                    15. Be in tune with your body.

                    Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

                    16. Try different methods.

                    Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

                    It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

                    Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

                    Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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