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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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                    Last Updated on September 24, 2020

                    17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

                    17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

                    In the movie The Matrix, everyone was intrigued with the ability that Neo and his friends possessed to learn new skills in a matter of seconds. With the incredible rise in technology today, the rapid learning in the movie is becoming much more of a reality than you realize.

                    The current generation has access to more knowledge and information than any before it. Through the internet, we are able to access all sorts of knowledge to answer almost every conceivable question. To become smarter, it’s more about the ability to learn faster, rather than being a natural born genius.

                    Here are 17 ways to kickstart your Matrix-style learning experience in a short amount of time.

                    1. Deconstruct and Reverse Engineer

                    Break down the skill that you want to learn into little pieces and learn techniques to master an isolated portion. The small pieces will come together to make up the whole skill.

                    For example, when you’re learning to play the guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

                    2. Use the Pareto Principle

                    Use the Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80 20 rule. Identify the 20% of the work that will give you 80% of the results. Find out more about the 80 20 rule here: What Is the 80 20 Rule (And How to Use It to Boost Productivity)

                    Take learning a new language for example. It does not take long to realize that some words pop up over and over again as you’re learning. You can do a quick search for “most commonly used French words,” for example, and begin to learn them first before adding on the rest.

                    3. Make Stakes

                    Establish some sort of punishment for not learning the skill that you are seeking. There are sites available that allow you to make a donation toward a charity you absolutely hate if you do not meet your goals. Or you can place a bet with a friend to light that fire under you.

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                    However, keep in mind that several studies have shown that rewards tend to be more motivating than punishment[1].

                    4. Record Yourself

                    Seeing yourself on video is a great way to learn from your mistakes and identify areas that you need to improve. This is very effective for any musicians, actors, speakers, performers, and dancers.

                    5. Join a Group

                    There are huge benefits to learning in a group. Not only are you able to learn from others but you’ll be encouraged to make progress together. Whether it’s a chess club, a mastermind group, or an online meet-up group, get connected with other like-minded individuals.

                    6. Time Travel

                    Visit the library. Although everything is moving more and more online, there are still such things called libraries.

                    Whether it’s a municipal library or your university library, you will be amazed at some of the books available there that are not accessible online. Specifically, look for the hidden treasures and wisdom contained in the really old books.

                    7. Be a Chameleon

                    When you want to learn new skills, imitate your biggest idol. Watch a video and learn from seeing someone else do it. Participate in mimicry and copy what you see.

                    Studies have shown that, apart from learning,[2]

                    “Mimicry is an effective tool not only to create ties and social relationships, but also for maintaining them.”

                    Visual learning is a great way to speed up the learning process. YouTube has thousands of videos on almost every topic available.

                    8. Focus

                    Follow one course until success! It’s easy to get distracted, to throw in the towel, or to become interested in the next great thing and ditch what you initially set out to do.

                    Ditch the whole idea of multitasking, as it has been shown to be detrimental and unproductive Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.

                    9. Visualize

                    The mind has great difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imagined. That is why athletes practice mentally seeing their success before attempting the real thing[3].

                    Visualize yourself achieving your new skill and each step that you need to make to see results. This is an important skill to help when you’re learning the basics or breaking a bad habit.

                    Take a look at this article to learn how to do so: How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results

                    10. Find a Mentor

                    Success leaves clues. The best short cut to become an expert is to find an expert and not have to make the mistakes that they have made.

                    Finding out what NOT to do from the expert will fast-track your learning when you want to learn new skills. It is a huge win to have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.

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                    If you need help learning how to find a mentor, check out this article.

                    11. Sleep on It

                    Practice your new skill within four hours of going to sleep.

                    Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, is a noted rapid learning expert. He says that any practice done within this time frame causes your brain to embed the learning more rapidly into its neural pathways. Your memory and motor-mechanics are ingrained at a quicker level.

                    12. Use the 20-Hour Rule

                    Along with that tip, Kaufman also suggests 20 as the magic number of hours to dedicate to learning the new skill.

                    His reasoning is that everyone will hit a wall early on in the rapid learning stage and that “pre-committing” to 20 hours is a sure-fire way to push through that wall and acquire your new skill.[4]

                    Check out his video to find out more:

                    13. Learn by Doing

                    It’s easy to get caught up in reading and gathering information on how to learn new skills and never actually get around to doing those skills. The best way to learn is to do.

                    Regardless of how unprepared you feel, make sure you are physically engaged continuously. Keep alternating between research and practice.

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                    14. Complete Short Sprints

                    Rather than to force yourself into enduring hours upon hours of dedication, work in short sprints of about 20-30 minutes, then get up and stretch or take a short walk. Your brain’s attention span works best with short breaks, so be sure to give it the little rest it needs.

                    One study found that, between two groups of students, the students who took two short breaks when studying actually performed better than those who didn’t take breaks[5].

                    15. Ditch the Distractions

                    Make sure the environment you are in is perfect for your rapid-learning progress. That means ditching any social media, and the temptation to check any email. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

                    Before you sit down to learn new skills, make sure that potential distractions are far from sight.

                    16. Use Nootropics

                    Otherwise known as brain enhancers, these cognitive boosters are available in natural herbal forms and in supplements.

                    Many students will swear by the increased focus that nootropics will provide[6], particularly as they get set for some serious cramming. Natural herbal nootropics have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic traditions to improve the mind and learning.

                    Find out more about brain supplements in this article.

                    17. Celebrate

                    For every single small win that you experience during the learning process, be sure to celebrate. Your brain will release endorphins and serotonin as you raise your hands in victory and pump your fits. Have a piece of chocolate and give yourself a pat on the back. This positive reinforcement will help you keep pushing forward as you learn new skills.

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                    The Bottom Line

                    Learning a new skill should be exciting and fun. Whether you use online courses, real world experience, YouTube videos, or free online resources, take time to learn in the long term. Keep picturing the joy of reaching the end goal and being a better version of yourself as continual motivation.

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                    Featured photo credit: Elijah M. Henderson via unsplash.com

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