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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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                    What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

                    What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

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                    Can I Be Creative?

                    The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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                    Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

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                    Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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                    Creativity Is a Skill

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