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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 to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

                    What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

                    If you’ve got a big block of free time, the best way to put that to use is to relax, have fun, decompress from a stressful day, or spend time with a loved one. But if you’ve just got a little chunk — say 5 or 10 minutes — there’s no time to do any of the fun stuff.

                    So, what to do in free time?

                    Put those little chunks of time to their most productive use.

                    Everyone works differently, so the best use of your free time really depends on you, your working style, and what’s on your to-do list. But it’s handy to have a list like this in order to quickly find a way to put that little spare time to work instantly, without any thought. Use the following list as a way to spark ideas for what you can do in a short amount of time.

                    1. Reading Files

                    Clip magazine articles or print out good articles or reports for reading later, and keep them in a folder marked “Reading File”. Take this wherever you go, and any time you have a little chunk of time, you can knock off items in your Reading File.

                    Keep a reading file on your computer (or in your bookmarks), for quick reading while at your desk (or on the road if you’ve got a laptop).

                    2. Clear out Inbox

                    Got a meeting in 5 minutes? Use it to get your physical or email inbox to empty.

                    If you’ve got a lot in your inbox, you’ll have to work quickly, and you may not get everything done; but reducing your pile can be a big help. And having an empty inbox is a wonderful feeling.

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                    3. Phone Calls

                    Keep a list of phone calls you need to make, with phone numbers, and carry it everywhere.

                    Whether you’re at your desk or on the road, you can knock a few calls off your list in a short amount of time.

                    4. Make Money

                    This is my favorite productive use of free time. I have a list of articles I need to write, and when I get some spare minutes, I’ll knock off half an article real quick.

                    If you get 5 to 10 chunks of free time a day, you can make a decent side income. Figure out how you can freelance your skills, and have work lined up that you can knock out quickly — break it up into little chunks, so those chunks can be done in short bursts.

                    5. File

                    No one likes to do this. If you’re on top of your game, you’re filing stuff immediately, so it doesn’t pile up.

                    But if you’ve just come off a really busy spurt, you may have a bunch of documents or files laying around.

                    Or maybe you have a big stack of stuff to file. Cut into that stack with every little bit of spare time you get, and soon you’ll be in filing Nirvana.

                    6. Network

                    Only have 2 minutes? Shoot off a quick email to a colleague. Even just a “touching bases” or follow-up email can do wonders for your working relationship. Or shoot off a quick question, and put it on your follow-up list for later.

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                    7. Clear out Feeds

                    If my email inbox is empty, and I have some spare time, I like to go to my Google Reader and clear out my feed inbox.

                    8. Goal Time

                    Take 10 minutes to think about your goals — personal and professional.

                    If you don’t have a list of goals, start on one. If you’ve got a list of goals, review them.

                    Write down a list of action steps you can take over the next couple of weeks to make these goals a reality. What action step can you do today? The more you focus on these goals, and review them, the more likely they will come true.

                    9. Update Finances

                    Many people fall behind with their finances, either in paying bills (they don’t have time), or entering transactions in their financial software, or clearing their checkbook, or reviewing their budget.

                    Take a few minutes to update these things. It just takes 10 to 15 minutes every now and then.

                    10. Brainstorm Ideas

                    Another favorite of mine if I just have 5 minutes — I’ll break out my pocket notebook, and start a brainstorming list for a project or article. Whatever you’ve got coming up in your work or personal life, it can benefit from a brainstorm. And that doesn’t take long.

                    11. Clear off Desk

                    Similar to the filing tip above, but this applies to whatever junk you’ve got cluttering up your desk. Or on the floor around your desk.

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                    Trash stuff, file stuff, put it in its place. A clear desk makes for a more productive you. And it’s oddly satisfying.

                    12. Exercise

                    Never have time to exercise? 10 minutes is enough to get off some pushups and crunches. Do that 2 to 3 times a day, and you’ve got a fit new you.

                    13. Take a Walk

                    This is another form of exercise that doesn’t take long, and you can do it anywhere. Even more important, it’s a good way to stretch your legs from sitting at your desk too long.

                    It also gets your creative juices flowing. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, taking a walk is a good way to get unstuck.

                    14. Follow up

                    Keep a follow-up list for everything you’re waiting on. Return calls, emails, memos — anything that someone owes you, put on the list.

                    When you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, do some follow-up calls or emails.

                    15. Meditate

                    You don’t need a yoga mat to do this. Just do it at your desk. Focus on your breathing. A quick 5 to 10 minutes of meditation (or even a nap) can be tremendously refreshing.

                    Take a look at this 5-Minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime

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                    16. Research

                    This is a daunting task for me. So I do it in little spurts.

                    If I’ve only got a few minutes, I’ll do some quick research and take some notes. Do this a few times, and I’m done!

                    17. Outline

                    Similar to brainstorming, but more formal. I like to do an outline of a complicated article, report or project, and it helps speed things along when I get to the actual writing. And it only takes a few minutes.

                    18. Get Prepped

                    Outlining is one way to prep for longer work, but there’s a lot of other ways you can prep for the next task on your list.

                    You may not have time to actually start on the task right now, but when you come back from your meeting or lunch, you’ll be all prepped and ready to go.

                    19. Be Early

                    Got some spare time before a meeting? Show up for the meeting early.

                    Sure, you might feel like a chump sitting there alone, but actually people respect those who show up early. It’s better than being late (unless you’re trying to play a power trip or something, but that’s not appreciated in many circles).

                    20. Log

                    If you keep a log of anything, a few spare minutes is the perfect time to update the log.

                    Actually, the perfect time to update the log is right after you do the activity (exercise, eat, crank a widget), but if you didn’t have time to do it before, your 5-minute break is as good a time as any.

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                    Featured photo credit: Lauren Mancke via unsplash.com

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