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How to Maximize Storage Space


Kitchen Storage Space
If you can't get a larger kitchen, you can fix the one you have.
If you can't get a larger kitchen, you can fix the one you have.
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  • ­­An efficient kitchen saves both time and steps. Make sure your kitchen offers an efficient and effective work triangle. The work areas should be between 4 and 9 feet from one another. Shorter distances mean you are too cramped; longer ones mean you mu­st take tiring extra steps. If you're not remodeling, consider moving the refrigerator or the range if your kitchen is extremely inefficient.
  • Store dinnerware and cutlery near the dishwasher so that it can be emptied quickly and easily.
  • Keep placemats flat and out of the way by hanging them on a clipboard hung from a hook inside a cabinet or pantry door.
  • Free up counter space by putting your microwave on a shelf above the counter.
  • To make the most of available space when storing tapered glassware, position every other glass upside down.
  • Hang your sharp knives inside or on the side of a high cabinet to save drawer space and keep them out of the reach of children.
  • To economize on drawer space, arrange wooden spoons and other utensils bouquet-style in a handsome pitcher or canister.
  • If you lack drawer space for kitchen linens and towels, store them in baskets on the counter.
  • If you don't have cabinet space for your pots and pans, put a small wooden ladder -- painted to match your kitchen -- in a corner and place the pots and pans on the steps.