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Archive for Monday, July 16, 2007

Shelves, hooks help organize messy kitchens

July 16, 2007

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If you've got more kitchen gadgets than you know what to do with, your kitchen countertops are covered and the cabinets are overflowing, Woman's Day offers some ways to better utilize space in your kitchen. Some tips:

Go vertical

¢ Screw in cup hooks under shelves. Hooks will hold many more mugs or cups than shelves would.

¢ Mount a towel rack on the back of a cabinet door; slip pan lids into it.

¢ Hang often-used utensils on S hooks from rods stationed behind the cooktop. Several rod storage systems are available, but it's just as easy to use a tension rod or dowel attached to the wall.

¢ Install a magnetic strip along the backsplash to vertically store knives and sharp tools.

Found space

¢ The area between the top of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling is a good place to store attractive but rarely used serving pieces.

¢ Buy a large cutting board that fits across the sink to create more countertop work area.

¢ Put up a narrow shelf between the countertop and the cabinets. Spices or small gadgets will fit perfectly there.

Hide and seek

¢ Install a pull-out drawer in a bottom cabinet to tuck away cleaning products that don't belong near food or dishes.

¢ Stash infrequently used items (bread machines, food processors, good china) on shelves in the garage or basement. Tape a list of their locations inside a cabinet.

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