Week 2, Task 2: Tricky Kitchen Cabinet Organization Tips
Organizing Awkward Kitchen Cabinets
Most of us, myself included, would love to have a custom built kitchen. One complete with a deep corner drawer unit that eliminates the need for a lazy Susan. Or, a system that maximizes the dead space in a blind corner cabinet. Oh man, that would be awesome!
But alas, that is not to be our life. At least not for now.
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There are two base cabinets in my small kitchen that used to give me havoc. They are the:
- Lazy Susan
- Blind corner cabinet
If you're running into the same issue with your kitchen, keep reading to find out how I was able tame these two rebels.
The Lazy Susan
For years, I used this area of the kitchen to store food. After all, my Mom, Granny, and just about everyone else I knew organized their kitchens the same way. You simply spin the plate-like shelf, and in an instant you can find what you need right? It seemed logical enough.
But there are a number of problems with this arrangement. Unless you're fortunate enough to have a Lazy Susan outfitted with a fully extendable shelf or drawer (like the ones on the photo below), this cabinet will become a black hole.
A Better Way to Organize the Lazy Susan
One day, while visiting at a friend's home years ago, I noticed that she stored her pots, pans and strainers in the lazy susan. What a genius idea! Little did I know, that people had been organizing their lazy susans like this for years. I finally got around to implementing this is my kitchen and it has just been the best thing ever!
The Blind Corner Cabinet
The second area in my kitchen that is difficult to manage is the blind corner cabinet. Here is where I store all those annoying, but necessary storage containers. Systems designed for this tricky space start at around $400, and only go up in price from there. This clearly was not in my budget. So below was my work around.
Baskets to the rescue! First I drastically pared down my collection of plastic storage containers. I discarded the ones that had seen better days. Then, I donated a large box of them to friends, neighbors, and family members. I kept the Tupperware pieces that I liked, and grouped them, the casserole dishes, and serving pieces into baskets. The less often used items go in the back (the blind corner). The most often reached for items are stored in the front.
Voila! The whole process of purging and grouping only took me about 1 hour. If you're doing this challenge with me, why not take at least 1 hour or so this weekend to purge your storage containers and re-organize these two areas of your kitchen?
In the meantime tell me please, how do you organize your lazy susan and blind corner cabinets?