When you are organizing your kitchen cabinets, it is important to think about more than just convenience and function. What you choose to store could be putting you at risk for various pests or may be affecting how much space you actually have to store the items you truly need. Here are some tips for what to store and what not to store in the cabinets.
Open Boxes of Food
Be careful when choosing the proper way of storing foods in your cabinets. If you are storing dry foods and ingredients, keep them in containers with airtight lids. This will help to keep out pests like ants and cockroaches. If you have a problem with pests in the cabinets, it might be due to open bags of sugar, rice and pasta boxes that aren't sealed, or open cereal boxes. Some pests only exist in the cabinets, looking for food items they can access. By keeping these food items in plastic containers with lids, you reduce the kitchen pests. If you are still having difficulty with pests in your kitchen cabinets, call a pest control company for additional recommendations.
Small Appliances You Never Use
If you are running out of space in your kitchen cabinets, it might be because you are attempting to store items that you never use. Take a look at every cabinet in your kitchen and take out any small appliances you have that don't ever get used. This might be a special waffle iron that makes heart-shaped waffles, an ice cream maker that has never been opened, or a bread maker you used once then stored for the next several years. Remove all appliances not being used and either sell them, give them away, or find somewhere else to store them. Also consider moving appliances only used once or twice a year to a different location, even if you decide to keep them.
Pots and Pans
If you have limited space in your kitchen, there is no reason to keep your pots and pans in the cabinets. You can leave empty space in your upper and lower cabinets for food and dishes, while storing your pots and pans on a pot rack in the kitchen. Depending on the layout of your kitchen, you can either place a pot rack on the ceiling above the kitchen island or have racks installed in the kitchen pantry to save space.