A Guide to Saving Space Inside Your Kitchen Cabinet
Corner cupboards are a great idea for making use of all your kitchen space but they’re really a pain to get into. Reaching for what you need in the back of a corner cupboard usually involves getting onto all fours and sticking your head in the cupboard to scratch around for the salad bowl you’re looking for. You’ll most likely bump your head as you slowly retreat.
This makes us all think that someone could really have thought of a more convenient way of storing and accessing kitchen items. The great news is, someone did! It wasn’t Susan, whoever Susan is…but we know for sure that whoever she was, she was lazy. Just like us. Who wants to crawl halfway into a cupboard for a salad bowl or pot when a rotating table can simply bring it right to the front for you with a single spin of a finger? Definitely not (lazy) Susan.
The Low-Down on Lazy Susan Cabinets
A Lazy Susan is a set of shelves with a rotating base. It can be a single or multi-tier design that rotates 360 degrees, very much like a turntable. Although they make finding and reaching items in any cupboard convenient, they are especially handy in corner cupboards where items are especially hard to get to.
Lazy Susan Cabinet Benefits
A Lazy Susan cabinet helps you to organize and find even the smallest items with ease. Whether it’s spices, condiments, or cake sprinkles, there is no need to dig to find it. The rotating mechanism brings the items at the back of the cupboard to you. It’s also simple to put them back in their place which means things stay more organized for longer.
In addition, the tiered shelves help you better make use of the vertical space in the cupboard which would otherwise go unused. Some cupboards can fit two Lazy Susans which allows full utilization of vertical and horizontal space.
Other Ways to Save Kitchen Cabinet Space
Pots and pans take up a lot of cupboard space. Unless you have them hanging from a rack or beam, they are generally stacked inside each other. A great way to store these bulky items without causing scratches or rust is by getting a cookware organizer. These racks fit inside your cupboard and can generally be configured according to the space available and the size of your pots or pans with adjustable rack height.
The rack stacks vertically which means you make optimal use of cupboard space that would otherwise be wasted. You can store pots with their lids in the rack or use a separate rack for flat items such as lids, chopping boards, and baking sheets.
Another handy storage unit to get for your pantry is a can organizer. You can store a range of small and large cans in these multi-level racks. These units make it easy to grab what you need without everything tumbling over and can also be used for canned beverages, jams, and other condiments.
Stacking clear containers
Clear airtight plastic containers are a great way to keep items fresh and visible. Stackable sets allow you to see how much of what is left in the pantry. They prevent items from staying hidden in the back of the cupboard where they just get old and go to waste.
Decanting bulk items like rice, sugar, cereal, flour, pasta, and oats into clear airtight containers will keep them fresher for longer. It also makes them much easier to organize than in the irregular size packaging they generally come in.
The convenient thing about stackable containers is that they come in all sizes. This means cookies, dried fruit, nuts, and marshmallows, can also be organized easily in smaller units.
When the cupboards and drawers are full, you still have one option to maximize your space. Use hooks beneath cabinets for hanging mugs or a stemware rack for wine glasses. Hooks on the sides or cupboard or against wall racks can be great for hanging oven mitts and utensils
A little reorganization and smart space utilization can make a world of difference to your kitchen organization.