- Listed: April 3, 2019 12:48 am
A lot of the most useful storage is in cabinets attached to the walls of the kitchen. So, if a kitchen has a lot of upper cabinets, it cannot have many windows. Wall cabinets are unquestionably useful storage, but with drawbacks. The typical rank of identical top cabinets marching along the wall of a kitchen with the precise alignment of a drill team creates what are in effect walls within the walls of the kitchen, really closing the space in. But smaller kitchens are also almost always desperate for more storage.Wall cabinets, fewer windows for more storage but a room that seems smaller and more closed in.
The ideal solution, of course, is a kitchen that combines both: plenty of convenient storage while eliminating most if not all upper cabinets for more light and openness. This is the standard adopted by the cabinet industry, not because two feet is necessarily the best depth for bottom cabinets but because two 24″ panels can be ripped from a standard 48″-wide plywood sheet, minimizing manufacturing waste — always a big mass production consideration.
We are not big believers in standard cabinet dimensions. Standard dimensions are intended to make manufacturing easier and cheaper, not kitchens better. Most kitchens have enough space for at least one bank of deeper base cabinets — up to 30″ deep, which is the practical limit.
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We have gone as deep as 36″, however, where appropriate. Appliance garages can be added to countertops and still leave plenty of useful working space in front of the garage. With a 30″ deep cabinet, 19″ of countertop remains, which is a workable surface depth for food preparation.
We have even been known to install a shelf on top of the backsplash for even more very handy storage right on the counter. Using deeper wall cabinets means that about 25% fewer cabinets are necessary to get the same amount of storage. Shelves on lower cabinets do indeed store things, but not very well. Obviously, the way to make the back of the shelf more convenient and useful storage is to allow the shelf to pull out so the back of the shelf is accessible. If you want to get something from the back of the tray, pull it out, get the item, push it back. Plates can be set on edge or stacked in a properly organized drawer. This is where drawer organizers and dividers come into play. If you wanted to use the drawer to store something else, the existing dividers had to be scrapped and new ones installed.
Innovative drawer organizer systems using pegboard and movable dividers reduce reconfiguring drawer organization to a simple process of rearranging the dividers in the pegboard base to any new configuration you like. For pot, pan and lid storage, we prefer deep drawers with specialized organizers made just for this purpose. In general, these organizers store pots and pans and their associated lids in the same place so that pans and lids stay together for quick retrieval. Some, made out of wire, store pans and lids in the same drawer space. Another is a deep drawer for pans with narrow pockets at the sides or back for lids. In the past, it was common to install dividers to keep pots and pans from banging against each other when drawers were closed. To overcome this problem, cabinetmakers began outfitting pan drawers with peg-board bottoms into which sturdy wood dowels could be inserted to separate plans. This worked pretty well, but then drawer glide manufacturers invented soft-close drawer glides. Today, we rarely use any form of pan drawer divider in pan drawers, which makes pan storage much more flexible and adaptable to changing needs. The corner where two rows of cabinets come together has potential for efficient storage using any one of several kinds of corner organizers. But, it is possible to make a corner cabinet effective storage with just a little thought and prior planning.
We mean simple, flat diagonal drawers that offer more storage in the same space as v-notch or curved drawers, are a lot easier to make, and cost a lot less. But, to our way of thinking, inaccessible storage is useless storage, so the trade-off is a no-brainer.
Without the toe-kick, you could not stand comfortably at the cabinet — so all base cabinets have them. This is equivalent to having two or three extra drawer cabinets. A drawer box is built and fastened to the floor, then the cabinets are installed on top of the box. To satisfy the need, cabinet accessory manufacturers have come up with some quaint ideas, none more fanciful than the blind corner unit. It consists of two sets of pull-out shelves, one installed behind the other. This simultaneously pulls the back shelves forward into the opening where you can see and reach the items on the shelves. Which is why they have the honor of a permanent home on our worst-storage-ideas list. Commonly lined with a cloth fabric, the fabric gets dirty easily, and though removable for washing, it has to be washed often — an unnecessary chore in our opinion. Display them on open cabinet shelves and use them for dry storage. And, this critical storage requires careful thought and planning to integrate well into a no-wall-cabinet kitchen. While size does matter, simplicity, organization and the right location are usually more important than size alone. It takes experience to blend the combination of technologies that will make your off the wall kitchen work. Contact us for an initial consultation when you’re ready for your new kitchen. For example, all good kitchens provide abundant natural light and ample convenient storage. If it has many windows, it has to do without a lot of convenient wall cabinet storage. A major disadvantage is that upper cabinets make a kitchen seem smaller by closing in the space at eye level — which is where we subconsciously judge the size of the space around us. Small kitchens, in particular, can greatly benefit from the perception of a larger room that results from no wall cabinets. The smaller the kitchen, the more compelling the storage need, and the stronger the temptation to use at least some upper cabinets to meet the need. No wall cabinets, lots of windows for a more open, lighter, airier kitchen. But, deeper cabinets are possible and very desirable when storage is at a premium. Standard dimensions are always a compromise that works best for almost no one — very few people fit the standard because very few people are exactly average. Much deeper and many people cannot comfortably reach the back of the countertop. In an average-size kitchen, this is equivalent to three extra base cabinets. With a typical 24″ cabinet (which usually has a 25″ deep countertop), a 12″ deep appliance garage leaves only 13″ of working space in front of it. Where upper cabinets are used, a deeper base cabinet allows the installation of a deeper wall cabinet. Three 16″ deep upper cabinets have the same storage capacity as four 12″ deep wall cabinets. Here are some of the typical methods we use to enhance the efficiency of kitchen storage so that wall cabinets can be reduced or even eliminated. A modest cabinet had a half-shelf, often adjustable, and a premium cabinet a full shelf. Only the first 11″ or so of the 22″-deep shelf is actually accessible. This was the birth of pullout shelves which quickly morphed into shallow pullout trays.But first, you had to open the cabinet door (or doors), then close the door when you were done. Drawers do not need doors in front to hide them, a drawer face will do that nicely and eliminate the bother of opening and closing doors just to get to the drawers within. The trick is to customize each drawer to the things being stored. Drawer organizers used to be cut and fitted to the drawer, and once cut and fitted could not be changed. This makes drawer storage almost infinitely flexible, able to meet your changing storage needs.
We have yet to meet a drawer that this flexible system will not work in or a storage requirement it cannot meet.
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A number of commercial pot, pan and lid organizers are on the market. A deep drawer for pans with a shallow pullout for lids is also a common configuration. Many of these are after-market accessories intended for installation in existing cabinets to make them more efficient. These were limiting since they had to be cut to closely fit existing pans to work properly, and could not be rearranged if you bought new pans. These eliminated the pan-clanging problem entirely, so dividers are no longer necessary. Corner base cabinets are notorious as dark, difficult-to-reach storage spaces.
We don’t mean the fancy v-notch or curved drawers that serve no purpose other than to allow the cabinet company to charge more. Drawers provide nearly as much storage capacity as most lazy susans, and it’s better organized. The toe-kick is that indent under your cabinets where your feet go when you are standing at the cabinet. In a modest kitchen with 15′ of cabinets, there are about 25 square feet of toe-kick space that could be put to some good use. In a smaller kitchen where storage is at a premium, this space could be used for pull-out storage trays. The front of the box is recessed 2-3″ behind the face of the cabinets — creating a toe kick recess. To close them, push them back with your foot until the latch is re-engaged.Here are our picks for some of the very worst ideas for kitchen storage. To get to the second set of shelves, ensconced in the dark corner recesses of the cabinet, you pull out the front shelves and rotate them out of the way. At first glance, it may seem ideal spice bottle storage: the spices are easy to identify and easy to reach. Custom cabinets, sized to exactly fit the space, don’t have filler strips. But, odds are there is a better, and less costly, spice storage solution for your kitchen. Woven baskets in a kitchen environment are not good storage solutions. If you break a pull-out basket, usually your only source for a replacement is the original cabinet manufacturer — and you are going to pay a high price. They are nearly impossible to seal completely, so any spill usually gets absorbed into the fiber of the material. There is nothing that can be stored in a wicker or rattan basket that would not be better stored in a wooden drawer or stainless steel basket. It will help an emerging economy, make you feel good about your good deed, cost a fraction of the price of pull-out baskets; and for the price, you won’t mind tossing them when they get just too grungy to use any longer; which will be soon. Whatever the size of your kitchen, whether you have wall cabinets or not, the kitchen must include a convenient place to store groceries. It should be large enough to hold at least a week’s worth of groceries, and close enough to the food preparation area to be easily accessed.
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Organizing Your Medication For Your Health and Safety by mindoverclutter.ca
The medicine cabinet probably holds a cluster of medications (antacids, asthma inhalers, antibiotics) and a few stray ibuprofen may even float around the bottom of your handbag. But not all of us know how to store and dispose of medication safely.
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A simple misstep can lead to higher health risks and medical bills. While some households store meds in a number of locations, it’s easier to keep track when they’re all in one place. Pill organizers are another great way to prevent confusion if you or a family member takes multiple pills a day. If you’re traveling in the car, don’t keep medicine in the glove compartment, which can get very hot. It’s best to mix them with icky garbage such as coffee grounds, cat litter, or compost. Experts have mixed feelings about flushing prescriptions down the toilet. There are some easy guidelines to make sure you take prescriptions the intended way. So without further adieu, here are 14 tips to make sure you store and take medications safely. Expired medicines may not only be ineffective, they could be harmful too. It’s always best to have a doctor prescribe new medicine despite any similar symptoms. Many pills look similar, and it’s easier than one might think to accidentally pop the wrong one. There’s always a chance of a pill slipping out of the bottle, and you don’t want to lose it on the floor or down a drain. Call your poison control center immediately if you think a child may have taken one of your prescriptions. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. Try to make medicine taking a part of your daily routine (whether it’s right after breakfast, before dinner, or before bed—whatever your doctor suggests based on the requirements of each medication) and stick to a schedule. It’s also a great idea to take an inventory of your prescriptions at least once every six months. If you’re jet setting, pack prescriptions in a carry-on bag in case your luggage is lost or temporarily delayed. Medications that have passed the expiration date can also be dangerous. Take old, unused, or expired prescriptions out of the bottle and throw them away. There are also many community take-back programs for old medicines. They’re the experts when it comes to the proper way to take, store, and get rid of them. If anything looks funky, take a picture and call your doctor to make sure it’s still safe to consume. Always discard leftover medicine even if you think you may use it again. The cotton attracts moisture, which could decrease the medication’s strength. Keep your medicines separate from your spouse or other family members to lower the chances of mixing. Open meds on a countertop so you can rest the bottle on a flat surface.Good light helps ensure you take the right pill and correct dose. Stick to these guidelines (and some common sense) and you’ll be on the fast track to health. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. They won’t take back bottles that bear the patient’s name, so remove pills from the containers before you go to the store.
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