Creating A New Kitchen? 5 Organizing Tips For During And After The Remodel

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When planning your kitchen remodel, it's important to create a good storage and organizational system from the outset. Without a plan in place when you design and fill it, your brand new kitchen may well become a clutter-filled mess quickly. Here are 5 tips to avoid this fate. 

Sort and Categorize. As you sort through your kitchen when prepping for your remodel, take the time to sort through things as you go. Remove everything from drawers, cabinets and shelves. Place them on a large flat surface such as the kitchen table and sort them into categories. Remove duplicates or tools that you haven't used in a year or so (not counting seasonal cooking items). Then donate or throw out these unnecessary tools, depending on their condition. 

Make a Storage Plan. Once you sort through existing kitchen paraphernalia, create a rough plan for your use of the new cabinets and drawers. How you organize your tools will help inform the design of the overall kitchen. Consider how you prepare and cook, then plan to store well-used categories in convenient places. And don't forget to account for certain clutter that naturally evolves in a working kitchen -- things like paperwork or manuals, food containers and extra utensils. 

Use Clear Storage. The easier to see items, the easier it is to use them. Clear containers instead of opaque or metal ones make identification of all types of kitchen items easier. Wire is another good choice for visibility. Wall hangers, racks and hanging hooks keep things out and visible while still being out of the way. 

Make Storage Accessible. Any items you store in a manner that's hard to reach are more likely to go unused. Avoid this by adding Lazy Susan rotating storage systems in deep or corner cabinets. Pull-out drawers in cabinets and wire baskets on shelves also help make it easier to reach things. 

Create Stations. Grouping like-use items together is a good way to keep them organized. You can create "stations" for common kitchen tasks such as a coffee station, breakfast station or a snack station. This not only helps keep things in their right places, but it also keeps foot traffic flowing better in the kitchen. 

By thinking about how you will organize your new kitchen, you can ensure you create the right remodeling design. This will help save money, time and energy. And the end result will be a kitchen you will love for years to come. 

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