Make the Most of Your Storage Space: No-Fail Rules for Organizing Any Cabinet

Make the Most of Your Storage Space: No-Fail Rules for Organizing Any Cabinet

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Dabney Frake
Jan 19, 2016

Are you having a store-your-stuff crisis? If you can’t add more actual storage cabinets to your living space (which is most likely the case), never fear. You can always increase the capacity of what's already there. This includes kitchen cupboards, free-standing wardrobes, media centers, and medicine cabinets. No matter the shape or size, there are certain things that work every single time. We've got them right here; give them a go and bring your crisis to a close.

1. Get Rid of Duplicates or the Unnecessary

This is step one and a must-do when you attack any storage space. You don't need multiple bottles of shampoo, three crock pots, or 50 pairs of black jeans. Pare down to the essentials and you'll find that organizing everything else becomes much more manageable.

2. Consolidate

Get rid of packaging, or anything that makes products bulkier. Take the cotton swabs out of their boxes and find containers where they fit without unnecessary gaps and pockets of wasted space.

3. Go Vertical

Think in terms of layers and start using the precious space you're not aleady taking full advantage of.

4. Use the Right Tools

Pick products that fit your exact needs. Either DIY or buy store-bought inserts that increase the amount of stuff that cabinets hold. Plan for plate racks, lazy Susans, drawer inserts, vertical cookie sheet slots inside cabinets, or shelf risers. Don't forget to make use of the backs of doors or useful tools, like magnets or tension rods that have endless uses, and diverse applications.

5. Prioritize

Keep the stuff you use every day right in front and store less-used items in the back of the cabinet. You won’t upset your delicate organizational ecosystem when you need your hair dryer every morning.

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