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4. Drawer Inserts
Drawers are my favorite storage medium, especially big, deep drawers. But without some sort of organization, there will surely be
The most common drawer inserts are dividers for silverware and cooking utensils (see the first photo in the first half of this blog post) . They are available in plastic, bamboo, maple, and even walnut.
They can be adjustable, or they may need to be cut to fit. There are even two-level utensil drawers
that completely replace an entire top drawer. Spice inserts are a good way of storing small spice bottles when there is a lack of upper cabinets.
Another good way of using drawer space when there are few upper cabinets is a peg system that makes it easier to store plates
and bowls. For those of us that use the K-Cup pods to make our coffee, there is a drawer replacement similar to the two-tiered utensil drawer with perfectly-cut round holes to fit K-Cups, with storage below. A drawer insert with a knife block gives you dedicated space for those favorite (and very sharp) knives. A few more items of note are bread drawer lids, ironing boards, and even a pull-out table for extra work surface.
5. Corner Storage Solutions
The toughest area in your kitchen to tame, bar none, is the dreaded corner. I refer to solving this puzzle as finding “the least of all evils.”
The most well-known solution for corner storage is the lazy Susan (who is/was this Susan, and why is she lazy?). It generally consists of two round trays with a “pie cut” cut out to accommodate the opening of the “L” shaped cabinet in which it lives.The least expensive version has two doors attached to it, and the whole thing turns at once. This design is OK, but items will sometimes fall off one of the shelves and get wedged between the side of the cabinet and the shelf, causing it to jam. Also, the ball bearing mechanisms often fail if the unit is overloaded. In a slightly better version, the cabinet has a double-hinged door, and inside there are two independently rotating shelves mounted to a pole. This is a slight improvement, but items can fall off the back and to the bottom-most corner, causing one to have to crawl inside the cabinet (and defeating the purpose of having them in the first place). Plus, the pole takes up valuable storage space. The best widely available solution is the “Super Susan;” two individual trays, each on its own shelf. with heavy-duty ball bearing mechanisms
Sometimes all your design allows is a “blind corner.” This is when you have that space that you practically have to crawl into in order to find anything. Fear not; there are creative solutions for blind corners, too! There are two that stand out; “The Cloud” and the door-mount pull-out. “The Cloud” is a pair of trays that swing in such a way that they use a good amount of the corner space that is typically inaccessible. The door-mount pull-out has two parts; a mechanism that slides out, and a mechanism that slides into the opening.
This has by no means been an exhaustive list, but a sampling of what’s available. What’s your favorite solution? Please put any questions about specific storage needs in the comments. Cheers!