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A Problem-Solving Guide to Curing Kitchen Cabinet Clutter
A Place for Everything
 

Think of your kitchen as a workshop. Behind every drawer front and door, there's a collection of tools and supplies waiting for your next project. And like a well-organized shop, every item in the kitchen should be easy to grab when you need it and easy to put away when you're cleaning up.

The key is to organize your kitchen cabinets for the way you shop, prepare food and clean up. The storage accessories shown on these pages can help. In some cases they'll actually create more space, but more often they will make existing space more accessible.

First Steps
First identify the areas that need improvement. Make a rough drawing of the upper and lower cabinets and drawers, noting the height, width and depth of each opening. Then pick the products that work for your situation.

There are a lot of kitchen storage organizers to choose from. Don't limit yourself to the products on display at local hardware stores and home centers; a wider selection is available through manufacturers' catalogs. Most retailers will let you look at full-line catalogs and place an order. You'll typically have to wait a couple of days. Mail-order catalogs are another good source, although you may have to wait longer.
Product dimensions are typically listed on the packaging and in catalog descriptions. Sometimes the stated minimum tolerances are a bit generous, which may work to your advantage.  However, don't make assumptions unless you have the fixture in your hands.

The base cabinets in your kitchen offer some of the best opportunities for making improvements with storage accessories. Although they have the greatest raw volume, it's never easy to reach items stored near the back. Pullout racks, bins and shelves can solve the problem. But before you target all of these areas for reorganization, keep in mind that some kitchen cabinets are better left open to accommodate roasting pans, Dutch ovens and crock pots.

Drawers

Sink tray

 DRAWER TRAY The space between the sink and a false drawer front is deep enough to accommodate a small tray. The stainless steel drawer tray pictured is made specifically for this purpose. It mounts on the back of a hinged drawer front and has a metal tab on one end to keep it from falling completely open. Make sure to order a tray that's 2 in. narrower than the width of your drawer front.
To install the tray, first remove the false drawer front. Tap it loose with a hammer from inside the cabinet. Use only moderate force to avoid damaging the cabinet or sink.
Install two hinges on the drawer front's bottom edge, 1¬ĺ in. in from each end. Then hold it against the cabinet so that it aligns with an adjacent drawer front and mark the positions for the hinge screws. Next mount the tray on the back of the drawer front so that its top edge is ¬Ĺ in. below the top edge of the false front. Attach the hinges to the cabinet.


 

Drawer Organizer
DRAWER DIVIDER It's easy to gain accessible storage by reorganizing drawers. One-piece plastic trays are fine for flatware, but system.

To organize a drawer, group the utensils according to size. Then stick the divider holders to the front and back of the drawer. Measure between these holders and cut the lone dividers 1/16 in. shorter than this dimension and slip them in place. Next cut the divider strips to fit and stick them to the dividers. Finally, cut the short, horizontal dividers and slip them into the strips.

 

 

 

DRY-GOODS STORAGE


RECYCLING BINS With recycling now required by many communities, manufacturers are making the process easier. These handy recycling bins lift out from a framework mounted on rollout glides. In the stored position, the bins are capped by a plastic cover. The glide framework comes assembled, and simply needs to be screwed to the cabinet floor. Once in place, the cover can be engaged in its rear slots and the bins dropped into position.

 

Sink Pullouts SINK PULLOUTS Straightening out the collection of containers beneath a sink can take a little planning because they often share the space with plumbing pipes and fixtures. You also have to think about the size of the items you'll be storing. Larger items, such as a tub of automatic dishwasher detergent, are best stored on the cabinet floor. Leave space open for them. Many other items fit into regular and small-size sink pullouts.

The regular size has a narrow upper basket that fits around the trap. It uses the same two-part bracket found on the single pullout. Screw the bracket to the floor, 1 in. behind the face of the cabinet rail, and tip the basket into the glides. Then set the upper basket atop the lower basket.
The small sink pullout is set tightly against the opposite wall of the cabinet to allow taller items to clear the disposer. It rides on plastic rails that have built-in stops. Slip the rails temporarily on the basket to locate the mounting holes or use the enclosed template.

Place the first rail 2 in. away from the wall and 2 in. back from the front of the cabinet. To keep the basket traveling straight, screw the front of the rail in place, double-check the distance from the wall, and then secure the remaining screws. Next push the basket into the rail to locate the second rail. Remove the basket, screw down the rail, and push the basket in place.

Base rollouts

BASE ROLLOUT To store different-size dry goods in a standard base cabinet with doors, a base rollout with adjustable baskets fits the bill. You can customize the basket arrangement
If you install different-size baskets, the glide assembly must be positioned off center. Hang the baskets on the frame and set the assembly inside the cabinet. Mark the mounting holes, remove the baskets and screw the framework to the floor.

 

 

 

 

Doors

ROLL-GOODS DISPENSER A door back is a handy, hidden place to store foil and plastic wrap. A dispenser not only keeps them within easy reach.

Spice racksLADDER RACK Door-mounted spice racks are popular organizers, but they often require using small, uniform storage bottles. Deeper shelves, however, take a little more room than the standard fixed rack and require a greater swing clearance between the door and kitchen cabinet.
Swing clearance is an important consideration when ordering doormounted products. With a solid-core door, you can order an undersized rack and mount it off-center, towards the hinge side of the door. Sizing one for a frame-and-panel door is a little trickier. The rack must be wide enough so that the supports can be screwed to the door stiles, yet narrow enough to fit the door opening. Check the dimensions carefully before ordering.

 

 

 

Pots and Pans Storage
Wire basket

 

SINGLE PULLOUT Wire basket pullouts work well for organizing pots, pans and lids. The pots and pans are stored in a single pullout. Screw the two-piece glide bracket directly to the cabinet floor, then tip the wire basket into the bracket. The bracket adjusts to fit 14- and 20-in.-wide baskets. Simply set the bracket width to match the basket. Screw the brackets to the cabinet floor, 1 in. from the front edge. Then tip the basket into the glides. To install the pullout lid rack, repeat the process.

 

 

 

Two tier pullout

TWO-TIER PULLOUT This accessory requires a bit more assembly and preparation than the single pullout. It rides on two tracks that are installed on the sides of a metal frame.
First bolt the 12-piece framework together and install the matching track rollers on the basket sides. Then attach the tracks to the frame by driving screws through the heavy plastic clips.
You'll need to remove any shelves in the kitchen cabinet. If these are attached to shelf supports, unscrew or pry them loose. To remove a shelf that's mortised into the cabinet sides, cut it front to back with a saber saw, and then knock the pieces loose with a hammer. Finish by screwing the framework to the cabinet floor.



 
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