Texoma Area Living Well Magazine May/June 2020 - Page 32

THREE WAYS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR KITCHEN STORAGE SPACE By Amber Carfield O ne of the hardest parts about integrating into a new kitchen is learning how to maximize the storage space. The litany of pots, pans, cutting boards and cooking utensils come in all shapes sizes and finding the right cabinet or drawer to put them in requires a lot of planning.   If you are undergoing a kitchen reorganization here are a few expert tips that will get you thinking differently about your kitchen storage. Find the Right Cabinets and Storage Materials. When it comes to kitchen storage, all cabinets are not created equal. If you have a say in the way your kitchen is designed, then you should do your homework on what types of storage space you need in your kitchen. There are a variety of kitchen cabinets and tools that are specifically designed to maximize your storage space.   For example, you could install a cabinet pull out in your 30 TEXOMA AREA Living Well Magazine | MAY/JUNE 2020 kitchen specifically designed to store your baking trays or cleaning supplies. If you are not designing your own kitch- en, purchasing simple tools such as a pot and pan organiz- er or knife rack can save you valuable kitchen space without the expense of a remodel. I have seen a lot of homeowners get creative with kitchen storage, even creating a designat- ed cabinet exclusively for K-Cup pods.   One recommendation I make to homeowners building a kitchen in a small space is to purchase materials that can do multiple jobs. Many companies make oven/microwave combos that can save a lot of space due to the fact you don’t have to buy two separate appliances. Be Honest About What You Use The reality of kitchen space is that most people just have more appliances in their kitchen than they really need.   Take a really close look at the things you have in your kitch- en and write down the things you use consistently. Try to