Scrooge McDuck knows a thing or two about staying on budget. But how do you keep from spending too much money when Daisy needs more space in the kitchen and Huey, Dewey, and Louie need to be fed? Watch this video for strategies to organize one of the most important rooms in the home. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and today we’re going to talk about five ways to organize your kitchen on a budget.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen and getting entirely new cabinetry, you still might want to do that for cosmetic reasons, but if you’re doing it because you’re out of storage space, you might want to think about these ideas first.
You can free up an entire drawer with a simple utensil holder. So, you get your most frequently used utensils and you put them in something like a pitcher, like this, whatever works for you, and you put them out next to your stove. So not only do you free up that entire drawer where they were, but you also have these more efficiently close to the point of use for these items.
The next thing you can think about is freeing up an entire cabinet where you store your pots and pans. You probably have those in a lower cabinet and you can spend about $50 to $150 usually to get a great pot rack. You can suspend that from the ceiling– or put it on a wall, they have two different styles – and then you’ve got that entire lower cabinet freed up for something else.
If you want to free up an entire shelf, you can start by trying to re-arrange the shelves you already have. Most people kind of forget that you can do that. Most cabinets are at least somewhat adjustable. So you can move the little pegs in the little holes and right-size those shelves to the contents that you have. If you can’t do that, or you still need additional shelves, you can use these helper shelves. They cost about $5 or $10 at the most and I’m sure you can see how you add an entire level of storage. Imagine some supplements or coffee mugs right here, and you can see how that might work for you.
Also, you might want some vertical storage in your kitchen. That would be great for trays and muffin tins and platters. You can certainly spend some money refurbishing a drawer or a lower cabinet, but you can also spend about $5 or $10 to get a vertical tray sorter. You can get these in different styles of metal sorting trays, and you can even go to a used office furniture store and find these things sometimes because they have used office supplies often that go with the office furniture that they bought out from companies that go out of business. So you can find these kinds of things really inexpensively, and then you’ve got a great place to get those trays and platters out of the way, and it even stores them more protectively; they’re less likely to chip, rather than being stacked on top of each other.
Also, you can use the space above the cabinets. A lot of people have greenery up there, they have little knick-knacks, and that looks nice. You can still have some of that up there, but also put some large baskets up there to store some of the items you don’t use very often. It gets them out of the way and provides more storage. You need to also give yourself a note though so you can remember what’s in there. So in the cabinet door, inside the cabinet door, right below where that basket is, you can put a little note to remind you what you actually stored in that basket.
Here’s your bonus tip today. You can also shop at Goodwill for some of these items. Something like this would be easy to find at Goodwill. And you can find containers and sometimes helper shelves and things like that. So go check that out. You can save some money and help somebody with job placement or job training in your area. You know, everybody gets a win-win from that.
So we can help you a lot if you want to come to our website and get help from our Team. We have expert organizers seven days a week consulting with our Members. And you can check us out for free with no credit card required, no obligation, we have our Clutter Diet Light memberships now. So you can find out about that at https://www.clutterdiet.com/learnmore. See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.
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