Have you ever wondered where the phrase "a place for everything and everything in it's place" originated? I've always thought that it surely started when someone successfully organized their kitchen space. Let's face it, a well organized kitchen makes dinner time a more enjoyable experience for the home cook.
From pots and pans to silverware and serving utensils, spices and pantry essentials. For an organized kitchen you need two things, adequate storage space and the efficient use of the available storage space. Both of which can be accomplished with little thought and careful consideration of your needs.
Cabinet styles can have a real impact on how you will need to organize and store the items they will hold. Open front cabinets are ideal for everyday items, plates, bowls, and glasses store well in these. For items that you will be using occasionally then a closed front cabinet serves well and if designed right can add an architectural element to the kitchen as well. Kind of a two for one scenario.
For those items that you rarely use like that roaster you only pull out for a holiday dinner or those over-sized serving platters store them in another area of the house. We've set up shelves in our basement just for this purpose. I know not everyone has a basement but every dwelling has some under used space that can be converted for this use.
There are all sorts of ways to add storage options to your kitchen, wire racks designed to keep your cooking pans are a great way to maximize your space. And thinking outside of the box can really pay off in both cost and functionallity. I've found that using standing file folder racks make great way to keep my baking sheets organized.
And a great way to maximize the viewability in your pantry or anywhere items seem to disappear in the back of cupboards and cabinets is to elevate them. Racks with legs work well but if you are handy with a saw you can make your own out of 2x4's and 4x4's cut to fit the size of your shelves.