Organizing kitchens…solving the quirks of a new kitchen

I love absolutely love organizing kitchens.  I find that every kitchen has challenges and issues that need solving.  And these issues are not confined to just an older home with an older kitchen…even large, new, modern kitchens can throw a curve to a homeowner.

What often happens is that the kitchen new owners think they saw when they toured the home, and the kitchen they are now faced with on move-in day seem to be completely different.  I hear new owners say all the time “I thought this kitchen was much bigger…I didn’t realize there were no upper cabinets…I forgot to look and see if there was a pantry…I didn’t know that this whole bank of drawers were false fronts and don’t open at all…it never occurred to me that there’s no where to put pots and pans…oh my gosh, there are no plugs on this whole side of the kitchen…”.

So, as a professional organizer, my job is to figure out what to do about all these surprises.

Surprise, no upper cabinets on one entire side of the room.

Surprise, no upper cabinets on one whole side of the room.

In this kitchen, there are no upper cabinets on the dishwasher side of the kitchen.  Additionally, there is only one useable upper cabinet on the other side of the room.

It's perfectly okay to store dishes in lower cabinets.

It’s perfectly okay to store dishes in lower cabinets.

Dishes on one side, glassware and cups on the other.

Dishes on one side, glassware and cups on the other.

Here, the lower cabinets opposite the dishwasher become the home for the everyday glassware and dishes.  It would have been helpful if this bank of shelving had been drawers instead, but we work with what we’ve got.

Who thought this was a good idea?

Who thought this was a good idea?

This one even I can’t solve…at least not without a hammer and a saw.  Whoever designed this kitchen thought an overhead cabinet devoted to spices would be a good idea…but only if you’re 10 feet tall.  There’s just so much wrong with this…too high to reach small spice bottles, no adjustability for anything larger than a spice bottle, and just plain in the wrong place, considering there are only two accessible overhead cabinets in this entire kitchen.

Built ins often only suit the original owners.

Built ins often only suit the original owners.

All the drawers in this kitchen came with specialized inserts.  Problem is the inserts are so large that there’s no room for the amount of items that need to be stored in them.  Too much real estate taken up with inserts and not enough actual useable space.  Additionally, the new owner wants to make her own decisions about what items go in which drawers.

Kitchen

We replaced all the included inserts with drawer dividers of our own to suit the new homeowner’s style of cooking.  The result is being able to get a lot more items in each drawer.

This kitchen is now organized and ready for the new owners to enjoy.

This kitchen is now organized and ready for the new owners to enjoy.

Our completed kitchen.  In one day, we have completely put away and organized this kitchen to suit the new family in this beautiful home.

 


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