Why is it that we never have enough storage space in the kitchen? Perhaps it's because we accumulate more than we actually use. But regardless, let's examine what can be done to help store or at least organize some of those many things. Sometimes just the right organizing accessories will do the trick. Let's check out some products that I've recently been introduced to.
Hidden ironing board
What about a pullout ironing board that tucks out of sight? It slips under a countertop (or just above a washer or dryer). Once you are finished ironing, the ironing board collapses and slides back under the counter (or between your washer and dryer). This one is called Asko Hidden Helper. (Asko.com)
Go upside down
China cabinets were and still are very popular pieces for displaying fancy stemware, but sometimes we just don't have room for a cabinet in the kitchen. There are in-cabinet stemware holders made by Rev-a-Shelf for Armstrong that attach under your existing cabinets. Those wine goblets will look nice hanging there and will always be conveniently accessible. (Revashelf.com)
Cabinet pullout drawers are always popular. Some are actually not drawers, but shelves that pull out so you can store and reach kitchen items farther back into the cabinet without having to take out everything that's in front. There are also racks for cans and food that fit nicely on shelves either in the cabinet or in the pantry. (Organizeit-online.com)
Under-sink waste bin
Ever had your hands full of garbage and wished you had a third hand to open the cabinet under the sink to get to the wastebasket? Well, there's help for that. It is called a Blum Servo-Drive waste-bin system. With a touch of the drawer front, the Servo-Drive drawer opens so you can dump your trash without the use of a third arm. (Blum.com)
And while we're on the subject of cabinets under the sink, isn't it an inconvenience to have all that plumbing in the way so there isn't enough room for all those cleaning supplies? There's help. There are wraparound basket drawers from Sidelines. These U-shaped baskets curve around sink bases, pipes and valves. (Sidelinesinc.com)
No more mess
What about that drawer where you keep the spatula, ladle, big wooden spoon and other cooking needs? Always a mess, isn't it? There are drawer dividers that you can adjust to fit to the depth of your drawers so you can organize everything, making it easier to find just the tool you need. These drawer dividers come in sets of two. (Solutions.com)
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, is author of "Mystery of Color."