Incorporate these nifty drawer inserts, pullouts and other innovative ideas to bring organization to your home
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The last thing you want after putting all your time and money into a kitchen remodel is to find out that your efforts didn’t do much to curb your clutter habits. The dish soap and sponges appear once again next to the sink. The toaster gets used and never put away. Unopened wine bottles accumulate on the counter.
To prevent those kinds of scenarios, think strategically about your storage, no matter which room you’re remodeling, and put relatively affordable innovations such as drawer inserts and rollouts to good use. Here are a few of my favorite storage solutions for kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms.
In the Kitchen
Inserts. Cabinet inserts and accessories are a common request I see in kitchen remodels. There are in-drawer inserts, such as knife blocks and spice holders, that can be made (or cut down) to custom sizes to fit in any drawer.
Don’t have a wine room? No space in the fridge? There are dedicated rollout inserts for storing wine in base cabinets too.
Undersink storage. Another storage opportunity is the typically unusable area directly under the sink. Instead of putting a false panel on the front, consider installing a tip-out tray where brushes and sponges can be placed when not in use.
In the Bathroom
Medicine cabinets. These have come a long way since they were first introduced. Big, chunky wooden pieces that stick out from the wall have been replaced by recessed boxes with mirrors that can smoothly slide open to reveal shelves, lighting, magnifying mirrors and even TVs.
Niches. These are an absolute must for me when designing a shower, shower/tub combo or even just a tub. Niches can be big or small, visible or hidden, one level or two. As a product hoarder, my ideal niche is about 30 inches wide, 18 inches tall and, if possible, placed on a wall that makes it invisible when you enter the room.
Another great place for a rollout is in the cabinet underneath the sink, as shown here. Often, plumbing gets in the way of seeing (and using) all the space in this area. A rollout helps eliminate this problem, making much of the space below easily accessible.
In the Utility Room
Valet rods. A valet rod is an awesome little piece of hardware that I personally believe is underrated. It can be installed on a wall or the outside of a cabinet and extended when you need to hang something, then put away when you’re all done.
Toe-kick storage. This is a perfect place to store things such as pet food and water bowls. Close to the ground but easily out of sight, toe-kick storage is ideal for you and for your furry friend. Another common item I see kept in toe-kicks are small step ladders. These nifty additions are great for kitchens too.