Our executive homes editor, Derick Belden, shares his favorite tips and ideas for organizing your home.
When it comes to the kitchen, it seems you can never have too much storage. Here are some of our favorite kitchen storage solutions. Drawers come in all shapes and sizes so when designing your space, custom fit your cabinets. Think about placement and use too. Drawers for dish storage next to your dishwasher simply makes sense. Plastic containers slide easily into these perfectly sized drawers next to your work surface. A drawer with thin dividers puts an end to searching for pot lids next to the stove. [MUSIC] Build in a paper towel roll near the sink. The roll will be somewhat hidden, but still close at hand. A flip-down drawer is a smart way to hide unsightly but necessary plugs and switches. A left over space next to the oven or refrigerator is often just enough room to keep spices, cans and other essentials. Pull-out shelves and side cabinets give you a better view of everything inside the cabinet. In fact, pull-out shelves give you more storage in the same space than fixed shelves. Don't be afraid to turn wasted space into usable space. Decorative shelves and plate racks over windows offer a way to provide additional storage, but be sure to leave the backs off so light can still filter in. The ends of islands and other cabinets can be fitted with shelves or hidden cabinets, perfect for less used items. With these ideas and any solutions you can find at a home improvement store, your kitchen can be the most efficient room in the house. It may not make your food taste better, but it sure will make your time in the kitchen easier and more pleasant.