Volume 24, May 2010

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Tips to Eliminate Excess

The dinner guests have already arrived but you’re still searching for the serving platter for your signature dish. Unfortunately, your cabinets resemble a Where’s Waldo? puzzle, and that platter you’re in search of is the well-cloaked title character.

It always seems that when you need an item, whether it’s a frequently-used appliance or an antique vase, you can never find it in a timely manner. Instead of spending valuable time sifting through countless items you rarely use to get to that one you need, here are four ways to make your kitchen, bathroom or office much easier to navigate.

Get in the zone: Divide your kitchen up into specific sections or zones. Food preparation tools, like cutting boards, measuring cups and mixing bowls, should be located near the largest available workspace. Store cooking needs – pots, pans, bake ware and potholders – near the stove and serving supplies – dishes, glassware, flatware and napkins – near the dining room. Tupperware, plastic wrap, foil and other storage items work well near the refrigerator, and the dishwasher/sink area is a great place for dish towels, sponges, trash bags and all-purpose cleaners.

Minimize it: To keep clutter to a minimum, identify and remove things that do not belong in the zones (think paperwork, toys and tools) and give away or sell some of these misplaced or seldom-used items. Take this time to also check the expiration dates on products and administer quality control on your existing items; that “1987 Miniature Golf and Karaoke Champion” mug with the missing handle may have sentimental value but you have plenty of other mugs in one piece that can do the same job.

Maximize space: Find space that is not being utilized – negative space on shelves, vertical or wall space, and space inside cabinet doors, for example – and instead use the entire space within the cabinet, drawer or countertop. Products like ShelfGenie’s custom Glide-Out™ shelves can provide two or more shelves in each cabinet when most standard cabinets only provide one and a half. This will maximize your usable storage space while allowing for easy access to everything.

Contain yourself: It may sound like a no-brainer but make your most frequently used items the most accessible. Everyday items like plates, glasses and cutting boards should be within reach at all times while sporadically-used items (juicers, bread makers, double boilers, etc.) can be tucked away.