ANN-MARIE ANTON OF IT’S PERSONAL DESIGN IN GROSSE POINTE WOODS used pocket doors that slide shut to conceal the wine bar in this contemporary kitchen to keep things sleek and clean when not in use. She offers these additional suggestions to keep your kitchen organized:
- If you are designing a kitchen from scratch, I suggest using drawers instead of cabinets wherever possible. They function much better than cabinets, and things do not get lost and pushed to the back where they are unreachable.
- There are so many wonderful organizational pieces that can be placed inside your cabinetry to help keep your kitchen uncluttered and more user-friendly. Drawer separators, pot and pan storage, and utensil organizers all help keep your space orderly.
- STORE YOUR SMALL APPLIANCES. Think ahead of how you use your kitchen and design accordingly. Addressing these needs ahead of time will allow you to plan a space that will keep them off the counter. Consider putting a toaster in a pull-out drawer lined with stainless steel so you don’t have to remove the toaster from the cabinetry to use it.
- DO YOU REALLY NEED IT? I think it is important to always reevaluate what you have in any space of your home and how often you use it, if ever. If something is no longer being used, do not keep it. Clutter leads to chaos and lack of organization, and many of us tend to hang on to things longer than we should.