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Home remodeling is an exciting and horrifying thing to go through. Yes, you want everything to look as you want it to, but do you really want to go through the process to make it look that way? Probably not. My blog is all about surviving a renovation project in your home. You will learn tips that will make it an easier process for your entire family. I have even included some easy to follow instructions for creating a make-shift kitchen to help you survive kitchen renovations without getting to know the pizza delivery guy more than you should.


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Behind Closed Doors -- 6 Ways To Improve Your Cabinets When Remodeling The Kitchen

Maykel Sloothaak

Remodeling your kitchen gives you a unique opportunity to right the wrongs in any layout. And since a lack of storage and organization is one of the biggest complaints about many kitchens, improving your cabinets is a great place to start. Here are 6 ways to make your kitchen cabinets into true workhorses.

Use Vertical Space. Be sure that you can use all the head room in each cabinet rather than simply stacking things on the lower part of each shelf. Organizers, mobile stacking shelves, and raised platforms can help you use all available space. Use custom or adjustable shelf heights, as well, to fit more into each cabinet unit. 

Customize for Large Items. Some cookware and bakeware has a tendency to get disorganized easily. Corral pieces that often cause frustration -- such as baking sheets or cutting boards -- by designing custom cabinets or custom inserts to organize them.

Use Pull Outs. Instead of simply using swinging doors on all your cabinets, make use of slide-out cabinets to reach the back of cabinets. This is the perfect way to store food items in a cabinet pantry or spices near the cooking area. Slide-out shelving on lower cabinets can also save a lot of time and energy when searching for the right pots or pans. 

Don't Fear Odd Cabinets. Don't give up on oddly-shaped spaces or corners, thinking that you can't put a useful cabinet there. Even small spots can have a specific purpose -- such as to serve as a coffee station or hold snacks for the kids. Work with your contractor to determine what small or underutilized spaces could hold a cabinet and how you can use that cabinet.

Decant and Organize Food. Many food and liquid items can be removed from their original containers in order to better serve your storage needs. By avoiding original packaging and instead using well-labeled and uniform storage containers -- anything from bottles to plastic containers to glass jars -- you can increase your storage and decrease your clutter.

Hang Items. You can hang many utensils from cabinet doors to help keep them organized and easy to use. In addition, hanging mugs, lids, or small appliance accessories is a great way to free up drawer or shelf space while keeping everything at arm's reach. 

Your cabinet contractor can help you learn what modern options may be able to help you better use all the available space in your kitchen to increase storage and decrease messes. And then, whether your kitchen is large or small, it can feel like your dream room.