By Melinda Dodd
5 Days to an Organized KitchenHow did your kitchen get out of control? You may not have set it up the right way, says Vicki Norris, president of Restoring Order in Portland, Oregon. "Organize based on the way you live." Here's how.
Move the monsters. Reassign large or rarely used appliances (turkey roasters, bread makers) to the garage or basement. "Make items earn their real estate in the kitchen," says Deniece Schofield, author of Kitchen Organization Tips and Secrets.
Face the madness. Pull out all kitchen items and group them (dishes, silverware, pans, cookbooks). Toss damaged items; set aside extras to donate. Once storage areas are empty, measure them and make a list of containers to buy.
Shop for storage. But before you do, "break away from what you think a kitchen should look like," says Joe Provey, author of 1,001 Ideas for Kitchen Organization. "It will enable you to do more with the space." It worked for Julia Child:
Her kitchen, now at the