5 Tools to Get Your Kitchen Organized in the New Year

These easy organizers will help you get your kitchen together in 2014.Maximize the space in your kitchen with these simple products.

1. Drawer dividers
Kitchens have more frequently used tools and gadgets than any other room, and many of them are thrown hastily into drawers. Visiting any large housewares store will yield an array of choices for customizable drawer dividers that will work for any of your kitchen needs. Don't forget to measure your drawers before shopping.

2. Turntables
I love turntables so much I could write a poem about them (but nothing rhymes with turntable). They are so elegant, so practical, so perfect for fixing the problem they solve. I use them for spices, cans, and jars in a pantry, and for accessing any deep dark corner that needs more visibility. Even refrigerators can use turntables!

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3. Helper shelves
Don't have adjustable shelving in your cabinets? Use helper shelves to use the otherwise wasted vertical space between shelves. This product comes in all kinds of variations, including wire, wood, laminate, wide, narrow, stacking, double-decker, short, and tall. This is an inexpensive fix that can actually double your storage space.

4. Pot racks
One of the most bulky and difficult storage challenges in any kitchen is the collection of pots and pans. Nesting them, dealing with the lids, and getting to them quickly are daily problems. Whenever possible install a pot rack, either on the ceiling or on the wall, which will not only put your favorite omelet pan right at your fingertips, but an entire cabinet free to store other things.

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5. Vertical sorters
Cookie sheets, trays, and platters are unmanageable in a drawer or shelf stacked on top of one another. Find a cabinet (often one above an oven or microwave) where a vertical sorter will fit, and you can easily choose a platter as if you were selecting a book from a shelf. Vertical storage reduces damage to platters and serving trays and gives visibility and accessibility to your entire collection.

-By Lorie Marrero

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