Three Kitchen Cabinet Designs And Features That Help Fight Clutter

by Claude Walters

Do your kitchen cabinets seem to get filled with clutter faster than you can blink an eye? Part of the problem may be the way your cabinets are designed, or in some cases, it might be because of the features they lack. If you're thinking of kitchen remodeling soon, take this opportunity to include these three cabinet design elements and features that will help prevent clutter.

Pull-Out Shelves

Usually, clutter tends to accumulate on the backs of shelves. You can't see it or reach it easily because it's behind other items, so it stays there endlessly. Pull-out shelves help solve this problem. They're essentially cabinet shelves on little rollers. If you pull on the edge of one of the shelves, it rolls out towards you so that you can see all of its contents at once. This reduces the chances of clutter building up in the back, unseen.

Pull-out shelves are an especially great alternative to lazy Susans. Lazy Susans are a common culprit for clutter -- those empty bags and extra mugs just hide away so easily when you swing the lazy Susan in! Triangle-shaped pull-out shelves fit into a corner perfectly and make it easier to see everything at once. They also eliminate the issue of items falling off the lazy Susan and getting stuck.

Shallower Cabinets

If drop-down cabinets don't work for you for design or budgetary reasons, consider just having shallower cabinets installed. This way, there will be less room for clutter to "get lost" in the back. You'll be able to see everything when you open the cabinet and sort through it more quickly. If you have some items that won't fit in your shallower cabinet, you could hang them on hooks or display them on shelves instead. It's harder to clutter up hooks and shelves since they're out in the open for all to see.

Glass Cabinet Doors

If you're the least bit embarrassed about your clutter, it will cease to be a problem once you have glass cabinet doors installed. You and your guests will be able to see the cabinet contents through the doors. You won't want your guests to see clutter, so you'll be forced to keep things tidied up in there. Note that this strategy works best with clear glass cabinets. Frosted glass cabinets may look pretty, but since they're hard to see through, they likely won't inspire you to cut down on your clutter.