In most of the kitchens I organize, I find at least one cupboard that has a tremendous amount of wasted space. I often wonder why the original designer didn't drill a few holes so that we might have extra shelves cut and placed to make the space more user friendly.
Never fear, however, The Zen Organizer is here to let you know that a quick trip in real time or over the web to a store like Bed Bath & Beyond or The Container Store will provide you with handy portable inserts that allow you to build up.
The one above is the simplest. Some allow you to hook one or two together to make a tower. Still other units are designed to expand and that enables you to use the entire width of the cupboard.
You may even have an extra cupboard but a shortage of drawers. Once again the right tool will save the day. Catch this!
Take into account the height of the shortest human using the kitchen and, if necessary, have a two-step step stool on hand. Here is my all time favorite:
I tuck these into closets, kitchens, laundry rooms, garages and children's rooms. When they are folded, they are so narrow you can tuck them out of sight. If you are afraid you will lose your balance, they do have portable step stools with handles.
You can reach higher and feel more secure with these. You just can't tuck them away in that dead space between the refrigerator and a cabinet or between the stove and the refrigerator. We all have that space in our kitchens but you will feel safer and that trumps everything, right?