Old-style fixed position wire shelving
This Organized! by Romanic® client was stacking her stuff in bins below the old-style un-moveable wire shelving. At first, this client resisted the suggestion that Organized! by Romanic® made to re-use her present wire shelf and make it adjustable in height as well as add additional adjustable height shelves in her storage closet.
Adjustable shelving system adds functionality
She was convinced she would be losing space if additional shelves were added. It took a while for her to see that the increased functionality and ease of access in being able to simply pull the bin she wanted off a shelf far outweighed the small loss of space.
The right shelving system means faster access
After we filled the shelves, the client was just amazed at how adding these shelves made her life so much easier because she no longer had to stack and unstack all those bins to get to the one she wanted. She was delighted to find herself using her storage closet properly instead of just throwing stuff inside and shutting the door.
When Organized! by Romanic® first saw this “pantry” she was sure she could more than quadruple the useable space under these steps. Organized! by Romanic® tried to explain her vision to the client, and the client said, “I’ve seen your work! You have a gift, and I trust you. Just do what you think is best.”
Redistributing kitchen items relieves cookware gridlock
Organized! by Romanic® first went through the kitchen cupboards to figure out what kind of custom storage solutions this mom needed in her pantry so she could make better use of the space in her kitchen cupboards by moving some items to the pantry. Organized! by Romanic® used space-planning techniques to maximize the food storage space under these stairs. With several cupboard items moved to the fully organized pantry, the kitchen cupboards aren’t congested anymore.
Spices over sink or range? Don’t do it.
Organized! by Romanic® does not recommend storing spices in the small cabinet over the sink or stove because most spices are leaves and seeds. Moisture plus heat plus leaves and seeds equals compost. Spices decay over time and need to be replaced at least once a year. Organized! by Romanic® likes to replace all the spices just before the Thanksgiving cooking begins. Unless you can use it all in one year or less, don’t buy the large spice containers found in large warehouse stores.
Bait traps can make infestations worse
Professional exterminators say to not use ant or roach bait-style traps in your home. These bait-style traps draw ants and/or roaches into your home, and once inside, the insects feed on everything — not just the little bait traps. Ants and roaches reproduce very quickly, and you can have a huge infestation in a matter of weeks. This homeowner thought putting roach bait traps in her cupboards would kill the roaches, but all it did was draw them in to feast in her kitchen.
Residue from canned goods? Use turntables!
Use turntables in your cupboards to bring the cans hiding on the back half of the shelf up to the front where you can see and use them before they expire. This is especially important with tomato products in metal cans. It doesn’t take long for the acid in tomatoes to eat through a metal can, which leaves a nasty black mess on your shelf. If your family can’t eat all the food in your house in a month, you probably have too much food in your house.
Getting it clean and keeping it clean
Organized! by Romanic® likes to help people organize their kitchens. Following basic kitchen organization guidelines will make cooking in even the smallest kitchen a pleasure. Just as important are kitchen maintenance skills, like wiping up a spill immediately to prevent dried, caked-on food messes later. Organized! by Romanic® removes all cupboard contents, then cleans and disinfects the cupboard before putting anything back into a cupboard.