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Kitchen Clutter Cleanup

A pro organizer helps a couple take back their chaotic kitchen.

The Kells' kitchen has been overtaken by clutter. They have all but given up on actually using the space, and eat out for almost every meal. They're going broke eating in restaurants and would love nothing more than to have a kitchen they can use.

The kitchen countertop is cluttered with items that aren't used enough to be left out all the time. Items are haphazardly stuffed into cabinets, and cooking and baking tools are stashed all over, making it frustrating to prepare anything. Professional organizer Betty Kim cooks up a plan that will have the Kells back in their kitchen in no time.

For specific product information, click on the After photos of the room.

After: Everything In Its Place

Now, the cabinets are organized so everything that's used frequently is within easy access. Utensils are stored in their own drawers, and plates and glasses are kept to a minimum to discourage dirty dishes. Items that are used less often are now stored behind closed doors to leave the countertop free of clutter.

Products from HomeFocus:

stem track, 216262
slider shelf, 124867
slideout mug rack, 157308
two-tier sliding storage baskets, 189311
expanding flatware organizer, 173237
expanding utensil organizer, 173529
stackable refrigerator trays, 236529

Products from Improvements:

utensil holder, 214934
turntable for refrigerator, 198977
under-shelf basket, medium, 237045

Products from Lillian Vernon:

plastic-bag dispenser, 021319
under-cabinet organizer, 035299
storage containers, Lock & Lock, set of 4, 035317
storage containers, Lock & Lock, set of 3, 035348

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

suction flatware holder, 10322
Stretch-a-Shelf, small, 10771
ball magnet, 67344
bakeware storage rack, 10769
suction sponge holder, 30307
chrome corner storage shelf, 10777
kitchen cart with breakfast bar, 108152

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

Harmony satin interior latex, Coastal Plain, 6192

Products from Knock Knock:

takeout menu file, 15010

Products from Container Store:

galvanized recycling bins, large, 1005272
galvanized recycling bins, large, 1005270
storage boxes, jumbo, set of six, 10012312
shoebox, Our Men's, 10008760
food storage guide, metal, 10011961
magnetic note holders, stainless steel, package of two, 10004907

Products from SonyStyle:

A series notebook with entertainment center, 17"

Before: No Room to Bake

The kitchen island was heaped with random items, preventing it from being used for food preparation or dining. By the time space was cleared to be used, the couple was so frustrated they'd just head to a restaurant instead.

For specific product information, click on the After photos of the room.

After: Perfect for Making Pastries

A new island with built-in drawers has plenty of space for storing baking tools and supplies. When it's time to bake, the top surface is spacious and ready to go. A new countertop dining table folds down flat against the wall, opening up extra space when not in use.

Products from HomeFocus:

stem track, 216262
slider shelf, 124867
slideout mug rack, 157308
two-tier sliding storage baskets, 189311
expanding flatware organizer, 173237
expanding utensil organizer, 173529
stackable refrigerator trays, 236529

Products from Improvements:

utensil holder, 214934
turntable for refrigerator, 198977
under-shelf basket, medium, 237045

Products from Lillian Vernon:

plastic-bag dispenser, 021319
under-cabinet organizer, 035299
storage containers, Lock & Lock, set of 4, 035317
storage containers, Lock & Lock, set of 3, 035348

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

suction flatware holder, 10322
Stretch-a-Shelf, small, 10771
ball magnet, 67344
bakeware storage rack, 10769
suction sponge holder, 30307
chrome corner storage shelf, 10777
kitchen cart with breakfast bar, 108152

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

Harmony satin interior latex, Coastal Plain, 6192

Products from Knock Knock:

takeout menu file, 15010

Products from Container Store:

galvanized recycling bins, large, 1005272
galvanized recycling bins, large, 1005270
storage boxes, jumbo, set of six, 10012312
shoebox, Our Men's, 10008760
food storage guide, metal, 10011961
magnetic note holders, stainless steel, package of two, 10004907

Products from SonyStyle:

A series notebook with entertainment center, 17"

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    • A Series Notebook from Sony Electronics Inc.
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