If you’ve had the pleasure of preparing a meal in a well-organized kitchen, you know how much of a difference having the right storage solutions can make. Every home and household has its own unique needs, which is why customizing your cabinet storage solutions to meet yours can make all the difference in your kitchen. For busy families with children, the kitchen can be a focal point for much of the household’s activities, and the need for smart storage solutions takes on a whole new meaning.


At Boca Cabinets, we work with homeowners in the Chicagoland area to design custom cabinets that work well for their busy families and lifestyles. Here are some of our favorite smart storage ideas for a more orderly kitchen.

Deciding on Your Family’s Storage Needs

In the past, there was really only one main cabinet design in most homes. Stuck with the standard shelving solutions their homes came with, homeowners would find themselves making poor use of their space. But these days, a much wider array of possibilities exists in terms of kitchen storage innovations.


To determine your family’s storage needs, it’s a good idea to take stock of what your kitchen is used for most often and what your storage needs are. Make a list of everything you use and store in your kitchen, then determine which items are rarely used and which are used more frequently. Mark each item accordingly on your list and plan your storage to make the things you use more often most accessible.


These are some of the items most commonly stored in kitchens:


●        Kitchen appliances

●        Canned goods and pantry food

●        Cookbooks and recipe cards

●        Baking sheets and casserole dishes

●        Pots, pans, and lids

●        Other cookware and utensils

●        Dishes, glassware, mugs, and barware

●        Cutting boards and knives

●        Fine dishware

●        Napkins and silverware

Other Kitchen Items

In addition to the essentials, your family’s lifestyle might necessitate space for other types of items. For example, many families add a monitor or TV screen in their kitchen, especially if there’s a bar counter or island where the family might watch a show and have a snack.


Some homeowners like to add space for pet supplies or even a built-in pet food storage area. Other kitchens include space for storing items like couponing supplies, wrapping paper, or crafting materials. If this seems like a lot to put in your kitchen, you’d be surprised to see how revolutionary having a place for keeping everything in its right place can be.

Consider the Options

It’s hard to work backward and create organization in a kitchen cabinet format that doesn’t offer good storage solutions. But when you’re installing a new kitchen cabinet layout, you have the luxury of making sure there’s a place for everything. Today's kitchen cabinets offer storage solutions our grandmothers could only dream of to make the most out of the space you’ve got. Find out what’s available when you’re putting together your new kitchen and work with a design team to incorporate workable solutions into your home.


Boca Cabinets offers storage solutions like these to help you get better use of your space:


●        Customized cutlery storage drawers

●        Lazy susans

●        Sink-front trays

●        Spice racks anywhere you need them

●        Peg drawers for dish organization in drawers

●        Built-in trash bins

●        Small-item organizers

●        Custom solutions

Try These Ideas

If all of those storage ideas sound great but you’re not sure how to actually use them in your kitchen or which would work best, think about who uses your kitchen and how it’s used. Could your family benefit from a kids’ area where children can easily access snacks? Drawers placed at kids’ level can pull out to make snacks and kids’ items easy to reach.


Think about the parts of your kitchen that tend to get the most chaotic and focus on creating better organization in those areas. Do you have unused space in part of your kitchen? Try adding a base filler to store some of the smaller items that don’t fit well anywhere else. Do you have trouble reaching items stored at the back of the cabinet? Consider adding a lazy susan to make cooking easier.

Get the Kitchen Cabinet Storage You Need

If you’re tired of reorganizing your pots and pans because they’re stacked up underneath the cabinet inefficiently, we can help. We’ll work with you to create custom storage solutions that make your life easier in the kitchen so you can more fully enjoy great meals, good times, and daily routines with your family.


Connect with our Boca Cabinets kitchen cabinet storage experts to find out about storage solutions, cabinet door styles, and countertops. We offer completely free design services. Visit us online to schedule a completely free consultation or showroom visit. You can also call us at 773-886-4686 or connect with us on our contact page to learn more about installing beautiful new cabinets in your home.