Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ask the organiser - what do you do with out-of-the-way storage?

Somebody asked a question - (sorry preggy brain) I can't remember her name and I deleted the email too quickly :)

She is a short person and can't access the top shelf in her pantry so she often has to throw expired items away.

Any ideas to get organised here?

Of course I do!

1. My suggestion is store surplus items here that you don't need to access very often.

2. Then use see-through plastic baskets so that you can grab the front, pull towards you and see everything on the shelf.

3. I suggest that you keep like items together - for example, I have a big plastic basket with all my baking supplies, like cake and self-raising flour, coconut, yeast, bicarb of soda, baking powder, etc.

this is my old baking basket - I've now transitioned to one bigger than this

4. You could also keep a list of contents on the inside of your cupboard door with the contents of that top shelf, like 5 boxes cereal, 20 boxes milk, etc. and be sure to cross off as you use them.

5. I'm also short and I keep a cheap plastic stool nearby my pantry so when I want to get to the top shelf once or twice a month, I can quickly access it.

Hope these tips help you.

What other tips can you share with this reader?

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Jessica said...

I think you pretty much nailed it! Bulk packaged/surplus items is definitely my first idea of what I'd store up there--either that or stuff like holiday or picnic gear that you don't need freqent access too and don't mind the hassle of getting out a stepladder or step stool to access on occassion. Maybe swap some of the food into a lower cabinet where you keep pots or pans or mixing bowls and put some infrequently used ones up on the high shelf.

I would suggest getting a folding 3-step stepladder from a home-improvement store--skinny enough to fit next to the fridge folded, but quickly available to safely get into the top cupboards.

Definitely agree baskets are helpful for those high shelves! Storing tupperware can be a better choice than glass bottles on a high-shelf though, as if you have a clumsy moment, nothing breaks.

Marcia Francois said...

Good ideas, Jessica, thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I use this stepstool that works for me.

- M

THE ZOO said...

Im also short (not even 5 feet) so i put toilet paper and paper towels up there, they hang off a little so i can grab easy on toes and if they hit me in the head no worries theyre paper. i also have not always needed appliances (crockpot etc..) and i use baskets and put food i dont use daily in them. i put crackers in one baskets, noodles in another. i too have a step stool nearby should i need it.