Kitchen

  1. Four Ways to Use Epoxy Shelving in the Home

    A lot of people look at ‘epoxy shelving’ and assume that it’s the kind of heavy-duty stuff you only see in factories or restaurants.

    While you’re not wrong for thinking that, the truth is that there’s actually a lot of ways you can use it around the house for safe storage of items that can resist even the crummiest conditions.

    The resilient epoxy coating allows it to withstand cold and moisture while working to inhibit rust and germs, making them a durable and safe option for storage of things you don’t want bothered by bacteria or temperature changes.

    Sounds pretty good, right? Here’s four ways to use them around the house:

     

    Food storage: Rust-proof epoxy shelving is a common sight in a lot of restaurants, stores, and the like for its ability to safely store food under a lot of conditions. The benefits here are two-fold: the epoxy coating helps reduce the spread of germs and helps to prevent the shelf itself from rusting, which could begin to spread to canned goods and anything else stored on the shelf. If you have big pantries that need extra storage space, or if you have space in the garage you keep extra food or beverages, epoxy shelves could be the perfect solution. (Especially if you pair them with canned food organizers for additional storage.)

     

    Basement & garage shelving: In a similar vein, epoxy shelving can also stand up to tough conditions you might encounter in basements or unheated garages. This can come in especially handy for basements that counter a lot of moisture or humidity, as the epoxy coating makes it especially resilient to rust and corrosion, as well as garages that need to store a lot of chemicals and/or more bulky car parts that need somewhere safe to go when not in use.

     

    Houseplants: These days, everyone has a potted plant or two that they want to keep alive. Epoxy shelves are a good call for house plants of any kind for a number of reasons. The open wire design helps light and air flow through, and the epoxy coating will help stop the shelves from rusting in case you get a little overeager with the watering. (Not that you’ve done that...right?)

     

    Safe kitchen storage: The resilient design of epoxy shelving allows for a perfect place to keep things in the kitchen like cooking utensils, pots and pans, or even dishes while they’re drying or not in use. If you have bulkier kitchen goods that need a new home, epoxy shelves can help keep them safer than they would be hanging on the walls or buried in a cabinet somewhere.

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  2. Get Those Canned Goods Under Control

    No matter what your preferred diet or favorite food, everyone has some canned food around the house. Vegetables, fruits, maybe some SPAM if that’s what you’re into—whatever you have, it can pile up after a while.

    Unless it’s totally expired, though, you don’t have to throw it away! Canned goods aren’t nearly as hard to organize as you might expect, and with a little patience and imagination you can get those beans and mushrooms under control.

     

    Make sure you can see what you have

    One of the fastest ways to lose track of everything you have is by not knowing what it is. If you’re the sort to store canned goods in a drawer, a quick and easy way to prevent that is to label the top of everything with a magic marker! Tag everything with a quick “olives”, “peas”, etc on the top lid of each can so you can see what it is right from the get go.

     

    From a cabinet to a closet

    Canned goods can contribute to a lot of overall kitchen cabinet clutter, and it can get hard to figure out just how and where to organize everything. A good solution we’ve found, depending on the size of the cabinet, is to treat it more like a closet—set up some closet storage bins, closet shelves, or even standalone wire shelves to help give everything its own space. Think back to the last time you reorganized your shoes and jackets, and you’ll be on the right track!

     

    No spaceno worries!

    Of course, not all of us have the luxury of a pantry big enough to keep a bunch of shelves in, so alternative solutions are needed. The more industrious among you may be able to repurpose shoeboxes or even magazine racks to keep cans organized, and you can always use over the door storage on the back of your cabinet doors (or even a door near the kitchen) to keep extras.

     

    Look on the walls

    Of course, if you don’t have any cabinet space left—or maybe if you don’t have any cabinets—you could always turn to the walls! Build or buy some new wall shelves to provide extra space for canned goods that won’t make a bigger mess out of your cabinets or countertops. This is an especially good way to keep the things you cook with more often closer at hand than the other ingredients which might just get in the way.

     

    Get it outside of the kitchen

    Finally, if worse comes to worse, just try to find somewhere else to keep them. The point of canned goods is to prolong their lifespan and help them stay fresh and edible for longer than other types of food, so a little stint in the basement or a climate-controlled garage won’t be the worst thing for them. Just...remember to eat them before their expiration date, alright?

     

    Do you have other tips for managing a canned food avalanche in your kitchen? Leave a comment below!

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  3. Five Kitchen Wine Storage Ideas

    Whether for cooking or for drinking, wine is a big player in a lot of people’s kitchens right now and it’s not going anywhere.

    Of course, in order for something to not go anywhere, it needs a place to be. Think about the last time you needed to find your wine somewhere safe to sit while you were finishing dinner, or just keep it somewhere at hand during your next big gathering. Kind of a pain sometimes, right?

    Not to worry! We’ve got just the kitchen storage solutions you need to keep your favorite wines organized, easy to get to, and out of the way. Take a look at our five favorite ways to store wine in the kitchen and see which one works best for you:

     

    Kitchen Islands: A lot of kitchen islands offer extra space for longer or more awkwardly-shaped items like pots, pans, and utensils, and if you’re not already using this space it can be a perfect landing spot for wine bottles. Better yet, using a kitchen island will allow you to easily wheel your wine around to guests or different parts of the kitchen if you need it for cooking or serving.

     

    The Walls: Particularly if you typically use your wine for cooking, keeping your bottles on the walls around your kitchen is a good shortcut to make them easily accessible (and you’ll never forget where they go). Set up some durable shelving that can handle the temperatures of the kitchen like wire shelving (or, better yet, specially-designed wire wine shelves or wall wine racks) and keep your favorite cooking wine right nearby so you can splash it on your meals.

     

    Right on the Counter: If you don’t have many bottles, or if you use them mostly for entertaining and don’t mind turning them into a centerpiece, why not keep them right out on the kitchen counter? Stand them up on their own in the center of the action so nothing will get in the way, or use a countertop wine rack to display them with a bit more style (and help keep them out of the way).

     

    Inside the Walls: So long as you’re feeling up to a big home renovation and you find yourself needing a lot of wine around, a lot of houses are turning to built-in wine coolers. Parts of your kitchen or basement can be handed over to wine cooler space instead, in order to keep your favorite wines at the temperature you want them to be.

     

    Unused Drawers: Many kitchens have those bigger, longer drawers they don’t need anymore, particularly if you moved all of your pots and pans onto the wall or in other storage. Those bigger drawers can be a great spot for a few stacked up or lined up wine bottles to keep them out of the way while protecting them from sunlight, helping to extend their longevity.

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  4. Five Decluttering Goals to Set This Summer

    It’s the old summertime paradox—you want to hang out, go on vacations and relax, but summer means you finally have the means, time, and ability to get things done around the house.

    I can finally get that living room clean...but how can I stay focused when I have a hot tub outside waiting for me?

    Don’t worry, we hear and understand your struggles. What we recommend, instead of getting stressed to the point you just abandon all projects, is to break things down into manageable chunks and tackle them one bit at a time.

    With that in mind, we’ve got five easy decluttering projects you can tackle over the summer that will help make your home less cluttered, keep you feeling productive, and leave plenty of time for lounging around and barbecuing.

     

    Discard seasonal clothes

    Now you probably already spent enough time putting your seasonal wardrobe away from the spring and winter, but this is the perfect time to weed out anything you’re not going to wear this summer that you didn’t wear last summer, either. Sift through your closets and bedroom dressers to find anything you’re no longer interested in wearing and donate or sell it.

     

    Get under the bed

    It’s an old cliché, and you’ve probably had this fight with your own kids recently, but cleaning under your bed is an easy summertime chore that can help you get more organized. Scoot everything out from under there (like shoes and wallets you forgot about), and donate whatever it is you forgot about long enough to not want to wear again.

     

    Make that living room ready for company

    If you’re the entertaining sort, now is a great excuse to purge some things from the living room and get it ready to have company over for cookouts or movie night. Set up a TV stand to act as a focal point for the room and keep all your cable boxes and game systems together, toss out all your old magazines and clear off your coffee tables. And if you’ve been thinking about getting rid of that old couch - now’s the time!

     

    Sort out your cosmetics

    Makeup, hair products, deodorants and fragrances—everyone has their personal care products they save for the off-season, but they can start to pile up after a while. A lot of personal care products have an expiration date (lipstick lasts about a year, for example) and if anything has been hanging around longer than that, especially if it’s a last season kind of look, it’s pretty safe to toss out.

     

    Free up some pantry space

    Finally, if you’re in the midst of barbecue-and-picnic season, you might have noticed a lot of buildup in your pantry. When you have time between meals, purge everything from your pantry or cabinet and sort it out: has anything expired? Is there something in there you know you’re not going to cook anytime soon? Have you decided you don’t actually like whole-grain pasta after all? Toss out everything that’s no longer needed, keep everything you’re actually going to cook with, and try to set up a pantry organizer so it doesn’t get that bad next time.

    There, doesn’t that feel good, actually getting things done over the summer without taking an entire day? Go ahead and hit the pool, you’ve earned it.

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  5. Uses for Mini Fridge Stands Around the Home

    You hear the term “mini fridge stand” or “mini fridge cart” and it probably sounds pretty obvious what it’s supposed to do—hold up a mini fridge, right?

    And you’re not wrong, but there’s actually a lot more these things can do above and beyond holding onto a mini fridge in some cluttered dorm room. If you’ve got a mini fridge stand in your house that you need to repurpose into something else, here’s a few tips we’ve found:

     

    Makeshift TV stand: Got a smaller room (or a smaller TV)? Mini fridge stands are a good place to keep smaller flatscreens if they’re not the focal point of the room, or they can work as a good mobile TV stand for situations where the TV needs to be relocated, like for video gaming.

     

    Bedroom mini bar: Many people have their favorite before-bed cocktail. If you’ve got a few favorite mixers, a mini fridge cart (either with or without the fridge, depending) can scoot into your room to keep your preferred drinks close at hand. It’s like a hotel mini-bar, except without the exorbitant prices. (Just try to keep the drinking responsible, eh?)

     

    Breakfast nook: If your kitchen space allows it, a mini fridge stand (and the fridge it comes with, of course) can be easily converted into a lace to keep specific meal ingredients, like breakfast. Eggs and milk go in the fridge, cereals and omelette ingredients go in the nook itself, and if your stand has a pull-out drawer you can use it for holding utensils and cutting boards. That said…

     

    Kitchen stand: If your mini fridge resides elsewhere in the kitchen, away from its larger sibling, the space around it can be an excellent place to keep extra utensils, cookware, and the like. Keep cutting boards, long spatulas, and even unused dishes under the fridge to free up room elsewhere—and if you pair it with a kitchen cart you’ll have even more working room.

     

    Poolside/outdoor refreshments: Got an outdoor outlet? If you do a lot of entertaining during the warmer months, a mini fridge cart can be a great way to safely keep a mini fridge off the ground outdoors while still providing easy access to your favorite drinks when you’ve got company on the patio or out in the backyard by the fire.

     

    Out in the garage: Whether you’ve totally turned yours into a “man cave” or just want somewhere to keep refreshments handy while you tinker on your dream car, mini fridge carts (especially more durable ones made out of chrome wire) are a good call to withstand the conditions of the garage while still helping you relax while you’re out there.

    Have you used a mini fridge stand in your home? Let us know in the comments!

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