Smart and Simple Space Savers

Kitchen

This room is often the hub of the home, and once you have a baby, you'll find that you need counter space to wash and dry bottles and/or breast pump parts; cabinet space for baby's bottles, bowls, and plates; and pantry space for jars of baby food and boxes of oatmeal. Marrero offers a helpful technique to keep things organized: "We teach people to prioritize their things and their spaces by ABCD. A things you use daily. B things you use less often. C things are seasonal, and D things you don't use at all but are keeping anyway."

Here's how Marrero sees the ABCD strategy applied to a kitchen of parents with young children:

  • A things might be bottles, baby plates, and bibs. Spaces for them would be countertops, the bottom shelf of an upper cabinet, or a drawer below the counter.
  • B things might be cookie sheets, muffin tins, a blender -- things you use, but not every day. You can store these things inside the cabinets, or behind, beside, or below the A things.
  • C things might be an ice cream maker, or holiday-themed mugs or platters you only use few times a year. Keep this stuff on the highest shelves in the cabinets.
  • D things are items you never use -- the punch bowl (with matching cups) you inherited from your grandmother, or the cake stand you got as a wedding gift. Until the day comes when you have a party suitable for these pieces, put them in the attic or basement.

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