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Old 05-07-2014, 07:09 AM   #1
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Kitchen Organization

We bought a new set of Corelle dishes and I stored them in an upper cabinet. The first time out the door opened and they dumped and broke all over the place. Now I bought a set of Melamine dishes. I am trying to organize the cabinets better and I'm concerned about storing anything heavy in the upper cabinets. What suggestions do you have for storage and organization in the kitchen? I know I could be using my space better. We are not full timers so my cabinets are not stuffed full.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:26 AM   #2
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We try to pack heavy stuff low and the lighter/paper products, etc, higher.

We also use "scoot guard" on the bottom of everything. That really helps stop things from moving around.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:37 AM   #3
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To keep your cabinets from opening in transit (it has happened to us in the past) is to tie a small bungie cord or something around the door handles of two cabinets. That keeps them both closed. As for stuff moving, it happens. You could blow up some balloons and stuff them in there if you want. They weigh nothing. The problem with stuffing the cabinets full is that when you arrive at your destination, the cabinets are so stuffed you cannot find anything.

There is a product that keeps certain things from falling out of cabinets. It is a rod which is adjustable and has a spring, You put them in the fridge and other places to keep things from falling out when you open the door. Not sure they would work well on dishes because dishes can come out underneath, but bottles and cans stay in place well. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:38 AM   #4
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I have one of these in the corner of my upper cabinet.

http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/P...od_ID=RP091885

Helps keep things organized and it's bendable, so you can get it nice and level. I also use the no-slip shelf liner (the puffy kind), and that is helpful too. I only have plastic/melamine dishes, so nothing's likely to break even if it does fall. The only glass thing I put in my upper cabinet is the coffee maker, and I bungy that together so it doesn't go flying. Good luck!
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X2 on the "scoot guard" (I like that Lloyd!), it works for us. We carry our melamine dishes in the cabinet over the stove with no issues, but the door has a gas piston so it can't come open. You can't go wrong with "heavy low & light high".
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You could use a child proof cabinet lock. I got 4 free from a website that has listings for free samples. When I find the website I will post.
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We also use child locks for the cabinets. I have one that looks like a C for the outside cabinet and it clips on to the two knobs.
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Site for free childproof lock set:
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:39 AM   #9
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Thank you all for your help. I think we will check the door first and then figure out how to store the dishes in one of the cabinets on the bottom. I'm wondering if maybe we should get one of those pull out shelves/basket like they sell at Home Depot and Lowes.
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Some of us use plastic baskets to place smaller items in and put the baskets on the shelf. I store my spices, etc. this way. Keep in mind that when you attach pull out shelves/baskets, they will reduce your storage capacity as they take away room along the edges.
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My wife uses 2 wicker baskets and keeps mugs and cups in one and dishes in the other. It works well for us.
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