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Old 12-29-2012, 06:51 PM   #11
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I put large and seldom-used items up there, like my roasting pan, large serving dishes and baskets, etc. Limiting where I put food helps prevent over-buying and losing it. Also, I have lazy Susans in some cupboards to help make stuff easier to find.
Those are the things I store in my basement! I also have lazy susans (for spices; and big ones in the corner cupboards). I store some of my Pyrex dishes in the cupboard over the sink (another "who designed this" cupboard). I had drawers installed below one of the windows--I store most of my Pyrex that I use regularly in those drawers. My casserole dishes are in a cabinet in the basement--I don't make a lot of casseroles. I don't like any cupboard or shelf where I have to use a step stool or chair to reach. Hence, why I had my bedroom closet designed the way I did (the closet to die for) why the other closets in the house are designed the same way. I only need a step stool in the kitchen. I am of average height for a North American female (5'6"). If I can't reach it, then there is something wrong, IMO.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:54 PM   #12
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That was how things were getting around here--I couldn't find the dried black beans, so I went out and bought more. Well, I found them--they were in that impossible to reach without a chair to stand on cupboard over the fridge. Now I have lots of dried black beans...probably 3 - 4 lb.
Yeah, what up with that over-the-fridge cabinet? I'm tall but can't reach it without a chair either, and have no idea what's in there. Pretty sure it's not food items.

I stash rice and pasta in the cupboard over the microwave. Bags of beans, raisins go in a basket on top of the fridge. Canned goods go in the big lazy susan cupboard. Stuff I can is in the basement, along with overflow from yearly Costco trips. Years ago I built a "pantry" in the laundry room (just big shelves really) where I stash extras.

As long as you remember where stuff is, CW, you have a great idea.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:59 PM   #13
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The only way those over the fridge cabinets would work is if refrigerators came with rounded tops so you couldn't store stuff on top of them. Who wants to move a bunch of stuff to open a door they haven't looked in in years?

I bought one of those full length wire shelf units that mounts to the inside of my pantry door. That holds a LOT of stuff.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:06 PM   #14
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The only way those over the fridge cabinets would work is if refrigerators came with rounded tops so you couldn't store stuff on top of them. Who wants to move a bunch of stuff to open a door they haven't looked in in years?

I bought one of those full length wire shelf units that mounts to the inside of my pantry door. That holds a LOT of stuff.
And, usually those cupboards are set back and are not flush with the fridge unless you had the kitchen custom-designed. There's nothing on top of my fridge. My parents keep liquor in that cupboard. And in front of it are the cereals, a basket with hats and mittens, the dog's extra leash. I really love my label maker. The "tapes" don't leave residue on the finish of the cabinets, are easy to peel off, but help me remember where I've stashed things like pisole (which I don't use often), corn husks, etc. The tapes also stay on in the freezer, and they stay on in the dishwasher if I want to re-use the containers for the same items. And, labels on the cabinets gives everyone the impression that (a) I either am losing my memory, or (b) I am very organized.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:17 PM   #15
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I fixed the freezer problem. All small packages and like items are in bins. Much easier to move them around when I want something. Hamburger bin, Beef Steak and Roast, Pork Bin, Chicken Bin...they are in different colors so I don't even have to look in them.
I use those reusable cloth shopping bags. A chicken bag, pork bag, beef, ground beef, etc.. Nothing goes in without being in a designated bag! Very easy to pull out bags and set aside.
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