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How should I organize my accessible kitchen?

Here are some tips for organizing your accessible kitchen:
  • Place frequently used or heavy items in lower cabinets. Consider adding pull-out boards under the countertop as a step between shelves and counter, slide-out shelves in the cabinets for easier access to items, or spring-assisted shelving to help raise heavy items to countertop height. See these options demonstrated at a quality kitchen or cabinet shop.
  • Store dishes vertically within easy reach. Instead of stacking heavy dishes, stand them on end. (Do the same with baking sheets and pans.) You can purchase cabinets with this feature or create your own by adding small dowels to create a space to stand plates in existing cabinets. Inexpensive, ready-made inserts may be found at discount stores or mail-order catalogs. To make access to dishes even easier, move them to a lower cabinet that is easier to reach and consider removing doors to this heavily used area.
  • Install cabinet, drawer, and pull-down, under-the-cabinet organizers. It is much easier (and safer in the case of knives) to find things if you have a place for everything and everything in its place. Standard organizers are made for drawers, cabinets, pantries, and more. See what is available at a kitchen design store online or in your home town; mail order catalogs often offer inexpensive versions. To make your own low-cost drawer organizers, use binder clips and an assortment of flat boxes and containers and clip them together.
  • Use lightweight baskets inside cupboards to keep small things tidy and within reach.
  • Use a Lazy Susan or turntable in the refrigerator and in cupboards to bring items to you rather than having to reach for them.
Home Accessibility (300 Tips for Making Life Easier)

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