I have a new kitchen and one corner cabinet has 2 lazy susan shelves and I have a small pantry. Can you tell me what organization scheme works the best here? I also have a cook top and under that more cabinets. I thought I would put pots and pans there?
Ellen from Medway MA
My suggestion to you is store everything near where you use it. That means you first need to think about your kitchen activities.. Do you bake? Keep all baking items in a baking area. I keep my pots and pans near the stove where I use them. I keep mugs and coffee supplies near the coffeemaker. I store dishes near the dishwasher but not far from the table where we eat. Good luck!
Canned goods? You could stack them.
I, too, have the double Lazy Susan configuration in my kitchen and the shelves don't seem very sturdy. My kitchen isn't all that big and the corner is close to the stove and prep area of my counter so this corner is quite valuable.
At first I simply put items on the Lazy Susan but soon found they were prone to flying off onto my tile floor. It didn't take much glass cleanup for me to devise another plan.
I now use two large Rubbermaid drawer organizers to hold spices on the top shelf. On the left I have small spice bottles (glass) and on the right I have the plastic Sam's/Cosco size spices and rubs. In the middle I have the pepper mill and misc. bags (such as cinnamon sticks).
On the lower Lazy Susan I placed three baskets with high sides. In each I stacked a different type of storage containers and their lids. For instance, in one I nested Ziploc containers with their lids standing on end in the basket. In another I have round containers from our local Chinese takeout. Again, the lids along one side of the basket.
This system has made my life much easier. Nothing falls off any more and I don't feel I'm straining flimsy shelves.
Oh, I almost forgot. On one side of the cabinet I have my cutting boards standing on end for easy accessibility.
Hope this helps. May many happy memories be yours in your new kitchen.
I had a corner lazy suzan cabinet; I kept large, but lightweight pantry items that I regularly used on top, like vinegars, seasonings (little packets in boxes/baskets) extra flour/sugar. Then on the bottom I put light weight "appliances" like my slicer/grater set, waffle/sandwich maker, and some juice containers. I put them on the bottom because I didnt use them much, but wanted an easy access "tall" place. Now I keep my pots/pans in the drawer under the stove/oven, but I used to put them in a cabinet between the stove/refridgerator. Canned goods and boxed things go in an upper cupboard. Now that I have much more cabinet/workspace everything has a home! No more lazy susan, but may get a turntable for my spices stuffed in a cupboard!
I have ALWAYS had a 2 shelf lazy susan....both houses I have lived in had them....I keep my spices on the top + my Oil, OLive Oil Vinager, etc,
On the bottom are ALL of my canned goods....the lazy susan is MUCH sturdier than you would think,,stack the cans, size wise, like tuna is a bit bigger than a can of corn, so they are stacked that way...tomatoe paste is usually on top of tomatoe sauce...Pot and pans under stove, in the drawer, and cookie sheets, cutting boards, and cupcake pans stacked on edge under the left side of the sink...this has worked for over 30 years for me!!!
The great thing about Lazy Susans is not only the fact that you can fullly utilize the back of the cabinet, but also that you can put things along the side of the Lazy Susan. Depending on the size, you should be able to put things underneath and to the sides. On the sides, I have my oils and vinegars with labels on the top so I can easily find what I need. On the other side, I have narrow boxes - kosher salt, brown rice etc. Underneath I have my coffee grinder, a rice cooker, a juicer ... you get the idea.
My top shelf does not have that much height so I have put two dollar store turntables and put my spices on there. My other shelf has more bottles, soy sauce, sesame etc. It also holds other cans too. If you are worried about spills or traction, use the drawer liner that stops things from moving. I have found my Lazy Susan to be the hardest working corner of my kitchen - it holds tons!
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