Kitchen Organization to Keep Clutter at Bay

spice rack drawer

How many containers of oregano do you have in your kitchen? If your spice cabinet is a disorganized mess, you might be overbuying things you already have in stock. Normandy Designer Laura Barber, AKBD, says that kitchen organization tools top the list of necessities when it comes to a remodeling project.

Some of the most requested cabinet and drawer organizers are for the kitchen.  “Even better if the organizers are customized to fit the essentials,” says Laura, “like spice drawers, which are my personal favorite. You can see all the spices you have because they’re angled up and displayed clearly. The drawer can be situated next to the stove or your meal prep area so everything you need is at arm’s reach.”

Drawer inserts for cutlery and knives

Cutlery dividers are also a popular option to add to your kitchen remodel. “These come with adjustable notched drawers and the dividers can move as your needs change, long and skinny space for knives, or wide for potholders,” Laura says.

As kitchen design becomes more about open spaces, there are fewer walls to accommodate cabinets, and less room for organized storage. “People want more shelves and windows in their kitchen,” says Laura. This is when the island becomes a perfect place for wide, deep drawers with peg organizers to store dinner and dessert plates or platters. “It’s so much easier to grab heavy plates that are at knee height than reaching above your head to pull them down from upper cabinets,” Laura says.

Swing out cabinet

Space saving organizers for blind corners bring items to you on a rotating or pull-out shelf which makes finding kitchen tools like the cheese grater or veggie spiralizer easy to get to. “With deep corner cabinets so many things are hard to reach, then get lost and forgotten. A lazy Susan or pull-out corner organizer solves this common issue,” Laura says.

Some kitchen organizing features are a given. “Everyone knows they want the roll-out shelves for easy access to pots and pans. Plus, trash and recycle bins fit nicely in custom roll outs, leaving more floorspace,” says Laura. “You may even opt for thin spice rollouts to store your pantry ingredients. These make great use of narrow spaces, like next to the fridge or oven.”

pull out storage cabinet in master bathroom for make up and accessories

Kitchen organizers can be used in unconventional ways, too. “A spice pull out drawer works well in bathrooms to store hair tools, extra bottles of shampoo, hair spray, and other essential toiletries,” Laura suggests.

Organized drawers not only help your space functioning better, but they also leave the countertops clear of clutter. “It’s easier to maintain a clean room when there’s a place for everything,” says Laura.

If you’re ready to wrangle the mess of tools and containers in your kitchen or bathroom, reach out to Laura to discuss all the organizing options available for your next remodel. In the meantime, follow us on social. We share completed projects and design tips on Facebook and Instagram, as well as our photo gallery.

Peg Drawer for dishesPull out vertical pantry storage next to the fridge custom pull out spice rack near the rangeDrawer dividers including custom spice insertCutlery Drawer

Primary bathroom cabinets with organizationKitchen pull out drawer for cooking utensilsTrash can integrated into a kitchen cabinet






Why Now is the Best Time to Remodel

Normandy Remodeling BuildKnowing the best, right time to remodel has always been a difficult decision. There seem to be never-ending reasons to wait one more year until suddenly, time slips by, and you find yourself wondering whatever happened to those grand plans for a remodel?

“You may think you’ve missed that perfect window of opportunity, given the inflation we’re currently experiencing across all markets,” says Normandy Director of Design Troy Pavelka. “You’re not too late, but if you’re holding out hope and waiting for prices to go back down, you may be disappointed.”

Remember way back when gas prices tipped over the $2 threshold? They never did come back down.

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With inflation in the news, it may feel frivolous to consider a remodeling project now. Is it though? You’re spending more time at home and you kind of love it. Bringing the family together to stream a movie instead of going to the theatre and trying new recipes instead of dining out. “You deserve to beautify your home, it’s the place you live, it’s where you’re raising your family,” Troy reasons.

It’s also possible to wait too long and regret your delay. “The average homeowner takes about six years to decide to remodel. Once the project is complete, the biggest regret our customers share with us is that they wish they’d done this sooner,” Troy says. “You don’t want to be one of those people who wait to remodel just before selling their home. You’ll be handing over your keys before you had any time to enjoy the new space.”

Architect reviewing blueprints with customerPricing on commodities may come back down, but not enough to make a huge difference in the overall cost of your remodel. “Waiting longer for prices to change at this point will not appreciably affect the cost of a renovation. I don’t think we’ll be where we were in 2019,” says Troy. “The other factor to consider is the trade shortage, which has been a growing problem for many years. The cost of experienced and skilled tradespeople has been steadily increasing, even before the recent remodeling boom.”

So, you waited, now what? “Regret doesn’t do any good, those were decisions made in the past,” says Troy. “Getting started on your remodel sooner than later means your home can be a beautiful, functional space to enjoy now and for years to come.”

If you want to talk more about your remodeling timeline, give us a call, we’re here to work through all of your questions and concerns. To prime the idea well, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, where we showcase the beautiful projects we’ve recently completed for families like yours.

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