How Can We Effectively Use the Space Above Our Cabinets?

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Q: How can we use the space between the tops of our cabinets and the ceiling to store things without them getting too greasy to use without a thorough scrubbing? We have a small corridor-style kitchen and almost all of the counter and cabinet space in both the kitchen and dining room is in use. Please help us find an effective way to store everything in our kitchen! (And yes, we only keep things that are used at least once a month.)

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Editor: Helen, ah yes — that space between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling is one of my personal pet peeves. I wish every kitchen used that space more efficiently, with cabinets that reached all the way to the ceiling! Since you have that space, though (and it is perfectly good storage space, after all), then it's great to use it.

If you are trying to protect the things you store up there from dust, what about a series of matching boxes or baskets? IKEA has some good styles of baskets that are sturdy enough to hold a food processor, and these would protect your stuff from the worst of the dust.

Readers, any good ideas for Helen?

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(Images: Helen via email)

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