Tip: Creating Well-Edited Open Storage

We liked this simple tip from the owners of a beautiful home featured in Sunset. Their bright, eclectic kitchen is home-base to a crowd of three active little boys, and yet they still use open storage for their glasses and dishware. Here's how they decide what stays out, and what goes in the cupboard.

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Here's the Schneiders' explanation of why and how they use open storage in their family kitchen:

Open shelves feel hospitable―guests can just grab wineglasses off the shelf―and force you to edit.

“Our rule of thumb?” says Schneider. “If you use it more than once a week, have it out. If you use it a few times a month, stick it in a cabinet. Once or twice a year? It belongs in the basement.”

Nice tip. Using something more than once a week means that it doesn't have time to collect dust and get dirty up on the shelves before it's used and washed and put away again — dust is one of our major hesitations about open shelving.

See more of their beautiful home here; it's a great little tour:

Play House Bungalow Tour at Sunset

And see more open storage examples here:

Kitchen Spotlight: Open Storage in Small Kitchens

(Images: John Granen, Kimberly Brown Seely for Sunset)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.