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Kitchen organization is perhaps one of the scariest home projects to start. The kitchen is the center of a home, and a lot takes place in the kitchen, so it is common for kitchens to become disheveled and unorganized. There is no greater feeling than an organized kitchen, but many homeowners give up on that idea because they do not want to go through all the work to organize their kitchens if they are not going to stay that way. The truth is, if you organize your kitchen, it will be a lot easier to clean up messes, and the chances are that your kitchen will stay organized. Here are a few ways you can organize your kitchen and keep it organized over time.
Creating activity stations
Your kitchen should have a system, especially if there are several things going on at once in your kitchen throughout the day. If you and your family members know which events take place in which areas of the kitchen, it will be easier to clean up once the chaos is over. Use decorative trays to hold your smaller appliances like your toaster or coffee maker in order to designate specific areas for things to take place. Keep your cooking utensils, recipe books, pots and pans, and spices close to the stove so you do not have to move all around the kitchen when cooking. Creating stations should make your life easier and help you keep your kitchen organized.
Keeping cabinets and drawers organized
Cabinets and drawers seem to be the source of messes that cannot be tamed, but it is time to tame them with organization tools. Use drawer organizers to give all your small items a home. While it might seem like organization tools will take up valuable space, you will be amazed how much space these tools actually open up. Not to mention, when everything has a place to reside, it is much easier to clean up. Everyone has a junk drawer, and even junk drawers can be organized. Junk drawers are acceptable, but there is a reason you keep all of that junk, so make it easy to find by using organization tools. If your budget permits, install pull out drawers in your cabinets so your kitchen supplies are easy to access, and even easier to keep organized.
Creative storage ideas
If you are working with a limited amount of space, sometimes you just have to get creative with how you store your kitchen items. Home Talk suggests using tension rods to separate lids, cutting boards and cookie sheets and open up space in your cabinets or pantry by not having to stack these items horizontally. You can use tension rods to hang your cleaning supplies on, and open up cabinet space. The options are endless, it just takes a little creativity.
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There are specific things to remember no matter how easy a project is. Use these tips on changing baseboard heater covers to make the process run more smoothly.
When the time comes to replace your rusted and outdated baseboard heater cover, it isn’t often clear where you should begin with the process. For some, this project may seem confusing and can lead them to push it off. Learn how to measure and cut a steel baseboard heater cover; it’s really not as hard as you might think!
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.