On special occasions, kitchens turn into a busy place: 93 percent of Americans bake cookies during the holidays, according to a 2015 survey from ACH Food Companies.

During celebrations, extra appliances such as mixers, bread makers, and food processors often appear along with family and friends. After the guests leave, however, it can be tough to find a spot for all of the dishes, appliances, and serving ware best suited for a group.

Taking the time to store kitchen appliances and other items in an orderly fashion can keep them clean, in working condition, and easy to find when you need them.

How to Store Appliances

To start, look for storage space high up in your kitchen or pantry – for heavier appliances, look to utilize the lower shelves. Once you’ve identified a spot, clean the items and put each device it its original box, otherwise a plastic bin will work. Feel free to stack the containers as long as you’re putting the heavier items on the bottom, and make sure you label each box.

Follow these and the additional guidelines below to store appliances and other seldom used serving ware in your home.

1. Start High

In the kitchen, search for space on the top shelves of upper cabinets, high in the pantry, and above the refrigerator.

“If your appliances are too big for the shelves, consider stacking them on top of your kitchen cabinets,” said Allison Cooper, marketing manager of Beyond Stores.

By using the space on shelves, as well as the area between the cabinets and ceiling, you’ll be able to see items easily and also reach them with a stool. Better yet, they won’t get in the way when you’re cooking everyday meals and using other appliances.

2. Then Store Below

“For large, heavy appliances, I look to utilize lower shelves in a pantry,” said Leticia Pfeiffer, certified professional organizer and founder of Styled & Organized Living, based in Dallas. Also search for space in lower cabinets of the kitchen, especially those that don’t get opened very often.

Keeping a weighty appliance below makes it easy to reach down for the item and then stand up, as opposed to pulling a heavy appliance down from above eye-level, explained Pfeiffer.

3. Check for Small Spaces

A larger item such as an electric griddle or popcorn maker could work well in a spot you don’t regularly use in the kitchen.

“Out of the way can mean in the far reaches of the corner cabinets where small items would get lost forever, but larger serving pieces and appliances can still be seen,” stated Amy Trager, a Certified Professional Organizer based in Chicago.

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4. Look Beyond the Kitchen

“If there’s just no room in the kitchen, we often explore outside areas that are still related to entertaining or serving: dining rooms, pantries and overflow kitchen storage – usually in a basement,” said Trager.

If there’s a buffet piece in the dining room, consider storing serving trays and linens for a group in it. Also, a china cabinet or sideboard can hold dinnerware for special occasions.

A closed cabinet in the garage, a closet in the house, or a storage unit can work for appliances, baking dishes, and extra pots and pans. If your home has stairs, check for places underneath the staircase where shelves or cabinets could be added.

5. Store with Care

If your appliances came with a case, try storing the pieces in their original boxes. Place items kept in the garage or a storage unit in plastic bins to prevent a buildup of dust.

“Anything that would get damaged by temperature or moisture changes should also be stored in a container, up off the floor,” added Trager. This includes paper goods, food stuffs, wood pieces, and linens.

If you stack some items, keep a cloth or strip of paper towels between each layer to prevent scratching.

6. Label What’s in Storage

“Use a label for each bin,” said Pfeiffer. List all of the items in the container; that way, if you remove some items for use, you’ll know where they go when returning them.

If you have a number of bins, or items stored in various places, consider making a master list. Note the pieces you have stored, and where each of them is located.

When you’re planning a dinner or party, check the master list to see what you have available to use. You can also use the list when considering recipes, especially those that call for specialty appliances like a crock pot.

Post updated by SpareFoot, 3/20/2017.

Rachel Hartman