Many wines today come with screw caps and rubber corks, meaning that the wine can be stored standing up. However, many wines are still being produced with natural cork. These should be stored on their side to keep the wine inside the bottle in constant contact with the cork to maintain an airtight seal and protect the contents from oxygen and outside aromas.
The ultimate in attainable luxury is to have your own personal wine cellar. However, if you don’t have the space for one, a nice wine rack, available from your favorite furniture or department store, or a shelf in your closet will suffice for short-term storage (six months or less).
Decide which one is right for you on the basis of your personal needs and the amount of space you have for the rack. Specialty or infrequently used pots and pans such as pressure cookers, baking items, and seasonal cookery should be stored in hard-to-reach cabinets or less-used areas of your kitchen to allow more space for your everyday cookware.
The cabinets used to store your dishes, pots, pans, and small appliances should be organized by function and frequency of use. Put things used to prepare food in one cabinet, and things used to serve and eat food in another. Your fine china, seasonal serving pieces, and similar items should be stored in the upper recesses of your cabinets that are not within easy reach.