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A Real Simple editor answered your questions about organizing kitchens.

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Erica Finamore, the Home Director for Real Simple, answered your questions on Thursday about kitchen organization. She oversees coverage of home design, cleaning, organizing, decorating, entertaining and gift-giving. Before joining Real Simple in 2021, she was the features editor at Food Network Magazine. She has written for numerous publications including HGTV Magazine, The Pioneer Woman Magazine and InStyle. Here are some of the questions she answered:

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Helen Carefoot, writer and editorial aide for the Lifestyle section, produced this Q&A.